Presentations and Publications

This page features all publications related to the project.

Lohiniva, Pensola, Hyökki, Sivelä & Tammi (2022): COVID-19 risk perception framework of the public:  An infodemic tool for future pandemics and epidemics

Understanding risk perceptions of the public is central for risk communications and infodemic management during emergency and preparedness planning as people’s behavior depends on how they perceive the related risks. This qualitative study aimed to identify and describe factors related to COVID19 risk perceptions of the public in Finland and to make this information readily available for those who communicate with the public during crises.

Jonatan Lygdman: COVID-19 reporting in the news media in Finland: A Topic Modeling Approach (Master’s Thesis, Aalto University, 2022)

The COVID crisis has received unprecedented attention in the news media during the past two years, as a crisis with never-before-seen reach both geographically and by the number of affected people. The COVID crisis has combined aspects of an acute crisis and a slowly developing one, as well as creating the demand for health information, creating a unique situation for both communicators and the public from an informational standpoint.

Perspectives of COVID-19 Communication and Narratives of Social Media (Seminar)

Crisis Narratives organized a research day featuring research projects addressing issues related to crisis communication and social media. 

Minttu Tikka & Vuokko Härmä: Building trust through locality: Communicative practices of Finnish healthcare communication experts (Conference paper)

This paper examines the communicative practices of health communication experts aiming to build trust among their audiences during the COVID-19 epidemic in Finland. Starting in early 2020, the global pandemic has become an extended crisis and a condition of social reality (Roux-Dufort 2016). Instead of being merely an interruption to the everyday practices of healthcare communication experts, COVID-19 crisis has become a ‘terrain of action’ (Vigh 2008) where communicators’ have struggled to manage the continually emerging disease outbreaks, and changing restrictions and recommendations. These uncertain circumstances have compelled the communicators’ to generate new practices in order to cope with the situation.