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Essay writing course
For the autumn term of 2013, I'll be running the course "Bachelor thesis in Media Studies" at our department. The course will focus on undertaking and reporting on a small individual research project. (July 3, 2013)

In mid-June the Faculty formally approved my application for promotion ("opprykk") to full professor, which means that as of September last year, I've been professor of media studies at the Uni of Bergen. Which is great. (July 3, 2013).

New project funded
A longitudinal study of the NRK's online news, starting early 2013, that I'm running, got funded by the Norwegian Council for Applied Media Research. That's good. (Feb 1, 2013).

Teaching broadcasting history
For the spring term 2013, I'm teaching a course on Broadcasting history for the media studies bachelor students at my department. (Feb 1, 2013)

Hilde Van Den Bulck in Bergen
During April 2012, Hilde Van Den Bulck will be Visiting Scholar in my department at the Uni of Bergen. Hilde is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Studies, Universiteit Antwerpen, where she also heads the research group “Media, Policy and Culture”. Hilde studies media policy and media culture, and during her stay in Bergen we’ll continue our collaborative analyses of public service media policy. (Feb 4, 2012)

New projects
In the late-2011 round of research grants from the Norwegian Research Council, two projects I'm involved in got funded. Accessing and analysing the blogosphere: charting the distribution, flow and development of statements across online social networks, lead by Dag Elgesem at my department, got funded through the VERDIKT scheme. The project will run for four years, and I'l be contributing to its early phase with analyses of the blogosphere. In addition, The Impact of Social Media on Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns: Cross-Media and Cross-National Comparisons, lead by Gunn Enli at the University of Oslo got funded in the FRISAM category. Also a four year project, I'll act as national partner throughout the period. (Dec 15, 2011)

Visiting QUT
From late August 2011 till the end of January 2012, I'm visiting scholar at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), at Queensland University of Technology. The stay is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and is part of my work on the project Online Media Participation and the Transformation of the Public Sphere. (Sept 12, 2011)

Consultative statement on media policy white paper
I've written a consultative statement on behalf of my department to the Ministry of Culture regarding a white paper on press support schemes. Full text (in Norwegian). (Sept 12, 2011)

Seminar: New media and citizenship
On March 18, I organized a seminar at my department on new media and citizenship. Christian Christensen (Uppsala University) talked about social media and the "ephemeral citizen", and Jakob L. Jensen (Aarhus University) presented findings from his survey of Danes' media use and the new interfaces of the public sphere. More info (in Norwegian). (April 6, 2011)

Talk on online news and the NRK
A shortened version of my talk on state aid, online news and the public service broadcaster NRK at The Norwegian Media Researchers' Association's 14th Conference, 28-29 of October (Ålesund, Norway), has been put online by Vox Publica. Full text (in Norwegian). (Nov 17, 2010)

Seminar: Tracking Social Media Participation: New Approaches to Studying User-Generated Content
On October 26, I organized a seminar at my department on new approaches to studying User-Generated Content. Axel Bruns gave a talk on the subject. More info, Bruns' slides and audio. (Oct 27, 2010)

Consultative statement on the NRK's online services
I've written a consultative statement on behalf of my department to the Ministry of Culture regarding a report from the Media Authority on the scope of the NRK's online services. Full text (in Norwegian). (Oct 20, 2010)

Op-ed article on 50 years of Norwegian tv
Together with my television text book (Tv - en innføring) co-authors, I've written an op-ed for national newspaper Aftenposten on and about the 50th anniversary of Norwegian television on August 20. Full text (in Norwegian). (Aug 21, 2010)

Op-ed article on report on the NRK's new media services
An op-ed article I've written for Dagens Næringsliv July 5, where I criticize a recent report by the Norwegian Media Authority on the NRK's new media services, is put online by Vox Publica. Full text (in Norwegian). (Jul 10, 2010)

Op-ed article on policy to increase access to public data and the online remit of the NRK
I've got an op-ed article on the Norwegian government's policy to make available public data, and it's new procedure to test planned NRK services - in Hubro, issue 2, 2010, pp. 42-43. Full text (in Norwegian). (May 15, 2010)

Vox Publica: Focus on public support of the media
During spring of 2010, Vox Publica, the online magazine published by my department, will feature a section for discussions of public support of the media. The initiative coincides with the government appointing a committee to evaluate the current Norwegian support mechanisms. I'll be contributing pieces throughout the spring. Vox Publica aims to publish op-ed articles and also maintain a blog on the issue. More info (in Norwegian). (Apr 15, 2010)

Radio interview
On February 2, the radio program Publicerat on Swedish national radio SR included a discussion of the state of public service broadcasting in the Nordic countries, with me as one of the discussants. Info and podcast (in Swedish). (Feb 10, 2010)

Radio interview
The January 16 edition of the radio program Kurér on NRK P2 focused on the issue of advertising on the public service broadcaster NRK's website. The program included an interview with me based on my research into the matter. Info and podcast (in Norwegian). (Jan 20, 2010)

Seminar presentations published by Nordicom
In early December, Nordicom published the presentations from a seminar I organized together with Brita Ytre Arne last February. Taking a recently published book by Espen Ytreberg titled Hva er medievitenskap (What is Media Studies) as a starting point, the seminar included commentaries from Peter Larsen, Helle Sjøvaag and Frode Guribye. All presentations are now available in Nordicom Information 31(4) (in Norwegian). (Dec 8, 2009)

Consultative statement on revision of "must carry" rules for television distribution
In November, I wrote a short consultative statement on behalf of my department to the Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs regarding a proposed revision of "must carry" rules for television distribution. Full text (in Norwegian). (Nov 28, 2009)

Seminar: Web history and web analysis
On November 23, I organized a seminar at my department on web history and web analysis. Niels Brügger gave two talks on the subject. More info (in Norwegian). (Nov 2,3 2009)

Consultative statement on the implementation of the "Audiovisual media services directive"
In October, some colleagues and I wrote a short consultative statement on behalf of my department to the Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs regarding the implementation of the EU's directive on audiovisual media services into Norwegian law. Full text (in Norwegian). (Oct 30, 2009)

Op-ed article on ban on political web-tv ads
An extended version of an op-ed article I wrote for Dagens Næringsliv October 2, where I argue against a proposed ban on political ads on web-tv, is put online by Vox Publica. Full text (in Norwegian). (Oct 5, 2009)

Consultative statement on "public value test" of new NRK services
I've written a consultative statement on behalf of my department to the Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs regarding a proposed "public value test" of new NRK services. Full text (in Norwegian). (Sep 21, 2009)

Interview about PhD project
In late August, published a short interview with me about my PhD project and my research interests. Full text (in Norwegian). (Sep 1, 2009)

New job
In August, I started my new job as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) of media studies at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. So far, I'm happy about it. (Aug 14, 2009)

PhD thesis
In early February, I defended my PhD-thesis titled Public Broadcasters, the Internet, and Democracy: Comparing Policy and Exploring Public Service Media Online. The thesis consists of a lengthy introductory contextualizing discussion (part I) and five articles (part II). Part I and the first article of part II is available in full text. Some more information, all in Norwegian: Press release, article in Bergens Tidende, article in På høyden. (Feb 18, 2009)

Consultative statement on consumer choice in the Norwegian television market
On behalf of my department I've written a consultative statement to the Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs regarding the Norwegian Media Authority's recent report on the possibilities for facilitating individual consumer choice of television channels through new regulatory measures (in Norwegian). Full text (in Norwegian). (Jan 10, 2009)

My text "Morgendagens NRK: Allmennmedievirksomhet" [The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation of Tomorrow: Public Service Media] won the award for best article in a competition held by the The Norwegian Association of Media Researchers and The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) to mark the corporation's 75 year anniversary. The award is 10 000 NOK and publication in Norsk medietidsskrift. More info. (Oct 30, 2008)

Together with the research group for media-, ict- and cultural policy at my department, I organized the seminar "Digitalization and Democracy: Public Service Broadcasting and the Internet" on 26-27 of April 2007. Seminar program and info. Report, presentations, and podcasts of talks in Vox Publica, article in På Høyden (in Norwegian), article in Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian), feature on NRK Kulturnytt (in Norwegian) (Oct 13, 2008)

For the spring semester of 2007 I taught a course on "Democratic Culture" for master students at my department. Course info (in Norwegian). (Oct 13, 2008)