conflict & communication online, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2014
ISSN 1618-0747




Elisabeth Eide, Anders Marius Knudsen & Roy Krøvel
Transnational orientations in a global media landscape: Youth, media, war and conflict

This article reflects on the role of media in the re-imagination and reproduction (reconstruction) of Norwegian identities and communities with a particular focus on how young people within diasporas follow news on war and conflict in their (or their parents’) countries of origin. The research employs focus groups with young people from the Pakistani, Afghan, and Tamil Diasporas, and also online surveys. The three groups share the experience of trying to build a life in another country (Norway), while their family and friends in the “homeland” experience political violence and civil war. We identify a notable sense of frustration and skepticism towards Norwegian media. The informants actively use international media and media from the homeland, and often find these more reliable and providing more relevant information than Norwegian media. They also voice a strong critique of the ways in which the media react when “the others” are victims of violence, and several participants react negatively towards the neglect of positive reporting from their respective homelands, and to media hostility towards Muslims.


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The authors:
Elisabeth Eide is Professor of Journalism studies, Oslo University College and Prof II at Dept of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. Research Areas: Media and climate change; media and migration; press history and journalistic genres; global journalism and foreign reporting; gender, media and journalism.

Anders Marius Knudsen is Assistant professor in Journalism at Oslo and Akershus University College.

Roy Krøvel is Associate Professor in Journalism at Oslo and Akershus University College (from2006).He is deputy head of Institute for Journalism and Media Studies from 2008 to 2011.He received his PhD in History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2006. Krøvel is also Master in engineering (civil engineer), graduated from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1990.