People

The research network Journalism and Communication is led by professor Jaana Hujanen. Members are professors and lecturers at the Swedish School of Social Sciences as well as researchers at other universities and research organizations. If you want to be a part of the research network, please be in touch with professor Hujanen.

Professor in journalism

My work focuses on the transformation of the news media and journalism, and journalists' perceptions of their work and changes therein. I have done extensive research on the ideals and practices of journalism, on the intertwining questions between civic engagement, participation and local media, as well as learning and teaching journalism.

My teaching centers on the principles of journalism as well as on the methods in journalism and communication research. I lead the Swedish language Master's thesis seminar in Journalism and communication studies, and supervise doctoral students at the University of Helsinki and University of Turku. I am interested in supervising students in the following topics: innovation and digital journalism, the ideals and practices of journalism, local media and journalism, and the changing practices of using, producing and sharing news.

I am a member of the board of the Swedish School of Social Sciences, and vice Head of the Master's program in Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. I am also a member of the Finnish Journalism Training committee (Toimittajakoulutuksen neuvottelukunta).

Jaana Hujanen's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

Associate professor of communication studies 

My research interests include communication theory and the philosophy of communication, media and communication ethics, epistemic questions of media and communication, semiotics, conceptual analysis and conceptual development, and pragmatistic philosophy and pragmatistic social theory. I teach courses in media and communication ethics, propaganda and persuasion, communication research and media critique, and ethical issues in media and communication inquiry. I am the contact person for the Editorial Lab.

Mats Bergman's publications and other research activities can be found here.

Senior lecturer in communication

My research explores the ways in which media construct various understandings of belonging. I am particularly interested in studying the struggles over definition that are often at the centre of heated political debates and protests - and the way understandings of sameness and difference are crafted through and with media. Voice, participation and the politics of listening are important concepts in my work. This work comes together in a book chapter “Impossible activism and the right to be understood” (Springer, 2020), which deals with asylum seekers and strategic claims-making. My current research also focuses on media pedagogy and technological innovation, particularly in relation to equal participation.  

My previous research focused on emotions in relation to mediated narratives of the Global South (Structures of Compassion 2010-2013), the role of NGOs as claims-makers in debates on marginalization and exclusion, particularly concerning debates on migrants and ethnic minorities (ARAFI 2013-2016), and how racist ideologies drive hybrid media logics, and vice versa (HYBRA  2016-2019).

Camilla Haavisto's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

Senior lecturer, D.Soc.Sc., MA

My research fields are within media language, genres and gender. I am the coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) in Finland. GMMP is the world's largest and longest running research initiative that seeks to advance gender equality in and through the news media. I teach courses in media language, gender and journalism - and the Bachelor's seminar in journalism and communication.

Jonita Siivonen's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

 

Senior lecturer in journalism

My doctoral thesis The Essence of Journalism in a Gender Perspective (1997) discussed the relation between the proportion of women in newsrooms and the representation of women in media content. The results indicated that the journalistic culture is influenced by masculine values, that the space for personal choice is very limited in news, and that more substantial changes in policy is achieved by a combination of integration strategies and female-niche-initiatives.

I have contributed to the anthologies Women Journalists in the Western World. What Surveys Tell Us. (Fröhlich, Romy & Sue E Lafky (eds.). 2008. Hampton Press), and The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism (M. Byerly, Carolyn (Ed.) 2013), with articles on gender and journalism in Finland.Another research interest has been media history, especially related to female journalists in the early press. Together with the colleagues Jan Fredrik Hovden and Gunnar Nygren I edited the anthology Becoming a Journalist. Journalism education in the Nordic countries, 2016.

I have been teaching journalism courses since 1988 (introduction to journalism, communication theory, seminars, methods, media history and a variety of practical journalism courses).  During about 20 years I have been involved in and lately responsible for the yearly newsroom project, involving all journalism students in production during 4 – 5 weeks. As vice rector I took part in the reformation of the study programmes in 2017.

Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen's publications and other research activities can be found here.

University teacher in mass communication at Åbo Akademi

My main research areas include: the psychological wellbeing of journalists after work-related crisis exposure or harassment; and best practices for crisis journalism and communication in the digital media landscape.

 

PhD, postdoctoral researcher

I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Alexander Institute at the University of Helsinki. My research interests revolve around digital transformations of media in Russia and beyond. In my previous research I examined hyperlocal media in Russia, their social meanings, technological challenges and economic constraints. From January 2020 I work in the project "Sustainable journalism for algorithmic future", which studies challenges of algorithmic and data-driven journalism.

Senior lecturer, title of docent

Presently I am a Senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Jyväskylä. In addition I am an adjunct professor (title of docent) in media and communication studies at the University of Helsinki.

I have coordinated projects on researching business models of journalism and I am specialized in comparative analyses of media business, media policy, and journalism. I am also interested in new modes of local journalism and media.

Katja Lehtisaari's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

 PhD (philosophy), docent in journalism

At the moment I have the position as director of doctoral studies at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. I have the title of docent in journalism at the Swedish School of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki

My research interests are journalism and mediatization, and the epistemology of journalism.

 

Post doctoral researcher

My research combines media and language, and my current research project focuses on young people's language practices in social media. In my research I compare communicative events in Snapchat, Instagram and Whatsapp, focusing on how the linguistic and multimodal expressions vary in relation to the social media in question and to how public the message is. My research is being done at the Swedish Literature Society in Finland. In my PhD I analyzed the Finland-Swedish spoken standard language in radio and television news

At the Swedish School of Social Sciences I have taught many different courses, theoretical as well as profession-oriented. Previously, I worked about 15 years as a news journalist and Head of New Media at Svenska Yle, which is the Swedish-language part of the Finnish national broadcasting company, Yle. 

Jenny Stenberg-Sirén's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

Senior lecturer and title of Docent

I work as Senior lecturer in quantitative research methods at the Swedish School of Social Science, and have the title of Docent in quantitative media research. My research focuses on bilingual communication, bilingual media use, minority language media and the role of communication in retaining bilingualism and minority languages.

Laszlo Vincze's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

Doctoral student

I am a doctoral student in Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. In my Ph.D. I examine news sources in crisis situations, the concept of trust in news journalism, the global network of news media and how news literacy can be increased by learning about journalistic processes. Jaana Hujanen is one of my supervisors. 

Laura Huuskonen's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

 

Doctoral student

I am a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Social Sciences. My PhD project examines how media personalities of migrant background in Finland contest dominant representations of migrants and Finnishness. I have published articles in European Journal of Cultural Studies  (Malmberg & Awad, 2019) and in Culture Unbound (Malmberg & Pantti, 2020). I have a Master’s degree in Media Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Camilla Haavisto is one of my supervisors.

Doctoral student

I am a doctoral student at the Finland Futures Research Centre, at the University of Turku.

My study investigates and critically examines the different ways that the futures of journalism are being anticipated in the present. Such anticipations create "futures knowledge" that frames what is seen as possible and preferable in the development of journalism, and influences decisions and actions in the present. The study focuses on entrepreneurial journalists who are conceived as pioneers or "first adopters" of new journalistic ideas and practices. Entrepreneurial journalists allegedly create new visions of the future of journalism, which can then influence how the journalistic industry at large views the possible and preferable futures of journalism. The study connects futures knowledge with the sociological concept of imaginaries which refers to all the ways that social relationships, values, and preferred goals are imagined in societies (e.g. Benedict Anderson describes nations as "imagined communities"). Jaana Hujanen is one of my supervisors. 

Juho Ruotsalainen's publications and other research activities can be found here. 

Doctoral student 

I am a doctoral student in Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. My research focuses on how automation affects journalistic values, how journalism is defined,  and performed. I teach students in journalism source criticism and research methods. My supervisors are Jaana Hujanen and Carl-Gustav Linden.

Stefanie Sirén-Heikel's publications and other research activities can be found here.

Doctoral student

I am a doctoral student in Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. In my PhD I study how news automation in used in Chinese media, and what kind of effects these development steps have in China and in Europe. Jaana Hujanen and Carl-Gustav Linden are my supervisors. 

Hanna Tuulonen's publications and other research activities can be found here.