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Jangdal, L. (2020). Hyperlocals Matter: Prioritising Politics When Others Don’t. Journalism Practice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hyperlocals Matter: Prioritising Politics When Others Don’t
2020 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study examines the democratic contribution of hyperlocal media in Sweden in an electoral context. A quantitative content analysis of digital news material is used to examine which topics are prioritised, and which actors get to participate in the local public sphere. Political content is further studied to learn whether it varies between a normal news week and a week during the election campaign. The analysis also examines whether there is a relationship between media density and editorial focus. The results indicate that this segment of hyperlocals—online and independent of legacy media—fills an important function on several democratic levels, including an increased level of editorial coverage of political topics towards an election, a wider distribution of sources and the facilitation of forums for debate. 

Keywords
democracy, election, hyperlocal media, media density, political content, Sweden
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38702 (URN)10.1080/17512786.2020.1739551 (DOI)000519852400001 ()2-s2.0-85081611366 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-03-25 Created: 2020-03-25 Last updated: 2020-04-03
Jangdal, L. & Wadbring, I. (2019). Det journalistiska innehållet (6:1ed.). In: Gunnar Nygren, Ingela Wadbring (Ed.), På väg mot medievärlden 2030: Journalistikens villkor och utmaningar (pp. 189-209). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det journalistiska innehållet
2019 (Swedish)In: På väg mot medievärlden 2030: Journalistikens villkor och utmaningar / [ed] Gunnar Nygren, Ingela Wadbring, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 6:1, p. 189-209Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 6:1
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37502 (URN)978-91-44-12506-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved
Jangdal, L., Cepaite Nilsson, A. & Stúr, E. (2019). Hyperlocal Journalism and PR: Diversity in Roles and Interactions. OBS - Observatorio, 13(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hyperlocal Journalism and PR: Diversity in Roles and Interactions
2019 (English)In: OBS - Observatorio, ISSN 1646-5954, E-ISSN 1646-5954, Vol. 13, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hyperlocal media has repeatedly been framed as a potential saviour of local journalism, but the democratic and civic role that often is ascribed to hyperlocals is not obvious or uncomplicated. The hyperlocals’ vulnerable economic situation makes them dependent on free content, for example material produced by local councils or organizations. This paper investigates the role of hyperlocal media entrepreneurs and their interaction with local councils and other stakeholders. We examine how the hyperlocal media entrepreneurs supply their communities with news in places of a media void, and how they perceive their role in their communities. Findings from this qualitative study show that the media entrepreneurs view their news production as an important part of the local community. They provide a forum for debate and information for citizens, local governments and organizations. Their service also includes a channel for local events relevant for the community. The interactions with the local governments vary, as well as the hyperlocal entrepreneurs’ evaluation of how the information provided by the councils can or should be handled. The relation between hyperlocal media entrepreneurs and local governments is a complex process, including both interrelated and contradictory goals.

Keywords
hyperlocal news, media entrepreneurs, PR, community, local governments
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35105 (URN)10.15847/obsOBS13120191278 (DOI)2-s2.0-85064337295 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved
Jangdal, L. (2019). Local democracy and the media: Can hyperlocals fill the gap?. Nordicom Review, 40(2), 69-83
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local democracy and the media: Can hyperlocals fill the gap?
2019 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 69-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Local news media in Western countries are undergoing major changes, including cutbacks, centralisation and consolidation. In this study, Sweden has been scanned to map the pres- ence of digital hyperlocal media and to investigate which online channels of communication they offer their readers, in order to determine their set-up for democratic functions. The results reveal that very few hyperlocals are positioned in rural areas; instead, the major- ity of them favour metropolitan or urban municipalities. The hyperlocal media presence on social networks is limited to a few platforms, and about half of the hyperlocals offer commentary fields on their news sites. As the democratic structure varies, coupled with the fact that hyperlocals favour high-density population municipalities where traditional media already exist, this study indicates that the democracy dialogue in the local public sphere may be at risk.

Keywords
hyperlocal media, democracy, digital journalism, Sweden, social media
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37499 (URN)10.2478/nor-2019-0027 (DOI)000493445800005 ()2-s2.0-85075342596 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved
Jangdal, L. (2019). The watchdog that barks when needed. In: : . Paper presented at NordMedia, Malmö, 21-23 August, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The watchdog that barks when needed
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37501 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia, Malmö, 21-23 August, 2019
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Jangdal, L. (2018). Från vovvar till valvaka: Varierande fokus på hyperlokala nyhetssajter. In: Nord, L., Grusell, M., Bolin, N. & Falasca, K. (Ed.), Snabbtänkt: Reflektioner från valet 2018 av ledande forskare (pp. 98). Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, DEMICOM
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från vovvar till valvaka: Varierande fokus på hyperlokala nyhetssajter
2018 (Swedish)In: Snabbtänkt: Reflektioner från valet 2018 av ledande forskare / [ed] Nord, L., Grusell, M., Bolin, N. & Falasca, K., Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, DEMICOM , 2018, p. 98-Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, DEMICOM, 2018
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35117 (URN)978-91-88025-99-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Cepaite Nilson, A., Stúr, E. & Jangdal, L. (2018). Survival of the fittest: The do’s and don’ts of hyperlocals. In: : . Paper presented at Ecrea 2018, "Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation", Track: Local News: Covering and binding communities, Lugano, Schweiz, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Survival of the fittest: The do’s and don’ts of hyperlocals
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

On the Swedish local media market, hyperlocal new media face challenges for survival. Still little is known about whether different hyperlocal media ventures have potential for sustainability and how this potential might be expressed. The demanding working conditions require special strategies that need to be explored. Therefore, it’s an important for hyperlocal media entrepreneurs to identify which problems they face in purpose to find sustainable solutions.

The object of this study is to explore what problems do the hyperlocal news entrepreneurs experience and what strategies do they use for sustaining their activity. Sweden is used as a case since many of the Swedish hyperlocal media entrepreneurs are professional in their media production and therefore interesting as an example in a global context. This study includes a selection of in-depth interviews with Swedish hyperlocals.

Keywords
Hyperlocal media, hyperlocal journalism, media entrepreneurs, media sustainability, sustainability criteria
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35116 (URN)
Conference
Ecrea 2018, "Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation", Track: Local News: Covering and binding communities, Lugano, Schweiz, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Cepaite Nilsson, A., Stúr, E. & Jangdal, L. (2017). Filling a gap of information: Case of Convergence in municipalities when local media entrepreneurs take over communicating local news. In: : . Paper presented at Euprera 2017, London, UK, "Public Relations and the Power of Creativity strategic opportunities, innovation and critical challenges", Track 4: Media Convergence, Boundary-Drawing and World-Making, Oct. 12-14, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Filling a gap of information: Case of Convergence in municipalities when local media entrepreneurs take over communicating local news
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35114 (URN)
Conference
Euprera 2017, London, UK, "Public Relations and the Power of Creativity strategic opportunities, innovation and critical challenges", Track 4: Media Convergence, Boundary-Drawing and World-Making, Oct. 12-14, 2017
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Jangdal, L. (2017). Local Democracy and the Media: Can Hyperlocals Fill the Gap?. In: : . Paper presented at NordMedia 2017, Mediated Realites – Global Challenges, Aug. 17-19, 2017, Tampere, Finland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local Democracy and the Media: Can Hyperlocals Fill the Gap?
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
hyperlocal media, democracy, digital journalism, Sweden, social media
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35112 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia 2017, Mediated Realites – Global Challenges, Aug. 17-19, 2017, Tampere, Finland
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Stur, E., Cepaite-Nilsson, A. & Jangdal, L. (2016). Local News in a Changing Media Environment: Impact of Hyper-Local News -  Case of Swedish Local Media. In: ECREA 2016 Abstract Book: . Paper presented at ECREA, Local Media – Dealing with the Local: Media, Proximity and Community, Nov. 8-11, 2016, Prag, Tjeckien..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local News in a Changing Media Environment: Impact of Hyper-Local News -  Case of Swedish Local Media
2016 (English)In: ECREA 2016 Abstract Book, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29586 (URN)DEMICOM (Local ID)9788090665507 (ISBN)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
Conference
ECREA, Local Media – Dealing with the Local: Media, Proximity and Community, Nov. 8-11, 2016, Prag, Tjeckien.
Projects
Entreprenörskap i lokala medier på landsbygden
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-8591-5108

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