This article presents part of a broad bibliographic study of journalism research carried out in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the period 1995 to 2009. An increase in empirical and particularly qualitative research throughout the period is shown, with growing attention paid to the content of and conditions for journalistic work at the expense of more theoretical and historical publications. The study also reveals some preserving features, such as a preoccupation with news and newspapers, and a lack of attention to the new digital and social media. Certain traces from the latter part of the period suggest that this may be about to change.
In this article it is argued that warrior masculinity has become influential in Norwegian contemporary media and popular culture. The author focuses specifically on the men’s magazine Alfa launched in 2010 and which produced a media discussion on the representation of Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan. The soldiers were presented in the magazine as warriors and stated that killing was better than sex. Warrior masculinity is not unique to Alfa; it can also be seen in other areas of Norwegian contemporary culture in popular practices such as paintball and airsoft.
Whether Norway should make use of its own natural gas resources or not has been discussed at length during the past decade. The debate gained momentum when the development of technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS) was launched as Norway’s «lunar landing» by Prime Minister Stoltenberg in 2007. Using the concept of story lines, I analyse how the actors are grouped around different positions relating to CCS and, in the process, show the importance of media for the dynamics in the debate.