News from America


Welcome to News from America
A one-day seminar at Uppsala University

How do Swedes get their information about the U.S.?  What role do Swedish correspondents in the U.S. play?  How does the news reporting shape our understanding of the United States? What role does the current president of the United States play for the Swedish (and general) news coverage of the U.S.? What has the changing media landscape of recent years meant? How does the news reporting relate the general Swedish image of the U.S.? And what does the intense focus on news from America mean for reporting from other parts of the world?

These are some questions that will be discussed in the seminar “News from America,” arranged by the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University on Tuesday, June 4. The seminar is supported by a generous multi-year support from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies.

Participants include both scholars of Swedish-American media relations and some of the leading practitioners in the field. The seminar will consist of presentations, panel discussions, and ample opportunities for questions and answers with the audience.

The participants include:

Inger Arenander, former correspondent for Sveriges Radio in Washington
Henrik Berggren, historian, author, former cultural editor, Dagens Nyheter
Jonas Björk, Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis
Dag Blanck, Professor of North American Studies, Uppsala University
Jørn Brøndal, Professor of American studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Christian Christensen, Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies, Stockholm University
Helena Groll, news anchor, former correspondent in Los Angeles
Karin Henriksson, author, former correspondent for Svenska Dagbladet, Washington
Ulrika Knutson, journalist, author, former president of Swedish Publicists’ Association (Publicistklubben)
Lars Truedsson, director, Institutet för mediestudier, Stockholm


Each session begins with a short presentation by the respective panelists. They are followed by a discussion among the panelists and questions from the audience. The seminar is moderated by Dag Blanck.

10.30-12.00: Session 1
Henrik Berggren
Jonas Björk
Jørn Brøndal
Karin Henriksson

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.30: Session 2
Inger Arenander
Christian Christensen
Helena Groll
Ulrika Knutson
Lars Truedsson

14.30-15.00  Coffee

15.00-15.30: Session 3
Final discussion

Venue: Room IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, 753 10 Uppsala

The seminar is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged by sending an e-mail to

For further information, please contact Dag Blanck at SINAS.

Most welcome to what promises to be a stimulating discussion of an important topic.

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Last modified: 2021-02-12