The University of Stavanger invites applications for a doctorate scholarship in media studies at the Department of Media and Social Sciences.
This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree. Appointment is for three years with research duties only or four years with research and 25% compulsory duties (teching and/or administrative tasks). Whether the position is for three years (only research) or four years with other duties will be clarified through the recruitment process. The position is vacant from January 2018.
The position is linked to the project The Digital News Agenda in Scandinavia. The PhD candidate will contribute to research on digital news, digital journalism and media structures in Scandinavia together with an international, cross-disciplinary research team.
The aim of the project is to analyse how the mediated online sphere is connected, and who sets the digital news agendas in Scandinavia. The project will uncover the structural, organisational and technological factors behind news agendas online and on social media. The project thereby maps the infrastructures necessary for journalism to reach the public domain in the digital era. Additional questions concern what constitutes the online news agenda, who the agenda setters are, and how the agenda is constructed on network-based platforms. The project uses data-assisted methods to analyse the digital editorial activities of over 1000 news media, trade press, magazines, organisations and political parties at the local, regional and national levels in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Central topics include, but are not limited to, the following questions:
How are local, regional, national and international news agendas in Scandinavia linked together online?
What does the Scandinavian news network look like? Which media are at the centre, who are on the outskirts, and who are located in the shadows? What does this location mean for participation in the digital agenda setting process?
What kind of news are published online, and what kind of news are published on social media? What does the difference mean for people’s news consumption and what does it mean for the public conversation?
What are the factors shaping the digital news agendas in Norway, Sweden and Denmark? How does technology, ownership and/or geography shape the Scandinavian digital news network?
The proposed project could either answer one or more aspects raised by these questions or be based on the issues these questions address. The application should describe a project that concerns a Scandinavian digital journalistic reality and news context, whether it analyses news media, the trade press, political organisations or social media, or a combination of these. The structural characteristics of the media must be accounted for in some respect – whether it is digital infrastructures (for instance the role of CMSs or algorithms in news production), ownership structures, geographical location or medium type (newspaper, radio, magazine, online media, television, social media etc.) Comparative aspects are welcomed.
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