Browsing by Subject "local media"

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  • Hujanen, Jaana; Lehtisaari, Katja; Linden, Carl-Gustav; Grönlund, Mikko (2019)
    In the Nordic countries, local and regional newspapers have functioned as keystone media. This article examines the emergence of hyperlocal initiatives as part of evolving local media ecosystems in Finland, analysing the extent and characteristics of hyperlocal media, and how they relate to wider changes in the Finnish media ecosystem. The data gathered on hyperlocal initiatives include a semi-structured survey by phone and online. The research conducted shows that the field is diverse. Rather than considering hyperlocal media in the context of typical publication forms, these newcomers can be best described according to a set of dimensions. Furthermore, the results indicate rather a strong desire to engage people in community building. The emergence of hyperlocal publications means adding a new layer to the Finnish media ecosystem. This development also provides the grounds for further study of the possible emergence of a new media era in Finland.
  • Lyytimäki, Jari; Benighaus, Ludger; Gómez, Javier; Benighaus, Christina; Kauppi, Sari; Kotilainen, Juha M.; Mononen, Tuija; del Rio, Virginia (Springer Nature, 2021)
    Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 38 (2021), 1831–1843
    The understanding of public debates over mineral exploration and mining largely originates from exceptional situations such as mining accidents of conflicts. Less is known about how mining is portrayed and understood under more conventional settings. What storylines dominate the local day-to-day public debate? This article presents results from a comparative case study focusing on newspaper coverage of mineral exploration and mining in three European countries representing different geological and socio-economic contexts. Newspaper articles from the Geyer-Erzgebirge region in Germany, the Andalusia region in Spain, and Northern Finland are studied. The sample looks into the period between September 2018 and February 2020 and shows that regional newspapers report about mining issues relatively intensively even in the absence of major accidents or other media events causing peaks of attention. The tone of the articles is generally neutral to positive towards mining activities, reflecting the specific local settings, historical experiences, and future expectations. Despite the different contexts of the three countries, there were considerable similarities to the topics highlighted, including common themes of mining revival, mining events and social interaction, history of mining, and damages related to mining. Past, present, and future employment opportunities related directly or indirectly to the mining sector are key storylines. Another recurrent underlying theme is the need to balance environment and safety risks and socio-economic prosperity, typically covered through ordinary disputes among the mining sector, public authorities, regional non-governmental organizations, and local initiatives.
  • Hujanen, Jaana; Dovbysh, Olga; Jangdal, Lottie; Lehtisaari, Katja (2021)
    The role of hyperlocal media is of increasing relevance as traditional local journalism experiences a decline due to centrali‐sation and consolidation. The affordances of Internet and digital technologies also enable hyperlocal initiatives to enhancecivic engagement in localities and serve as a place and resource for local deliberative processes. This study examines howthe aims, perceptions and practices of hyperlocal media vary in three countries of the Global North—Sweden, Finland andRussia—and what implications this has for connectedness and civic engagement in local public spheres. The context ofdifferent media systems and local political regimes help to explore possibilities and limitations of hyperlocals as agentsof place‐oriented civic engagement. The data includes interviews with practitioners and analysis of selected hyperlocalmedia. Our results indicate that hyperlocal media practitioners in all three countries aim to provide local people and com‐munities with a voice, and to enhance resident engagement in local life. We reveal three civic roles of hyperlocal media:(i) information provider, (ii) community builder, and (iii) civic mediator. Practices of civic engagement used by hyperlocalmedia range from relying on civic journalism to fostering civic debates and can be classified in two main categories: civicinformation and civic debate and interaction. The perceptions and practices of these hyperlocal media are, to some extent,similar because of comparable changes and challenges regarding the local media and public spheres. At the same time,the perceptions of civic roles vary, reflecting both the developments and differences in the countries’ media spheres andpolitical regimes. This research raises a critical question about hyperlocal practitioners’ understanding of their own rolesand aims, and in addition, how differences in media cultures and local regimes affect their performance as agents of localpublic spheres
  • Linden, Carl-Gustav (2021)
    This article captures the dynamics of a special case when it comes to media systems, namely the Aland Islands, or Aland, with 6,700 islands and 30,000 inhabitants. Aland is one of three self-governed areas in the Nordic region (the others being the Faroe Islands and Greenland) and is an officially monolingual Swedish-speaking part of Finland, where the majority speak Finnish. In this article, I describe how Aland, despite its small size, has a media system characterised by a diverse and complete offering of local media: two daily newspapers, its own public service and public service offerings from both mainland Finland and neighbouring Sweden, a commercial radio station, and several magazines. However, media diversity is limited by the fact that the same person - a local business tycoon, Anders Wiklof - controls both newspapers. There is one main research question motivating this study: What are the specific features of the media system in Aland? To be able to answer that, I relied on the analysis of three sets of data: nine interviews, a two-part survey and the media policy adopted in 2018, and transcripts of the preceding political debate.