....POLKOM-mandag 01.04 Tellef Raabe om politiske kommentatorer..POLKOM-Monday 01.04 Tellef Raabe on political commentators and legacy newspapers....

....POLKOM-mandag 01.04 Tellef Raabe om politiske kommentatorer..POLKOM-Monday 01.04 Tellef Raabe on political commentators and legacy newspapers....

Mandag den 01.04 inviterer POLKOM til åpent lunsjseminar. Innleder denne mandagen vil være Tellef Raabe, PHD -stipendiat i Cambridge og gjesteforsker ved IMK. Raabe vil presentere resultater fra sin master-oppgave hvor han undersøkte makten og de demokratiske funksjonene til politiske kommentatorer i tradisjonelle aviser. Seminaret holdes klokken 12.00 på rom 418 på IMK

This dissertation analyses the power and democratic function of political commentators writing for legacy newspapers in contemporary Norway. Although such commentators are highly visible in the public debate, this study finds that their overall readership has decreased significantly in the last decade. Commentators increasingly form and inform an elite group of writers and readers. Whilst the limited scholarly literature is predominantly critical of commentators, this study argues that the increasing fragmentation of the public sphere calls for reappraisal. Commentators, benefiting from a privileged access to elite political sources, are in a position where they may inform the electorate by interpreting, analysing, and explaining complex political processes. To fulfil this remit and thus live up to their democratic function, legacy newspapers must strive to meet new demands of accessibility and representation. By employing a mixed methods research design, this dissertation analyses Norway’s fraught media landscape through the frameworks provided by Bourdieu, Habermas, Anderson and Sunstein, with the aim to analyse commentators in a new context – the age of social media.

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On Monday 01.04. POLKOM will host an open lunch-seminar. This week the seminar will feature an introduction by Tellef Raabe, a PHD candidate at Cambridge and current guest researcher at IMK. Raabe will present results from his master thesis in which he examined the power and democratic function of political commentators writing for legacy newspapers in contemporary Norway . The seminar will be held at 12.00 in room 418 at IMK.

This dissertation analyses the power and democratic function of political commentators writing for legacy newspapers in contemporary Norway. Although such commentators are highly visible in the public debate, this study finds that their overall readership has decreased significantly in the last decade. Commentators increasingly form and inform an elite group of writers and readers. Whilst the limited scholarly literature is predominantly critical of commentators, this study argues that the increasing fragmentation of the public sphere calls for reappraisal. Commentators, benefiting from a privileged access to elite political sources, are in a position where they may inform the electorate by interpreting, analysing, and explaining complex political processes. To fulfil this remit and thus live up to their democratic function, legacy newspapers must strive to meet new demands of accessibility and representation. By employing a mixed methods research design, this dissertation analyses Norway’s fraught media landscape through the frameworks provided by Bourdieu, Habermas, Anderson and Sunstein, with the aim to analyse commentators in a new context – the age of social media.

New video, Masters of Political Communication: Nordic Perspectives at the University of Oslo

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