Journalism studies

The Journalism Studies group is large, versatile and active. We currently have 19 members, of which four are PhD candidates. Journalism Studies is also home to the sub-group Media and Sports.

The research group holds regular seminars, is involved in teaching in the bachelor programmes both for journalism and media studies, holds master courses and supervises PhD candidates. 

Since the autumn of 2015 the group launched the ViSmedia project. Project leader is professor Astrid Gynnild.

Research areas

The research group investigates journalism across media and journalism's social and historical perspectives, popular journalistic forms, journalistic ethics, journalism's role in society; online journalism, journalistic work processes, as well as reorientation in journalism in general. In addition journalism research focuses on various journalistic genres: sports journalism, culture, journalism, magazine journalism, crime reporting, health journalism and war journalism.


The ViSmedia project investigates empirically, experimentally, and conceptually how the adoption and innovation of visual surveillance technologies in the news media might be optimized, and how such optimization can be done in ways that incorporate and integrate societal responsibility with high quality journalism. The project is interdisciplinary, and the core group of researchers includes social scientists from Norway, USA, and Finland.