Milda Celiesiute

Milda Celiesiute

Participant in 2015
Work history 2003-2007 - various media outlets (press and radio) in Lithuania, journalist, reporter
2007-2008 - professional journalist in analytical news magazine "Veidas", Lithuania
2009-2010 - journalist, book author for a documentary biography book about the famous Lithuanian violinist Raimundas Katilius (funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture). published 2010
2009-2014 foreign free-lance correspondent from Scandinavia to Lithuania, "Veidas", and the biggest Daily newspaper "Lietuvos rytas"
2013-2014 - strategic communication intern at Novonordisk, Denmark
2013-2014. research assistant for a crisis Communication project at Lund University
Study history 2003-2007, BA in Journalism, Vilnius University, Lithuania
2007-2009, MA in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy, Vilnius University, Lithuania
2011-2014, MSc in Strategic Communication, Lund University, Sweden
August 2014 - PhD student in Journalism, Södertörn University, Sweden

Phd Projects


Formal and informal relations between journalists and political leaders Lithuania and Sweden

This PhD study aims to understand how journalists and their political sources use informal relations with each other in their work, as well as how the presence of these relations enable and limit their professional choices. Both journalists and politicians are dependent on each other: journalists through politicians seek access to information, politicians through journalists seek publicity. On one hand, access to the network of informal sources is a professional asset for a journalist covering politics. On the other hand, political sources, directly or not, might exercise their informal power by trying to influence media content or attempting to promote or downplay certain messages or names.
Despite the scholars’ agreement that informal relations are an important component of political communication, the empirical research on the informal aspects of journalist-political source interaction is limited. There is little knowledge about when and why informality comes into play in journalist-source communication as well as what informal contacts, norms and types of interactions are perceived as acceptable by the actors involved in these relations in different journalistic and political communication cultures. To answer these questions is the intended contribution of the project.
This research is based on the theories on social interaction, social capital and on the earlier research on media systems and journalism cultures. The comparative design of the study should help to identify some of the professional practices that are more universal and not that dependent on one country-specific context.
Two different media and political systems are taken as cases for the empirical research: Lithuania and Sweden. The data of the study includes a) semi-sctructured interviews with journalists from the leading newsrooms in each of the countries and qualitative interviews with political sources (government politicians and their press-advisors); b) reconstruction interviews with the journalists in each of the countries. The goal is to reveal the routines of the journalistic processes when working on specific news stories. On a later stage, social network analysis on selected case studies should allow a deeper insight into source-work in the specific situations.

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