Media and Democracy: research and innovation to strengthen journalism, public discourse and democracy

Media organisations, academics and public institutions work together on experimental innovation and research at Lindholmen Science Park.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | April 12, 2018

In the summer of 2017, the Media and Democracy research and innovation programme was launched to facilitate collaboration on experimental projects between universities and media companies in Sweden. Its core mission is to initiate, finance and run research and innovation projects that provide new knowledge and tools for journalism and civil dialog.

Head of the programme Martin Holmberg and his colleague Jonathan Falck bring together different actors and share new insights about the ways in which innovation influences media and democracy through reports and seminars. Built on the ideals of open innovation, citizens are welcome to participate in their activities as well.

While media companies don’t collaborate as much as they could or should, academics are increasingly looking to get access to news organisations for making their research more relevant to practice. According to Martin, Lindholmen Science Park provides a neutral space where they can meet physically and mentally to develop innovative ideas together:

“We are a non-profit company. Our mission is to get benefits to society and get the actors to succeed. No one can be afraid of Lindholmen, because we have the mission just to do nice things for all the people in our network.”

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This is one of the cases collected as part ofthe ongoing Media Innovation Mapping project, a collaboration between WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation and the Media Innovation Studio at UCLan

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