Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen, American in Sweden, is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrChristensen

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 8:30am
In Sweden, Children are Citizens… Not Overheads
It is a mid-May Sunday in Stockholm. It is drizzling. It is very cold. I’m taking my daughter to the opening of a new municipal playground in the center of the city: a great place designed by people who obviously thought a lot about what kids like. The playground is located in a prime spot. In many...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:15am
The Dangerous Smugness of That Boston Globe “President Trump” Spoof
A national embarrassment skewered. Journalistic honor restored. Reveling in know-nothingness and jingoism taking a back seat to an ironic, raised eyebrow. That front page made us feel good about ourselves. We are not a nation of idiots. We are more than that . Yet…yet. "The front page makes us feel...
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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 8:45am
Dear Media: Radovan Karadžić is a European Christian
Radovan Karadžić has been found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. That’s Radovan Karadžić: Bosnian Serb leader, Bosnian Serb politician, Bosnian Serb war criminal, Bosnian Serb. But that’s not, if you have followed the past 20 years of...
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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:15pm
Five “Truths” about the US Political Circus Non-Americans Should Question
As an American academic living in Europe, I am often asked by journalists to offer my opinion about what is going on with US politics, Trump and the media. A number of issues regularly crop up during these discussions that suggest a somewhat blinkered media view of events. Here are five issues that...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 8:15am
We Need to Stop Using Fox News as an Alibi for Trump’s Islamophobia
Fox News is a godsend for US journalism. Not because it is a purveyor of critical investigative reporting, of course, but because it provides an in-house scapegoat for the US news media to “explain” the rise of a candidate like Donald Trump. When Fox News and Trump recently engaged in a very public...
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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 2:00pm
People Click on Stories About Paris But Not Beirut? It’s More Than Geography and Apathy.
I’m seeing some push-back from journalists over criticism that Paris was covered more than Beirut. Places like Beirut are covered, journalists respond, but people just aren’t as interested in those stories (it’s about “proximity”). Yes, if we count clicks and views, I’m sure Paris gets more...
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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 10:00am
After the Paris Attacks: Live News Should Challenge Narratives, Not Desperately Try to Create Them
As the events from Oslo on July 22, 2011 filtered through, TV news producers began to scramble. Many people had been murdered by a gunman, and they needed experts to give expert opinions. Fast. What followed was one of the the most embarrassing examples of uninformed mass punditry in news history...
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Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:15am
We Can Learn a Lot from Dancing Swedish Tampons
“We hope to normalize the subject and start a discussion about menstruation…it should be something we can talk about, both girls and boys.” These are the words of Petter Bragée, the Head of Programming for Children and Youth at the Malmö offices of Sweden’s national public service broadcaster, SVT...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 10:45am
US Violence Breeds a Language of the Grotesque
Another week, another series of school and university shootings in the US, and another chance to hear phrases such as " active shooter " and " campus lockdown " repeated over and over by police, school administrators and journalists. These phrases – chilling in their clinicalness – are not only...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:15am
The US Gazes Into the Islamophobic Abyss
"When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and...
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