Archive for June, 2009

How to make innovations in online newspapers succesful

29. June 2009

In a new article soon to be published in the journal Journalism Studies (online version available  now), I argue that innovations in online newspapers are dependent upon five factors:

  1. Newsroom autonomy: Are innovative projects initiated and implemented within an autonomous newsroom and with relative autonomy within the online newsroom?
  2. Newsroom work culture: Does the online newsroom reproduce editorial gatekeeping or are alternative work cultures explored?
  3. The role of management: Is newsroom management able to secure stable routines for innovation?
  4. The relevance of new technology: Is new technology perceived as relevant, i.e. efficient and useful?
  5. Innovative individuals: Is innovation implemented and understood as part of the practice of journalism?

Here is the abstract of the article:

Findings in recent research suggest that online journalism is much less innovative than many researchers and scholars predicted a decade ago. Research into online journalism has, however, been biased towards a focus on online news journalism, thereby neglecting the magnitude of new styles and genres that are currently emerging online. In this paper the findings of a longitudinal ethnographic case study of the development of a section for feature journalism in the Norwegian online newspaper is presented. The study is framed by an understanding of innovation as a process where organizational structures and individual agency interact. The findings suggest that individual action has been downplayed in previous research as a determinant for processes of innovation in online newsrooms, and that a substantive grounded theory of innovation in online newspapers is comprised of five factors: newsroom autonomy, newsroom work culture, the role of management, the relevance of new technology and innovative individuals.

The article will be published in print in issue 10(6) – December 2009.


New book on reportage journalism

29. June 2009

A couple of weeks ago my new book on reportage journalism was published. Congrats to me! 🙂

The book’s title translates to “The Genre of Place: On modern reportage journalism”. It is mostly a text book for college students at journalism programs in Norway, and perhaps elsewhere in Scandinavia. It deals with modern day reportage journalism in print and online. With extensive use of examples, the books tries to answers questions like:

  • What makes an idea for a reportage good?
  • What are the best ways to compose a reportage?
  • How should one use observation as a method in reportage journalism?
  • What characterizes modern day reportage journalism?
  • What can reportage journalism in online newspapers be like?

The book has all ready been included in the curriculum of several  journalism programs througout Norway, which makes me happy 🙂

My new book on repportage journalism

My new book on repportage journalism

This will be my blogg…

29. June 2009


So this is my blog. My thoughts on this are as follows: This is going to be a professional blog, not a personal one. I’ll blog on matters of professional interest to me – e.g. journalism. More precisely, I’ll blog on feature journalism and online media, ’cause that’s whats my PhD-dissertation is all about.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to blog on topics of interest to someone else than myself.