Saturday, June 27, 2009

KK.no - 12 Stories

The website KK.no is an excellent example of how Canadian information and Canadians studies are often quoted in the Norwegian media. In the case of the first 11 below mentioned stories, just a single story makes reference to Canada or Canadians at all. The first story guesses a Canadian researcher is American, just because she is quoted in an American newspaper. The remaining stories all quote from Canadian universities, but not a single reference of credit is given to the research or universities being Canadian or in Canada. How many Norwegian readers will know where the University of Alberta is located? Or the University of Toronto? Would it not be of benefit to Norwegian readers to at least give the reader some context as to the country from where the research is coming? if a Canadian journalist writes stories about research from the University of Tromsø and never mentions Norway or Norwegians, will that not be somewhat vague to Canadian readers? Will most Canadians readers automatically know where Tromsø is located? Doesn't context matter?But, why when there are stories of research from the U.K., Australia, or the USA is there a greater chance these countries will be acknowledged for their work than Canada or Canadians? Why does it seem that some in the Norwegian media automatically assume that everything worth reporting about from North America is automatically from the USA? Mexico and Canada are also in North America, not just the USA. Wouldn't this be like a Canadian journalist just automatically assuming everything coming from Scandinavia must be Swedish, and completely overlook the Norwegian and Danish contributions?
1) Dette tenner kvinner (Madeleine Ferre) 27 February 2009
http://www.kk.no/806203/dette-tenner-kvinner
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes: "Hva tenner en kvinne? Det nytter i alle fall ikke å spørre henne, ifølge en amerikansk psykologiprofessor som har forsket på dette i flere år." This is not correct. Dr. Meredith Chivers is Canadian, not American as the journalist writes. To be correct this story should say: "Det nytter i alle fall ikke å spørre henne, ifølge en kanadisk psykologiprofessor som har forsket på dette i flere år." The New York Times story her story is quoted from is an American paper, but the American paper correctly identifies the Canadian city of Kingston, and the Canadian province of Ontario where she is from; and the American story does not state she is an American. This has been added in by either a guess or an assumption from the Norwegian journalist that she must be an American. This story is an excellent example of how many Norwegian journalists just take the liberty and guess or assume Canadians quoted in American news stories must be Americans, even though the American newspapers do not identify the Canadian as an American. If a Canadian news story writes about a Norwegian professor from Bergen or Oslo in a Swedish newspaper, should the Canadian journalists just guess or assume he or she is Swedish or German and not bother to confirm the Norwegian's nationality? Or do Norwegian not care about having the Germans or Swedes given credit for Norwegian work? Being quoted in an American newspaper doesn't make someone automatically an American.
2) Nakne menn tenner oss ikke
http://www.kk.no/776076/nakne-menn-tenner-oss-ikke
In this story done at the University of Toronto in Canada, there is no mention to Canada or Canadians that have done the work, just a reference to the story being in the New York Times. Either it's assumed or guessed the study is from the USA, and not Canada, or the Canadian part is not important? Or it's too difficult for many Norwegian journalists to identify Canadian cities being in Canada?
3) Dette gjør deg 12 år yngre
http://www.kk.no/519681/dette-gjor-deg-12-aar-yngre
In this story the journalist refers to this Canadian study as an American study. This is wrong and is either a guess or an assumption. This study is actually a Canadian study done at the University of Toronto, and quotes the professor from the Canadian University of Toronto. Why do some many Norwegian journalist give the Americans credit for Canadian research?
4) Han vil ha deg blek
http://www.kk.no/515454/han-vil-ha-deg-blek
5) Disse blir mest gravide
http://www.kk.no/798360/disse-blir-mest-gravide
6) Tynn ved tankekraft
http://www.kk.no/390270/tynn-ved-tankekraft
7) Vi har kjendissex i søvne
http://www.kk.no/385904/vi-har-kjendissex-i-sovne
8) Bryt uvanene!
http://www.kk.no/797028/bryt-uvanene
9) Derfor lever du usunt
http://www.kk.no/524684/derfor-lever-du-usunt
10) Slik kan du spise deg glup
http://www.kk.no/520525/slik-kan-du-spise-deg-glup
11) Valpefett gjør lykkelig
http://www.kk.no/499269/valpefett-gjor-lykkelig
12) Eldre menn er ut
http://www.kk.no/783587/eldre-menn-er-ut

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