Jari Väliverronen

Jari Väliverronen

Participant in 2014
Work history In chronological order, current employment first:

- Researcher, PhD student, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland (1 Mar 2014–present).
- Visiting scholar, Fudan University Nordic Centre, Shanghai, China (1 Sep 2013–28 Feb 2014).
- Researcher, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland (1 Jan 2010–31 Aug 2013).
- Acting Lecturer, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland (1 Aug 2009–31 Dec 2009).
- Acting Lecturer, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland (1 Aug 2008–30 Jun 2009).
- Researcher, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland (15 Oct 2007–31 Jul 2008).
- Sports journalist, national daily Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland (1 May 2007–30 Sep 2007).
- Researcher, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland (1 Sep 2006–28 Feb 2007).
- Sports journalist, national daily Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland (1 Jun 2006–31 Aug 2006).
- Sports journalist, national daily Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland (30 May 2005–28 Aug 2005).
- Sports journalist, regional daily Keskipohjanmaa (14 Jun 2004–12 Sep 2004).
- Sports journalist, regional daily Keskipohjanmaa (1 Jun 2003–14 Sep 2003).
- Summer intern, local weekly newspaper Perhonjokilaakso (27 May 2002–7 Sep 2002).
- Finland correspondent for website onefootball.com (1 Mar 2000–28 Feb 2001).
- Substitute teacher at Veteli Secondary and Primary Schools (Feb 1999–Apr 1999, totally 6 weeks).
Study history - PhD student at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre at the University of Tampere, Finland (1 Jan 2013–present).
- Degree student in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Tampere, Finland (1 Sep 1999–30 Aug 2006). Degree of Master of Social Sciences in Journalism & Mass Communication awarded on 30 Aug 2006. Thesis grade: eximia cum laude approbatur. Second subject: English Philology. (As a part of my degree I have also completed the required courses and the BA thesis in English Philology on 28 May 2003; however, due to Finnish university regulations I am not entitled to use the BA title.)
- Matriculation examination at Veteli Upper Secondary School, 30 May 1998.
- Compulsory education at Veteli Primary and Secondary Schools, 3 Jun 1995.

Phd Projects

2014

Time for Change: Finnish Political Journalism in the 21st Century

My PhD project finds its starting point in the societal, political, technological and cultural changes in recent decades, which have led academics to talk about the increase of the power of individuals at the expense of traditional authorities and collectives. This change has been labelled late modernity, postmodernity, the second modernity, reflexive modernity, or liquid modernity, and whatever the name, its features are also apparent in the political public sphere.

If in the past the political public sphere was viewed as a fairly hierarchical field of interaction between the political system, the media, and citizens, the boundaries seem to have blurred. Relations between journalists and politicians have become more adversarial; politicians and journalists increasingly turn to citizens for support; and citizens repeatedly challenge politicians and the media with the help of ICT. This has also resulted in a questioning of old theories of political communication.

In my dissertation, I will join the theoretical debate and examine developments in one country, Finland, where many of the above-mentioned changes – e.g. journalism’s more substantial differentiation from politics, and the professionalization of politics – have only truly begun to appear in the new millennium, much later than in other Western countries. Also, some of the changes, as more adversarial journalism, still generate resistance among citizens, journalists, and politicians alike.

In this state of flux, I am interested in journalism and journalists. Past studies have indicated that decisions made and practices used in political reporting in the past can no longer be regarded as “carved in stone” – they increasingly require re-evaluation and questioning on a case-by-case basis. How do journalism and journalists manoeuvre in the rapidly-changing environment amidst pressures from many angles, and what strategies do they use to (re)position themselves in relation to citizens and politicians in the political public sphere?

To find out about developments in Finnish political journalism, I will do 5 case studies for my thesis and use multiple methods. I will investigate longitudinal changes in Finnish political reporting through content analysis, use ethnography to examine journalists’ working practices, gauge citizens’ views on political journalism with the help of statistical survey analysis, plus observe how Finnish journalists and politicians analyze changes in political communication through interviews and surveys to ensure as profound knowledge as possible of the actors and factors that affect political journalism and political communication. International comparisons are made wherever necessary.

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