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Erik Knudsen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE). He holds a PhD from the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Much of Knudsens research explores patterns and effects of news and political communication, trust in journalism, and selective exposure to like-minded information.  

 

Qualifications: Journalism, political communication, selective exposure, framing, agenda setting, media effects, news values, media logics and mediatisation of politics, quantitative content analysis, experimental research design, public opinion and survey research.

 

Ongoing studies: 

  • Conjoint experiments of politically motivated selective news exposure
  • Conjoint experiments and open-ended questions about trust in media
  • Conjoint experiments of selective exposure and selective sharing in social media
  • Conjoint experiments of discussion and disagreement

 

Postdoctor project: 'Sharing the other side: the role of emotions in social media behaviour'

Even though one might ideally wish for a political system in which people actively participate and people discuss issues with diverse conversational partners, one cannot have it both ways.

This is a fundamental dilemma at the core of democratic theory: even though encountering cross-cutting information tends to promote deliberative democracy, exposure to disagreement can also dampen a citizen’s motivation to participate.

However, the way citizens consume journalistic content and political information is changing rapidly. Increasingly, citizens, especially younger citizens, are seeking political information and news from social media networks.

In this postdoc project, I move the study of the democracy dilemma into the setting of social media networks – a setting in which one person’s political participation is often another person’s information. This means that I can investigate how this dilemma plays out inside the same “room”. Crucially, this project also seek to extend our knowledge of this phenomena in regards to the role of emotions.

The DIGSSCORE facility provides the perfect conditions for exploring this dilemma and present new and valuable answers for one of the most pressing questions within political communication research: to what degree do the electorate avoid opinion-challenging information and form echo chambers online?

 

     

    See Knudsens presentation at Forsker Grand Prix here:

    https://vimeo.com/136707016

    Master level course:

    2013: Course leader, supervisor, and teacher for MEVI317: News media, agenda, framing, scandals, sources and media effects

    Bachelor level course:

    2013 and 2014: Supervisor and teacher in MEVI102: Media, audience, media use and opinion formation

    2012: Teacher for MEVI100: Introduction to media and communication

     

    *=both authors contributed equally. 

    Publications:

    Erik Knudsen, Mikael P Johannesson, and Sveinung Arnesen. 2017. “Selective Exposure to News Cues: Towards a Generic Approach to Selective Exposure Research.”. DIGSSCORE Working paper series 2017:6

    Iversen, M. H*. and Knudsen, E.* (2017) “I've got our news and bad news: Party cues trump negativity bias when selecting political news online,”. DIGSSCORE Working paper series 2017:2.

    Iversen M.H.* and Knudsen, E* (2017) When Politicians go Native: Consequences of Native Advertising for Citizens’ Trust in Political News. Journalism. DOI: 10.1177/1464884916688289

    Knudsen, E. (2017) Velferdsstatens møte med nyhetspressen: Fremstillingstoner og kildebruk i nyhetsdekningen av NAV. I: Christensen, D. A., Ytre-Arne, B. & Aars, J. (red.) Tjenestedemokratiet. Velferdsstaten som arena for deltakelse. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

    Nærland, T og Knudsen, E (2017) Velferdsstatens institusjoner og nyhetsmediene: En komparativ studie av medieinteraksjon i NAV og Universitets- og forskningssektoren. I: Christensen, D. A., Ytre-Arne, B. & Aars, J. (red.) Tjenestedemokratiet. Velferdsstaten som arena for deltakelse. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

    Knudsen, E. (2016) Når nyhetsrammer og medialisering møtes: Hvordan og hvorfor ramme- og medialiseringsteori bør integreres tettere [Translated title: Linking news framing theory and mediatization theory: why and how]. Norsk Medietidsskrift, vol. 4/16

    Knudsen, E. (2016) Journalistikkens fremstillingsmakt: nyhetsrammer, meningsdanning og medialisering. [translated title: The Power of Journalistic Framing: News Frames, Public Opinion and Mediatization]. PhD-thesis. Det samfunnsvitenskaplige fakultetet ved Universtitetet i Bergen. Available at: http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/12225

    Knudsen, E. (2014). Media Effects as a Two-Sided Field: Comparing Theories and Research of Framing and Agenda Setting, pp.207-217. I: L. Kramp, N., Carpentier, Hepp, A., Tomanić Trivundža, I., Nieminen, H., Kunelius, R., Olsson, T., Sundin, E. og Kilborn, R. (red.) Media Practice and Everyday Agency in Europe. Bremen: edition lumière

     

    Conference Papers:

    Knudsen E og Iversen MH. (June 2016) When Politicians go Native: Consequences of Native Advertising for Citizens’ Trust in Political News. ICA, Journalism Division. Fukuoka.

    Knudsen E. (August 2015) Framing the Third-person Effect: Perceptions of Framing Effects on Self and Others. NordMedia 2015. Copenhagen.

    Knudsen E. (May 2015) Reputation Management, Mediatization, and News Framing of a Norwegian Public Sector Organization. ICA 2015 afternoon pre-conference: Public Sector Communication: The Challenge of Building Intangible Assets. San Juan.

    Knudsen E og Iversen MH. (August 2015) Consequences of Native Advertising for Citizens’ Trust in Political News. NordMedia 2015. København.

    Knudsen E og Iversen MH. (Feb. 2015) Reinvention through experimenting. How can we increase our understanding of journalism’s audience by using survey experiments? Re-Inventing Journalism. Winterthur, Switzerland.

    Nærland TU, Knudsen E , Sjøvaag H, Ytre-Arne. (May 2015) Mediating the Nordic Welfare Model: Journalistic Representations and Public Attitudes. ICA 2015 afternoon pre-conference: Public Sector Communication: The Challenge of Building Intangible Assets. San Juan.

    Knudsen, E. (November 2014) The Persuasive Effect of Conceptual Metaphors: Motivated Reasoning, Political Rhetoric and Public Opinion. The Norwegian Citizen Panel Conference; 2014-06-11 – 2014-07-11, Bergen, Norway.

    Knudsen, E. (August 2014) Negative press and attitude change: comparing a longitudinal content analysis of press coverage with trend analysis of public opinion. ECREA Summer School Alumni Conference; 2014-08-15 - 2014-08-16, Bremen, Germany

    Knudsen, E. (July 2014) Investigating Effects of Political Frame Sponsoring on Public Opinion. International Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behavior (New) Media Effects on Electoral Behaviour; 2014-07-07 - 2014-07-11, Milan, Italy

    Knudsen, Erik (mai 2013) How the press framed the Norwegian Welfare crisis. Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies; 2013-05-29 - 2013-05-30

    Knudsen, Erik (august 2013) Media Coverage as Attitude Source: A Study of Second-Level Agenda Setting at the Outbreak of a Norwegian Welfare Crisis. NordMedia2013; 2013-08-08 - 2013-08-11

    Knudsen, Erik (april 2013) Når velferd blir dagsorden: NAV, presse og opinion. Christieseminaret; 2013-04-24 - 2013-04-24
    UiB

    Knudsen, Erik (2012) Automatiserte forsideanalyser: arkiverings- og analyseprogramvare løser utfordringer med kvantitative innholdsanalyser av nettaviser, working paper til Norsk Medieforskerlags konferanse i Kristiansand 18.-19. okt. 2012

    Knudsen, Erik (2012) Combining Induction and Deduction: Studying Issue-specific News Frames Quantitatively, Master Class for PhD-students at Stockholm University, the Department of Media Studies, Karlavägen 104, April 24.-27

    Knudsen, Erik (2012) Et vitenskapsteoretisk paradoks: induksjon som premissleverandør for deduksjon, Obligatorisk vitenskapsteoretisk essay for PhD-graden, Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap, Universitet i Bergen  

    Popular science

    Knudsen, Erik (2012) "Analyseprogram avdekker nettavisenes prioriteringer". Vox Publica [Internet] 26.03.2012 

    Master Thesis:   Monster Journalism - The Media coverage of the "Hardanger case" (Norwegian only)

    • Nærland, Torgeir Uberg; Knudsen, Erik. 2017. Velferdsstatens institusjoner og nyhetsmediene: en komparativ studie av medieinteraksjon i NAV og universitets- og forskningssektoren. 10, pages 164-180. In:
      • Christensen, Dag Arne; Lindén, Tord Skogedal; Ytre-Arne, Brita; Aars, Jacob. 2017. Tjenestedemokratiet. Velferdsstaten som arena for deltakelse. Universitetsforlaget. 240 pages. ISBN: 9788215027852.
    • Iversen, Magnus Hoem; Knudsen, Erik. 2016. When politicians go native: The consequences of political native advertising for citizens’ trust in news. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism. 1-18. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884916688289
    • Knudsen, Erik. 2016. Når nyhetsrammer og medialisering møtes : hvordan og hvorfor ramme- og medialiseringsteori bør integreres tettere. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 23: 1-19. doi: 10.18261/issn.0805-9535-2016-04-02
    • Knudsen, Erik. 2016. Journalistikkens fremstillingsmakt. Nyhetsrammer, meningsdanning og medialisering. Universitetet i Bergen.
    • Iversen, Magnus Hoem; Knudsen, Erik. 2014. Medienes trusselteater. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2014-08-02.
    • Knudsen, Erik. 2014. Media Effects as a Two-Sided Field: Comparing Theories and Research of Framing and Agenda Setting. 3, pages 207-2017. In:
      • Leif, Kramp; Carpentier, Nico; Hepp, Andreas; Trivundža, Ilija Tomanić; Nieminen, Hannu; Kunelius, Risto; Olsson, Tobias; Sundin, Ebba; Kilborn, Richard. 2014. Media Practice and Everyday Agency in Europe. edition lumière. 375 pages. ISBN: 978-3-943245-28-8.
    • Hoem Iversen, Magnus; Knudsen, Erik. 2013. Må avisen ha en mening? Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2013-11-09.
    • Iversen, Magnus Hoem; Knudsen, Erik. 2013. Må avisen ha en mening? Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2013-11-09.
    • Lefmann, K.; Klenø, Kaspar H.; Birk, Jonas Okkels; Hansen, Britt Ragnhild; Holm, Sonja L.; Knudsen, Erik; Lieutenant, Klaus; von Moos, Lars; Sales, Morten; Willendrup, Peter K.; Andersen, Ken Haste. 2013. Simulation of a suite of generic long-pulse neutron instruments to optimize the time structure of the European Spallation Source. Review of Scientific Instruments. 84. 9 pages. doi: 10.1063/1.4803167

    More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

    Journalism, political communication, framing, agenda setting, media effects, news values, mediatisation of politics, quantitative content analysis, survey experiment, public opinion.

     

    2016-2020: Postdoctor project: Sharing the other side: the role of emotions in social media behaviour

    2016-2018: Exploring the consequenses of native advertising 

    2011-2015: PhD project: The Power of Journalistic Framing: News Frames, Public Opinion and Mediatization