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Master Class: The Sociology of Journalism – Traditions and New Perspectives

Time and course venue


University of Copenhagen, Amager Campus


Wednesday 17 November 2010, 1pm – Thursday 18 November 2010, 12 am


With senior scholars


Professor Gaye Tuchman, University of Connecticut

Professor Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor Ida Willig, Roskilde University


Course Content


In this master class we will revisit classical sociological studies of journalism and consider newer perspectives that also take into account the changing political, social and technological environment of news and journalism. Doctoral students interested in sociological perspectives on news production, news discourses, news reception, and the role of journalism in society are invited to participate and present their ongoing work. The master class will provide a rare opportunity to get feedback and advice from leading researchers in the field. The master class will be headed by Professor Gaye Tuchman who will consider her classical newsroom study Making News: A Study in the Construction of Reality (Free Press, 1978) and discuss the potential benefits of a sociological approach to contemporary journalism. Furthermore, Professor Stig Hjarvard will consider mediatization theory and Associate Professor Ida Willig will discuss the field perspective of Pierre Bourdieu. In addition the master class will have room for several doctoral presentations and time for feedback and discussion. This master class is scheduled just before the regular meeting of the members of the seminar of the Nordic Research Network on Journalism Studies November 18-19 at University of Copenhagen.



ECTS points: Participation with paper: 2 ECTS. Participation without paper: ½ ECTS


Costs and practical matters


The Danish Research School FMKJ covers all participation expenses (travel, meals, accommodation) for doctoral students who are enrolled members of FMKJ. Tickets and receipts must be sent to FMKJ for reimbursement.

Ph.d. students who are members of the Nordic Research Network on Journalism Studies (led by Professor Sigurd Allern, will have their participation costs funded by the Network. They must send their tickets and receipts to the Network for reimbursement.


Doctoral students from other national or international institutions are encouraged to participate. While the course itself is offered free of charge, they will have to pay their own travel and accommodation costs, and a fee of app. DKK 400 to cover meals, coffee during intervals, texts, etc. during the course. Prior to the course FMKJ will send an invoice for this amount to those who have enrolled.


Participants are expected to find accommodation for themselves, although the FMKJ secretary can suggest suitable hotels.


Course enrollment and application deadline


The course application, including a 1-page project outline, should be sent by email no later than October 1, 2010 to the FMKJ Secretary at


Participants who want to present a paper (10-12 pages) for feedback must submit the paper by October 29, 2010 to the FMKJ Secretary at



Course readings

Course literature will be made available 3 weeks before the course with required reading and suggested literature for the Ph.D. course. Students are expected to have read the literature before the beginning of the course.



Asta S. Nielsen: Communicating a Terror Threat. The ’Glasvej case’ in the Danish television news

Heli Lehtelä: The Role of Visual Representations in Society – Depicting an Ethnic Minority

Helle Tiikmaa: The role of PSB journalist in transition society – evolution or regression from promoter of change to infotainer

Terje S. Skjerdal: Journalism identities beyond professionalism: Perspectives from a society in transition

Anette Forsberg: Three mourning media characters

Jasper Vandenberghe: Using ethnographic ‘as a method’ to complement a discourse analytic research project

Helle Sjøvaag: User-Generated Content and Journalistic Authority: Amateur Images and Narrative Strategies in Terror Coverage

Elin Strand Hornnes: The Extended Female Responsibility. A rhetorical analysis of the defence strategies used by Henriette Kjær in the Sofa- and Awning affair and Helle Thorning-Schmidt in the Taxes- and Residence scandal

Oscar Westlund: Newspaper duality management and mobile developments. Sense-negotiating the creation of an iPhone-app.

Jens Barland: Hunting for female readers. A case from Aftonbladet in Sweden 1995-2010

Jannie Møller Hartley: Routinizing Breaking News – Categories and Hierarchies In Danish Online Newsrooms

Maria Konow: Into the news factory: more news for less than ever?

Gunn Bjørnsen: Tales from the newsroom: Studying multiculturalism in broadcast editorial processes (NEW VERSION)

Virpi Salojärvi: The role of media in populism – The case of Venezuela under President Chávez rule

Teke Ngomba: “Yeah, it’s a family…’ Occupational Community, Professionalization and Journalism Scholarship in Africa

Further information


For additional information about the scholarly content of the course, please contact Professor Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen,


For additional information about practical issues, please contact FMKJ secretary Chris Holmsted Larsen,




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