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Lars Nyre

Professor, specializing in new media, journalism and technology
  • E-mailLars.Nyre@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 91 33
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
    Room: 
    641
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5007 Bergen

My research is based on four assumptions:

Media are always about technology. Therefore it is important to study the relationship between technology and society, and study the philosophy of technology and other academic approaches to what technology is.

Media are about design and production. It is important that researchers contribute with specific technical solutions, and that these prototypes are tested and improved before they are eventually presented to the general public.

Media are always about reading, watching, listening, etc. Therefore it is important to study human understanding, in particular phenomenology and hermeneutics. Qualitative interviews with ordinary people are important for my research. If the researcher doesn't talk with people the results may be out of touch.

Media have embedded values. In Norway and other democratic countries journalism is the single most important value creator. During the last few decades values ​​in the media have been strongly characterized by market orientations. As researcher I stand outside capitalism, and can test a variety of value systems without short-term requirements for profit and utility.

The University of Bergen can afford to let me conduct autonomous, radical research based on these four assumptions, and I use this privilege to the maximum.

I have been teaching at the University of Bergen since 1997. Among the topics for my courses are technology theory, media design, lean methodology, drone journalism, radio reportage and podcast production. I have advised dozens of master students, and supervised several doctoral students in media design.

My teaching has mainly been oriented to the bachelor programmes in journalism, TV-production and new media at the Infomedia Department. It requires good communication skills to translate media theories into practical tasks for young people. It is tremendously interesting to see the growth in the students' production skills over the course of three years. 

For some years, I have been responsible for three courses at the Infomedia Department:

Infomevi173: Journalistic mobile applications

This 10 point course is based on innovation pedagogics, and the students are expected to be collaborate in groups of three to four. They are challenged to make a prototype medium with original content. See course description at: http://www.uib.no/emne/INFOMEVI173 (in Norwegian).

News stories about the course:

2016: http://www.uib.no/aktuelt/97238/mediestudenter-blir-droneeksperter

2016: Pitch video dronefilm. SETT INN PÅ FREDAG.

2015: «Hørbart». App som informerer om aktuelle konsertar i Bergen med musikk og intervju. Sjå: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXvEuCgXmdE.

2014: http://www.uib.no/aktuelt/79242/slik-skal-dei-redda-journalistikken

2011: http://pahoyden.no/2011/11/nyskaping-i-auditoriet

Infomevi 270: Bachelor thesis: designing an analyzing a media prototype

This is the final semester for the new media students, and they have to make a big production during a 30 point full semester. Groups of 2-3 students have internships in Bergen-based media companies, and are challenged to develop a media prototype that is useful to the company. They are taught lean methodology to identify user groups, amd they are given support for programming, design and content. They also have to write a 6000 word bachelor thesis. See course description at http://www.uib.no/emne/INFOMEVI270 (in Norwegian).

News stories about the course:

2014: Video frå Caroline Ordaz, student utplassert i Mobiletech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLywK1cSVaw

2014: https://ncemedia.no/nyheter/studenter-utvikler-nye-løsninger-for-mediebedriftene

Mevi224: Media technology and society

This course is a particular favourite of mine. The course gives 15 points, and is based on lectures, close readings at seminars, and a comparative exam task. The course addresses theories and facts about what media technologies are, and how they are embedded in society with various consequences. See course description here: http://www.uib.no/emne/MEVI224 (in English).

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Administrative responsibilities:

2010 to 2016: Chair of the new media bachelor programme in the joint program committee for the three practice-based bachelor degrees at Infomedia, UiB.

2009 – 2010: Member of the program committee for the journalism bachelor degree at Infomedia, UiB.

2008 - 2009: Member of the program committee for the film and TV bachelor degree at Infomedia, UiB.

2006: PhD course. Nyre was responsible for the international doctoral course “Technology and the Public Sphere” 14-17 November 2006. Twenty doctoral students from across Europe and keynote speakers Andrew Feenberg, Brian Winston and Peter Dahlgren attended. Funded by the University of Bergen and the Norwegian Council of Research, and organized as part of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Teaching resumé

2016: Spring: Responsible for INFOMEVI270 Bachelor thesis in new media and INFOMEVI173: Journalistic mobile applications. 

2015: Spring: Responsible for INFOMEVI270 Bachelor thesis in new media and INFOMEVI173: Journalistic mobile applications. 

2014: Spring: Responsible for INFOMEVI270 Bachelor thesis in new media and INFOMEVI173: Journalistic mobile applications. Autumn: Responsible for INFOMEVI201 (now renamed MEVI224).

2013: Spring: Responsible for INFOMEVI270 Bachelor thesis in new media and INFOMEVI171 Web series production. 2013: http://pahoyden.no/2013/05/drikkevatn-fra-lille-lungegarden-og-ein-telef... lenke til Tor sitt videoopplegg.

2012: Autumn: Responsible for INFOMEVI106 Introduction to media production, and MEVI153 Documentary mobile applications.

2012: Spring: Responsible for INFOMEVI270 Bachelor thesis in new media.

2011: Autumn: Responsible for INFOMEVI106 Introduction to media production, and MEVI153 Documentary mobile applications. Spring: Responsible for the external practice of 13 students in the courses MEVI 261 and INFOMEVI270.

2010: Lecture and tutorials at PhD.-Course "New Media, New Theories, New Methods", Kalundborg Denmark, 14-17 November 2010.

2010: Spring: Responsible for the journalism practice of 13 students (MEVI 261). Autumn: Introductory course for students of journalism, film and television, and new media (MEVI 106).

2009: Spring: Responsible for the journalism practice of 25 students (MEVI 261). Introductory course to media studies and the Norwegian system (MEVI 110).  Autumn: Introductory course for students of journalism, film and television, and new media (MEVI 106).

2008: Autumn: Introductory course to practical media studies (MEVI 106), and master course in theory and history of technology (INFOMEVI 344).

2007: Spring: Course in the history of the press at the intermediate level (MEVI 211), course responsibility and six lectures, University of Bergen.

2004-2005-2006: Master course “Theories and practices of media and information technologies” (INFOMEVI 344). Course responsibility and three lectures every year for three years. University of Bergen.

1998-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003: Bachelor course “Introduction to media studies”. Course responsibility and four lectures every year for six years. Volda University College.

1997: Bachelor-level course in “Scandinavian Area Studies”. Course responsibility and six lectures. University of Bergen.

Books
  • O'Neill, Brian; Ala-Fossi, Marko; Jauert, Per; Lax, Stephen; Nyre, Lars; Shaw, Helen. 2010. Digital radio in Europe : technologies, industries and cultures. Intellect Ltd.. 248 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84150-279-3.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2008. Sound Media. From Live Journalism to Music Recording. Routledge. 232 pages. ISBN: 9780415391146.
  • Nyre, Lars; Eide, Linda NRK. 2004. Radioradio. Lyd i journalistikk. Det Norske Samlaget. 244 pages. ISBN: 82-521-6161-8.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2001. Magiske system. Klassiske tekster om medier og kultur. Spartacus. 270 pages. ISBN: 8243001794.
  • Nyre, Lars; Skorstad, Atle. 2001. Magiske system. Klassiske tekster om medier og kultur. Spartacus. 270 pages. ISBN: 82-430-0179-4.
Journal articles
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Mediedesign langs Bybanen. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-01-23.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Kritisk journalistikk på nye måtar. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-03-06.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Verdiskaping i Media City Bergen. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-04-24.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Book review: Mobility and Locative Media, edited by Adriana de Souza e Sliva and Mimi Sheller. Journal of Media Innovations. 2: 74-76.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Book review: Paddy Scannell’s Television and the Meaning of Live (2014). New Media and Society. 17: 308-310.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Designing the Amplifon. A locative sound medium to supplement DAB radio. Journal of Media Innovations. 2: 58-73.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Journalistikk for smartklokker. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-06-08.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Urban Headphone Listening and the Situational Fit of Music, Radio and Podcasting. Journal of radio & audio media. 22: 279-298. doi: 10.1080/19376529.2015.1083155
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Forsking i Media City Bergen. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-09-04.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Medieforsking kan trygga mediemangfaldet. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-12-11.
  • Nyre, Lars; Tessem, Bjørnar. 2015. Ordsky for lokale fakta. Bergens Tidende. Published 2015-10-28.
  • Tessem, Bjørnar; Bjørnestad, Solveig; Chen, Weiqin; Nyre, Lars. 2015. Word cloud visualisation of locative information. Journal of Location Based Services. 9: 254-272. doi: 10.1080/17489725.2015.1118566
  • Nyre, Lars. 2014. Media design method. Combining media studies with design science to make new media. Journal of Media Innovations. 1.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2014. Amplifon. På sporet av et mer intelligent radiomedium. Nordicom Information. 36: 92-96.
  • Nyre, Lars; Puustinen, Liina. 2013. Trust in the media across Europe. Communication Management Quarterly. 26.
  • Tessem, Bjørnar; Nyre, Lars. 2013. The Influence of Social Media Use on Willingness to Share Location Information. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 8058: 161-172.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2012. BBC Broadcasts to Portugal in World War II: how radio was used as a weapon of war. Journalism Studies.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2012. Journalistikken koloniserer universitetet. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 03. 329-336.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2012. Nico Carpentier: Media and participation: a site of ideological-democratic struggle. Intellect, Chicago IL, 2011, 360 pp ISBN: 9781841504070. New Media and Society. 14: 1067-1069.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2012. Læraren veit best! UNIPED (Tromsø). 35: 102-108.
  • Nyre, Lars; Bjørnestad, Solveig; Tessem, Bjørnar; Øie, Kjetil Vaage. 2012. Locative journalism: Designing a location-dependent news medium for smartphones. Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 18: 297-314. Published 2012-08-01. doi: 10.1177/1354856512441151
  • Nyre, Lars. 2011. The broadcast pulic and its problems. Javnost - The Public. 18: 5-18.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2010. Experimenting with new media for journalism. Nordicom Information. 32: 83-93.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2010. Sound studies is still tuning in. New Media and Society. 12: 1388-1393. doi: 10.1177/1461444810377067
  • Nyre, Lars. 2009. Mikke Mus-faget slår tilbake. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 1.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2009. Normative media research moving from the ivory tower to the control tower. Nordicom Review. 30: 3-17.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2007. Postphenomenology: A critical companion to ihde. International journal of philosophical studies (Print). 15: 633-638.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2005. Apologetic Media Research. Nordicom Review. 2.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2004. Mediumteori. Norsk Medietidsskrift. Årg. 11, nr 1. 24-49.
  • Eide, Linda; Nyre, Lars. 2003. Truverde på spel. Syn og Segn. 28-35.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2003. P4-kulturen : media. Mål og makt. 10-15.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2003. Bokmelding av "Se hva som skjer! : en studie av lyd som kommunikativt virkemiddel i TV" av Arnt Maasø. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 6. 167-172.
  • Nyre, Lars; Eide, Linda NRK. 2003. Truverde på spel. Syn og Segn.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2000. Retorisk spontanitet og kontroll. Rhetorica Scandinavica. 14.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2000. Kampviljen i radio 9. april 1940. Syn og Segn.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1999. Revolusjon utan musikk. Bergens Tidende. Published 1999-04-06.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1999. Kjendisar i nedrykksstrid. ?. Published 1999-03-28.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1999. Medieavhengig i Amerika. Klassekampen. Published 1999-02-12.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1998. Språkrørsler i radio. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 2.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1998. Opprop mot samtidsopportunisme. Syn og Segn.
Reports and theses
  • Nyre, Lars. 2003. Fidelity matters : sound media and realism in the 20th century : doctoral thesis. Høgskulen i Volda og Universitetet i Bergen, Volda. 294 pages.
  • Nyre, Lars. 1997. Radioen og det lydlege : om nokre føresetnader for studiet av mediepersepsjon. cand.polit.-oppgave. UiB. 108 pages.
Book sections
  • Nyre, Lars. 2015. Akademiske prototypar. Ei retning for medieutviklinga på Vestlandet. kapittel, pages 165-181. In:
    • Werenskjold, Rolf; Strøm, Gunnar; Bjerke, Paul; Lewe, Thomas; Sivertsen, Erling. 2015. Sverre! Festskrift til Sverre Liestøl. Forlag1. 207 pages. ISBN: 9788282850933.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2014. God lokaljournalistikk berre på nett: Hypotetisk redesign av avisa Hordaland på Voss. Kapittel 14, pages 279-302. In:
    • Morlandstø, Lisbeth; Krumsvik, Arne H. 2014. Innovasjon og verdiskaping i lokale medier. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 307 pages. ISBN: 978-82-02-40580-9.
  • Nyre, Lars; Pavlickova, Tereza; Jurisic, Jelena. 2013. What does it mean to trust the media? Kap 14. In:
    • Carpentier, Nico; Schröder, Kim; Hallett, Lawrie. 2013. Audience Transformations: Shifting Audience Positions in Late Modernity. Routledge. 280 pages. ISBN: 978-0-415-82736-2.
  • Nyre, Lars; O'Neill, Brian. 2012. For and against Participation: A Hermeneutical Approach to Participation in the Media. Chapter 11, pages 201-221. In:
    • Bilandzic, Helena; Patriarche, Geoffroy; Traudt, Paul J. 2012. The Social Use of Media: Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research. Intellect Ltd.. 257 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84150-512-1.
  • Tessem, Bjørnar; Nyre, Lars. 2012. Lokaljournalistikk for mobilen. Kapittel 8, pages 127-145. In:
    • Eide, Martin; Larsen, Leif Ove; Sjøvaag, Helle. 2012. Nytt på nett og brett. Journalistikk i forandring. Universitetsforlaget. 326 pages. ISBN: 978-82-15-02074-7.
  • Bjørnestad, Solveig; Nyre, Lars; Tessem, Bjørnar. 2011. Experimental evaluation of tools and concepts for location-aware journalism. Artikket, pages 133-140. In:
    • Kommers, Piet; Isaías, Pedro. 2011. e-society 2011. IADIS Press. 609 pages. ISBN: 978-972-8939-46-5.
  • Bjørnestad, Solveig; Tessem, Bjørnar; Nyre, Lars. 2011. Design and Evaluation of a Location-based Mobile News Reader. short paper, pages . In:
    • Badra, Mohamad; Zeadally, Sherali; Jabeur, Nafaa; Labiod, Houda; Melodia, Tommaso; Bernados Cano, Carlos Jesus; Laurent, Maryline; Sklavos, Nicolas. 2011. Proceedings of NTMS'2011 Conference and Workshops. IEEE conference proceedings. 550 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4244-8704-2.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2010. Journalisten som teknologisk determinist: holdninger til søkemotorer og nettpublisering. Kapittel 9, pages 187-212. In:
    • Roppen, Johann; Allern, Sigurd. 2010. Journalistikkens samfunnsoppdrag. IJ-forlaget. 264 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7147-346-4.
  • Nyre, Lars; Ala-Fossi, Marko. 2010. Two-way radio : audience partipication and editorial control in the future. 10, pages 193-212. In:
    • O'Neill, Brian; Ala-Fossi, Marko; Jauert, Per; Lax, Stephen; Nyre, Lars; Shaw, Helen. 2010. Digital radio in Europe : technologies, industries and cultures. Intellect Ltd.. 248 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84150-279-3.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2007. Minimumsjournalistikk : eksperimentelle prosedyrer for demokratisk deltagelse i lydmedier. 122-145. In:
    • Gentikow, Barbara; Skogseth, Egil G. 2007. Gentikow og Skogseth (red) "Medier og demokrati". Spartacus. 292 pages. ISBN: 978-82-304-0029-6.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2006. Nye medier, gammeldags journalistikk. kapittel 12, pages 325-341. In:
    • Von der Lippe, B. 2006. Medier, politikk og samfunn. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 394 pages. ISBN: 82-02-26167-8.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2006. The Interactive Sublime: Obstacles to dialogue in digital broadcasting. del 3.2, pages 273-286. In:
    • Schorr, Angela; Seltmann, Stefan. 2006. Changing Media Markets in Europe and Abroad. 506 pages. ISBN: 3-89967-179-1.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2001. Omsetjing av "Postmoderne virtualitetar" av Mark Poster. 49-70. In:
    • 2001. Magiske systemer : klassiske tekster om medier og kulturell endring / Atle Skorstad og Lars Nyre (red.). Spartacus. 18 pages.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2001. Omsetjing av "Ting å gjera med kjøpesenter" av Megan Morris. faglig_bok_institusjon, pages 100-125. In:
    • 2001. Magiske systemer : klassiske tekster om medier og kulturell endring / Atle Skorstad og Lars Nyre (red.). 26 pages.
  • Nyre, Lars. 2001. Omsetjing av "Reklame: det magiske systemet" av Raymond Williams. 164-181. In:
    • 2001. Magiske systemer : klassiske tekster om medier og kulturell endring / Atle Skorstad og Lars Nyre (red.). Spartacus. 18 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Lars Nyre (born 1969) comes from the farm Nyre in the town of Voss in Hordaland. He lives in the Bergen suburb Minde with his partner and three children. He has studied and/or worked at the Infomedia Department at UiB since 1990.

Employment history

2013: Six month research stay at City University London and London School of Economics, July to December 2013.

2012 - present: Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies (UiB).

2009 - 2013: Editor of Norsk medietidsskrift.

2008 – 2012: Associate professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies (UiB).

2008 – 2010: 20 % research position at the School of Journalism at Volda University College, in collaboration with the NFR project “Journalistikk i endring” (JOSAM).

2007 – 2008: Part-time teacher and researcher at Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

2005-2008: Web Editor and responsible for website design and database development for the ECREA website.

2003 – 2006: Post doctor in media studies, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, under the Culture, ICT and Media programme (KIM).

2004: Six month research stay at Royal Holloway University, London, UK, January to June 2004.

1998 – 2003: Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Bergen and the School of Journalism at Volda University College. Doctoral dissertation was defended in May 2003.

2000: Six month stay at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, January to June 2000.

1997: Completion of licentiate thesis (hovudfag) in media studies, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

1995 – 1996: Full-time position as cultural editor of the student newspaper Studvest, Bergen.

1993: Medievitenskap mellomfag, University of Bergen.

1992: Litteraturvitenskap mellomfag, University of Bergen.

1991: Medievitenskap grunnfag, University of Bergen.

1989: Engelsk grunnfag, University of Bergen.

1989 – 1990: Full-time position as news journalist in the local paper Vaksdal Posten, Vaksdal.

1987 – 1988: Part-time position as news journalist in the local paper Horda Tidend, Voss.

Academic responsibilities

2010 to 2015: Chair of the research network “ICT and Media” under the umbrella of UH-nett Vest.

2010 to 2011: Member of “Resource group for media”, in Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

2010 to 2013: External censor for Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, UiO.

2010 to 2014: Member of the Management Committee for Norway of COST Action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Society”.

2009 to 2011 : Member of the NORDFORSK research network "The Culture of Ubiquitous Information", see the Ubiquity website.

2010 to present: Member of the research group Digital Radio Cultures in Europe, see the DRACE website.

2009 to 2012: Chair of the research group TVERTEK which also ran T-lab, a modest research laboratory located at UiB.2009 – 2010: Member of the program committee for the journalism bachelor degree at Infomedia, UiB.

2008 to present: Member of the international board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.

2008 – 2010: Member of the program committee for the conference Nordic Media Festival, which attracts over a thousand journalists and TV-producers to Bergen in May every year.

2004 – 2009: Chair of the research group Digital Radio Cultures in Europe, originally established as part of the EU-funded COST A20 network “The Impact of the Internet on the mass media in Europe”.

2003 - 2008: Executive board member of ECREA. From 2003-2005 I was board member of European Communication Association (ECA) which merged with the European Consortium of Communication Research (ECCR) to form ECREA in 2005.

2004: Member of the organization committee for the conference ECA Istanbul Conference 2004, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 2004.

2003-2005: Chair of the “Radio and Sound Media Group” in the Nordic Media Researcher Association.

2001-2006: Norwegian delegate for radio and music to the EU-funded network COST A20, called “The Impact of the Internet on the mass media in Europe”. Management committee member representing Norway from 2004-2006.

Bergen Journalism Lab - J-lab. Along with Bjørnar Tessem I am attempting to establish a research environment for development of journalism technologies. We have been funded by the Infomedia Department to create a website and a permanent seminar series. 

ViSmedia - XXX.

Research blog. I write regular blog posts for the regional newspaper Bergens Tidende about technology and media design - all in Norwegian. You can access the blog here: http://innsikt.bt.no/author/larsn/.

Mediadesign Promo (SJEKK) with Gunnar Liestøl in Oslo.

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