Karianne Sørgård Olsen

Karianne Sørgård Olsen

Participant in 2016
Work history 2014-2016: PHD-WORK:
Lecturing assignments, Bachelor Degree in Journalism: Portrait Journalism. Feature Journalism. Text Analysis.

Lecturing assignments, Masters Degree in Journalism: The role and activity of local jouralists on social media (interactional and professional theories)

Texts, Presentations and Paper Presentations:

“This is the Sea – Empathy as a Precondition for Professional Communication” (Her er havet – om empati som forutsetning for profesjonell kommunikasjon); chapter in scientific anthology on communication. Planned published: Autumn 2016.

“From Social Responsibility to Click Generating?” – Research Presentation for North Norwegian High School teachers, Autumn, 2015.

“Communating and coping? Tacit knowledge in local journalism during a digital upheaval”. Paper presentation, the Scandinavian NordMedia Conference, Copenhagen, Summer, 2015.

“Norwegian Local Journalism during a Digital Upheaval” – Research Presentation, Södertörn Högskole, Sweden, Spring, 2015.

“Promotor, everyman, carrier of opinions? The local journalist on Facebook” (“Markedsfører, meningsbærer, menigmann – lokaljournalisten på Facebook»). Paper Presentation, The Norwegian Media Conference, Trondheim, Autumn, 2014. Planned published in anthology on local media, Autumn 2016.

1997-2016:
Freelancer and permanent employee in diverse local papers. Allround journalist, with special emphasis on feature and portrait journalism, culture and commentary.

2002 - 2013: Freelance work as writer, coloumnist and book editor.
Study history PhD-Courses:
Professional Theory (Høgskolen i Oslo), 10 ECT credits, Autumn 2014
Qualitative Methods (Oslo University), 10 ECT credits, Autumn 2014
Scientific Ethics, Theories and Perspectives (University of Nordland), Winter 2015

2013: UNIVERSITY OF NORDLAND
MASTER IN SOCIOLOGY
En forståelsesfull faen? En kvalitativ undersøkelse av portrettjournalistens aktivitet og rolle (An Understanding Cynic? A Qualitative Study of the Role and Activity of Portrait Journalists).

2004/2005: HØGSKOLEN I BODØ, BODØ
YEAR PROGRAM, 60 ECT CREDITS:
Cultural knowledge.

1999-2002: HØGSKOLEN I BODØ, BODØ
BACHELOR IN JOURNALISM
Bachelor in journalism, including a year of welfare sociology.

1999-2016: HØGSKOLEN I BODØ, UNIVERSITY OF NORDLAND
SINGLE COURSES, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
1999 –2016. Sociology, philosophy, cultural history. In total, main programs (BA, MA) included, 465 ECT Credits.

Phd Projects

2016

Public Responsible or Click Generating? A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Sociological Approach to Experienced Tensions Among Local Journalists.

This dissertation deals with the phenomenon of experienced tensions in contemporary Norwegian local journalism. Norway is often refered to as the “world champion of local papers”, with the highest relative amount of readers in the world. The local offices of the broadcasting’s ratings are high as well. Local journalism is an important provider of local information, identity, debate, freedom of speech and culture. Hence, it is a key stone in local democracy.
The digital upheaval in local journalism implies a shift towards increased focus on online papers and social media, as well as expanded communication with the public. The practice of a traditionally place-bound local journalism is changing, which also implies changing views, roles and activities among the journalists. Meanwhile, newsrooms downsize because of declining incomes. The digital upheaval implies both opportunities and challenges. It is a time of tensions. Through in-depth interviews with 16 press and broadcasting journalists and editors, belonging to four different newsrooms on two sites, this dissertation seeks to answer the following research question: How can experienced tensions among local journalism actors be described and understood?
The methodological and analytical approach is hermeneutic-phenomenological, and draws on phenemenological sociology, professional and interactional theory. The everyday lifeworld of local journalism actors is the starting point. The dissertation outlines six main dimensions of tensions, through four separate chapters in the monology.
The dimensions are tied to local journalisms’ roles, public responsibility, approaches to local society and dimensions of significance and quality in everyday work. A central point in the analysis is that different structures of relevance are at play under different circumstances. As well, the dissertation shows how the feelings of the professional actors are crucial when understanding role conceptions and working styles of local journalists. The analysis constructs two ideal types of local journalists: The traditional and the digital. Discrepancies and complexities in local journalism are scrutinized through these. The data is generated through in-depth interviews with 16 local journalists and editors from both local press and broadcasting. Theoretically, A. Schutz, P. Berger & T. Luckmann and E. Goffman provide important building blocks in the analysis. In total, the dissertation points towards increased ambivalence, complexity and uncertainty connected to roles and activities in contemporary local journalism.

Dissertation

Dissertation title Public Responsible or Click Generating? A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Sociological Approach to Experienced Tensions Among Local Journalists.
Year of defence 2017

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