New Policy Brief and Recommendations


Our policy brief to assess the impact of platformization in Finland. It was created for the inaugural multistakeholder roundtable on platform power and policy solutions. The consequent roundtables address media literacy and EU’s DSA package. More background materials can be found here.


CORDI has produced a policy brief titled Media Platformisation and Finland: How platforms have impacted the Finnish mediasphere and public life (eds. Esa Sirkkunen et al., 2021). The brief was launched at the conference Media Platformisation and Small Nations, 28-29 October 2021.

The brief gives an overview of challenges as well as empirical accounts of the role of platformisation in different aspects of the Finnish media landscape. It also offers 13 policy recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders.

You can find the English-language brief and it recommendations in Finnish, here.

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New publication: Special Issue on Communication Rights


The special issue of Journal of Information Policy coedited with Hannu Nieminen and Amit Schjeter is now out!


Journal of Information Policy, Special Issue on Communication Rights (1/2020) presents articles originating from the international conference Communication Rights in the Digital Age, which took place in Helsinki in 2019 and was co-sponsored by CORDI.

The Issue is co-edited by the CORDI members Hannu Nieminen and Minna Horowitz and includes an article by the CORDI members Kari Karppinen and Outi Puukko: Four Discourses of Digital Rights: Promises and Problems of Rights-Based Politics.

The studies in this issue demonstrate the policies, dilemmas, and contexts within communication rights from a variety of perspectives. They highlight new dilemmas and actors of communication rights in the digital era, but also how old policy issues emerge, are framed, and can be studied. The special issue, as well as all 10 volumes of the Journal of Information Policy are freely available here.

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What’s Right’s Got to Do With It? Gender, Feminisms, and the Media

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Welcome to the 3-part video lecture on Gender, feminisms, the media and policies! (Pro tip: I speak quite slowly. Try 1.5 x speed if you want a more speedy lecture!)

Part O, the Introduction, is here:

The below video, Part 1, is intended to create a context for gender and the media today:

Part 2 of the video lecture is focused on the role of policy in supporting fairer gender portrayal – mission (im)possible?

A couple of extra resources that might interest you:

The above mentioned study on women journalists and harassment in the US and Canada. A similar study in the Global South. Two videos on gender and communication rights, with a global framework.

Questions for you (answer one or all):

  1. Do you think a rights-based approach could be a policy solution to gender injustices regarding the media? If so, why; if not, why not?
  2. What issues would you prioritize?
  3. Who could or should monitor gender-based inequalities in participation and portrayal? Nationally/internationally?

To ensure your privacy, please email your answers to Dr. Siivonen who will then email them to me – and I will send you a synthesis response.

Careers in Think Tanks and Policy Institutes


Originally posted here.

A graduate degree in International Communication is not only for those interested in the corporate world, the government, the United Nations, or the academic world. Many expert organizations are seeking talent with international outlook, analytical expertise, critical thinking abilities, and superb, versatile communication skills. 

Dr. Minna Aslama Horowitz attended the ASEEES conference in Washington DC, 17-18 November 2016. This blog post is a summary of the wise advise by the following esteemed Think Tank scholars:

Leon Aron, American Enterprise Institute,

Samuel Charap, International Institute for Strategic Studies,

William Eric Pomeranz, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Kennan Institute,

Steven Watts, RAND Corporation, and

Mary Werden, U.S. House of Representatives.

A viable employer for us interested in international communication, global affairs, and making a difference that you might not have thought about: Think Tanks and Policy Institutes.

Similar but Different

There are several main differences between an academic scholar and a Think Tank researcher. First, scholars in think tanks are mediators: They write for a variety of audiences, ranging from policy-makers to the media, and the policy-curious public. Second, the output of a Think Tank researcher may not be as deep as that of an academic colleague – but also not as narrow. Third, very often a Think Tank scholar needs also to be an entrepreneur and fundraise for his/her projects. (That is, increasingly, the case with post-graduate academic research as well.)

In addition, the concept of time is very different in academic context than in the policy world. A Think Tank researcher will need to respond much more quickly to research and information needs that may emerge due to political or economic events. Finally, a Think Tank scholar mainly works in a team, even if responsible for a specific study or expertise. An academic researcher has more freedom, but often more isolated, and individual projects.

It’s a Question of Temperament

As the above indicates, a Think Tank scholar needs to juggle several “worlds” and enjoy that. Often Think Tanks relate to a specific policy question such as international relations, education, or health, to name a few. But it is good to remember that policies are often very complex. One needs to have a passion for influencing decision-making and patience to learn about policies.

How to Get In? Cultivate Your Experience!

Experience counts more than the prestige of your school. In terms of your discipline, interdisciplinary background pays dividend in the world of Think Tanks. But whatever your field, language and communication skills are the key: learn to explain complex issues to different audiences in a compact, understandable way. Teaching experience is a big plus. Also, non-academic writing (opinion pieces and the like) will be greatly valued. Build your networks: Intern, attend seminars and conferences…

If a career as a Think Tank expert got you interested just remember that most (U.S.) Think Tanks still operate on a two-tier hierarchy of Seniors and Juniors. The latter would have Master’s degrees and work as research assistants. In order to have a Senior position, a PhD is a must.