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Becoming A Journalist. Journalism education in the Nordic countries (Nordicom)

In Publications on September 1, 2016 at 17:07

The first international anthology on Nordic research on journalism students are finally out, and it can be purchased or downloaded (for free) via Nordicom´s page.

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“This edited volume addresses journalism education as a central component of journalistic professionalization, making it necessary to understand what is a crucial period in most future journalists’ lives. Nowadays, journalism scholars are realizing the need for more sustained, in-depth and critical studies of why students embark on such degrees, how they develop their professional views and practices at universities, how the educational curricula of journalism programs match the needs of the labor market, and also, what the news industry thinks about journalism courses and their graduates. This volume addresses all of these important questions in-depth, with admirable attention to different elements that may explain all these issues.

The comparative perspective of looking at the Nordic countries breaks new ground considering the paucity of comparative studies on journalism education in specific media systems. The authors that take part of this book employ an array of quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the field of journalism education, providing a rich account that, no doubt, will be essential reading for students, researchers, the media industry, policy-makers and all people interested in journalism education and professionalization.”

Folker Hanusch, University of Vienna, Austria
Claudia Mellado, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile
Principal investigators, Journalism students across the globe

A presentation of the book was given September 23d to the Nordic journalism teachers conference in Ålesund. Henrika is speaking, Co-editors Jan Fredrik and Gunnar at the window demonstrate not only their keen interest, but also that a year of coordinated work on the book have resulted in a coordinated body language.

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The first review of the book is positive. European Journal of Communication says that “looking at journalism education in this comparative way is very welcome, and it is to be hoped that it will be followed in other broad geographical regions”, and that the authors should be “applauded for putting together such a rich assemblage of articles on this topic”.

Making journalists: Nordic perspectives

In Publications on October 5, 2014 at 14:22

A call for chapters for a Nordic anthology on research on journalism education and journalism students was issued in March this year. 19 abstracts were accepted, and September the 24th was held a preconference with this theme in connection with this years´ Nordic Conference for Journalism Teachers in Reykjavik.

Elin Gardenström speaks about the historical struggles taking place in the establishment of the Nordic journalismm programmes

Elin Gardenström speaks about the historical struggles taking place when the Nordic journalism programmes were established.

We plan to publish a Nordicom anthology from this preconference early next year. Many of the chapters uses data from the Hovdabrekka project. Editors are Jan Fredrik Hovden, Gunnar Nygren and Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen.

A new web site and a presentation of the 2008 survey (PDF)

In Publications on February 8, 2010 at 14:04

The website for the project has moved and undergone a major update. In addition to a new look and address, all information on the site have been updated and expanded. And we hope to update this site more often from now on.

Note in particular the new section “Resources for teachers” where we will put presentations from the project. Of particular interest here should be a new presentation of results from the 2008-survey, which includes national comparisions of all the major variables in the survey and some selected slides on differences between the sexes. The presentation is available as a PDF, either in a full-color, full-page verison or in a more printer-friendly version with no backgrounds and two slides per page:


New Book: European Journalism Education

In Publications on February 5, 2010 at 13:40

Several of the members of our group (Bjørnsen, Hovden, Ottosen, Ghersetti, Salokangas) are contributing in a new book describing the state of journalism education in various European countries:

Terzis, Georgios (2009).  European Journalism Education. Bristol, Intellect Books/UCP.

Paper: Nordiske journaliststudenter

In Publications on May 14, 2007 at 10:42

The first publication from the 2005-survey is now available for download (see list of publications):

The paper “The Nordic Journalism Student: A Cross-national study” was presented at International Communication Association (ICA)  yearly conference in  San Francisco, May 24-28. 2007.

The paper discusses some main differences between journalist students in the Nordic countries, focusing on social, educational and work releated-background, motivation for choosing journalism as their study subject, career ambitions (future place of work and specialization), their role models, ideas of important characteristics of journalists, the role of the press in society and threats against a critical press.

UPDATE: A modified version of this paper have been published in Nordicom Review (2009).