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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