My research interest concerns the question about what happens to the old institutions and structures of society in a digital environment with new media technologies. Currently, my focus is on journalism, on media policy, economy, and management, and on social media and the way they transform institutionalized social roles.
Most important research projects
- The press in the digital age (2013-): A project about how the press adapts to the digital age. The project consists of a number of sub-projects:
- Business models of the digitalized press: A project about how the business of newspapers adapt to the digital age, with a particular focus on the implementation of online subscriptions. (See also the special issue of Journalistica on “Journalism in an industry“, which I edited in 2013.) A later stage in this research will take place within the framework of the collaborative research project “Digitization and Diversity – Potentials and challenges for diversity in the culture and media sector“.
- Press subsidies in a welfare perspective: A project about the development of Danish press-subsidy policy and legislation in the post-WWII era. The project is partly funded by the research programme Reforming the Welfare State Institutions on the University of Southern Denmark.
- From newspaper publisher to digital media organization: A project about how a major Danish newspaper publisher adapts to the digital era.
- Post-industrial cultural criticism (2013-): A project about online cultural criticism conducted by amateurs. The project is part of the collaborative research project “From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture” (which is headed by Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and has received 6.2 m DKK from the Danish Council for Independent Research) and has also been supported by the research network Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries (funded by the NOS-HS).
- Journalist roles on social media (2014-): A project about how journalists manage the liquid relationship between the private, the personal, and the professional on social media (Twitter, first and foremost).
PhD project (finished; 2010-2013): News on the Web: instantaneity, multimodality, interactivity, and hypertextuality on Danish news websites
My PhD project was an examination of whether the affordances of (Danish) news websites are used, and if so, how. The original project description is available here (in Danish).
The project ran from February, 2010, to January, 2013, and was financed by The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities. It received additional funding from The Oticon Foundation, the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (New York University Steinhardt), the Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication (University of Copenhagen), The Danish National Research School for Media, Communication, and Journalism (FMKJ; now closed), and Dagspressens Fond.
The supervisor on the project was Professor Stig Hjarvard.
I publicly defended the PhD dissertation News on the Web: instantaneity, multimodality, interactivity, and hypertextuality on Danish news websites on May 3, 2013. The assessment committee consisted of Associate Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen (University of Copenhagen; chair of the committee), Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University), and Professor Martin Engebretsen (University of Agder).
So far, three peer-reviewed publications have spun from the dissertation:
- “The mediatization of journalism” in MedieKultur issue 54 (2013), 141-158.
- “Terrorisme i realtid: 22. juli 2011 på danske og norske netaviser” [Terrorism in real time: July 22, 2011, on Danish and Norwegian news websites] in Norsk Medietidsskrift vol. 20, issue 4 (2013), 292-311.
- “Audience Participation in the Production of Online News. Towards a Typology” in Nordicom Review vol. 34, Special Issue 2013 (2013), 113-126.