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Journalism and Media

Journalism and Media engages the field of media from both professional and academic perspectives. The field of journalism is in a permanent state of flux, propelled forward by rapidly changing technologies, the search for business models online, and changes in the way journalists work. Of particular significance is the global rise of entrepreneurial journalism, the maturation of digital journalism as a professional discipline, and the precarious position of journalists in contemporary society. In order to address these challenges and opportunities, the Journalism and media section foresees increasing interdisciplinary collaboration across the Media and Information program, as well as within the Humanities broadly conceived (with specific reference to new media, creative industries, and cultural information science).

At the Department of Media Studies we focus teaching and research on journalism and media on three key thematic areas:

Journalism innovation past, present and future

Journalism is in a constant state of transformation and innovation. New formats are launched, new approaches are tried out, new platforms are introduced. With the proliferation of new media technologies, the production and distribution of news now also takes place outside of the institutions of professional journalism. What innovative ways have emerged to fulfil the basic functions of journalism in the so-called digital media ecology, either inside traditional institutions or outside? What kinds of innovative practices can be identified, what makes these work, and how does the adoption and adaptation process of journalism innovation impact the way journalists work?

Professional identity of media workers

People who work in the media – as journalists, advertising creatives, recording artists, film makers, game developers, and so on – actively construct and maintain a professional identity, both as individuals and through peer orientation. Traditionally, such identities serve the function of maintaining social coherence within a particular field of work. Today, as the world of work is rapidly changing and more or less permanent positions for media workers altogether disappear, how do processes of identity formation among independently operating or otherwise fragmented professionals work? Specifically with reference to journalism, what does it mean to be journalist?