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Professor Terhi Rantanen

Professor of Global Media & Communications, Programme Director: MSc Global Media & Communications (with University of Southern California)|

Terhi Rantanen (MSc, LicSc, DocSc, Docent, Helsinki University) is Professor in Global Media and Communications. Her books include When News Was New (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) The Media and Globalization (Sage, 2005), The Global and the National. Media and Communications in Post-Communist Russia (Rowman & Littlefield: 2002), The Globalization of News (with O. Boyd-Barrett, Sage: 1998), 'Maailman ihmeellisin asia'. Johdatus viestinnän oppihistoriaan ('Of All Affairs, Communication is the Most Wonderful.' An Introduction to the History of Communication Research) in collaboration with M. Ampuja, The Finnish Open University: 1997), Foreign News in Imperial Russia: The Relationship between International and Russian News Agencies, 1856-1914 (Federation of Finnish Scientific Societies: 1990) and 'STT:n uutisia' sadan vuoden varrelta' ('News from the Finnish News Agency, STT: One Hundred Years') (Weilin & Göös: 1987).

Biography

Before joining LSE in January 2000 I held a full-time position as a senior academic in the Department of Communication at Helsinki University, where I also hold the position of Docent (an academic honour which permanently enables me to teach in the Department). I have also been a visiting fellow/scholar/professor at several universities around the world including Stockholm University, The University of Southern California, The University of Oxford, The University of Westminster, The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, Harvard University, Moscow State University and The University of Western Sydney.

My latest book When News Was New| was published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2009. This book asks a simple question: 'what makes news new?'. It investigates how news has re-invented itself at different historical moments--from medieval storytellers to 19th century telegraph news agencies to 21st century bloggers. It argues that the newness of news has been regularly reconstructed, and that news is mostly old stories made new. At the same time, these stories inhabit temporal and spatial structures that challenge our ideas about our mental space in the past, the present and the future. Rather than asking whether news is 'objective', the book explores the temporality and spatiality of news, in order to show how it changes not only itself but the space around it. This is a book that reaches out from journalism and journalism studies to survey the wider social implications of news.

My book The Media and Globalization| came out in December 2004. This book challenges conventional ways of thinking about globalization and shows that it cannot be fully understood without studying the role of media and communications. It explores the relationship between macro- and micro-processes of globalisation and the role of media and communications in these processes. It introduces global mediagraphy, a new methodology for the study of individual experience in different locations across the world. Relating one life history to another, within and across four generations of three families in a number of countries, it seeks to pinpoint the multiplicity and complexity of connections, the crucial differences and similarities in life experience. These life histories of individuals, generally defined until now only nationally or locally, offer a new starting point for the conceptualization and understanding of what we can call mediated globalization.

The relationship between the global and the national has been one of the topics that is present in many of my publications. The Global and the National. Media and Communications in Post-Communist Russia| published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2002 contributes to theoretical debate by relativising the concepts of "globalisation" and "new communications technologies" as well as analysing and describing their impact on a little known case: what was formerly called "a sixth of the world". It shows how the experience and effects of globalisation which initially played a liberating role in the downfall of Communism, are being transformed by the reassertion of the national.

Since the beginning of my career I have been doing research on global media organisations. My main object of interest has been news agencies, the first electronic media in the 19th century. My first book was about the history of news agencies in Finland. My second book was a historical study on the relationship between the global agencies of the 19th century and various Russian news agencies. Since that I have published extensively on global news transmission. One of the outcomes is a jointly written and edited book, The Globalization of News|, published by Sage in 1998.

I am founding editor of Global Media and Communication|.

Research Interests

Globalisation theories, global media, global news, post-communist and communist media, media history and history of media studies

I co-direct  an interdisciplinary research project on Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe| launched in October 2009 and funded by the European Research Council.

Teaching

I have been Director of a two-year MSc programme in Global Media and Communications| (with USC in Los Angeles) since it was founded in 2000. In 2007 I became a founding Director of a new two-year MSc programme with Fudan University in Shanghai. I teach one of the two core courses in the Global Media and Communication programme and on the core courses in the MSc programmes in Media and Communications.

Research students

  • Nikola Belakova
  • Marina Gerner

Publications

Books and Edited Collections

Book Chapters

  • Quickening urgency: the telegraph and wire services in 1846-1893
    Rantanen, Terhi (2012) Quickening urgency: the telegraph and wire services in 1846-1893. In: Valdivia, Anharad N., (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies: Volume 1: Media History and the Foundations of Media Studies. Wiley-Blackwell, New York, USA. ISBN 9781405193566
  • In nationalism we trust?
    Rantanen, Terhi (2012) In nationalism we trust? In: Castells, Manuel, Caraça, Caraça and Cardoso, Gustavo, (eds.) Aftermath: the Cultures of the Economic Crisis. Oxford University Press, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 132-153. ISBN 9780199658411
  • The end of the electronic news cartel, 1927-1934
    Rantanen, Terhi (2011) The end of the electronic news cartel, 1927-1934. In: Putnis, Peter, Kaul, Chandrika and Wilke, Juergen, (eds.) International Communication and Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives. Hampton Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781612890548
  • Methodological inter-nationalism in comparative media research: flow studies in international communication
    Rantanen, Terhi (2010) Methodological inter-nationalism in comparative media research: flow studies in international communication. In: Roosvall, Anna and Salovaara-Moring, Inka, (eds.) Communicating the Nation: National Topografies of Global Media Landscapes. Nordicom Publications, Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 25-39. ISBN 9789189471962
  • News agencies
    Boyd-Barrett, Oliver and Rantanen, Terhi (2009) News agencies. In: Albertazzi, Daniele and Cobley, Paul, (eds.) The Media: an Introduction. Pearson, Boston, USA, pp. 233-245. ISBN 9781405840361
  • The cosmopolitanization of news
    Rantanen, Terhi (2008) The cosmopolitanization of news. In: Palmer, Michael and Aubert, Aurélie, (eds.) L'information Mondialisée. Editions L'Harmattan, Paris, France, pp. 323-346. ISBN 9782296062306
  • Global and national news agencies: threats and opportunities in the age of convergence
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2008) Global and national news agencies: threats and opportunities in the age of convergence. In: de Beer, Arnold and Merrill, John C., (eds.) Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems. Allyn & Bacon, Boston, USA, pp. 33-47. ISBN 9780205608119
  • Public national news or news for transnational publics?
    Rantanen, Terhi (2008) Public national news or news for transnational publics? In: Thomas, I. and Almqvist, K., (eds.) The Future of Public Service Broadcasting. Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 171-182. ISBN 9789189672215
  • Flows and contra-flows in transitional societies
    Rantanen, Terhi (2006) Flows and contra-flows in transitional societies. In: Thussu, Daya K., (ed.) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contraflow. Communication and society. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 163-178. ISBN 9780415354578
  • State news agencies - a time for re-evaluation?
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2005) State news agencies - a time for re-evaluation? In: Dorfler, Edith and Vyslozil, Wolfgang, (eds.) The Various Faces of Reality - Values in News (Agency) Journalism. Studien Verlag, Insbruck, Austria, pp. 79-90. ISBN 9783706518222
  • European news agencies and their sources in the Iraq war coverage
    Rantanen, Terhi (2004) European news agencies and their sources in the Iraq war coverage. In: Allan, Stuart and Zelizer, Barbie, (eds.) Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime. Routledge, London, pp. 301-314. ISBN 0415339979
  • Global and national news agencies: the unstable nexus
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2004) Global and national news agencies: the unstable nexus. In: de Beer, Arnold S. and Merrill, John C., (eds.) Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems. Allyn & Bacon, Boston, USA. ISBN 9780801330278
  • News agencies as news sources: a re-evaluation
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2004) News agencies as news sources: a re-evaluation. In: Sreberny, Annabelle and Paterson, Chris, (eds.) Inernational News in 21st Century. John Libbey Publishing for University of Luton Press, Eastleigh, UK, pp. 31-46. ISBN 1860205968
  • Uutisvälitys [News transmission]
    Rantanen, Terhi and Kivikuru, U. (2003) Uutisvälitys [News transmission]. In: Nordenstreng, K. and Wiio, O. A., (eds.) Suomen Mediamaisema [Finnish Media Landscape]. WSOY, Porvoo, Helsinki, pp. 132-154. ISBN 951-0-25416-9
  • Empire and communications: centrifugal and centripetal media in contemporary Russia
    Rantanen, Terhi and Vartanova, Elena (2003) Empire and communications: centrifugal and centripetal media in contemporary Russia. In: Couldry, Nick and Curran, James, (eds.) Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World. Critical media studies: institutions, politics, and culture. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, US, pp. 147-162. ISBN 9780742523852
  • News agencies: 'Global and national news agencies: opportunities and threats in the age of the Internet'
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2002) News agencies: 'Global and national news agencies: opportunities and threats in the age of the Internet'. In: Briggs, Adam and Cobley, Paul, (eds.) The Media: an Introduction. 2nd ed.. Longman, Harlow, UK, pp. 57-69. ISBN 9780582423466
  • Theorizing the news agencies
    Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2002) Theorizing the news agencies. In: McQuail, Denis, (ed.) Mcquail's Reader in Mass Communication. Sage, London, pp. 215-221. ISBN 9780761972433
  • News agency foreign correspondents
    Boyd-Barrett, Oliver and Rantanen, Terhi (2000) News agency foreign correspondents. In: Tunstall, Jeremy, (ed.) Media Occupations and Professions. a Reader. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 127-143. ISBN 9780198742463
  • The old meets the new: news agencies in post-communist Russia
    Rantanen, Terhi (2000) The old meets the new: news agencies in post-communist Russia. In: Ekecrantz, Jan and Olofsson, Kerstin, (eds.) Russian Reports: Studies in Post-Communist Transformation of Media and Journalism. Sodertorn academic studies(2). Almqvist and Wicksell, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 247-273. ISBN 9789189315037
  • Tutkija paradigmamyrskyissa (Researcher in changing paradigms)
    Rantanen, Terhi (2000) Tutkija paradigmamyrskyissa (Researcher in changing paradigms). In: Levo-Henriksson, Ritva and Ampuja, Marko, (eds.) Media Ja Me (Media and Us). Yliopistopaino, Helsinki, Finland, pp. 11-15. ISBN 9514590724

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