Awarded grants

In the meeting on 18.9.2017 the Board of Trustees of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has awarded 326,230 euros in grants for nine projects.

During the year 2017 the Foundation has awarded 997,670 euros in grants in total for 23 projects and 123,000 euros for further education of journalists.

Grants awarded in the meeting 18.9.2017

Grant €136,500

Grantee
University of Tampere, Faculty of Management, Sami Borg PhD

Subject
Voting advice applications 2020

Awarded grant
€136,500

The project will provide a comprehensive analysis on voting advice applications (VAA) and on their use in the Finnish elections. The study will explore the current role of VAAs in political journalism, and their frequency, content and quality in the upcoming presidential elections (held in early 2018). The analysis is based on new data from different user surveys and from interviews of the key producers of the most important VAAs.

Grant €50,850

Grantee
Unesco

Subject
Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2018-2020
 

Awarded grant
€50,850

The Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for the 2018–2020. The annual prize honors a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world. The support from Helsingin Sanomat Foundation during the last five years facilitated the release of the following laureates: Reeyot Alemu (2013), Ahmet Ik (2014), Mazen Darwish (2015), Khadija Ismayilova (2016) and Dawit Isaak (2017).

Grant €46,000

Grantee
Tampere University, Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication (COMET), Laura Ahva PhD

Subject
Populist Counter-Media Challenging Mainstream Journalism

Awarded grant
€46,000

The project will study the producers-users and the content of the counter-media sites in Finland and in the Scandinavian context. This research asks the members of the audience themselves, why some of them choose the so-called fake news and partisan sites over traditional journalism and why the credibility of legacy media has eroded in their eyes.

Grant €40,000

Grantee
Kaskas Media Oy

Subject
Skolar Award 2017

Awarded grant
€40,000

Skolar Award is a project, which supports young scientists’ prominent, novel and brave research idea and encourages young researchers all around the globe to communicate their work. In addition, the project’s goal is to help broad audience to understand what does it mean to do research and why it is significant especially in the post-truth era of today. Skolar Award brings Nordic science and science communication to the spotlight and culminates to Slush start-up conference in 30.11. – 1.12.2017.

Grant €22,000

Grantee
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Subject
Education for Journalism Students in Media Literacy

Awarded grant
€22,000

Journalism students from different parts of Finland will get special education concerning media literacy. A material will be made based on this education. Students will visit schools in their area and give media education to pupils. During some of the visits students will work for local editorial rooms with journalistic project which will have the inspiration from the discussions the students will have with the pupils. The project will be a part of the tour of Finnish journalists to schools.

Grant €12,480

Grantee
University of Tampere, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Guest Professor Jussi Pullinen

Subject
A Year of Digital Journalism

Awarded grant
€12,480

The project “A year of digital journalism” maps and shares best practices in digital news media, especially in digital distribution. First, as an experimental teaching project spanning from autumn 2017 to spring 2018 seeks to distribute a journalistic whole on digital platforms alone. The project will report on the behaviour of social media algorithms in a media context. Secondly, an international seminar will share best practices in digital distribution and other topics more widely.

Grant €10,000

Grantee
Bjerregård Mogens Blicher

Subject
Medie and Politics in Conflict in Europe

Awarded grant
€10,000

A European project on media freedom including follow-up academic studies, a debate-book, a conference in Gdansk for 200 invited participants and follow-up mechanisms from the conference. The aim is to focus on the increasing conflict between journalists/media and politics/governments in a number of European countries and to reach out to the European citizens in order to increase the comprehension for the need of a free, independent and pluralistic media landscape.

Grant €6,000

Grantee
Photographer Heidi Piiroinen

Subject
The Invisibles

Awarded grant
€6,000

A survey of the phenomena of the Roma beggars in Europe by journalist Kimmo Oksanen and photographer Heidi Piiroinen. This project contemplates the effects of the phenomena of the Roma beggars, the situation they face in different societies and the hate-speech targeted at them. Who are they and why are they here?

Grant €2,400

Grantee
Nordic Press Association (NPA)

Subject
Young Media Makers Promoting Active Citizenship

Awarded grant
€2,400

Journalists have a unique chance to promote active participation in society. In a 5-day seminar, 40 young media makers from Nordic countries will get inspired for new ways of doing journalism and media content that create a momentum for political and societal engagement. The result of the seminar will be a handbook that is a guide for active citizenship-oriented journalism in the Nordic sphere, as well as a series of mobile journalism reports that support the handbook as best practice examples.

Grants awarded in the meeting 30.3.2017

Grant €50,000

Grantee
Open Knowledge Finland, Aleksi Knuutila PhD

Subject
Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Civic Technology and the Future of Journalism

Awarded grant
€50,000

The project studies the impact of civic tech on journalism from an action-research perspective. One part of the project is a registry of visitors to the Finnish parliament, which describes the various groups that influence parliament.

Grant €40,000

Grantee
Constructive Institute

Subject
Mid-career Constructive Journalism Fellowship Programme

Awarded grant
€40,000

The constructive fellowship programme provides journalists an opportunity to spend a year at a world class university in Aarhus, to enable the fellows to explore potential solutions to problems in the fields they are covering. This is inspired by constructive journalism – a response to increasing sensationalism of the media -that aims to facilitate public debate not only around important problems, but also around possible solutions to them.

Grant €25,000

Grantee
Reporters Without Borders Finland, Project Manager Marika Harjusaari

Subject
Change – 100 Pictures for Press Freedom

Awarded grant
€25,000

The project “Change – 100 pictures for press freedom” -photography book and exhibition promotes Finnish photojournalism and showcases some of the best photos of Finnish photojournalists. The goal of the project is to support the activity of Reporters Without Borders Finland by making a volume that tells about the changing society, and the individuals in the middle of it. The project culminates to an exhibition and a seminar that promotes freedom of speech and photojournalism.

Grant €10,320

Grantee
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Subject
Youth Newsroom at Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day event on May 2017

Awarded grant
€10,320

Group of Finnish future journalists works for an international Youth Newsroom at Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day event on May 2017. Along with this working they will produce a journalistic product about press freedom situation globally year 2017 for Finnish audience and build an interactive social media campaign to strenghen Finnish people need to support and protect freedom of press.

Thematic Grant Call: Post-factual Truth

Grant €106,300

Grantee
University of Turku, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arttu Saarinen PhD

Subject
Political Bubbles and Media –political party members’ and supporters’ media behavior and media trust in the post-truth era

Awarded grant
€106 ,300

The project studies the media behavior and levels of media trust among the supporters and members of  political parties. It especially focuses on determining the most media critical citizens in addition to their political affiliations and position in society. The study is based on survey data gathered from party members and supporters concerning attitudes and networks.

Grant €99,240

Grantee
Laurea University of Applied Science, Neurolab, Jyrki Suomala PhD

Subject
AI as Fake Message Detector

Awarded grant
€99,240

Coherence theory descibes behaviour as abductive reasoning. Personal goals, evidence and emotional contents are components in abductive reasoning. The study analyzes 100 fake messages and 100 reliable messages according to these three components. Totally 20 parameters will be produced based on this manual analysis in order to produce artificial intelligence (AI) program, which can estimate the level of the reliability of messages. AI helps to reveal fake messages.

Grant €95,400

Grantee
University of Jyväskylä, Karina Horsti PhD

Subject
”Disenfranchised” – International mobilization strategies in the post-truth era in Finnish, French and US countermedia

Awarded grant
€95,400

This comparative project studies how Finnish, French and US countermedia mobilize a ”disenfranchised” community of prosumers from people who are losing trust in the mainstream media.

Grant €70,000

Grantee
Aki Petteri Lehtinen PhD

Subject
Truthful journalism: The changes in public vocabulary and hence in conceptualizion reveal changes in our thinking and behavior

Awarded grant
€70,000

During an era of “post-truth”, “false news” and “alternative truths” it is imperative to distinct truthful journalism from other information flood, which goes all the way to downright propaganda. The research will provide solutions by clarifying the concept of truthfulness in journalism.

Grant €59,800

Grantee
University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences, History, Heikki Kokko PhD

Subject
Age of post-truth now and in the middle of 19th century

Awarded grant
€59,800

The rise of the age of post-truth is essentially connected with the development of the global data networks and the social media. There was the same kind of turning point in Finland in the middle of the 1800’s when the Finnish-speaking public sphere arose for the first time. In that case also the people’s ways of thinking and their cultural categories were on the move. What can we learn today of this past?

Grant €57,680

Grantee
Antto Vihma PhD and work group: Jarno Hartikainen, Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo and Olli Seuri

Subject
The Post-Truth Era: Is Finnish journalism part of the problem or solution?

Awarded grant
€57,680

Team of scholars and journalists aim to produce a premium-level non-academic book (in Finnish), based on extensive literature review and empiric analysis. The project focuses on post-truth phenomena in different policy fields and concept’s applicability in the Finnish media scene.

Grant €26,000

Grantee
Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Oy, Robert Sundman

Subject
The Post-Truth Era: Is Finnish journalism part of the problem or solution?

Awarded grant
€26,000

The media consistently fails to show its viewers, listeners and readers that behind each journalistic process are a myriad of editorial decisions. With these choices, the media shines its light on only parts of the truth, leaving others in darkness. “The Truths That Prevailed” is a series of interactive, journalistic exhibitions and a publication that reveals the struggles behind these decisions.

Grant €17,200

Grantee
Johanna Vehkoo

Subject
The Lie Detector’s Handbook

Awarded grant
€17,200

The Lie Detector’s Handbook offers practical tools for detecting all kinds of fakery on the web. The book will also take in-depth looks into how mis/disinformation works. Confirmation bias is a strong psychological force that makes us believe what fits our chosen world view. What are the most effective ways to battle disinformation with facts? The book will also contain investigations into various ways that conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation affect people’s lives.

Grant €9,000

Grantee
Aalto University, Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Professor Merja Salo

Subject
Helsinki Photomedia 2018 – Photography and the Post-Truth Condition

Awarded grant
€9,000

Helsinki Photomedia is an international, biennial photography research conference organised by four Finnish universities. The next conference takes place in March 2018, under the theme Photography and the Post-Truth Condition.

Grant €5,500

Grantee
Suvi Turtiainen

Subject
#Finland100 from Russian perspective

Awarded grant
€5,500

“#Finland100 from Russian perspective” is an investigative journalism project, which tries to find out how the Kremlin and Russian news media portray and frame the Finnish independence 100 years ago and its celebration in 2017.

Previously awarded grants, fellowships and donations