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Dealing with Covid in news deserts: How pandemic-related news and (mis)information flow in local communities left behind by journalism

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This talk will present preliminary findings from an on-going research project on informed citizenship and public connectivity in news deserts. The project draws on empirical investigations from case studies of two local communities where local journalism no longer plays a significant role: The urban municipality of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the more rural town of Ringwood in Hampshire, UK. The talk will analyse how news, (mis)information and public discourse related to local handlings of the pandemic were facilitated and dealt with in these two very different local communities.

Speaker bio: Steen Steensen is professor of journalism at Oslo Metropolitan University and visiting professor (2021-2023) at the Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth university. His research interests are in digital journalism studies and the increasingly complex relations between news, journalism, technology and platforms. He is currently managing the international and interdisciplinary research project “Source Criticism and Mediated Disinformation (SCAM)” funded by the Research Council of Norway (2020-2024). His most recent book is What is Digital Journalism Studies? (Routledge, 2020) co-authored with professor Oscar Westlund.

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