”Media Systems and Journalism Cultures in Transition Globally” was the umbrella-title for the fourth seminar with arranged by the Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies in Jyväskylä April 6-8. 34 senior scholars and PhD-students participated. Before the ordinary seminar we arranged a Master Class for PhD-students with 20 participants in cooperation with the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Doctoral School of Communication Studies (CORE).
The participants came from eleven universities in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Lithuania. Beside this four phd-students from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University participated as invited guests.
The Master Class (April 6-8) included two lectures and 14 paper presentations with lively discussions. Professor Aukse Balcytiene (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania) spoke about “Comparing journalism cultures” and professor Paulo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy) spoke about “Comparative dimensions of media systems”. Both the lectures and paper presentations resulted in interesting discussions.
Professor Colin Sparks (University of Westminster, London) was the key note speaker at the ordinary seminar, with “Change and Continuity in the Media of Transitional Societies” as his topic. Other speakers were Hannu Olkinuora (editor-in-chief, Hufvudstadsbladet) who spoke about “The Challenge of Media Change: Impact on Journalism and Content”, and ass. Professor Anu Kantola (Helsiniki University) who spoke about the changing ethos of journalism. The seminar also included a visit to the regional daily Keskisuomalainen and a mini-workshop about the strategies of cooperation among regional newspapers.