The Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies has arranged its third seminar, this time at Amager Campus, University of Copenhagen, November 17-19. For the first time we also arranged a separate Master Class for PhD-students, starting the day before the ordinary seminar.
The Master Class was arranged together with the Danish Research School (FMKJ), with “The Sociology of Journalism – Traditions and Perspectives” as the main topic. 23 PhD-students and some interested senior scholars participated and professor Gaye Tuchman, University of Connecticut, was the key-note speaker. She also commented some of the 13 papers that were presented in this section. Other speakers at the Master Class were ass. professor Ida Willig from the University of Roskilde (“A Critical Perspective on Journalism: The Reflexive Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu”) and professor Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen (“Mediatization of Journalism, Institutional Transformation in a New Media Environment”). This was the first seminar with a Master Class for PhD-students, and we will try to follow this up at our later seminars and workshops.
The seminar started after lunch November 18, with “Journalism, Institutions and Politics” as the general topic. More than 30 PhD-students and senior scholars from the Nordic and Baltic countries participated. The key-note speaker was David Ryfe, ass. professor at Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada: “Adapt or Die: An Institutional Approach to the Ongoing Revolution in Journalism”. The speech initiated a lively discussion about the future of the news media – and of journalism as an institution. Other speakers at the seminar were ass. professor Mark Ørsten from Roskilde University (“News Regimes: Is political News Changing?”, ass. professor Paul Bjerke from Volda University College (“The Ethical Gap in Newsroom Practice”) and PhD-student Jens Barland from the University of Oslo (“New Methods to Attract the Readership. The Citizens as a Target Group”).
Both the Master Class and the Network Seminar included time for informal talk – and some wining and dining in the evenings – an important part of a well working network!
The next seminar will be arranged in Jyväskylä, Finland, April 6-8, 2011.