We have just completed a successful post conference on lobbying and democracy at ICA in Prague, when the first result of our common project in the network on public affairs and lobbying in EUPRERA hits the streets. We aimed to create a good fit between the journal name (Journal of Public Interest Communications) and the paper title (“Framing ‘the Public Interest’: Comparing Public Lobbying Campaigns in Four European States“). Working with a great team of scholars on this: Ketil Raknes, Ian Somerville, Chiara Valentini, Charlotte Stachel, Irina Lock, Scott Davidson, and Peter Seele, we empirically corroborate the claim that lobbyists appeal to the public interest to strengthen their proposals. Four case studies are used, cutting across different European cultural clusters and political systems.
Framing is probably the most popular analytical concept within communication studies. Together with Eva-Karin Olsson (Swedish Defence University) I have written an entry for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Strategic Communication on the link between framing and strategic communication. The entry defines the concept and traces its use with a particular focus on the relevance for strategic communication. The basic attraction of framing lies in how frames provide direction for our understanding of issues through the use of certain organizing principles. Some elements are highlighted, whereas others are downplayed or left out. This influences the way that a problem is diagnosed and what remedies are suggested. Still, many different understandings and uses of the concept are found in the literature, but all have in common the idea that frames are essentially about providing meaning.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of corporate reputation has launched. I have written 1,3 % of the entries, including Rhetorical theory, Framing theory, Source credibility, and Social theory. The latter with Piet Verhoeven (of course).
The unstoppable Craig Carroll continues his quest on behalf of the corporate reputation construct. Previous installments have been the edited volumes Corporate reputation and the news media around the world. (Routledge, 2010) and Handbook of communication and corporate reputation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Now under preparation: Encylopedia of corporate reputation (Sage, 2016). Not sure if it amounts to a pole position, but I have just had four entries approved: Rhetorical theory, framing theory, source credibility, and social theory. The latter with Piet Verhoeven (of course).
The book Communicating Politics: Political Communication in the Nordic Countries (2008) edited by Toril Aalberg, Mark Ørsten and Jesper Strömbäck is now published as PDF. I have a chapter in there together with Sigurd Allern focusing on framing contests. The RQ is “what kinds of frames typically prevail in mediated conflicts where actors present competing frames?”
Off to a good start in 2015 and now American Behavioral Scientist has just accepted a paper written by myself, Tine Ustad Figenshcou and Anna Grøndahl Larsen. The paper is called “Behind the framing scenes: Challenges and opportunities for NGOs and authorities framing irregular immigration” and will be published as a part of a thematic issue on irregular immigration. The data stems from the project Mediation of Migration which now is completed.
In the article, we analyze the strategizing that goes on behind the scenes among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public immigration authorities. Many studies have documented how strategic actors take advantage of mainstream news media conventions, but there is a dearth of research on how these frame sponsors critically reflect on their strategies. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and 35 qualitative interviews, we analyze the dilemmas and challenges the actors face in adapting their communication strategies to the news media, each other and their resources. Preprint version.
Since 2011, the Mediation of Migration-project has been running at the Department of Media and Communication at the U of Oslo. On Tuesday December 2, we put on a show at the House of Literature in Oslo presenting some highlights now that the project is almost finished. The event, which will be held in English, is called “Limits to the media debate on migration“. I will be speaking about the clash between tears and rules, that is, how the bureaucrats handle emotional stories that are critical of their work.