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The Icelandic news media in times of crisis and change

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Jóhannsdóttir, Valgerður
dc.contributor.author Ólafsson, Jón Gunnar
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-15T13:37:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-15T13:37:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-31
dc.identifier.issn 1670-6803
dc.identifier.issn 1670-679X (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/786
dc.description.abstract The news media around the world has experienced drastic changes in recent decades, and the Icelandic media is no exception. These changes originate in political, economic and not least technological developments. In this article we map key developments in the Icelandic media system and illustrate the changes it has undergone in the first decades of the 21st century. Journalism and media studies are under-researched fields of study in Iceland, and the country is usually absent from comparative work in these fields. Often it is simply grouped together with the other four Nordic countries. We argue that the Icelandic media system differs from those countries in several ways. Whilst it has moved towards the liberal model there are also indications of increased partisanship in the media in the last decade. The smallness of the media system has made it more vulnerable to the increasing competition and commercialisation in the digital era, and Iceland was particularly badly hit by the financial crisis in 2008. News media companies in Iceland are struggling financially, several media outlets have come and gone, mergers have been frequent and trust in the media is low. The view that some sort of public support is required to secure an independent media and high-quality journalism is gaining ground in Iceland. This could lead to its media system becoming more similar to the democratic corporatist Nordic countries than is the case now.
dc.format.extent 189-210
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Stofnun stjórnsýslufræða og stjórnmála við Háskóla Íslands
dc.relation.ispartofseries Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla;14(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject News media
dc.subject Media system
dc.subject Financial crisis
dc.subject Journalism
dc.subject Democracy
dc.subject Iceland
dc.subject Fjölmiðlar
dc.subject Fréttaflutningur
dc.subject Blaðamennska
dc.subject Efnahagskreppur
dc.subject Lýðræði
dc.subject Bankahrunið 2008
dc.title The Icelandic news media in times of crisis and change
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration
dc.identifier.journal Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla
dc.identifier.doi 10.13177/irpa.a.2018.14.1.9
dc.contributor.department Stjórnmálafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Political Science (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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