Research communication: Researchers on motivation and experience with journalistic interviews
It is a conventional truth that Norwegian academics are demotivated to disseminate their research results through the popular press, but there is a lack of empirical knowledge about their motivation and experience in this area. An electronic survey conducted by us among Norwegian academics indicates that Norwegian researchers are highly motivated to interact with journalists and have been generally satisfied with the resulting news reports. However, the survey also suggests a number of challenges in the science–media interface and highlights the need for discussion of quality rather than quantity in research communication.
This article discusses Norwegian media coverage of sexual minorities – mainly lesbians and gays – using in-depth interviews of media actors ‘belonging’ to these minorities as a point of departure. The study reveals interviewee resistance to victim narratives as well as out-of-the closet narratives as privatization/intimization, where rights (and abuses) should be more focused. However, they demonstrate more ambiguity when it comes to essentialism. The interviewees emphasize the need for a pedagogical approach through which journalistic coverage of sexual minorities can improve, and in which recognition of different sexual preferences and practices may take place on an equal level.
What do Norwegian daily newspapers have to say about Christmas and religion in editorials on Christmas Eve? To find out, we analysed the editorials in 35 newspapers dated 24 December 2011. In this article we present and discuss the results in light of other recent Nordic research on religion in the newspapers, and of theories about civil religion and mediatization of religion. Religion is a more common theme on Christmas Eve than on any other day of the year. The editorials are seen as contributing to a civil religion favouring peaceful, liberal and dialogue-oriented religion, without coming down on the side of any particular faith.