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How was the Covid-19 pandemic was communicated?

media researchers from the Nordic countries comparing and sharing experiences for their research of how the Covid-19 pandemic was communicated and managed in the different countries.

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In the new edited volume «Communicating a Pandemic - Crisis Management and Covid-10 in the Nordic Countries» published by Nordicom are media researchers from the Nordic countries comparing and sharing experiences for their research of how the Covid-19 pandemic was communicated and managed in the different countries.

The varied strategies and management during the crises challenged the idea of “the Nordic model”, a term often used by social scientist to describe the similarities between Nordic countries in their extensive welfare system, economic policies, media systems and a high level of trust in societal actors.

Through 15 chapters, the book gives us broad perspectives on how the crises was communicated from the governments, public health care officials, lobbyists, news media and companies during the first year into the pandemic.

From the University in Bergen professor Jens Kjeldsen and postdoc Ragnhild Mølster have contributed with chapters about communication strategies and knowledge from Norway, Sweden and Denmark in:

  • Strategic Covid-19 management in communicational practice: At the Crossroads to remain open or not in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Joel Rasmussen, Øyvind Ihlen og Jens Kjeldsen.
  • Crafting the crisis: How the genre of the justifying press conference consititued the Covid-10 pandemic as an emergency and legitimised the power of authorities in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Jens Kjeldsen
  • Expressions of governance, risk and responsibility: Public campaigns in the crisis and risk management of Covid-19 in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.  Pernille Almlund, Jens Kjeldsen og Ragnhild Mølster

Professor Hallvard Moe and Brita Ytre-Arne have contributed with a chapter about concerns about misinformation during the pandemic: "Citizens’ news use during Covid-19 Concerns about misinformation and reliance on local news in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden".