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Particularities of media systems in the West Nordic countries

Particularities of media systems in the West Nordic countries


Title: Particularities of media systems in the West Nordic countries
Author: Ravn-Højgaard, Signe
Jóhannsdóttir, Valgerður
Karlsson, Ragnar
Olavson, Rógvi
Skorini, Heini
Date: 2021-03-26
Language: English
Scope: 22
Department: Faculty of Political Science
Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics
Series: Nordicom Review; 42(S2)
ISSN: 1403-1108
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/nor-2021-0020
Subject: Fjölmiðlar; Samanburðarrannsóknir; comparative research; Greenland; Iceland; size; the Faroe Islands; Communication
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2683

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Ravn-Højgaard , S , Jóhannsdóttir , V , Karlsson , R , Olavson , R & Skorini , H 2021 , ' Particularities of media systems in the West Nordic countries ' , Nordicom Review , vol. 42 , no. S2 , pp. 102-123 . https://doi.org/10.2478/nor-2021-0020

Abstract:

This study compares the media systems of the West Nordic countries, namely the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland. All three countries are democratic welfare states with considerable institutional transfer from the larger Nordic countries. It is argued that the West Nordic media systems fit into the "Nordic model"when it comes to the perception of media as cultural institutions as well as the central role of public service media. On the other hand, the micro-size of the media systems in the West Nordic countries makes them vulnerable, and makes editorial independence more difficult compared with their larger Nordic neighbours. In particular, media outlets within these micro-size media systems seem more susceptible to clientelism, and journalists seem more inclined towards self-censorship. This article highlights how interplay between small size and distinct local factors shape the media system in each of the West Nordic countries.

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Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Signe Ravn-Højgaard et al., published by Sciendo 2021.

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