The J Word 1.10: The (Global) Election Phenomena
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This episode is NOT about Donald Trump and the 2020 U.S. presidential election. It is, however, about how journalists across the globe cover elections. Here, we ask, "What is it that makes an election cycle in almost each spot we will be talking about today – Norway, the US, and Nigeria – ripe for horse-race attention and serve as a kind of sport?" And, moreover, "What are the challenges journalists face in covering elections, how can they address those challenges, and, what influences of journalism on election processes and outcomes should we also be addressing?"

We are joined by Ahmad Muhammad Auwal, a PhD candidate in Communication and Media Studies at Eastern Mediterranean University in Turkey and a faculty member at Nasarawa State University in Nigeria. We also speak with Lea Hellmueller, an Assistant Professor in the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston in the U.S. and Bente Kaulsnes, an Associate Professor at Kristiania University College’s Department of Communication, in Oslo, Norway.

Articles Featured in this Episode:

Hellmueller, L., & Arias, V. S. (2020). Decisión 2016: Comparative Analysis of Journalistic Role Performance on Spanish-and English-language TV Networks. Journalism Practice 14(4), 447-464. 

Auwal, A. M., Ersoy, M., & Dambo, T. H. (2020). Influence of Political Tweets on Campaign Coverage: Building the News Agenda in Twittersphere. Journalism Practice, 1-19.

Kalsnes, B., & Larsson, A. O. (2019). Facebook News Use During the 2017 Norwegian Elections—Assessing the Influence of Hyperpartisan News. Journalism Practice, 1-17.

Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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