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  1. MSV students in journalism and communication
  2. PVM students in communication, GPC students in media and democracy
  3. Other MSV students
  4. Other students at the University of Helsinki, and exchange students

Bachelor’s exam, or in the late stages of bachelor’s studies

Courses in journalism and communication

After attending this course the student can

  • * Describe and critically discuss theories and recommendations related to ethically acceptable crisis journalism
  • * Give a general description of legislation and norms related to journalists’ rights and responsibilities during crisis-related work
  • * Describe best practices for how theories, recommendations and legislation related to crisis journalism should be applied in practice during varying types of crisis-related work tasks, from journalism as well as other crisis communicator (information officers etc.) viewpoints
  • * Critically discuss whether crisis journalism/communication is a risk for or protective factor against psychological impairment following trauma for a) directly affected and b) journalists/communicators - and how this factor is expressed.

After Bachelor’s exam

The course is organised: Autumn term, period II

Lectures, group work, discussion, presentations and individual asignments. During the years when the course is not given as lecture course, an examination of the course literature.

Backholm, K. (2016). Distress among journalists working the incidents. In L. C. Wilson (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings (pp. 247-265). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.- Backholm, K. (2016). Distress among journalists working the incidents. In L. C. Wilson (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings (pp. 247-265). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Brayne, M. (2007). Trauma and Journalism. A Guide for Journalists, Editors, & Managers. Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (http://dartcenter.org/sites/default/files/DCE_JournoTraumaHandbook.pdf)

Falkheiker Falkheimer, J., Heide, M., & Larsson, L. (2009). Kriskommunikation, Liber.

Den svenskspråkiga boken Kriskommunikation (2009) av Falkheimer, J., Heide, M., och Larsson, L. går att bytas ut mot I) kapitel 1-2 i Ongoing Crisis Communication (2014) av Timothy Coombs och II) kapitel 2-4 i Crisis Management in a Complex World (2008) by Dawn R. Gilpin och Priscilla J. Murphy samt III) artikeln Brandtzæg, P., Luders, M., Spangenberg, J., Rath- Wiggins, L., & Folstad, A. (2016). Emerging journalistic verification practices concerning social media. Journalism Practice, 10(3), 323–342.

Simpson, R., & Coté, W. (2006). Covering Violence. A Guide to Ethical Reporting About Victims & Trauma. Columbia University Press

Material assigned by the lecturer

The course is evaluated on the scale 0-5. The lecturer hands out the evaluation criteria during class or, if needed, in other situations.

Instructions for examinations

  • Faculty examinations are held in the Porthania lecture halls (Yliopistonkatu 3).
  • Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
  • Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off.
  • Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
  • Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.


The course can be completed in two different ways:

The students takes part in the course (lectures, group work, individual work) during the years when the course is given as a lecture course


Literature studies. The student writes the exam on a general examination day or, when possible, in the Examinarium.

University lecturer in communication Camilla Haavisto