An online version of the MediaFutures Annual Report 2022 is now available. The report provides details on our performance in the past year, and includes information on activities, staffing and funding.
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Upcoming mid-term evaluations
Scheduled for March 28th, MediaFutures has arranged for mid-term evaluations of the centre’s two PhD candidates, Ayoub El Majjodi and Anastasiia Klimashevskaia. The PhD candidates will showcase their research progress, current findings, and discuss their plans.
New study sheds light on how the COVID-19 pandemic crisis influenced citizens’ trust in the news media in Norway
During times of crisis, citizens tend to increase their support and trust in political leaders, a phenomenon commonly known as the “rally-round-the-flag” effect. New research co-authored by Erik Knudsen sheds light on why and under which conditions the rally effect of international emergencies – the case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway – also pertains to the news media.
New Demo & Posters Sites
We are excited to announce the launch of our new demos and poster sites! The newly created web sections showcase the research and the innovative work carried out across all five research groups at the centre.
How COVID-19 metrics became a valuable form of journalism during the pandemic: insights from a Norwegian study
Regular and frequent updates on the infection rates was the journalistic content most sought by news users during the COVID-19 pandemic. In their latest study, researchers John Magnus Dahl and Brita Ytre-Arne delve into the question of why close monitoring of such numbers appeared meaningful, and what these experiences can tell us about the role of journalism during global crises such as the pandemic.
The Generative AI in the Newsroom Challenge
Interested in experimenting with generative AI in news domain? If so, a challenge designed by Associate Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos may be for you.
Visual user-generated content verification in journalism: an overview
In their latest publication, MediaFutures researchers present a detailed analysis of journalistic process for visual content verification and provide an overview of available tools employed by the media industry in assessing the veracity of user-generated content.
In the Media: Journalisten.no reports on new prototypes of AI tools developed by MediaFutures’ PhD candidate Sohail Ahmed Khan in collaboration with Faktisk.no
The first prototype is a deep learning-based military vehicle classification web prototype which can predict the make/model of a military vehicle present in an image. The second prototype is a language detection, transcription and translation web service based on OpenAI’s Whisper model.
Under which conditions do news recommender systems amplify or reduce selective exposure? Study by Erik Knudsen provides a new framework to answer the question
In a recently published article in the Journal of Communication, researcher Erik Knudsen presents a new framework that aims to enable researchers to model and study the conditional effects of news recommender systems on selective exposure.
New study highlights harmful and toxic content in selected Scandinavian language models
A new study co-authored by MediaFutures’ researcher Samia Touileb, shows that some of the popular Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish language models generate harmful and gender-biased stereotypes. The finding goes against the general expectations related to gender equality in Scandinavian countries.