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Sweden: A professionally symbiotic relationship
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
2019 (English)In: Close and Distant: Political Executive–Media Relations in Four Countries / [ed] Karl Magnus Johansson & Gunnar Nygren, Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2019, p. 97-123Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores political executive-media relations in Sweden, with a particular focus on professional day-to-day relationships and habits. The analysis is mainly based on extensive interviews with journalists and government press secretaries, and it establishes the routinisation at work, as well as the professionalisation. The exchanges between journalists and their sources appear to be close but with recognition of each other’s professional roles. Media developments influence the relationship, and the downsizing of newsrooms, multi-platform production 24/7 and increased competition for unique news have made journalists more dependent on available sources. At the same time, professionalisation of government communication makes news management more efficient and has centralising effects on executive systems. Together these trends shift the balance between journalists and their political sources in favour of the latter. The presented findings have important implications for research on journalism, media and political executives.

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Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2019. p. 97-123
Keywords [en]
political communication, political journalism, professionalisation, mediatisation, Sweden
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Political Science Media and Communications
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37451Local ID: 1296/3.1.1/2013ISBN: 978-91-88855-06-0 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88855-07-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37451DiVA, id: diva2:1283145
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Symbiotic leader-media relations? Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1296/3.1.1/2013Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-02-01

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