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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).

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.

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.

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

Books and edited collections

When news was new
Rantanen, Terhi (2009) When news was new. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405175524

Media and globalization
Rantanen, Terhi (2005) Media and globalization. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 0761973125

Xinwen quanqiuhua (translation of 'The globalization of the news')
Boyd-Barrett, Oliver and Rantanen, Terhi, eds. (2004) Xinwen quanqiuhua (translation of 'The globalization of the news'). Weber Publication International, Taiwan. ISBN 9867830377

Global'noe i natsional'noe. Mass-media i kommunikatsii v postkommunichekoi Rossii (translation of The global and the national. Media communications in post-communist Russia)
Rantanen, Terhi (2004) Global'noe i natsional'noe. Mass-media i kommunikatsii v postkommunichekoi Rossii (translation of The global and the national. Media communications in post-communist Russia). Izdatel'stvo Moskovskogo universiteta, Moscow, Russia. ISBN 5-211-04707-9

Global and the national: media and communications in post-communist Russia
Rantanen, Terhi (2002) Global and the national: media and communications in post-communist Russia. Critical media studies . Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, US. ISBN 0742515672

The globalization of news
Boyd-Barrett, Oliver and Rantanen, Terhi, eds. (1998) The globalization of news. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9780761953869

After five o'clock friends: Kent Cooper and Roy W. Howard
Rantanen, Terhi (1998) After five o'clock friends: Kent Cooper and Roy W. Howard. Roy H. Howard monographs in journalism and mass communication research (4). Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

Maailman ihmeellisin asia: johdatus viestinnän oppihistoriaan (Of all affairs, communications is the most wonderful - an introduction to the history of communication research)
Rantanen, Terhi and Ampuja, Marko (1997) Maailman ihmeellisin asia: johdatus viestinnän oppihistoriaan (Of all affairs, communications is the most wonderful - an introduction to the history of communication research). Finnish Open University, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9514576667

Howard interviews Stalin. How the AP, UP and TASS smashed the international news cartel
Rantanen, Terhi (1994) Howard interviews Stalin. How the AP, UP and TASS smashed the international news cartel. Roy H. Howard monographs in journalism and mass communication research (3). Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

Mr Howard goes to South America. The United Press Associations and foreign expansion
Rantanen, Terhi (1992) Mr Howard goes to South America. The United Press Associations and foreign expansion. Roy W. Howard monographs in journalism and mass communication research (2). Indiana Unviersity, Indiana, USA.

Foreign news in imperial Russia: The relationship between international and Russian news agencies, 1856-1914
Rantanen, Terhi (1990) Foreign news in imperial Russia: The relationship between international and Russian news agencies, 1856-1914. Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, Dissertationes humanarum litterarum (58). Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 951-41-0635

'STT: n uutisia' sadan vuoden varrelta (News from the Finnish news agency, STT: one hundred years)
Rantanen, Terhi (1987) 'STT: n uutisia' sadan vuoden varrelta (News from the Finnish news agency, STT: one hundred years). Weilin & Göös, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789513540241

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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Articles

The worlding of St. Petersburg and Shanghai: comparing cultures of communication before and after revolutions
Meng, Bingchun and Rantanen, Terhi (2016) The worlding of St. Petersburg and Shanghai: comparing cultures of communication before and after revolutions. Communication, Culture and Critique, 9 (3). pp. 323-340. ISSN 1753-9129

Media events, spectacles and risky globalization: a critical review and possible avenues for future research
Seeck, Hannele and Rantanen, Terhi (2015) Media events, spectacles and risky globalization: a critical review and possible avenues for future research. Media, Culture & Society, 37 (2). pp. 163-179. ISSN 0163-4437

A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia
Meng, Bingchun and Rantanen, Terhi (2015) A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1529-5036

Quiet, but not silenced in many languages: an interview with Epp Lauk
Rantanen, Terhi (2013) Quiet, but not silenced in many languages: an interview with Epp Lauk. Global Media and Communication, 9 (3). pp. 279-285. ISSN 1742-7665

A critique of the systems approaches in comparative media research: a Central and Eastern European perspective
Rantanen, Terhi (2013) A critique of the systems approaches in comparative media research: a Central and Eastern European perspective. Global Media and Communication, 9 (3). pp. 257-277. ISSN 1742-7665

Effects of intensive strength-power training on sense of coherence among 60-85-year-old people with hip fracture a randomized controlled trial
Pakkala, Inka, Read, Sanna, Sipilä, Sarianna, Portegijs, Erja, Kallinen, Mauri, Heinonen, Ari, Alen, Markku, Kiviranta, Ilkka and Rantanen, Terhi (2013) Effects of intensive strength-power training on sense of coherence among 60-85-year-old people with hip fracture a randomized controlled trial. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 24 (3). pp. 295-299. ISSN 1594-0667

Editorial
Ornebring, H. and Rantanen, Terhi (2013) Editorial. Global Media and Communication, 9 (3). pp. 189-193. ISSN 1742-7665

A critique of the systems approaches in comparative media research: a Central and Eastern European perspective
Rantanen, Terhi (2013) A critique of the systems approaches in comparative media research: a Central and Eastern European perspective. Global Media and Communication, 9 (3). pp. 257-277. ISSN 1742-7665

From international communication to global media studies. What next?
Rantanen, Terhi (2008) From international communication to global media studies. What next? Nordicom Review, 29 (2). pp. 31-34. ISSN 1403-1108

A transnational cosmopolitan: an interview with Ulf Hannerz
Rantanen, Terhi (2007) A transnational cosmopolitan: an interview with Ulf Hannerz. Global Media and Communication, 3 (1). pp. 11-27. ISSN 1742-7665

The cosmopolitanization of news
Rantanen, Terhi (2007) The cosmopolitanization of news. Journalism Studies, 8 (6). pp. 843-861. ISSN 1461-670X

Digging the global mine: an interview with Saskia Sassen
Rantanen, Terhi (2006) Digging the global mine: an interview with Saskia Sassen. Global Media and Communication, 2 (2). pp. 142-159. ISSN 1742-7673

A man behind scapes: an interview with Arjun Appadurai
Rantanen, Terhi (2006) A man behind scapes: an interview with Arjun Appadurai. Global Media and Communication, 2 (1). pp. 7-19. ISSN 1742-7665

Foreign dependence and domestic monopoly: the European news cartel and U.S. associated presses, 1861-1932
Rantanen, Terhi (2006) Foreign dependence and domestic monopoly: the European news cartel and U.S. associated presses, 1861-1932. Media History, 12 (1). pp. 19-35. ISSN 1368-8804

Cosmopolitanization - now!: an interview with Ulrich Beck
Rantanen, Terhi (2005) Cosmopolitanization - now!: an interview with Ulrich Beck. Global Media and Communication, 1 (3). pp. 247-263. ISSN 1742-7665

The message is the medium: an interview with Manuel Castells
Rantanen, Terhi (2005) The message is the medium: an interview with Manuel Castells. Global Media and Communication, 1 (2). pp. 135-147. ISSN 1742-7665

Giddens and the 'G'-word: an interview with Anthony Giddens
Rantanen, Terhi (2005) Giddens and the 'G'-word: an interview with Anthony Giddens. Global Media and Communication, 1 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1742-7665

New sense of place in the 19th Century news
Rantanen, Terhi (2003) New sense of place in the 19th Century news. Media Culture and Society, 25 (4). pp. 435-449. ISSN 1460-3675

Old and the new: communications technology and globalization in Russia
Rantanen, Terhi (2001) Old and the new: communications technology and globalization in Russia. New Media and Society, 3 (1). pp. 85-105. ISSN 1461-7315

State news agencies - a time for re-evaluation?
Rantanen, Terhi and Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2001) State news agencies - a time for re-evaluation? Medien und Zeit, 16 (4). pp. 38-45. ISSN 0259-7446

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Monographs

Evaluation of media and communication studies in higher education in Finland
Rantanen, Terhi, Ellä, H., Engblom, L.-Å., Heinonen, J., Laaksovirta, T., Pohjanpalo, L., Rajamäki, T. and Woodman, J. (2002) Evaluation of media and communication studies in higher education in Finland. Publications of the Higher Education Evaluation Council, 7:2002. Edita Publishing Oy, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9513737268

"Good evening, our main item tonight is...women". A preliminary study on the role of women in television
Holopainen, I., Kalklinen, M-L., Sarkkinen, M., Osterlund, M. and Rantanen, Terhi (1984) "Good evening, our main item tonight is...women". A preliminary study on the role of women in television. Research reports, 26/1984. Oy Yleisradio Ab.(Finnish Broadcasting Company), Helsinki, Finland.

 

 

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