Awarded grants

In the annual meeting held on the March 28 the board of trustees of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation awarded five grants, in total 446,800 euros.

The Foundation arranged a directed call MEDIA 2030 during 2018. In the second phase five projects were finally chosen to apply a grant. Three grants were awarded totalling 520,000 euros.

 

Grants awarded in the meeting 28.3.2019

Grant €130,000

Grantee
University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute, Mariëlle Wijermars, PhD

Subject
Sustainable Journalism for the Algorithmic Future

Grant
€130,000

The project investigates how data-driven media practices and the increased influence of IT industries on media business affect journalism and its role in the public sphere. Integrating new evidence from a hybrid media system (Russia) into a comparative study, it helps understand the context-specificity of this impact and will formulate a vision on making journalism societally, economically and ethically sustainable for the algorithmic future.

Grant €112,500

Grantee
World Press Institute (WPI)

Subject
World Press Institute Fellowship

Grant
€112,500

Fellowship program for early-to-midcareer journalists for the next three years.

Grant €87,600

Grantee
University of Helsinki, Media and Communication Studies, Professor Juha Herkman

Subject
Economic Experts in the Public Sphere

Grant
€87,600

The research project ”Economic experts in the public sphere” examines the relationship between journalism and economic knowledge. Via a survey and a set of interviews, the research project analyses how Finnish political and financial journalists evaluate the expertise and credibility of institutions that aim to influence economic policies. Such institutions include, for example, political parties, labour organizations and the Ministry of Finance.

Grant €86,700

Grantee
University of Tampere, Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication (COMET), researcher Elina Noppari

Subject
The Oulu Sexual Crime Scandal in Hybrid Media Environment

Grant
€86,700

The Oulu Sexual Crime Scandal in Hybrid Media Environment project examines how Finnish media performed when reporting suspected sexual crimes in Oulu in 2018 where suspects were males with refugee background. In this project we research how journalism framed the events, how facts and rumours were circulated between social media and journalism, what kinds of emotional expressions were mobilized on different media platforms and with what objectives and triggers different actors had in debate.

Grant €30,000

Grantee
Kaskas Media

Subject
Skolar Award

Grant
€30,000

Skolar Award is a research pitching competition and training that supports young ambitious postdoc researchers communicate their ideas effectively. The eight finalists of the competition receive a professionally orchestrated training where they learn to pitch and interact with different groups ranging from investors to journalists. The competition finale is held at Slush Helsinki in November 2019.

Directed call MEDIA 2030 (grants are allocated to 2018)

Grant €240,000

Grantee
University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Dept. of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Dept. of Psychology and Tampere University (TAU), Work Research Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Mikko Villi

Subject
Media work 2030

Grant
€240,000

The Media Work 2030 project studies media work and media professionals as actors in the digital media environment. The starting point in the project is that digital disruption is not only a challenge for media organisations but also for individual media workers. The project brings together several research traditions (media and communication studies, social and public policy research, sociology, psychology, and brain research) in a unique, interdisciplinary way.

Grant €150,000

Grantee
University of Vaasa, Innolab, Director Mari K. Niemi, PhD

Subject
Disrupting the Media Scene. Adopting Emerging Technologies as a Vehicle for Transforming the Audience Relationship and Business Models in Journalistic Media

Grant
€150,000

This multidisciplinary project forecasts the future landscape of journalistic media in terms of emerging, disruptive technologies and supports the industry in facing the transformation. Our focus is on the changing audience relationship, and in the novel business models arising. The work is  conducted in a close cooperation with the industry and stakeholders: we create scenarios and seek novel solutions together. Main outcomes of  the project include four Future Workshops, a roadmap and a book.

Grant €130,000

Grantee
University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Jyväskylä, Department of Language and Communication Studies and Helsingin Sanomat, Production team of “Musta laatikko”

Subject
The power of live journalism – from insights to applications

Grant
€130,000

The research focuses on live journalism, which we define as events where carefully edited and rehearsed journalistic content is presented to a live audience. We argue that live journalism as a novel journalistic format offers an intriguing way to support audience engagement as well as transparency and accountability in journalism. We investigate if and how the editing process of live journalism and its audience-centric logic can be applied to other forms of journalistic content production.

Previously awarded grants, fellowships and donations