Clash of Cultures: The challenge of social media for journalism ethics

The project examines the clash of different ethical cultures in the new media environment. First, the focus is on the challenges that the Internet culture poses for journalistic ethics. Secondly, the project discusses the growing significance of social media as a new platform of media criticism.  The empirical data consists of case studies as well as survey and interview material. The project aims at improving journalistic practices.

The director of the project is Juha Herkman,  juha.herkman@helsinki.fi. Laura Juntunen works as a researcher in the project.

The project is funded by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

Media Strategies: Decision-makers, lobbyists and journalism

The project analyses the media and lobbying strategies of the most significant decision makers and their affiliates in Finland. Media management has become an important part of the activities of political parties, private companies, interest groups and non-governmental organizations. At the same time, new actors and practices are emerging in the fields of public relations and lobbying.

The research project uses (i) media analysis to see how Finnish decision makers use journalism in managing their reputations and constructing their images and (ii) interviews to determine the most prominent and skilful professionals of media management and public relations in Finland and what kind of strategies they use to influence media and journalism.

The project is carried out in the Department of Social Research at the University of Helsinki. It is closely connected to the European research networks and is involved in a Nordic project that carries out comparative research in the PR field of Nordic countries. The duration of the project is from August 2012 through the end of 2014.

Researchers: Adjunct Professor, Dr Anu Kantola (research director), anu.kantola@helsinki.fi

Research Fellow, Dr Lotta Lounasmeri, lotta.lounasmeri@helsinki.fi

Funding: Helsingin Sanomat FoundationFinnish Cultural Foundation 

New project funded by the Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland has decided to fund the two-year project “Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information: The Interplay Between Face-to-face and Mediated Communication in Urban Communities in Finland and Japan”. The Japanese partners are funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

The project brings together the work of research communities in Finland and Japan to form a new interdisciplinary approach combining communication research, urban planning and collaborative action research, in an effort to better understand the relationship and interplay between face-to-face (F2F) and mediated communication in urban communities. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities to tie together methodologies and approaches from the Japanese and Finnish collaborators, namely DST (Digital Storytelling), Collaborative Design and SoftGIS (Geographic Information Systems) into a useful methodological toolset. The main contribution of the project lies in developing the methodological toolset and producing new knowledge on the use of communication technology in urban communities.

The partners are:

University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research, Media and Communication Studies, CRC

Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Surveying and Planning, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Arki research group

University of Tokyo

Sapporo Ohtani University

Hitotsubashi University

The principal investigator of the consortium in Finland is Dr. Mikko Villi and in Japan professor Shin Mizukoshi.

 

Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information

The Academy of Finland funds the two-year project “Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information: The Interplay Between Face-to-face and Mediated Communication in Urban Communities in Finland and Japan”. The Japanese partners are funded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.

The project brings together the work of research communities in Finland and Japan to form a new interdisciplinary approach combining communication research, urban planning and collaborative action research, in an effort to better understand the relationship and interplay between face-to-face (F2F) and mediated communication in urban communities. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities to tie together methodologies and approaches from the Japanese and Finnish collaborators, namely DST (Digital Storytelling), Collaborative Design and SoftGIS (Geographic Information Systems) into a useful methodological toolset. The main contribution of the project lies in developing the methodological toolset and producing new knowledge on the use of communication technology in urban communities.

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The partners are:

University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research, Media and Communication Studies, CRC

Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Surveying and Planning, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Arki research group

University of Tokyo

Sapporo Ohtani University

Hitotsubashi University

The principal investigator of the consortium in Finland is adjunct professor Mikko Villi and in Japan professor Shin Mizukoshi.