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Journalism studies, MSCA 2022 – calls for Postdoc Job in European cross border education in Journalism

Norway, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers MSCA 2022 – calls for postdoc expression of interest in European cross border education in Journalism at the OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: Approx. EUR 60,000/year

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
Oslo, Norway

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Qualification Details

Applicants must have a PhD in Journalism studies, Media and Communication, or related fields as a minimum requirement.  We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use the MSCA fellowship as an opportunity to further develop research skills and to build longer term research collaboration with OsloMet and other organisations conducting research in the field.  The candidate must be eligible for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship: have a PhD successfully defended by the deadline of the MSCA-PF call (14 September 2022), a maximum of eight years research experience after PhD, and not having worked/studied in Norway more than 12 months in the last three years.

We are looking for applicants who have

  • Knowledge of cross border collaborations, or cross border education in journalism or media, on EU- policy and policy and availability of quantitative or qualitative data in the field.
  • A good track record in research and publications
  • Commitment to develop a competitive MSCA-PF grant application
  • An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work
  • Excellent command / highly proficient spoken and written English

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful candidate will primarily work on the MSCA fellowship funded project, but will also be integrated in the Department’s activities, taking part in regular meetings and research groups discussions. The candidate will specifically be introduced with Prof. Konow-Lund’s national and international network of researchers. In agreement with the candidate, he/she would be included in other ongoing projects and/or in the development of grant applications processes.

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Documents Required

Evaluation will be based on the qualification and project idea. Interested candidates must submit with their application the following documents:

  • CV (including research track record and list of publications)
  • A one-page description of the project idea for which a MSCA-PF grant will be applied (no predefined structure, excluding references)

About the Project

Cross border investigative journalistic projects like the Panama Papers (2016), the chlorpyrifos scandal (2019) or Cities4Rent (2021) have exposed news on as diverse topics as tax avoidance, regulation of pesticides or affordable housing. These developments come with the call for more knowledge on how to educate journalist students within this practice. In our more and more networked societies, major challenges we face all transcend national borders – be that the climate, the pandemic or the inequality – and can only be solved in shared efforts. An informed public is essential in democracies, and the content of such information needs to transcend borders.

Cross border collaborative journalism appears to hold the potential to bridge gaps and provide necessary information in the field of tension of such networked societies – between the local level, where citizens live and work and send their children to school, and the European or global level, where political decisions can be made to address the challenges. Cross-border and other collaborations are gaining momentum in journalism, and publishers begin to integrate collaborative competences in their production processes to address boundary-crossing issues, such as the international flow of capital, climate change, or the refugee crisis. Cross border collaborative journalism is a competence that journalism education must provide to students to meet demand in the sector.

Candidates are invited to address processes that foster or hamper European cross border education of cross border investigative journalism, and map processes and actors within the rise of this field. The selected candidate will draw  from the an ongoing Erasmus+ project coordinated by a leading scholar and practitioner of cross border investigative journalism, Brigitte Alfter, together with a senior educator in investigative journalism, Ulla Sätereie, both at the University of Gothenburg.

The candidate will benefit from working with an international team of researchers within Investigative Journalism, Journalism Education, and Digital Journalism, Professor Mark Deuze, Dr Uwe Krüger and Professor Maria Konow-Lund.  The selected candidate will be supervised by Prof. Konow-Lund at OsloMet University. She has published extensively on journalism, investigative journalism, crises and more recently on COVID-19 and journalism.

The aim of the research project is to contextualize the budding field of education in cross border collaboration of investigative journalism and to contribute to improve the understanding of the field.

Questions such as:

  • How is the European education of cross border investigative journalism established?
  • What characterizes the education of investigative journalism in Europe and actors within this field?
  • What are (perceived or practical) synergies and obstacles in practice-oriented teaching, pedagogics, and intercultural communication?

Also, a comparison of the interaction between journalism educations and the media sector in European countries could be of interest.

With this call for Expression of Interest, we invite experienced curiosity-driven researchers to submit their application accompanied by CV (including publication list) and a one-page project description, that will be the basis for selecting a maximum of two candidates with whom we will collaborate for developing competitive MSCA-PF proposals. The cooperation for the proposal development will be carried out remotely, with regular online communication via email and virtual meeting platforms. Applicants who are successful in getting their proposals funded by the EU, must relocate to work in the Department of Journalism and Media Studiesat OsloMet main campus, in the center of Oslo.

About the Employer: Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

Note or Other details

The EU shall inform the results on the MSCA-PF-2022 applications in February 2023. Successful applicants are expected to be available to start their fellowship project within the period 1st of April to 1st September 2023.

OsloMet offers assistance in developing competitive Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals. Then, to successful applicants who are awarded the MSC-PF grant, we offer:

  • Flexible working conditions
  • An inclusive and friendly work environment
  • Unique academic network with the possibility for the right candidate(s) to pursue his/her academic goals under the auspices of Professor Maria Konow-Lund
  • Norwegian language classes
  • Onboarding assistance for relocation and other services

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force. It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population diversity, all qualified candidates from any nationality are welcomed to apply. OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) organisation and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. We make our active endeavour to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods in your career when you have not been working, under education or training, you are also eligible to apply. Questions may be directed to the contact persons (per below).

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Contact details

Maria Konow-Lund, Professor,

Florissa Abreu, Senior Advisor, R&I Department,

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