In this study we examine five selected media organisations with different forms of production
platforms that all appear in Stockholm's southern and western suburbs, which are part of the
million-construction project. Their stated ambition is to present an alternative image of the
suburbs than that found in mainstream media. They want to portray themselves instead of
constantly being described by others.
The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of the reason for the emergence
of these media, their visions according to the media producers themselves, and how they
relate to mainstream media. The study is based on a theoretical framework that focuses on
diverse approaches of alternative media and the journalists' role in a democratic society.
The wide data analysis from qualitative informant interviews, with small observations as a
complement, showed results indicating criticism against the misrepresentation of Stockholm
suburbs in mainstream media. Furthermore the results show that the overall dissatisfaction of
this misrepresentation is one of the main reasons why the different media, which are both
represented by citizens and journalists, were founded. The founders saw their work either as a
reaction to this misrepresentation or as a way to fill a gap in their community. The local
papers we visited embraced the notion of citizen journalism, which proved to be a part of
filling the mentioned gap, while other organisations expressed political goals. In summary,
there were similarities between the media organisations in terms of problem definition as well
as differences in how they approached these problems. Furthermore the analysis confirmed
the democratic shortage that is experienced in these areas, and that these media therefore are
trying to oppose. They provide the local community they operate in with news, information
and opinion, but they also aim to be a platform for participation and discussion.
2014. , 58 p.
Suburb, Alternative Media, Radical Media, Million Programme, Stockholm, Citizen journalism, Democracy
Förort, Alternativa medier, Radikala medier, Miljonprogram, Stockholm, Medborgarjournalistik, Demokrati