Cultural journalism in Finland
The journalism study research group is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Maarit Jakkola, University of Tampere, Finland on the topic of Cultural Journalism in Finland.
Balancing with values: understanding the change of cultural journalism in Finland
Culture departments in newspapers base their activity on the balancing
principle. The strive for balance most saliently manifests in the
concept of culture that regulates the choice of topics and valuation
of artistic objects. As a normative basis it caters for a coverage of
certain artistic disciplines defined as essential. The balancing
principle is also taken into account in the choice of authorship that
basically approaches culture from two different directions, either
from the aesthetically oriented artworld or the practically oriented
world of journalism. These paradigms of cultural journalism tend to be
balanced by organizational strategies.
During the three past decades, the popularization of the cultural
canon and the organizational urge for service journalism, as reflected
in a content analysis of the culture sections of the Finnish
newspapers 1978-2008, have challenged the balancing principle.
Cultural journalism has responded to the changes by developing
in-house news production and outsourcing reviewing. However, as shown
and discussed in the presentation by exploring archival documents, the
balancing principle causes distinct formalism in cultural reporting
that has often been found the source for critical observations on
shortcomings of cultural journalism, perhaps more than the actual
Time: Tuesday October 29th 2013 12.00-14.00 pm
Location: room 645, 6. floor
The lecture will be held in English.
Everyone who is interested in the topic is welcome to attend.