Pauliina Penttilä

Pauliina Penttilä

Participant in 2016
Work history Teaching:
- 2007 and 2008 responsible for course "Interview in journalism" (Master's degree, advanced studies)
- 2012–2015 visiting several times different courses in University of Tampere and also in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Journalistic work:
- Reporter in newsweekly Suomen Kuvalehti since 1.6.2015, sub-editor in Suomen Kuvalehti 2009–2014
- sub-editor and editor in family magazine Kaksplus 2006–2008
- reporter in newspaper Helsingin Sanomat 2000–2001
- working part-time, short-term and freelance in different newspapers since 1991
Study history - Master of Social Sciences, 2001, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere
- Doctoral student since 2002 (Doctor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Mass Communication), University of Tampere (full-time student for 28 months between 2003 and 2016).
Publications Penttilä, Pauliina (2001). Pomona toimituksessa. Uutis- ja toimituspäälliköiden roolit ja tehtävät 7- päiväisissä sanomalehdissä. Pro gradu -tutkielma. Tiedotusopin laitoksen julkaisuja A 99. Tampere: Tampereen yliopisto. (Being a Boss in a Newsroom. Editor's roles and tasks in small daily papers. Master's thesis. University of Tampere.)

Phd Projects


Professionalism and power: the struggle over journalism inside the newsroom. Ethnography in two Finnish regional newspapers.

Professional journalism is experiencing hard times. One of the main reasons is the growing power of profit-seeking media organizations over journalism. Inside newsrooms, the professional culture meets the organizational one, and journalism is being defined in the struggle between these two perspectives. This study uses an ethnographic method to scrutinize journalistic practices in two Finnish regional newspapers in the beginning of the 21st century. With the idea of professionalism as a "constant redefinition of occupational boundaries" (Waisbord 2013, p. 232) together with the theory of performativity (Butler 1990), this study looks at powers embedded in journalistic practices. It draws a picture of the hegemonic news factory, but it also examines how journalists use their professional power, showing that it is not only imitative but also subversive repetition inside the newsroom. Journalists repeat subversively on three levels: they point out problems, they push to make changes and they even proact – bending or breaking the rules. For professionalism, this subversive repetition is extremely important. It both strengthens the existing professional values and also challenges them. The latter is crucial for the vitality of professionalism in a changing society. After all, the study finds journalists to be very obedient to the organizations and discusses the reasons and consequences behind this situation.

Butler, J. (1990). Gender Trouble. Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York, London: Routledge.
Waisbord, S. (2013). Reinventing professionalism: Journalism and news in global perspective. Cambridge: Polity.


Dissertation title Doing journalism. Newsroom ethnography in two regional newspapers.

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