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[ecrea] Open One-day Conference on Innovation Journalism at Helsinki University, 25 September, 2009

Tue Jun 09 15:16:37 GMT 2009

Communication Research Centre CRC at Helsinki University is pleased to
invite everyone who thinks journalism and innovation is important to a
one-day conference to discuss the role of journalism in understanding
technological and social innovations.

Weather-casters of Future?
The Role of Journalism in Understanding Technological and Social Innovations

Time:   Friday 25th of September 2009, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue:  University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

Keynote speakers are Kevin G. Barnhurst  and David Nordfors.

Further contributors include Jyrki Alkio, Tina Bjers, Lewis Friedland,
Ulrik Haagerup, Risto Kunelius, Hannu Nieminen, Turo Uskali and Esa

About the conference theme:
In recent years ?innovation? has emerged as a key concept in which many
issues of modern societies ­ solution to social problems, belief on
economic growth, survival in international competition ­ seem to
culminate. Central to the discussions on innovation have been the idea
that traditional institutional boundaries between different sectors of
society, such as politics, economy, culture and technology, have to be
crossed more than before. This means that journalistic practises have
had to become more flexible than before. The concept of Innovation
Journalism was coined in 2003 by David Nordfors. For Innovation
Journalism the process of innovation itself is the central concept,
treating business, technology, politics, etc. as nested components of a
news story. It is a 'horizontal' beat, spanning across the old beats,
reporting on innovation processes and innovation ecosystems. Elina
Noppari and Erkki Kauhanen have further defined innovation journalism as
a kind of future journalism involving also cultural and social
innovations emerging from outside of the ?official innovation structures?.

Further information on the conference:

Conference language is English.

There is no registration fee. However, the number of participants is
restricted due to limited seating; therefore, participation requires
registration. The conference is made possible by the sponsorship of the
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

Registration form can be found at

Registration deadline: 1 September 2009.

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
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European Communication Research and Education Association
E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/

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