Innovation Journalism, Attention Work and the Innovation Economy - A Review of the Innovation Journalism Initiative 2003-2009.

Presented 5/20 09.15-9.30

David NORDFORS, Executive Director,
VINNOVA Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism

This article presents a review of the innovation journalism initiative so far. The novel concepts of innovation journalism, attention work and innovation communication systems are presented and put into context, explaining why journalism and communication may be considered important components of the innovation economy, as well as how this may benefit society...

Published as Innovation Journalism Vol.6 No.1 1 May 2009.

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Attention and Reputation in the Innovation Economy

Vilma Luoma-aho, PhD & David Nordfors, PhD, Executive Director
VINNOVA Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism

In today’s attention economy, attention is valuable and reputation plays a major role for choices made. The attention economy identifies attention as a scarce commodity, which increases the importance of 'attention work', professional generation and brokerage of attention. Attention is required for shaping a reputation, and often attention work on behalf of stakeholders in the market place has as an objective to influence reputation...

Published as Innovation Journalism Vol.6 No.2 May 13 2009.

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Critics and Players: Audiences, Trust and Reality in Mediated Markets

Mark Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Organizations, USC Marshall School of Business

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In the literature on mediated markets, third party evaluators such as journalists, critics and analysts are viewed as operating outside the system of interests set up by industry and market categories used to allocate their attentions. As critics in the broadest sense of the word, they are viewed as mediators of a two-way sensemaking conversation in which producers and opinions sort out what to make of new innovation...

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How journalists report on innovation: ‘Models’ of innovation among working UK journalists

Dr. Marc Ventresca and Roy Nyberg, University of Oxford, Said Business School

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Journalists cover innovations frequently, but academic research is only beginning to explore issues at the interface of journalism and innovation – i.e. how do current conventions in the practice of journalism shape the coverage of innovation, what features of innovation make it difficult to report on, and how these issues influence each other. This research reports on variations in how practicing journalists, editors, and innovation bloggers (henceforth all referred to as “journalists”), conceptualize ‘innovation’...

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Futures of Journalism Profession: Scenario Analyses of Innovation Journalism Based on Critical Drivers in the Today’s Media World

Jari Kaivo-oja, PhD, Research Director, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics, Finland

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Journalism is a key profession in the modern information societies. In recent years, many new drivers have emerged and fundamentally changed the role of traditional "old-school" journalism. The professional requirements of journalism are in a process of complex tensions. This article analyses the futures of journalism as a profession from different perspectives, relevant for the futures of journalism profession...

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Focus on Growth: Innovation, the media and public interest

Carl-Gustav Lindén
TV Reporter, TV Nytt, Yleisradio, Finland
Doctoral student, Department of Communication, University of Helsinki, Finland

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According to normative theories the media are “expected to be organized and to behave in the wider public interest or for the good of the society as a whole”. Public interest here is defined as a product of dominating values in a society, something journalists are supposed to be aware of as it is the foundation for the special place the media have in society. That is unfortunately also the outer boundary of the sphere of consensus. The discussion on what journalism should be is coloured by diverging ideas due to differences in perspectives...

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Innovation Journalism as Futures Journalism?

Sofi Salonen, Project researcher, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics

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Previous research has argued the futures orientation to be one of the central aspects of innovation journalism. Especially reporting on technological innovation is seen to benefit from the scenario approach to avoid an inherent sense of determinism present in much of the technology journalism. Also, a demand for horizontal, multidisciplinary analysis and the adoption of the systemic approach connect innovation journalism with the field of futures studies...

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Weak signals in innovation journalism – Cases Google, Facebook and Twitter

Turo Uskali, PhD, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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Innovation journalism is journalism about innovations and innovation ecosystems. It has also been argued that innovation journalism is future-oriented in its very nature. In this paper the author will continue to build theory on innovation journalism and weak signals based on three case studies: Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It can be claimed that all these three innovative companies have already changed the way the humans communicate, and also, consume news, but when did the journalists realize this, and how...

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Roles and Challenges of Journalists in Finland’s Changing Innovation Environment

Maarit Mäkinen, researcher fellow, Journalism Research and Development Centre, University of Tampere, Finland

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This presentation discusses how political and journalistic innovation discourses interact, and how journalists see their roles in the field of innovation environment in Finland. This document includes some preliminary findings of the project Global Challenges of Innovation Journalism (2008-2010) . According to the previous study (2005-2006) journalists considered themselves mainly in a role of information mediators, and many journalists seemed to strive for certain objectivity in journalism...

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Innovation Journalism: A French perspective

Matthieu LARDEAU, PhD candidate, ESSEC Business School, France & Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR, Stanford U., CA

Download paper here: LardeauINJOAFrencheperspectivedraft.pdf

Presented as the intuitive name for journalism covering innovation, Innovation Journalism concerns primarily (but not only) innovation in technology and management (besides political and social issues among other). According to David Nordfors, InJo basically covers technical, business, legal and political aspects of innovations and innovation systems to enhance the public debate through better common knowledge and understanding of innovation issues. So in democratic industrial economies, journalism dedicated to covering innovation should be key...

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Climate Change and Innovation in The New York Times from 1980 to 2008

Maria Lassila-Merisalo, PhD, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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My presentation focuses on how the terms “innovation” and “climate change” interact in the stories of the New York Times. The presentation includes preliminary findings of the project Global Challenges of Innovation Journalism (2008-2010). Terms “global warming” and “climate change” started to appear in newspaper stories in the 1980’s. The most considerable peaks have occurred in 1990, 1997, 2001 and from 2004 to 2007. The trend has been similar at least in the US, the UK and Finland, whose newspapers have been examined in the project so far...

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Innovation Journalism at the In-Betweens

Jari Koskinen, CID GROUP, Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics, Finland

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The article does research into the in-betweens of innovation journalism and into the cultural evolution of expertise. Firstly, innovation journalism is studied in relation to innovation media and innovation communication. Secondly, the relationship between innovation journalism and the possibilities of new technology and interaction is discussed. Thirdly, the article takes a look at the connections between innovation journalism and the visual, audiovisual and multisensory means of narration...

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