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“We Represent a Potential, not a Problem”
Young People’s Media Use in Diaspora


Media plays a crucial role in democratic and political participation. Media is also important in construction of identity and for the feeling of belonging. In this article we concentrate on the media habits of young minority people in Norway. These groups have a crosscultural competence, a double identity, and an interest in news both from their heritage nation and from Norway. They are frequent users of online newspapers, and they are highly skilled in ICT. Further, their interests in news are combined with a critical awareness of how different minority groups are presented. Altogether, these circumstances represent a new situation for media producers and for journalism in general. In a multicultural community, journalists ought to be aware of the diversity of their audience and be willing to include minorities in news productions. Most importantly, a balanced presentation of minorities in media is a prerequisite for inclusion.

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Association of socio-culture factors with disordered eating behavior: An empirical study on urban young girls of West Bengal, India


A shift towards the concept of thin body image is occurring among the urban girls, as an outcome of mass media exposure. A large section of the girls are involved in attaining thin body image which at times develops dissatisfaction over body weight. Body weight dissatisfaction gives rise to the development of body weight concern and disordered eating behavior. The present research aimed to find out the association of socio-cultural factors with disordered eating behavior among a group of urban girls. The study group included 400 girls aged between 14 and 21 years, residing in the city of Howrah, West Bengal, eastern state of India. Information on socio-demographic characteristics, body weight concern, media habits, and family-peer environments was collected using standard pretested questionnaires. A cross-culturally tested questionnaire developed by Srinivasan and colleagues in 1998, was used to measure disordered eating behavior. Bivariate analyses found significant associations between eating behavior and several socio-cultural factors. Multivariate analysis revealed that education level of fathers and birth order of the participants, body weight concern and peers’ influence were the significant predictors of disordered eating behavior of the study participants. Socio-cultural factors have significant associations with the disordered eating behavior of the study participants.

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Challenges in Covering Innovation Topics
Experiences of Journalists in the US, Japan and Finland

. Available at: [Accessed 15 May 2010.] Mäkinen, M. (2010) “Journalism, Innovations and Participatory Audiences. Analysis of journalistic discourse in Finland, the United States and Japan.” Draft. Nordfors, D. (2009) Innovation Journalism, Attention Work and the Innovation Economy. A Review of the Innovation Journalism Initiative 2003-2009. Nordqvist, S. and Picha, M. (2007) Mobile e-paper Devices – Changing Media Habits and Challenging Traditional Journalism. Available

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Youth and New Media in the New Millennium

íslenskra ungmenna 1968-1997. Niðurstöður rannsókna meðal 10-15 ára ungmenna í Reykjavík, á Akureyri og í Vestmannaeyjum. Leisure activities and media habits among 10- to 15-year-olds 1968-1997). Unpublished MA thesis, University of Iceland. Rosengren, Karl Erik and Sven Windahl (eds.) (1989) Media Matter. TV Use in Childhood and Adolescence. Norwood: Ablex Publishing Corporation. The Scotsman (2004) ‘A Fifth of Teens Say Books a Waste of Their Time’, (accessed June 9, 2004

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