The Softening of Journalism, PhD-course, February 21-22 2017 – University of Copenhagen

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The Softening of Journalism, PhD-course, February 21-22 2017

The Softening of Journalism, PhD-course, February 21-22 2017 

Location: University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, room: 5B.1.08 (Building 5, 1st floor, Room 08)

Organizers: Organized in collaboration between University of Copenhagen (Nete Nørgaard Kristensen/MEF/FKK-project "From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture") and Aarhus University (Unni From/Arts) 

ECTS: 1,4 for participation; 3 for participation and presentation of paper.


Keynote speakers and/or discussants:

Professor Folker Hanusch, University of Vienna

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University

Associate Professor, Unni From, Aarhus University 

Associate Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, University of Copenhagen 


Keynote abstracts:

Based on her on-going research on emotionality in journalism,Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen will discuss how a “strategic ritual of emotionality” in journalism underpins forms of journalistic storytelling. While emotion has often been maligned and viewed as the polar opposite of “objective” journalism, her work on award-winning journalism has demonstrated how it plays a key role in making accessible what may otherwise be abstract and complex social issues.

At the same time, the era of digital journalism and the emergence of social media have ushered in new forms of “affective news streams” (Papacharissi, 2014) which introduce new repertoires of public discourse.

Based on his extensive research on lifestyle journalism, Professor Folker Hanusch, will addresses the role that lifestyle journalism plays in increasingly mediatized, individualized, and multi-optional societies, where audiences increasingly look to the media for advice on how to live their lives.

Drawing on surveys and interviews in Australia and Germany, he discusses how lifestyle journalists themselves view their role in this changing environment, examining their professional backgrounds, role perceptions and ethical views. Special attention is further given to the important relationship between public relations and advertising on one hand, and journalists on the other, in an industry that is particularly reliant on field of consumption.