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#BlivHjemme: How COVID-19 Unfolded in Scandinavian News and Social Media

Talk by Rebekah Baglini, IMC

2020.08.27 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 08 Sep
Time 11:00 13:00
Location Online on zoom meeting ID 563 610 6271



Although socio-culturally and linguistically close, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark chose different measures to confront the COVID-19 pandemic: Denmark and Norway quickly imposed lockdowns, while Sweden largely avoided imposing government prohibitions.

This talk reports on in-progress research on the Scandinavian media landscape during the Covid-19 era, conducted as part of the HOPE Project (How Democracies Cope with Covid-19: A Data-Driven Approach). Using Danish newspaper data, we combine latent variable modeling and information theory to show how legacy media respond to a catastrophe that has both social and natural factors. And using a nearly comprehensive sample of Twitter data from all three countries from April-June, we model variation in topical and sentiment patterns aligned with the epidemic's progression and government policy interventions. 


About the speaker

Rebekah Baglini, Assistant Professor