Mediating climate change and energy business in Yandex Novosti and Russian-language Google News: Online talk in December

In December, Mika Perkiömäki from the University of Helsinki will present his ongoing research “Mediating climate change and energy business in Yandex Novosti and Russian-language Google News before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”. He compares the top 5 and top 6 news stories recommended by these two news aggregators in MarchNovember 2021 to those of MarchNovember 2022 and aims to find out if, and how, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected the way climate change, energy transition and the energy business in general are present in the newsfeeds.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom December, 13 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until December, 12 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, you will get the information.

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Hybridization of civilian and military uses of mobile communication in the Russo-Ukrainian war: Online talk in November

In November, Roman Horbyk from Örebro University in Sweden will present his research “Towards the Mobile Phone Doctrine(s): Hybridization of Civilian and Military Uses of Mobile Communication in the Russo-Ukrainian War”. In this talk Horbyk will present the final results of a two-year research project on the major trends highlighting how a mobile phone—an ordinary civilian device—has become weaponized and turned into a hybrid tool that integrates a number of peaceful and combat functions.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom November, 8 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until November, 7 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, you will get the information.

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The future of independent journalism in exile: Open discussion at Aleksanteri Conference

As part of Online talks on Russian media we organise open discussion on the future of independent journalism in exile. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many independent Russian media outlets relocated abroad. Facing the threat of fines and arrests, hundreds of journalists left the country, but not the profession. Individual journalists and collectives are trying to (re)establish their operations from abroad to serve Russian-language people with alternative news agenda and opinions.

Open discussion invites everyone interested in the topic to discuss the future of (Russian) journalism in exile. During the event we aim to address the financial, legal, organisational and other challenges and solutions needed to support sustainable and effective model of independent journalism from abroad. Having Russia as the main case, we also consider other countries like Belarus or Azerbaijan where journalistic freedom is threatened. 

Speakers:

  • Elena Rodina (independent scholar)
  • Artem Filatov (journalist, founder of ‘Opyt Svobody’ media project)
  • Mariëlle Wijermars (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Salla Nazarenko (Finnish Journalists’ Union) 

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the prism of TV news around the world: Online talk in October

In October, Svetlana Pasti from Tampere University will present her co-authored research “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the prism of TV news around the world”, where she studied the coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in news broadcasts of the main television news bulletins in Russia, China and Finland. The project was later expanded to include the respective TV news broadcasts in the rest of the BRICS countries – Brazil, India and South Africa – as well as in the UK and the USA.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom October, 11 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until October, 10 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, you will get the information.

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Discourses of the Russian political communication and cultural diplomacy in Finland: Online talk on Russian media in September

Online talk in September hosts a kick-off seminar on the project “‘Russian World’ Next Door: Discourses of the Russian Political Communication and Cultural Diplomacy in Finland”. The project will be presented by Vera Zvereva, Tatiana Romashko and Rasa Žakevičiūtė from the University of Jyväskylä. Researchers will talk about the objectives of the study and the original goals of the project, and how they were affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom September, 13 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until September, 12 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, you will get the information.

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Online talks on Russian media: new academic year

Russian Media Lab Network in collaboration with Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media continue their joint initiative of Online talks on Russian Media in the third academic season.

Read more about Talks here. As usual, we meet every second Tuesday of a month in Zoom between 12:00 and 13:30 (Helsinki time).

Schedule: 

September, 13: Vera Zvereva, Tatiana Romashko and Rasa Žakevičiūtė, University of Jyväskylä, “‘Russian World’ Next Door: Discourses of the Russian Political Communication and Cultural Diplomacy in Finland”. Read about this Online talk here.

October, 11: Svetlana Pasti, Tampere University, “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the prism of TV news around the world”

November, 8: Roman Horbyk, Örebro University, Towards the Mobile Phone Doctrine(s): Hybridization of Civilian and Military Uses of Mobile Communication in the Russo-Ukrainian War

December, 13: Mika Perkiömäki, University of Helsinki, “Mediating climate change and energy business in Yandex Novosti and Russian-language Google News before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”

January, 10:

February, 14: Varvara Preter, Ben Gurion University of the Negev “Pumpkin latte” controversy among Russian-language immigrants in Israel and beyond”

March, 14:

April, 11:

May, 9:

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Transmedia audiences and construction of protest movements in Russia: Online talk on Russian media in May

In May, Svetlana Chuikina from Karlstad University in Sweden will present her research “Transmedia audiences and construction of protest movements in Russia: between activism and mundanity“, where she studies civil engagement and politicization of people in Russia, mainly young people, who became the largest representative group of the mass protests which visibly intensified in the years following 2017.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom May, 10 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate, please leave your contact information here until May, 9 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, we’ll send you the information.

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Digital celebrities and platform curation in the current Russian context: Online talk on Russian media in April

On April 12, Olga Logunova and Pavel Lebedev will present their research “Digital celebrities and platform curation in the current Russian context“. Recently, Russian celebrities have lost access to popular global social media platforms. Additionally, some platforms have switched off all monetisation instruments for Russian content-makers. From today we can’t state the result of this transformation, as it is not finished yet. However we will discuss, how these changes affect celebrities and opinion leaders.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom April, 12 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until April, 11 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, we’ll send you the information.

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Independent media and war: Online talk on Russian media in March

On March 8, Online talk will discuss Russian independent media and crisis. The panel will discuss the following topics: How are the Russian independent media and journalists working in times of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine? What are their roles and possibilities for reporting in the period of information war? How does e.g. the law on foreign agents and other restrictions affect their work? How does the future for independent media look?

The participants of a panel discussion will be:

  • Veera Laine, postdoctoral fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; 
  • Ekaterina Abashina, lawer, Roskomsvoboda, Russian NGO focusing on digital rights of journalists and internet users;
  • Aleksander Amzin, independent media expert.

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Online talk on Russian media in February: Digital inequalities in multiethnic Russian society

On February 8, Anna Gladkova from Lomonosov Moscow State University will present her research “Digital inequalities, digital capital and digital inclusion in multiethnic Russian society“, where she explores digital  inclusion of major and minor ethnic groups in Russia by comparing three broad categories of digital resources, identified as components of the index of inclusion: ICT access, skills, and extent of engagement with technologies.

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