At the crossroads of hobby, community work and journalism: hyperlocal media in Russia
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 018 471 1630
with Dr. Olga Dovbysh, postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.
The seminar will focus on hyperlocal media – ‘city public pages’ (‘gorodskie pabliki’) on social network sites – the new entrants that have recently become important actors of local media ecosystem of the Russian province. Such groups report on local affairs and publish local gossips, provide space for citizen discussions, entertain. Taking into account not only popularity among local citizens but also interest from local authorities toward such media projects, people behind them are becoming powerful actors in the networked local community, the new gatekeepers of local mediated discourse.
Using materials of in-depth interviews and observations, collected by author during fieldwork in Russian towns in 2017-2018, this project explores how these hyperlocal media alter local media ecosystem, re-assess functions and practices of local journalism and shape local public engagement.
Dr. Olga Dovbysh is a postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, and coordinator of the Russian Media Lab Network initiative. She works at the intersection of media studies, economic sociology and political economy, and studies media markets in Russia. In her current research she examines hyperlocal media in Russia, their social meanings, technological challenges and economic constraints. In particular, her work focused on how internet and digital technologies affect regional and local media landscapes and how local journalist culture is changing in the new technological environment of media production. Dovbysh has extensive experience of conducting field work in Russia, where she interviewed numerous journalists, editors, media managers and other media actors. Her work has been published in, e.g., American Behavioural Scientist, Russian Journal of Communication, Ekonomicheskaya Sotsiologiya (The Journal of Economic Sociology). She holds a PhD from Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and MA from The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm).