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Media & Democracy is a national collaboration platform for media innovation and social research. The goal is to strengthen the media's innovative power, journalism, public discourse, and democracy. Priority areas for the platform are experimental research projects, data and AI-related media development, media and information literacy as well as knowledge dissemination and networking.

Media & Democracy’s starting point is the historical conversion of the media landscape. Digitalization has revolutionized possibilities of producing, publishing, and consuming media content and traditional and publishing-driven media no longer have the same dominant and central role.

What effects – both positive and negative – will the changes in the media landscape have on journalism, media, people, and democracy? The interface between media and democracy development is an area in which Sweden already made progress about 250 years ago. Then with adopting the world's first freedom of the press regulation.

Media & Democracy is a neutral development environment where media actors, academies and other social institutions jointly initiate and drive research around competition-neutral opportunities and challenges – mainly in experimental projects. Other central activities are knowledge dissemination and management and facilitation of various networks.

Together with AI Sweden, Sweden's center for applied AI, Media & Democracy drives research and development in the data and AI area with a focus on news media. In collaboration with AI Sweden, the program also leads the national initiative Future of Democracy.

Here are some of Media & Democracy's milestones:

  • 2014: The initiative is born. Current Swedish media research is mapped.
  • 2015: Open workshops between the media sector and academics.
  • 2016-2017: Preliminary study period financed by Region Västra Götaland
  • 2017: Media & Democracy is established as a program at Lindholmen Science Park and Region Västra Götaland funds the platform.
  • 2018: The first research and innovation projects are implemented.
  • 2019: Media & Democracy becomes a platform for a national AI initiative financed by Vinnova and the media companies Hall Media, Stampen, and Sveriges Television.
  • 2020: Borås Tidning has been appointed as the editorial office of the year and the Media & Democracy projects Beta Borås 1 and Beta Borås 2 are regarded as two contributing initiatives.
  • 2020: Region Västra Götaland continues to fund the platform.
  • 2021: International Youth Think Tank is added to Media & Democracy. 
    Media & Democracy held the first Future of Democracy Summit together with AI Sweden and other collaboration partners.
  • 2022: Media & Democracy initiates innovative research projects within Collaborative Journalism: Local democracy in a digital world and Strengthened local journalism in crises. The genre involves collaboration between two or more news and information organizations, which aims to complement the organization's resources and maximize the impact of the content produced.
  • 2023: The world's largest conference in investigative journalism - Global Investigate Journalism Conference - was arranged in Gothenburg. Media & Democracy was responsible for the start day's pre-conference at Lindholmen Science Park. The theme was innovative methods, collaboration and AI as a journalistic tool.

Media & Democracy is managed by Lindholmen Science Park and financed by Region Västra Götaland and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The initiative is also supported by Sweden's commercial media within Tidningsutgivarna (TU), public services companies Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio, media academies such as University of Gothenburg, Jönköping University, Karlstad University, Linnaeus University, Mid Sweden University, and Södertörn University. In addition, international participants Nordicom, the global organization WAN-IFRA and in Norway by the development network NxtMedia, Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation (NorwAI) and the industry association and publisher organization Mediebedriftenes Landsforening (MBL).

The managing group consists of:

Robert Olsson, chairman

Anna CareborgAppointed news and sports director, Sveriges Television

Bengt Johansson, professor at the University of Gothenburg

Anette Novak, former CEO, Swedish Film Institute

Martin Svensson, co-director of AI Sweden

Johan Taubert, CEO TU Medier i Sverige

Jenny Wiik, Associate professor at University of Gothenburg and University of Malmö

Martin Holmberg, programme manager of Media & Democracy

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Our innovation projects

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The media industry and AI

Data- and AI-driven development is growing in importance and Media & Democracy is leading a national pilot initiative – The Media Industry and AI – together with three media groups and AI Sweden...
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Audiovisual Days
 2021

Audiovisual Days - formerly Västsvenska filmdagarna - has been organized for nine years and is broadly aimed at actors in moving image and audiovisual media. During two intensive days, participants...
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Beta Borås: Younger News Universe for Local Community Journalism and Debate

What local community journalism attracts and is relevant for 25-35-year-olds? In 2018 a special test editorial staff at Borås Tidning studied the answers to the question.
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Beta Borås: Younger News Universe for Local Community Journalism and Debate, stage 2

What local community journalism engages 25-35-year-olds and how ready is the target group to pay to consume it? From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, stage 2 of the unique and acclaimed research and...
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Conflict Management, Dialogue and Reader Engagement in the New Media Landscape

The project is based on challenge-driven innovation and is financed externally by Vinnova. The focus of the first stage is to develop the project's idea and innovation and simultaneously plan how the...
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Crossborder Journalism Campus, CJC

The project, which runs between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2024, will develop a model for how students in investigative journalism at different universities in different countries can collaborate...
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Crossborder Journalism Campus, CJC

The project, which runs between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2024, will develop a model for how students in investigative journalism at different universities in different countries can collaborate...
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Future of Democracy

Future of Democracy has been initiated and led by Media & Democracy and AI Sweden, Sweden's center for applied AI innovation. The focus is on the borderland between technology and democracy, with the...
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International Youth Think Tank

The project was founded in 2018 and has been part of Lindholmen Science Park and Media & democracy since January 2021. The goal is to promote the democracy movement among 18-24-year-olds in Europe and...
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Local democracy in a global world

In "Local democracy in a digital world", news media and libraries test experimentally whether and how new forms of collaboration can strengthen local news and knowledge dissemination and the...
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Local editor 2.0

How should a journalist in a local editorial office work in an optimal way? How can the media create greater engagement and new forms of local journalism? These were the starting points for the...
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Media citizens not exposed to traditional news media

In recent decades, research has indicated that more media users rarely or never consume social journalism. A trend that can have an impact on participation in society and on the media as a pillar of...
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Strengthened local journalism in crises

The project aims to strengthen the conditions of local journalism in crises and wars; a democratic preparedness. In addition to Media & Democracy, the University of Gothenburg, Blekinge Läns Tidning...
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The automation of journalism

Innovation, collaboration and knowledge management in the implementation of AI in news companies.
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The Digital Media Landscape and the 2018 Local Election

How does the rapidly changing media landscape's affect local and regional elections? This was the subject of a study conducted by Medier & demokrati together with Mid Sweden University and Södertörn...
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Young citizens and the quality of news Construals, Emotions and Strategies

The project has an experimental design and investigates how younger news consumers view quality by mixing interviews with eye movement studies and measurement of emotions. The research project is led...

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Johan Löfvenholm appointed new CEO of Lindholmen Science Park

2024-05-20
The board of Lindholmen Science Park AB has appointed Johan Löfvenholm as the new CEO of the company. With extensive experience in the automotive industry, he will begin his new role in August...
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"Several had not seen a battery-powered radio"

2023-10-23
During Preparedness Week, Blekinge Läns Tidning and the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Organization (Lottakåren) set out to engage with high school students to discuss preparedness. This successful...
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Record Number of Applicants for IYTT's Youth Conference

2023-09-05
The International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an achievement. A total of 540 young individuals from 68 countries have applied to participate in this year's...

Record Interest in Global Media Conference at Lindholmen

2023-09-04
In September, the world's largest conference on investigative journalism will be held in Gothenburg. It is now clear that there is record interest in the pre-conference of the first day, organized by...
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Save the date to Audiovisual Days 2023

2023-08-16
Audiovisual Days are back at Lindholmen Science Park 8-10 November 2023. There will be three days of lectures, panel discussions and workshops on sound-based and visual storytelling - and Media &...
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The M&D podcast is now available on Spotify

2023-08-16
Now we are making the Media & Democracy podcast more accessible. Follow the podcast on Spotify so you don't miss new episodes about current media innovation and democracy-related social research.
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"It has never felt so relevant to talk about technology development and democracy"

2023-06-12
29-30 May, the third Future of Democracy Summit was held. 150 leaders gathered at Lindholmen Science Park to discuss modernization, new technology and democracy. Here are project manager Karin...
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Application open for IYTT's fifth youth conference

2023-06-07
In November, the International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) organized its fifth youth conference. The previous four have been held in Gothenburg, but starting this year the conference will be held in...
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"Committed participants who are passionate about democracy"

2023-05-31
The project Strengthened local journalism in crisis situations is underway at newsrooms in Blekinge and Värmland. Linus Carle, editor-in-chief at Arvika news, shares what their collaboration with...
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This is how Aftonbladet and Sveriges Radio work with AI

2023-05-25
In a short time, AI has gone from present to burning in the news media. In the Medier & demokrati podcast episode 16, Martin Schori, Aftonbladet, and Olle Zachrison, Sveriges Radio, talk about what...
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”Journalists rarely meet young people”

2023-05-25
Patricia Svensson had an eye-opener in the project Local democracy in a digital world. It was the meeting with a handful of young people who told about their visions for Falköping, a meeting that...
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Successful combination strengthens democracy

2023-05-22
There is a great need for physical places for meetings and conversations, as a counterweight to our increasingly digitized society. Here, the libraries are an unused arena - it shows a unique...