Open Speakers Series Lecture: "Journalism Movements and the Challenge of Polarisation" by Dr Laura Ahva, IASR, at Tampere University on 18 February 2020

Tampere University
Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with
New Social Research Programme (NSR)

Speakers Series 2019-2020, Spring


Journalism Movements and the Challenge of Polarisation
Dr Laura Ahva, IASR, Tampere University

Time: Tuesday, 18 February 2020,  at 16:15-17:45
Place: Tampere University, Pinni B, lecture hall B1096, Kanslerinrinne 1, 1st fl.

In this talk, I will address the challenge of social polarisation from the perspective of journalism. I will discuss how the concept of polarisation is being used in the contemporary debates about the public discourse. Furthermore, what do we know about the connections between social polarisation and the media, and more specifically, journalism? This discussion brings us to the theoretical framework of social responsibility of journalism. Within this framework, there has emerged a variety of reformative approaches to journalism that carry in them the idea that journalism should better serve society by being more responsive and sensitive. In the talk, I will bring together the approaches of peace journalism, public journalism, constructive journalism, solutions journalism, slow journalism and our own proposal, conciliatory journalism. Is there a need for all these journalisms, and what do they propose? I will analyse the approaches to see what they together have to offer for the challenge that polarisation poses for journalism.