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Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Director of Research Development and Environment

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Email
wahl-jorgensenk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 79414
Campuses
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Comment
Media commentator
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

My research focuses on the relationship between citizenship, media and emotion - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. I am developing new research projects on right-wing populist media, "deep fakes" and community journalism. I have also recently written on the role of fear in media coverage of the coronavirus.

I have written five books; Emotions, Media and Politics (Polity Press, 2018),  Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (Polity Press, 2018, co-authored with Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik), Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; co-authored with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle), Journalists and the Public (Hampton Press, 2007) and Citizens or Consumers? (Open University Press, 2005; co-authored with Justin Lewis and Sanna Inthorn)

I have edited five books, including Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge, with Thomas Hanitzsch - second edition 2020, first edition 2009) and Mediated Citizenship (Routledge, 2007). I have published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. I am also a frequent media commentator on topics relating to citizenship and the media, and have written extensively for The Conversation.

In 2019, I was awarded an honorary doctorate from Roskilde University, Denmark, and in 2020 I was elected a Fellow of the International Communication. From 2015 to 2019, I served as Chair of the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association, and was Board Member at Large for the association from 2012 to 2014. I serve on the editorial boards of journals including Journal of Communication; International Journal of Press/Politics; Communication Theory; Journalism; Journalism Studies; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; Digital Journalism; Social Media & Society; Communications: European Journal of Communication; Journalism and Discourse Studies; and Annals of the International Communication Association. I previously served as associate editor of Communication Theory

Since 2012, I have been subject chair for the indexing and abstracting database SCOPUS, in the areas of Languages, Linguistics, Communication, Media, and Journalism, and also serve on the Content Selection Advisory Board for SCOPUS.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the AHRC, the Australian Research Council, the BBC Trust and the British Academy, among other organisations. In 2012-2013, I led the content analysis research for the BBC Trust's impartiality review on Breadth of Opinion. I am Partner Investigator on Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, “Evaluating the challenge of ‘fake news’ and other maliinformation (PI: Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; A$431,000 (starts February 2020). Previously, I was Principal UK Investigator on a €4 million European Commission funded project on the European Public Sphere (EUROSPHERE) and have carried out research for the charity Public Concern at Work on the media representation of whistleblowers.

I am Director of the Journalism and Democracy research group.

Recent Keynotes 

  • Keynote Speaker at Finnish Communication Association conference, April 23-25, 2020 (postponed due to Covid-19).

  • Public lecture, Stockholm University, Sweden, January 29, 2020.

  • Inaugural lecture for Honorary Doctorate, Roskilde University, Denmark, November 8, 2019.

  • Breaking Boundaries Conference, Cardiff University, March 19, 2019.
  • European Communication Research and Education Association Journalism Studies Section Conference, University of Vienna, February 14-15, 2019.
  • ‘From Ivory Tower Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture’ conference, University of Copenhagen, November 22-23, 2018.
  • European Sociological Assocation and British Sociological Assocation Joint Conference on the Sociology of Emotions, Edinburgh, August 28-30, 2018.
  • "Comparative Media Studies in Today's World” Conference, St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia, April 17-18, 2018.
  • “It’s Not the End of the World” conference, Media and Politics Group, Political Studies Association, Hull, November 15-17, 2017.
  • Conference on Emotion and News Reporting, University of Adelaide, Australia, September 5-6, 2017.
  • Colombian Association of Communication Deans and Researchers, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, March 29, 2017.
  • Conference on Journalism and Storytelling, Monash University, February 9-10, 2017.

Other Roles

Director of Research Development and Environment in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

For further information: Visit Dr Wahl-Jorgensen’s academia.edu site

Biography

Education 

  • 2000: PhD (Communication), Stanford University, USA
  • 1995: BA, double major in Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, USA

Honours and awards

  • 2019: Doctor Honoris Causa, Roskilde University, Denmark

Academic positions

  • August 2012-present: Professor, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
    • Since August 2012: Director of Research Environment and Development – responsible for drafting REF 2021 Environment Statement.
    • March 2017: Visiting Professor, Unidersidad del Norte, Colombia.
    • February 2017: Visiting Professor, Monash University, Australia
    • February 2017: Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • September 2014: Bonnier Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm.

  •  August 2008-August 2012: Reader, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
    • March-April 2011: Visiting Scholar at the University of Gothenburg.
    • January 2009: Visiting Professor at the Kosovo Institute for Journalism and Communication, delivering an MA-level courses on Communication Theory and Research Methods
  • August 2005-August 2008: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

  • August 2000-August, 2005: Lecturer B, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
    • Summer 2003: Visiting Scholar, Department of Communication, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Supported by Cardiff University Young Researcher Travel Fellowship.

  • September 1995-June 2000: Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication and Feminist Studies Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Speaking engagements

Keynotes and plenaries

  • Keynote Speaker at Finnish Communication Association conference, April 23-25, 2020.
  • Public lecture, Stockholm University, Sweden, January 29, 2020.
  • Inaugural lecture for Honorary Doctorate, Roskilde University, Denmark, November 8, 2019.
  • Keynote speaker at the Breaking Boundaries Conference, Cardiff University, March 19, 2019.
  •  Keynote speaker at the European Communication Research and Education Association Journalism Studies Section Conference, University of Vienna, February 14-15, 2019.
  • Keynote speaker at the conference, ‘From Ivory Tower Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture’ conference, University of Copenhagen, November 22-23, 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, European Sociological Association and British Sociological Association Joint Conference on the Sociology of Emotions, Edinburgh, August 28-30, 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, “Comparative Media Studies in Today's World” Conference, St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia, April 17-18, 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, “It’s Not the End of the World” conference, Media and Politics Group, Political Studies Association, Hull, November 15-17, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Emotion and News Reporting, University of Adelaide, Australia, September 5-6, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, Colombian Association of Communication Deans and Researchers, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, March 29, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, PhD School on the “Softening of Journalism,” University of Copenhagen, February 21-22, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Journalism and Storytelling, Monash University, February 9-10, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Emotions, History and the Media, University of Adelaide, Australia, September 22, 2016.
  • Special plenary session invited speaker, World Journalism Education Congress, New Zealand, July 15, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker at event on “Media Perceptions on the EU: From Enlargement to the UK Referendum Views from New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” Europe House in the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, July 13, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker, conference on “Emotion and the Public Sphere,” Navarra, Spain, October 29-31, 2015.
  • Opening plenary speaker, Conference on Emotions and Politics, Bournemouth University, July 9-10, 2015.
  • Keynote panel speaker, 2014 Conference of the Association of Danish Media Researchers (SMID), October 30-31, Nyborg, Denmark
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 MECCSA conference, Bournemouth University, January.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Journalism and Professionalization, University of Poznan, Poland, November 29, 2013.
  • Keynote speaker, 2013 Journalism Conference, Orebro University, Sweden, November 4-5.
  • “Changing technologies, changing paradigms of journalistic practice: Emotionality, authenticity and the challenge to objectivity.” Keynote at the Technology, Media and Journalism Conference, Saarland University, Germany, March 22-23, 2013.
  •  "The silence of the Leveson Inquiry: Ethical and regulatory challenges of the new media environment." Keynote speech at the Media Policy Post-Leveson conference, Bournemouth University, February 8, 2013.
  • “Back to the future: Scholarly predictions about the future of journalism.” Keynote speech delivered at theEuromedia Conference, Ghent University, Belgium, November 19, 2011.
  • Keynote at the first meeting of the Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, November 19-20, 2009.
  • Keynote at the 3rd Annual PhD Conference on “Politics and Policies of Communications and Cultures:  National, Transnational and Global Perspectives” at the University of Leeds, June 12, 2009.
  • Keynote to the International Conference on Media, Citizenship and Everyday Life at University of Beira Interior, Portugal, November 22-23, 2006.
  • Keynote for the 2005 Scandinavian Doctoral Seminars held at Tampere, Finland, in September.

Committees and reviewing

Research evaluation

  • 2018-2019: Chair, RED19 – Research Excellence Evaluation, Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2014: Panel member, Ghent University Research Evaluation Exercise (Belgian equivalent of the REF, conducted at institutional level).
  • 2013: External reviewer of REF publications, Department of Journalism, Strathclyde University, June.
  • 2011: External expert reviewer of research quality, Department of Journalism, Roskilde University, Denmark (Danish equivalent of the REF, conducted at institutional level). Led the process of writing the final panel report.

Editorial boards

  • Member of editorial boards for Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, Communication Theory, Digital Journalism, Journal of International Communication, Social Media & Society, Annals of the International Communication Association, Communications: European Journal of Communication, Journalism and Discourse Studies, and SAGE's Encyclopedia of Journalism.

Other external service

  • 2013 -  : Jury member for social sciences in the UK Scopus Young Researcher Award.
  • Have served as external examiner/opponent for 38 PhD thesis, in countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
  • Frequent reviewer for external hiring and promotions panels
  • Invited reviewer for more than 40 different journals for which I do not serve on the editorial board.
  • External examiner for:
    • MSc Programmes, London School of Economics (2016-2019).
    • MA International Journalism, Erasmus Mundus; City University, Danish School of Journalism (2013-2016)
    • BA in Journalism, Stirling University (2012-2016),
    • MA in Journalism, University of East Anglia (2012-2016)
    • BA in Journalism, Roskilde University, Denmark (2010-2014)
    • MA in Social Media, University of Salford (2009-2012)
    • MA in Mass Communication, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester (2006-2010)
    • BA in Journalism and Mass Communication at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone (2004-2007)

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Teaching

I teach on the undergraduate module "Media and Democracy" and the MA module "Introduction to Journalism Studies" as well as on the school’s PhD seminars.

I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, in addition to more than 50 students across BA and MA levels. I welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy, including projects on populism and the media.

My research focuses on the relationship between citizenship, media and emotion - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. I am developing new research projects on right-wing populist media, "deep fakes" and community journalism. I carried out a small-scale study and wrote one of the first pieces on media coverage of the coronavirus.

I have carried out extensive work on how citizens are represented in and participate through news forms and genres, including vox pop interviews, letters to the editor, disaster coverage and user-generated content. I am now turning to investigating how journalists experience and adapt to dramatic transformations in their profession, and how these experiences and adaptations are shaped by organisational cultures and resources.

Links to Research Projects

Supervision

I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, and welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy.