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Organizing a Successful Conference: Convention Bureaus and Professional Organizers Can Help

Organizing conferences is becoming increasingly professionalized. Academics can benefit from professional conference organizers and convention bureaus in their region.

New Study Explores Generative AI's Impact on Organisational Communication

A recent study led by Martina Skrubbeltrang Mahnke at the Roskilde University, Denmark, sheds light on the influence of generative AI on organizational communication.

NordMedia23 Conference Summarised: A Recap from Norway

Taking place in Bergen from August 16 to 18, the NordMedia23 conference ermerged as the grandest event in the 50-year history of the NordMedia conference series, boasting the highest number of registered participants and presented research papers. Erik Knudsen, the Chair of the Local Committee, delivers summarizing remarks.

Never Take Yourself Too Seriously: Lesson Learned at the Doctoral Pre-Conference

"Let's not take ourselves too seriously – everything will be alright!" This was an insight from a participant of the NordMedia23 Doctoral Pre-conference. Indeed, one of the objectives of the one-day seminar was to make the PhD journey appear as more humane.

Future Shock! What Should Media Scholars Do?

The upcoming NordMedia23 Conference offers an exhibition called “Future Fest”. Here, you can test thought-provoking media prototypes and rate your conviction that media scholars can make a difference.

New Nordic Research: Life in a Surveillance Culture

The possibilities to surveil people have increased. In a new research anthology published by Nordicom, different researchers study how living in a “culture of surveillance” affects our daily lives and societies.

Notes From a Manuscript Editor: The DOs and DON’Ts of DOIs (and URLs)

Have you ever thought about DOIs? While digital object identifiers can be incredibly useful for providing persistent and permanent digital addresses for published works, they are also notorious among scholars for being, well, a pain.

Spinning in the Post-Doc Carousel: Lifting Up the Fixed-Term Researcher

At universities, employees are remembered in many ways. As the years of service and the employee's age accumulate, anniversary years are celebrated; festschrifts are prepared, and when employees change their workplace, farewell partiers are arranged. But who sees the fixed-term researcher?

Let the Algorithm Find the Fit? Journal Finders to Minimise the Guesswork

Finding the right journal for an article manuscript can be challenging. Could journal finders be of help to find a good fit? We made an overview for you and described how they work.

From Researcher to Editor: Magnus Fredriksson Joins Nordicom’s Editorial Team

In March, Magnus Fredriksson took on a role as editor at Nordicom. Fredriksson has a long experience as a researcher, focusing on public sector communication. “I am quite confident that he will help Nordicom be an even better servant to our Nordic research community”, says Jonas Ohlsson, director of Nordicom.

Doctoral Research 2022: What Did the New Nordic Doctors Study?

Climate change, artificial intelligence, algorithms and senior citizens' media uses – these are some of the topics of the new doctoral theses that were defended at the Nordic universities last year. In 2022, almost 60 doctoral theses were defended in the field of media and communication studies.

New Nordic Research: Making Sense of Climate Engagement in Social Media 

Climate change is an important and complex issue, and social media play a key role in climate engagement. Many people are concerned about polarization, echo chambers and misinformation, but a recent study published in Nordicom Review adds to a more nuanced picture.

Trying to Get a Peek at Facebook’s Gatekeeping Power over News Distribution

In their article "Publishing, sharing, and spreading online news: A case study of gatekeeping logics in the platform era", the authors use a reverse engineering approach to study algorithmic gatekeeping in online news distribution.

Social Media and the Eternal Search for Authenticity

In a new article, Ida Roivainen from Tampere University argues that recurring representations of coffee articulate YouTube’s girlbosses as productive and ordinary entrepreneurs who seek belonging and meaning in life.

Will ChatGPT also Revolutionise Media Research?

OpenAI's new AI conversational bot, ChatGPT, has quickly gained popularity. The language model, which is based on GPT-3, has the ability to generate text and engage in conversations. In this text, the authors discuss potential implications such technology can have for media research.

The Media Systems Where Everyone Knows Everyone

In a new article, “Micro Media Systems”, Signe Ravn-Højgaard from the University of Greenland argues that we need to redefine scale when doing research in the smallest media systems – at least when trying to understand the effects of smallness not related to the small media market.

Call for Transparency About the Norwegian Media Authority's Role and Tasks

The recent proposal to discontinue the funding for Medianorway is an example of the lack of transparency about the development of Norwegian Media Authority's responsibilities and tasks, and it raises fundamental questions about what a supervisory authority should be.

A Guide to How Media Scholars Can Research Creativity

A new book provides theoretical framework for understanding and explaining creativity in media industries. The book is aimed at researchers, students and teachers who want a guide to how we can study and understand a complex phenomenon like creativity.

Why is it Important to Support Higher Education in Ukraine?

Professor Olena Malenko emphasises the social value of education, when answering the question of why we should support higher education in Ukraine.

It is Necessary to Support Higher Education in Ukraine

In the second article in the series, “Why should we support higher education in Ukraine?”, Alla Boiko reformulates the question, and provide answers to how we can, and why we should, support higher education in Ukraine.