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Journalism in Change

Journalistic Culture in Poland, Russia and Sweden


Edited By Gunnar Nygren and Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska

Media developments change journalism all over the world. But are the changes the same in different media systems? How is professionalization influenced by the constant growth of a network society and social media? How are commercialization and political influences in the media relating to each other? These are some of the issues discussed in this study. It is based on the research project Journalism in Change – professional journalistic cultures in Poland, Russia and Sweden. From 2011 to 2014 researchers from Sweden, Poland and Russia at Södertörn University in Stockholm have been cooperating closely in order to survey a sample of 1500 journalists and 60 in depth interviews with journalists. The results are presented in a comparative design covering different areas.
It is an unusually tightly focused volume that sheds much light on the values, roles and working conditions of these journalists in a revealing comparative perspective. It is a model of well-conceptualized and carefully conducted comparative cross-national journalism research.
David H. Weaver, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA
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Notes of contributors


Notes on contributors


Gunnar Nygren, Ph.D., is professor in journalism at Södertörn University, Sweden. He worked for a long time as a journalist. His research has been devoted to local journalism in Sweden and recent years mostly to professional roles of journalists and changing journalistic practices. He has participated in many national and international research projects. He was the leader for the transnational research project "Journalism in change. Journalistic culture in Poland, Russia and Sweden" (2011–2014) involving also researchers from Poland and Russia. He has published several articles on comparative studies on journalists and journalism students in Sweden, Poland, Russia and other Central and East European countries. E-mail:

Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Wrocław and Chair of Department of Communication and Journalism. She is a founder and past president (2007–2013) of the Polish Communication Association. She is a past president of the International Federation of Communication Associations (2010–2012). She has published several books and articles. She is interested in political communication and media systems. She is a founder and editor of the Central European Journal of Communication. She is a member of the editorial board of Communication Theory. She is an editor of the series Studies in Communication and Politics (Peter Lang Edition) and Politics and Communication (University of Wroclaw Press). E-mail:


Maria Anikina, Ph.D., associate professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She is...

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