Network Contact Information

Crisis, Communication and Society Research Network

Dr. Soc. Sci., University Lecturer
Salli Hakala
+358 2941 23770

Assistant Professor (Docent)
Ph.D. Johanna Sumiala
+358 2941 40813

M.Soc.Sc, PhD candidate
Minttu Tikka
+358 50 318 7606

Department of Social Research
Communication Research Centre CRC
Unioninkatu 37 (P.O. Box 54)
00014 University of Helsinki


Conference: News in Crisis?


News in Crisis?
Challenging News Cultures in a YouTube Era

Time: 12.15-16.00, Friday 18th of March, 2011
Venue: University of Helsinki
Main building, room 6 

Registration (expired) by 14th of March, 2011.


12:15- Opening
12:30 Key note Professor Terhi Rantanen (LSE) "The Future of News?"
13:15 Response Professor John Downing (Southern Illinois University)
13:45 Discussion
14:00 Round Table (including i.a. Editor-in-Chief Kaius Niemi, Ilta-Sanomat, Docent Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere, Visiting researcher, PhD Student Tanja Aitamurto, Stanford Center for Design Research/ Tampere University, Researcher Gavan Titley, National University of Ireland Maynooth/ University of Helsinki)
15:00 Closing and Coffee

Key note speakers:

Professor Terhi Rantanen is Professor in Global Media and Communications of London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include global media, global news, post-communist and communist media, media history, and the history of media studies. Professor Rantanen's books include i.a. When News Was New (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), The Media and Globalization (Sage, 2005), The Global and the National. Media and Communications in Post-Communist Russia (Rowman & Littlefield: 2002), The Globalization of News (with O. Boyd-Barrett, Sage: 1998).

Professor John Downing is the founder and director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Global Media Research Center, and emeritus professor of International Communication at College of Mass Communication and Media Arts in the same university. Professor Downing`s research fields include global media, the globalization of cultural production and consumption, communication policies, alternative media and social movements, political cinemas of the global South, racism, ethnicity and media. John Downings most influential book is Radical Media from 1984, revised and published in a new edition in 2001. He has recently completed editing the Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media which is published by Sage in October 2010.


Assistant Professor (Docent)
Ph.D. Johanna Sumiala
+358 50 3115255

M.Soc.Sc, Project Researcher
Minttu Tikka
+358 9 191 24759