Course code: 3GJ311
Course name: Nordic Media
Academic year: 2020–2021
Credits: 10 ECTS Credits
Single subject: Yes
Application: Apply at our local applicationpage
Required prerequisite knowledge
3GJ301 Journalism, Media and Globalization
Relevance within study programme
GJ 311 Nordic Media is an optional course in the MA Programme in Global Journalism at NLA University College and takes place in the second semester of the programme.
GJ 311 Nordic Media studies the media–s role and behaviour within the Nordic societies (mainly Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland). The course examines political and economic conditions for the journalistic media with a view on the peculiarities of Nordic media policy and accompanying state subsidy models. The course builds on the material covered in GJ 301 Journalism, Media and Globalization and places the Nordic media in an international context. The course pays particular attention to public service media philosophy, a topic which is widely discussed in Nordic media research. The course also offers media visits to relevant media organizations.
Learning outcomes descriptors
- is familiar with past and present developments of the journalistic media in the Nordic countries
- has knowledge of various forms of government subsidy for the Nordic media
- is able to explain a Nordic approach to public service media
- can assess the homogeneity and heterogeneity of the Nordic media system and discuss how it relates to other media systems
- can discuss how media policy in the Nordic countries affects journalistic behaviour
- can identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses of the Nordic media system
- is able to assess the relationship between a regional media system, media structure and journalistic behaviour
GJ 311–1: Nordic media structures and journalistic practice
The first section of the course provides an historical and contemporary overview of Nordic media and journalism in the Nordic countries, including recent developments on the digital media scene. The section discusses to what extent the democratic corporatist model fits the current Nordic media situation, and acquaints students with the differences that exist between the various national media systems/structures in the countries concerned.
GJ 311–2: Public service media
This section of the course discusses developments in the public service media from a Nordic perspective. A key concern emanating from the research literature is the prospect of a public service media philosophy in an era dominated by online technology and marked by audience fragmentation. With the Nordic countries serving as a departure point for the theory of public service media this part of the course also seeks to demonstrate how public service media are subject to diverse interpretations in different national and cultural contexts. Examples of public service journalism in other parts of the world will be discussed.
GJ 311–3: Nordic media events in global perspective
The third section of the course takes a –case study– approach by treating stories which originated in the Nordic media with subsequent international attention. The purpose of the study is to examine global news exchange mechanisms where a story travels across national and cultural boundaries, receiving different treatment in different media societies.
Teaching and learning methods
The course has an introductory week with intensive teaching from Monday to Friday. The remaining six weeks of the course have weekly lectures. Online connection is available for the weekly lectures, but not for the introductory week. Times for media visits will be announced when the course begins.
250 to 300 hours.
Lectures in GJ 311 are not compulsory, but students are encouraged to be present in order to create a conducive learning environment. The written exam and the assignment are compulsory.
The assessment of GJ 311 comprises two parts:
- A 4000 word written assignment/paper studying a focused aspect of the Nordic media (51 % of the final grade)
- A 4 hour written exam (49 % of the final grade)
Permitted aids under examination
1. Written assignment: All
2. Written exam: None
Both parts should be individual assignments and are assessed according to the standard A–F grading system. One final grade is given for the course.
English or a Nordic language
Annually course evaluation in accordance with the quality assurance system for NLA University College. Students may also give their feedback on the course in the student group/ in class.
Available for Course Students
Total reading: 666 pp.
GJ 311-1: Nordic media structures and journalistic practice
- Dahl, Hans Fredrik (2016) A history of the Norwegian press, 1660-2015. London: Palgrave. 1-10. (10 pp)
- Harrie, Eva (2017) Newspapers in the Nordic media landscape 2017. Göteborg: Nordicom. 9-63. (55 pp)
- Hovden, Jan Fredrik (2012) A journalistic cosmology: A sketch of some social and mental structures of the Norwegian journalistic field. Nordicom Review 33(2): 57-76. (20 pp)
- Jyrkiäinen, Jyrki and Ari Heinonen (2012) Finnish journalists: The quest for quality amidst new pressures. In David H. Weaver and Lars Willnat (eds.), The global journalist in the 21st century, 171-186. New York: Routledge. (16 pp)
- Krumsvik, Arne H., Eli Skogerbø and Tanja Storsul (2013) Size, ownership and innovation in newspapers. In Tanja Storsul and Arne H. Krumsvik (eds.), Media innovations: A multidisciplinary study of change, 93-110. Göteborg: Nordicom. (18 pp)
- Lund, Anker Brink (2007) Media markets in Scandinavia: Political economy aspects of convergence and divergence. Nordicom Review 28 (jubilee issue): 121-134. (14 pp)
- Ohlson, Jonas (2015) The Nordic media market 2015. Göteborg: Nordicom. (65 pp.)
- Ottosen, Rune and Arne Krumsvik (2012) Digital challenges on the Norwegian media scene. Nordicom Review 33(2): 43-56. (14 pp)
- Skovsgaard, Morten, Erik Albæk, Peter Bro and Claes de Vreese (2012) Media professionals or organizational marionettes? Professional values and constraints of Danish journalists. In David H. Weaver and Lars Willnat (eds.), The global journalist in the 21st century, 155-170. New York: Routledge. (16 pp)
- Strömbäck, Jesper, Lars Nord and Adam Shehata (2012) Swedish journalists: Between professionalization and commercialization. In David H. Weaver and Lars Willnat (eds.), The global journalist in the 21st century, 306-319. New York: Routledge. (14 pp)
- Strömbäck, Jesper, Mark Ørsten and Toril Aalberg (2008) Political communication in the Nordic countries: An introduction. In Jesper Strömbäck, Mark Ørsten and Toril Aalberg (eds.), Communicating politics: Political communication in the Nordic countries, 11-24. Göteborg: Nordicom. (14 pp)
- Ørsten, Mark, Toril Aalberg and Jesper Strömbäck (2008) Conclusions: Similarities and differences between the Nordic countries. In Jesper Strömbäck, Mark Ørsten and Toril Aalberg (eds.), Communicating politics: Political communication in the Nordic countries, 267-272. Göteborg: Nordicom. (6 pp)
GJ 311-2: Public service media
- Chin, Yik Chan and Matthew D. Johnson (2012) Public cultural service: New paradigms of broadcasting policy and reform in the People’s Republic of China. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Jeanette Steemers (eds.), Regaining the initiative for public service media, 149-166. Göteborg: Nordicom. (18 pp)
- Collins, Richard (2010) From public service broadcasting to public service communication. In Gregory Ferrell Lowe (ed.), The public in public service media, 53-70. Göteborg: Nordicom. (18 pp)
- Freedman, Des and Vana Goblot (eds.) (2018) A future for public service television. London: Goldsmiths Press. (Excerpt 50 pp)
- Hujanen, Taisto, Lennart Weitbull and Eva Harrie (2013) The challenge of public service broadcasting in the Nordic countries: Contents and audiences. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 17-50. Göteborg: Nordicom. (24 pp)
- Juárez-Gámiz, Julio and Gregory Ferrell Lowe (2012) Breaking the mold with new media: Making way for a public service provider in Mexico? In Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Jeanette Steemers (eds.), Regaining the initiative for public service media, 167-182. Göteborg: Nordicom. (16 pp)
- Larsen, Håkon (2011) Public service broadcasting as an object for cultural policy in Norway and Sweden: A policy tool and an end in itself. Nordicom Review 32(2): 35-47. (13 pp)
- Lowe, Gregory Ferrell, Hilde Van den Bulck and Karen Donders (eds.) (2018) Public service media in the networked society. Göteborg: Nordicom: 7-124 and 195-210. (134 pp)
- Lund, Anker Brink and Gregory Ferrell Lowe (2013) Current challenges to public service broadcasting in the Nordic countries. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 51-74. Göteborg: Nordicom. (24 pp)
- Moe, Hallvard and Ole J. Mjøs (2013) The arm length’s principle in Nordic public broadcasting regulation. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 75-92. Göteborg: Nordicom. (18 pp)
- Nissen, Christian S. (2013) Introduction: What’s so special about Nordic public service media? In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 9-16. Göteborg: Nordicom. (8 pp)
- Rydin, Ingegerd (2013) Discourses on cultural diversity in public service media in the Nordic region: A focus on ethnic minorities. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 131-160. Göteborg: Nordicom. (30 pp)
- Selin, Henrik (2013) Nordic public service broadcasting and European Union regulation. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Public service media from a Nordic horizon: Politics, markets, programming and users, 161-174. Göteborg: Nordicom. (14 pp)
GJ 311-3: Nordic media events in global perspective
- Eide, Elisabeth (2013) Norway and 22 July: A clash of diagnoses … ? In Ulla Carlsson (ed.), Freedom of expression revisited: Citizenship and journalism in the digital era, 73-91. Göteborg: Nordicom. (19 pp)
- Eide, Elisabeth, Risto Kunelius and Angela Phillips (2008) Contrapuntal Readings. Transnational media research and the cartoon controversy as a global news event. In Elisabeth Eide, Risto Kunelius and Angela Phillips (eds.) (2008) Transnational media events: The Mohammed cartoons and the imagined clash of civilizations, 11- 28. Göteborg: Nordicom. (18 pp)