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Journalism studies in Norway: The trust in journalists is all-time low, and I hope I can turn that around

I’ve never regretted the decision to study journalism, but my future in the media is far from decided. Luckily, the studies in journalism at NLA Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, have prepared me for a number of future challenges. 

My last year of high school was coming to an end, and I had no idea what I wanted to do. None at all. But I was confident I wanted to keep studying instead of taking a year off, which more and more high school graduates decide to do these days.

However, I always found my dad’s job interesting. He’s been a journalist his entire life, and today he is the editor-in-chief of the Norwegian newspaper Dagen. At times it could seem a bit stressful though. Work calls would come even in weekends, often when you the least expected them, and away he went blabbering about front page headlines and sentence structures.

But studying journalism was something I began to consider more and more. I’ve always had a big interest in news and media, and as a child I often watched the evening news together with my parents. We are a family who likes to voice our opinions, and family dinners often became the stage of discussions and debates.

After discussing with my dad, I decided to join him on a visit to NLA Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen, one of Norway’s most reputable journalism schools. There I made my decision: this was the place I would spend my next three years.

A very positive surprise

After the first few weeks as a new student at Gimlekollen, I quickly noticed how great the student environment is here.

It’s a relatively small school, and my class consisted of about 40 students, which makes  a group of people where you can get to know everyone a little bit. Another benefit is that the lectures at such a school are very personal and informal, and interrupting the lecturer to ask questions is actually encouraged. The teachers at the school are great, as well, and they all have experience from different subfields in the world of media.

The highlights of the studies so far include the internship periods, where we take on the roles of different editorial staff and produce content for the school’s own media platforms. Gimlekollen is a very practice-oriented school, where large parts of the study involve working as a journalist.

In most of the courses you are graded by the quality of your work, in addition to a report where you explain the thought process behind your work. The experience you acquire throughout the entire course is invaluable, and it really prepares you for a media reality which is varied and rapidly changing. We’ve also had authentic real-world practice, where I spent two months as an intern at Norway’s largest tech website Tek.no. I was given trust and responsibility from day one, and it was easily the most fun I’ve had during my years as a student.

Challenging but rewarding

Of course, the theoretical subjects are just as important. At first I was a bit surprised about how much attention these subjects were given to. Nevertheless, learning about ethics, politics, social studies, economics, history, and how these relate to the media has been really rewarding. Even better, practical work is still a part of these subjects, as well, where we would visit city council meetings, court trials and other excursions. Talented guest lecturers are also part of almost every topic, and you end up hearing interesting stories and learning a lot.

Gimlekollen is also the only Nordic school which offers worldview journalism as a mandatory subject, which is something that sets it apart from other schools. Excursions to the local church and mosque gave us students the opportunity to ask questions and learn a lot about these communities, and it was very insightful.

A new reality for journalists

I still have a year left here, and I really appreciate all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained. As a freelancer for the local newspaper, I’ve covered all types of journalism: from local sports and cultural events to deep political and religious matters. Finishing and publishing a journalistic piece you are satisfied with is a great feeling. It is also a real privilege being able to tell important stories, and actually have the chance to make a change with your work.

All is not good with today’s press though. As a newly educated journalist in today’s media situation, you have to be prepared for new challenges every day. Even though I have a huge interest for media, I often find myself getting annoyed over today’s press. The public debate between politicians and other voices in society is often ridden with personal remarks and insults, and the tabloid media love the opportunity to make a negative article or clickbaity headlines.

Today’s press’ tendency to stir up negativity and conflict is something I really dislike, and is honestly something that demotivates me a bit from becoming a journalist. The public’s trust in journalists is at an all-time low, and I don’t blame them. I do hope I can contribute to turn that image around.

Michael Selbekk

The author is a 21-year-old journalism student at NLA Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen.

Terminstart med stora förväntningar

En ny termin har dragit igång denna vecka vid de nordiska universiteten. Vi frågade en finländsk och en norsk förstaårsstudent hur det känns att börja på ett nytt kapitel i livet. Vid Tammerfors universitet i Finland antogs 71 studenter på kandidatprogrammet i journalistik och kommunikation. Det nya journalistikprogrammet vid Universitetet i Bergen har precis fått nya lokaler i Media City Bergen och tagit in 25 studerande.

”Äntligen får jag plugga ett ämne jag gillar”


Karoliina Simoinen, 20 år, börjar sitt första år som student i fotojournalistik

Bild: Ilona Tyystjärvi

Hur känns det att börja studera vid Tammerfors universitet?
Lite spännande känns det. Det pirrar i magen, men den första dagen med nya klasskamrater och faddrar har i alla fall varit ganska rolig. Men jag vet inte riktigt om jag kommer att orka lägga tillräckligt med arbete på de akademiska studierna.

Varför valde du journalistiken?
Jag kom in på fotojournalistiska programmet vid Tammerfors universitet. Det är en specialinriktning som antar 12 studenter vartannat år. Men jag hade blivit en entusiastisk fotograf redan i gymnasiet. Vi hade flera foto- och videoprojekt, jag och mina kompisar. Jag har också alltid varit bra på finska i skolan och jag älskar att skriva, så det är inget problem för mig att skriva journalistiskt heller.

Vad förväntar du dig av utbildningen?
Jag är glad över att äntligen ha kommit in i en bransch som jag gillar och som jag själv har valt. Jämfört med gymnasiet behöver man inte plugga ämnen som man inte tycker om, och studierna ska leda till ett yrke. Jag förväntar mig att bli undervisad av personer med praktisk erfarenhet från branschen. I synnerhet vill jag utveckla min fototeknik, men jag ser även fram mot de teoretiska kurserna. Vad gäller studentlivet så hoppas jag på att träffa människor med liknande intressen. Och lite festande, förstås!

Intervjun utfördes av Ilona Tyystjärvi och Juho Korpela, andraårsstudenter i journalistik vid den kommunikationsvetenskapliga fakulteten (COMS) vid universitetet i Tammerfors.

”Vi er prøvekaniner, men jeg har store forventninger”


Håkon Dalsbø, 24 år, begynner å studere journalistikk ved Universitetet i Bergen

Bild: Balder Holm

Hvordan føles det å bli en del av den nye medieklyngen Media City Bergen?
Det føles egentlig ganske fantastisk å kunne komme hit til Media City hver dag, og være en del av alt det som skjer her. Man føler at man er en del av et stort nyskapende prosjekt og det føles veldig relevant å være her – kanskje i enda større grad enn å sitte på en lesesal. Nå er jeg tett på alt som skjer der ute, og det synes jeg er veldig spennende.

Hvorfor valgte du å studere journalistikk?
Jeg har en bachelor i retorikk, fordi jeg er glad i formidling både skriftlig og muntlig. Journalistikk var egentlig ikke så aktuelt for meg tidligere, men når jeg fikk med meg at de skulle flytte hit til Media City og endre hele utdanningen, da skjønte jeg at det her vil jeg. Når jeg leste mer om hvordan utdanningen blir, så skjønte jeg for det første at det er relevant i forhold til media og at det vil gjøre det lettere å få jobb senere. Men det vekket også interessen for faget: finne stoff, fortelle historier – både små og store.

Hvilke forventninger har du til utdanningen?
Jeg har egentlig ganske store forventninger. Litt fordi at når jeg kommer til et sånt sted, så tenker jeg: ok, dette må bli bra! Jeg vet jo at vi er prøvekaniner – det første kullet. Men jeg har jo store forventninger til at man skal være tett på bedriftene rundt, og at man etter tre år her kan beherske alle de metodene man bruker som journalist – enten det er mobilbruk, kamera eller lyd. At man skal kunne bruke disse metodene på nyskapende og kreative måter. Det er jo også en fantastisk plass og et godt miljø, så jeg forventer at det skal bli kjekt og at jeg skal få gode venner.

Hvor ser du for deg at du ender opp – eller hvor ønsker du å ende opp?
Ja, det er alltid det store spørsmålet. På lang sikt drømmer jeg jo om å bli forfatter og skrive masse bøker, men jeg ønsker jo å ende opp et sted som har med undersøkende journalistikk å gjøre. Jeg er ikke helt låst til ett sted, men ønsker helst å jobbe som en dyptpløyende journalist, slik at jeg om ti år kan grave i saker og hente fram mange ting. Jeg tror nok det må være drømmen.

Intervjuet ble utført av Balder Holm, førstekonsulent ved Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen.

Material från konferensen i Ålesund

asun16-bild4Material från den nordiska lärarkonferensen i Ålesund (21 – 23 september) finns nu på hemsidan. Workshopar hölls om undervisningen i mobiljournalistik, webbjournalistik, utrikesjournalistik och intervjuteknik samt internationella projekt, nya undervisningsmetoder och pedagogiska upptäckter. Samarbetskommittén höll även sitt möte i Ålesund.

Nästa konferens ska hållas 2018 i Danmark.

Nästa lärarkonferens i Ålesund, Norge

Nästa konferens för nordiska journalistlärare (#NordJour2016) ska hållas i Ålesund, Norge, 21–23 september 2016. Mer information om programmet finns på konferenssidan.

Ålesund har bara 42 000 invånare men är känd för sina vackra landskap och sin stiliga jugendarkitektur – och för klippfisk: över 90 procent av världens klippfisk kommer från Ålesund. För journalist- och medieforskare kan det vara av intresse att Ålesund blev Norges första stad med telefon 1876.