The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a PhD scholarship associated with the Carlsberg funded project “Tell Me the Truth: Fact-Checkers in an Age of Epistemic Instability” (The TMT-project) – 2022
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Position: PhD Scholarship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: Journalism, Media Studies
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms
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The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by the applicant’s general educational and academic background. Grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications, and other academic activities will be taken into account.
In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated with regard to originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department.
Excellent communication skills in English are essential and applicants must speak and write academic English. The administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time in the recruitment process, if considered necessary.
The TMT-project investigates questions of truth and facts in political debate and focuses primarily on the practice and role of journalistic fact-checkers. The project understands the establishment of facts as a fundamentally rhetorical practice where people argue for and try to gain support for their way of understanding and conveying the truth. Moreover, the project highlights that this happens in a world where traditional authorities and institutions are severely challenged, while, at the same time, the rise of the internet, social media, algorithms, AI, and machine learning are fundamentally reshaping media and politics, making it possible for new types of actors to gain power in a hybrid media system.
The TMT-project contains four subprojects asking different but related questions about journalistic fact-checking and the development of this practice. The project description sets a clear framework within which all subprojects must be further developed. The subproject for which the PhD fellow is responsible will explore journalistic fact-checking practices in journalistic fact-checking newsroom. In the project description, suggested methods are fieldwork in selected fact-checking news organizations combined with text analysis of the journalistic product. Thus, this study can be regarded as action research that investigates and constructively develops a current practice collaborating with fact-checkers.
A short version of the project description can be found here: https://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/da/Bevillingshaver/Formidling/Bevillingsoversigt/CF21_0456_Mette-Bengtsson). The full project description, including a description of all four subprojects, can be forwarded upon request ([email protected]).
The ideal candidate is:
- An excellent scholar of rhetoric, media studies or journalism studies
- Experienced in theories relevant for the project, e.g., rhetorical argumentation theory, theories of public controversies and mediated political debate, journalistic news values and roles, and the use of algorithms, AI, and machine learning in a hybrid media system.
- Experienced in methods for collecting and analyzing material relevant for the project, e.g., fieldwork in news organizations (newsroom studies), action research, protocol analysis, qualitative interviews, and qualitative text analysis.
- Interested in fact-checking as journalistic practice
- Expected to independently develop the subproject within the framework of the overall project, including a timeline illustrating the feasibility of the subproject
- Reflecting on possible international exchange and collaboration during the project period.
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the project leader, Associate professor Mette Bengtsson, and the other members of the TMT-project group at the University of Copenhagen. In addition, the successful candidate will be employed at The Section of Rhetoric with the opportunity of being part of The Rhetoric research group or other relevant research groups at the department.
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 211-1031/22-2H #1
Project abstract(1,200 characters)
Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, where relevant.
Diploma and transcript of records
Applicants must upload the following documentation:
- A copy of master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
- A copy of master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
- A copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
- A copy of bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
If the master diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by a state-authorized translator and interpreter or at the embassy/a Danish consulate/ or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made.
The administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. Find more information at this page:
Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more at this page: http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn/xwyyjsjyxx/aboutus/structure/evaluation/265843.shtml
Please read about admission requirements and application requirements at this page: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/
Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline.
Project description (a further elaboration of the already proposed subproject)
The project description should outline the overall objectives, method and design of the project, as well as a schedule for its implementation.
The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography / bibliography). A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration.
Please adhere to the guidelines at this page:
Other relevant material
Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc. Do not upload or submit recommendations, publications or your Master thesis.
Note or Other details
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.
Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.
As an equal opportunity employer, the university invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.
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For any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact HR South City, e-mail: [email protected]
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