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Förorten brinner!: En studie av alternativa medier i Stockholms förorter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Suburb, Alternative Media, Radical Media, Million Programme, Stockholm, Citizen journalism, Democracy
Keyword [sv]
Förort, Alternativa medier, Radikala medier, Miljonprogram, Stockholm, Medborgarjournalistik, Demokrati
National Category
Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104666OAI: diva2:724665
Available from: 2014-08-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-08-13Bibliographically approved

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