Förkonferens med fokus på forskning

Pre-conference on research related to Nordic journalism education

The NordJour Conference for Nordic journalism teachers will organize a one-day online pre-conference focusing on research on journalism education and pedagogical issues of journalism. The pre-conference is directed to teachers with an ambition to conduct research, and to researchers with an interest in journalism education in the Nordic context. The pre-conference will be hold on 28th September 2022 at 9:15–15:00 (Scandinavian time) on Zoom. The working language of the pre-conference is English.


9:15–9:30 Opening words and instructions for the day (Maarit Jaakkola, chair of the collaboration committee and co-director of Nordicom) // slides
9:30–10:00 The future of journalism education in the world and in the Nordic countries – findings from a global survey on journalism educators (Nico Drok, University of Windesheim) // slides
10:00–12:15 Presentations*
12:15–13:15 Lunch
13:15–14:30 Workshops in small groups (Hilde Kristin Dahlstrøm, Gunhild Ring Olsen, Maarit Jaakkola) – link to the notepad // Gunhild’s slides (TBA) // Maarit’s slides
14:30–15:00 Wrap-up and closing words


Terje Skjerdal, NLA University College, Norway: Teaching journalism in the cross-cultural classroom // slides
Jenny Wiik, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Artificial intelligence in journalism education (cancelled)
Hege Lamark, Nord University, Norway: Mentorship programme as a way of creating connections to the media industry // slides // video
Leena Ripatti-Torniainen, Tampere University, Finland: Journalism education as scientific education // slides
Panu Uotila, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Newsgames as a method of teaching journalistic storytelling // slides

Call for abstracts

The NordJour pre-conference accepts presentations with preferences on the following topics yet not limited to these:

  • The sociological structures of journalism education
  • Professional identities of journalism educators
  • Interaction of research and education within journalism education
  • Curriculum design in journalism education
  • Instructional design of courses and online courses
  • Distance education and e-learning
  • Technologies of journalism education
  • Student perspectives
  • Perspectives from the journalism industry on journalism education
  • Best practices and case studies of journalism education

The topic should entail a Nordic aspect, i.e. deal with journalism and journalism education in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, including Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands ) or have a strong relevance for the Nordic countries and their journalism education. Comparisons between the Nordic countries are warmly welcome. In addition, the topics proposed should clearly deal with journalism education and/or present a pedagogical approach to journalism instead of discussing journalism or journalistic practice in more general, as at conferences in journalism studies.

Please send a 250-word abstract by 10th August to maarit.jaakkola@tuni.fi. Include a brief description of the presenter (max. 100 words) in the submission. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by the 20th August. The pre-conference will be hold on Zoom and all accepted presenters will be sent a link. Update: Educators with research interest are invited to express their interest by 16th September in e-mail to maarit.jaakkola@tuni.fi. No abstract is needed. The pre-conference will employ dialogical and collaborative methods to discuss and explore emerging or potential research ideas.

The pre-conference is based on presentations only, no full papers are needed. However, there is a possibility to continue on selected topics to put together a special issue to a journal or a monograph. Therefore, especially those who are considering to conduct research on journalism education and related issues are highly encouraged to participate in the pre-conference. A strong emphasis is put on discussions, and the pre-conference thus works as a platform for both researchers and educators to discover a pedagogical angle on research or find a research angle on educational issues.

Further information

The pre-conference is organized by the Nordic collaboration committee for journalism education which is a network the major journalism schools in the Nordic countries. It has 22 member institutions at the moment.

The organizing team of the pre-conference includes Dr. Maarit Jaakkola, Tampere and Gothenburg University, Dr. Hilde Kristin Dahlstrøm, NLA University College, Kristiansand, and Dr. Gunhild Ring Olsen, Kristiania University College, Oslo.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact Maarit Jaakkola, chair of the Nordic collaboration committee for journalism education and co-director of Nordicom, maarit.jaakkola@tuni.fi.

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