Book Chapter

What Is Cultural News Good For? Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish cultural journalism in public service organisations


Chapter Authors
Heiki Hellman, Leif-Ove Larsen, Silje Nygaard, Kristina Riegert, Andreas Widholm



This chapter compares how Nordic public service media institutions (Finland: YLE; Norway: NRK; Sweden: SVT/SR) de ne and interpret their remits regarding cultural news. Relying on policy documents, interviews with managing cultural news editors and a sample week’s broadcast and online cultural news output, the results show distinctive national di erences in the ways cultural news is conceived, the resources and organisation of the cultural news desks, and di erences in news content during the week studied. e countries are most similar in their broad popular culture o ering, and by that fact that all the companies provide broader cultural news coverage on their websites than in their broadcast versions. However, the distinctions between the online and o ine platforms are less clear than those between the three countries. So, despite the commonalities of the Nordic media model, the values and practices of cultural journalism show enough di erences to warrant further study.

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    Book Chapter (peer reviewed)
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    Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries
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About the Authors

Kristina Riegert

Kristina Riegert is Professor in Media & Communication Studies, having held a position as Lecturer in Journalism and a PhD in Political Science. Read more

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the same department in 2011. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and cult... Read more


Hellman, H., Larsen, L., Nygaard, S., Riegert, K. and Widholm, A. (2017). What Is Cultural News Good For? Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish cultural journalism in public service organisations. In: N. Nørgaard Kristensen and K. Riegert, eds., Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries, Göteborg: Nordicom.