We investigate what digitalization means to journalism as a profession and practice, as well as to the education of journalists.
Journalism as a profession and the journalistic institutions are facing major challenges related to digitalization. Digitalization is changing the structural framework for journalism and the old business models for journalism are no longer sustainable. Additionally, new players, such as social media, cover many of the functions previously managed by journalistic institutions. New digital technologies and new digital media change how journalism is produced, distributed and consumed. This has major implications for what it means to be a journalist. The profession and the journalistic institutions are changing rapidly, creating a need for research-based knowledge, a new understanding of journalism's role in society and thus also of what journalism studies should be.
We aim to establish a leading environment for research and development activities within the field of digital journalism in Norway, which can also contribute to research in this field internationally. We are doing this by coordinating and strengthening the research already in progress at our department. This includes organizing a series of seminars in 2016, where we invite national and international researchers and experts from the business sector. We will also organize a workshop where we aim to develop papers for international journals and conferences. Through these activities, we will develop new research questions for future research projects.