Ester Appelgren

Ester Appelgren
Södertörn University | sh · Journalistik

Associate Professor Journalism Studies

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In contrast to the majority of European countries, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Swedish authorities did not put the country in lockdown, but mainly presented relatively mild recommendations to work from home and not gather in groups of over 50 persons. Thus, much of the decision-making and restrictions to prevent the spread of the vir...
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Over the past decade, data journalism has received considerable attention among scholars, pointing to novel forms of investigative reporting as well as new daily practices of news production. This study contributes to existing scholarship by conceptualizing data journalism through distinctions between hard and soft news in relation to service journ...
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How issues are framed in journalism in terms of problems, solutions, and levels of responsibility is of great importance in order to engage and lead toward individual and collective action. Data journalism has been acknowledged as a practice that often features a high level of interactivity, with the potential to engage the public. In this study, w...
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The combined set of skills needed for producing data journalism (e.g., investigative journalism methods, programming, knowledge in statistics, data management, statistical reporting, and design) challenges the understanding of what competences a journalist needs and the boundaries for the tasks journalists perform. Scholars denote external actors w...
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Although data journalism is practiced globally, data journalism research has traditionally focused on a limited set of countries, primarily within the liberal and democratic corporatist media systems. Many recently published studies illustrate a growing scholarly interest in data journalism in other parts of the world, but these studies are still l...
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Trusting the audience to contribute data, a practice called crowdsourcing, is one of several procedures of contemporary data journalism. While previous research has embraced the idea of crowdsourcing as a transparent way of engaging the audience, the journalistic practice of crowdsourcing is currently still limited. The Spanish case is particularly...
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Decades of change in the media landscape and technological innovation have brought several uncertainties to media leadership. In this study, we build on the upper echelons theory to discuss the possible isomorphic behaviour of media leaders. Based on a survey of 372 Swedish media leaders, our results indicate that while innovation is considered to...
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In 2013, with the introduction of the Transparency Law in Spain, a number of Spanish newsrooms started working with data journalism methods. In Sweden, which has one of the oldest Freedom of Information acts in the world, newsrooms invested in the skill development of data journalism at approximately the same time. Because previous research suggest...
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In 2013, with the introduction of the Transparency Law in Spain, a number of Spanish newsrooms started working with data journalism methods. In Sweden, which has one of the oldest Freedom of Information acts in the world, newsrooms invested in the skill development of data journalism approximately at the same time. Because previous research suggest...
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This article analyzes privacy agreement texts and cookie consent information collected from 60 news sites in three countries (U.S., UK, and Sweden) within the context of paternalism. The goal of this study is to explore how paternalism is present in news media companies' stated reasons for collecting behavioral data. Twenty-five categories of reaso...
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Trusting the audience to contribute with data, a practice called crowdsourcing, is one of several procedures of contemporary data journalism. While previous research has embraced the ideas of crowdsourcing as a transparent way of engaging the audience, the current journalistic practice of crowdsourcing is still limited. The Spanish case is particul...
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This study explores paternalism in contemporary data journalism, a hybrid form of journalism where parts of the engineering culture are blended with the culture of journalism. Technologists often question paternalistic elements in design, whereas journalists consider paternalistic decision-making to be justified as an inherent part of what journali...
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Att dela personlig information i digitala sammanhang kan ge fördelar, men det finns också risker. Trots att insamling av beteendedata sker på många av de sajter svenska folket använder idag, visar 2015 års SOM-undersökning att 60 procent av befolkningen är negativa till att dela personliga data med företag. Endast en liten andel av befolkningen acc...
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On Facebook there are interest groups created by journalists, for journalists, that focus on the journalistic profession and work methods. One example is the Swedish group, " Data-journalistik " (in English, " Data Journalism "), which was created in 2012. This article builds on Granovetter's theory on the strength of weak ties and is focused on th...
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The media industry's revenue models depend on audience data. Traditionally, this type of data have consisted of measurements from audience panels, audience range, and sales figures. But today these models are also being built around rich behavioral data collected in real-time in digital channels. One challenge for such models is the individual's wi...
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Media companies partly base strategies on data generated by the audience. With an increased richness of data, focus has transformed from if the user would like to share content, to what he or she is sharing, when and where. From the user’s perspective, the collecting of Internet behavioural traffic data is not necessarily an open and obvious proces...
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Data journalism is an evolving form of investigative journalism. In previous research and handbooks published on this topic, this form of journalism has been called computer-assisted reporting and data-driven journalism, as well as precision, computational or database journalism. In Sweden, data journalism is still fairly uncommon. The purpose of t...
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MedieSverige är en publikation som ger en bred och aktuell överblick av det svenska medielandskapet. Detta är Nordicoms tionde upplaga av den tryckta utgåvan. Boken innehåller artiklar i vilka olika forskargrupper och enskilda forskare vid svenska universitet och högskolor analyserar och diskuterar aktuella frågeställningar kring medier. Här ges oc...
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To investigate potential violations of patient confidentiality or other breaches of medical ethics committed by physicians and medical students active on the social networking site Twitter. Population-based cross-sectional observational study. The social networking site Twitter (Swedish-speaking users, n=298819). Physicians and medical students (Sw...
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Medievärlden förändras snabbt. Nya medieformer växer fram samtidigt som de traditionella medierna förändras. En teknisk konvergens gör att medieformerna glider samman i nätbaserade och mobila medier, samtidigt som medierna också blir mer nischade och publikerna fragmenteras. De ekonomiska driv­krafterna blir allt viktigare, mönstren i medieanvändni...
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Electronic distribution is challenging the newspaper industry to seek new ways of publishing; consequently, news content could be processed on and for a variety of output platforms. Electronic paper (e-paper) could turn into a major newspaper publishing channel due to its ability to display content in a paper-like manner, with lower weight, lower p...
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This study focuses on production flow for publishing in generic digital newsprint editions, such as e-paper, PDAs or on-line editions, by analyzing and mapping existing production workflow at three Swedish newspaper publishing companies covering the most common organizational types in the newspaper publishing industry today. Most newspaper publishi...
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This exploratory study aims to discuss issues on media measurement in relation to concurrent media consumption of digital media news services. A survey was conducted using a sample consisting of students from the Media Technology program at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. The data was mainly analyzed qualitatively as the...

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This project is part of a Visiting Researcher Project at Universidad de Navarra, and consists of a comparative study of the emerging forms of data journalism practices in Spain and Sweden from the perspective of how they were initiated, how they may strengthen or weaken current journalism practice and in particular how journalism skills are converging with skills traditionally assigned to developers or user experience professionals. This intersection may challenge our understanding of the set of skills a journalist may need and the boundaries for the tasks journalists perform. The convergence concept is the theoretical starting point for this project and during a two-month period semi-structured interviews will be carried out at Spanish newsrooms with data journalists and developers or designers involved in data journalism projects. The study will be repeated in Sweden.