In cases of emergent crises, news media undertake an important societal function by providing the public with timely and correct information. Using the terrorist attack in Norway on July 22, 2011, as case, this article analyzes how Danish and Norwegian news websites cover emergent crisis in real-time. First, the article analyzes whether this coverage made use of the affordances of news websites (instantaneity, multimodality, interactivity, and hypertextuality). Second, it analyzes the accuracy of the coverage. The conclusion is that the real-time coverage both used the affordances and was accurate, suggesting that digital journalism managed to undertake its societal function during the terrorist attack.
The relationship between children and new media is a recurrent topic of media studies research. This article examines the relationship between children and digital media technologies from an eco-ethical perspective, highlighting how media consumption always involves consumption of material resources. Adopting a visual culture approach to media representations, its discussion focuses on the website and advertising campaign of a Norwegian environmental organisation for children.
In 2005, the Norwegian Parliament passed the Finnmark Act, with ownership of 96 % of Finnmark transferred from the State to the inhabitants of Finnmark. This article discusses the dominant arguments for and against the Act in two local newspapers in Finnmark. The debate was intense. Would the Finnmark Act lead to private ownership based on ethnicity, or equal ownership? Different understandings of equity, justice and ethnicity were used rhetorically by those against the law and also by those who were positive. Fear of privatization was a dominant argument based on a democratic view where no one should have private ownership.