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Journalism, Innovation and Social Media

The course aims at encouraging critical journalism combined with analysis and debate regarding changing conditions for journalism due to digitalization, ownership structures and social media platforms’ impact on the media industry.

Course description

The course aims at deepening the knowledge about the changing conditions for news production, distribution and consumption brought forward by new technology, ownership structures and new business models for funding of journalism.

The focus is on digitalization, innovation and media policy in global and Norwegian media markets. Key research issues include:

  • To what extent do digitalization, innovation and media policy affect the development of journalism in various countries?
  • In what ways are news media dealing with the changes brought forward by digitalization, innovation, ownership structures and media policy?
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Learning outcomes

The student should have the following learning outcomes upon successful completion of the course:


The studenthas

  • advanced knowledge of how changes related to digitalization, media innovation and social media affect press ethics and the role of the journalist
  • has knowledge about media innovation and different efforts to create business models to fund journalism has thorough knowledge about how media policy affect innovation and ownership structures has a deep understanding of how digitalization and social media change news production, distribution and consumptionhas knowledge about how disinformation and fake news can spread in a digital environment and what news media can do to tackle it and build trust in journalism
  • has advanced knowledge of contemporary research, methods and development within the field

The student

  • can analyze developments in ownership and funding of the news media internationally and nationally
  • can analyze how digitalization and social media platforms impact the production, distribution and consumption of news
  • can analyze strategies for user involvement through social media technologies and consequences for journalism
  • can find, analyze and refer to relevant information and literature in order to develop research questions and undertake independent research or development projects
General competence

The student

  • is able to analyze professional and occupational issues as well as questions in research ethics
  • is trained in innovative thought and able to apply her/his knowledge and skills in new areas such as innovation, digitalization and media policy
  • can use the competencies and skills acquired in new ways in order undertake advanced tasks and projects
  • can transfer knowledge on key challenges within the field to specialists and the public
  • can contribute to the creation of new knowledge and processes of innovation within the field

Working methods

Lectures and workshops.



Application deadline

15 April 2017

Admission requirements

The target group is MA students of journalism or media studies from our partner institutions. Please notice that you are expected to be familiar with the production of journalistic content.


MJ4501 Journalism, Innovation and Social Media Autumn 2017 10 ECTS 1 semester Pilestredet, Oslo English Free of charge for exchange students from our partner institutions

Contact us

Administrative coordinator: Bjørg Halvorsen

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