Head of the Organising Committee
Sanna Turoma
sanna.turoma [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Coordinator
Kaarina Aitamurto
kaarina.aitamurto [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Secretary
Maarit Elo-Valente
maarit.elo-valente [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Intern
Miikka Piiroinen
miikka.piiroinen [at] helsinki.fi

Conference e-mail:
fcree-aleksconf [at] helsinki.fi

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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Veronika Fors (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Margarita Khartanovich (University of Tampere, Finland):

Katja Lehtisaari (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland) & François Nel (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Panel abstract: Shifting Journalistic Cultures: Challenges for Innovating Journalists and Media Managers

Mass media is an integral part of Russian culture, reflecting the countrys political, economic and socio-cultural development and acting as a producer and mediator of cultural practices and conventions. The aim of this panel is to shed light on the processes of media production and current challenges in the field.

The panel focuses on journalistic culture and working culture in editorial rooms in Russia from various viewpoints. In the four presentations, different aspects of political culture, working culture and organizational culture are touched. In addition, both national and regional media is taken into account and research methods include e.g. content analysis and surveys. The aspect of political culture is looked in the level of regional press keeping in mind that on the one hand, journalists are carries of a certain political culture, and on the other hand, they are active subjects who participate in forming of the political culture. Content analysis of regional Russian press inform about political consciousness, behavior and political attitudes of regional journalists. The second presentation focuses on changing characteristics of editorial and journalistic work in Russian newsrooms, aiming to find out, for example, the share of converged work in their routines. The aspect of organizational culture in newsrooms is in the core of the third presentation. Based on the data from annual World Newsmedia Innovation Study, the presentation explores the extent to which there are clashes or consensus amongst editorial and commercial managers about the strategic direction their businesses should follow, and how this correlates with the ambitions for change of senior executives. The presentation will focus on Russian data, making comparisons to worldwide answers in this unique dataset of nearly 2,000 responses.

The panel includes following presentations:

1. Veronika Fors (St. Petersburg State University): Political Culture of Russian Journalists as Part of the Culture of Society (2001-2013)

2. Margarita Khartanovich (University of Tampere, Finland): The Current State and Future Forms of Russian Music Magazines

3. Katja Lehtisaari (University of Helsinki) and François Nel (University of Central Lancashire): Play, Pause, Stop? Newsmedia Managers' Perspectives on Change