My research interest concerns the question about how datafication and digitalization transform organizations and institutions. How do data traces inform decision-making practices in particular organizational contexts, and how should we understand such changes in a broader, structural perspective? My empirical domain is mainly on the news-media industry, which I have researched throughout my entire scholarly career.
Currently, my most important research projects are:
- The news industry in the digital age (2013-): A project about how the news industri in general and the press in particular adapt to the digital age. The project consists of a number of sub-projects:
- Resource exchanges: A project about how third-party actors get data from audiences’ everyday use of digital news media.
- 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“.
- Media policy in a comparative perspective (2016-): A project about media-policy developments in the digital age.
- Media policy and digitalization: A project about how different national contexts and political contingencies shape media policy in the digital era across six countries.
- Media subsidies in a welfare perspective: A project about the development of Danish media-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.
I am part of two collaborative research projects with external funding:
- “From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture” (2015-2018), which is headed by Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and funded through a 6.2 m DKK grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. I participate with a smaller project about online cultural criticism conducted by amateurs.
- “The Hyperlinked News Network in Scandinavia” (2017-2020), which is headed by Helle Sjøvaag and funded through a 10 m SEK grant from the Ander Foundation.
Finally, I want to mention my PhD project (which is now finished) “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, the dissertation has spawned three research articles and a book:
- Digital journalistik [Digital journalism] (2018), Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur.
- “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.