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Oscar Westlund

Senior lecturer

Oscar Westlund
Senior lecturer

Room number: 242 Mediehuset
Postal Address: Box 710, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1B , 41313 Göteborg

Journalism Media and Communication (More Information)
Box 710
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4950
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1 B , 413 13 Göteborg

About Oscar Westlund

Oscar Westlund, PhD, is Associate Professor at JMG. He defended his PhD thesis Cross-media News Work – Sensemaking of the Mobile Media (R)evolution in January 2012. Since March 2012 he also holds a position at the IT University of Copenhagen, currently as Associate Professor.


Ms.Sc. Media and Communication Studies and Ms.Sc. Theory of Science. Westlund has consulted in the media- and telecom industries as well as public authorities and other companies, and was also the founder of an online venture focusing videoblogging and social networking.

Since 2005 Westlund is employed at JMG, engaged mostly in research, but also teaches for numerous different courses in journalism as well as media and communication studies.


Westlund teaches for a plethora of courses given within both the journalism program and the program for media- and communication studies. His teaching focuses journalism, digital-, mobile and social media, media management, strategic communication, crisis communication as well as different approaches to analysis.

Westlund is course administrator for an advanced course titled “Analysis of organisations, media and opinions” which instructs on nine different approaches to analysis.

Research Areas

Westlund’s research has focused transformations and relationships between old and new media. He has specialized in qualitative and quantitative longitudinal studies of usage patterns, media organisations as well as media content and functionalities. He researches the evolving dynamics and interplay of journalism, internet and ICTs, in general, and the intersection of newspapers and mobile media, in particular.

His doctoral dissertation constituted a longitudinal study into cross-media news work, focusing transforming tensions and the sensemaking of mobile media in the newspaper industry. Besides his monograph dissertation, Westlund has published widely in English and Swedish. Among the international journals he has published with in recent years are Digital Journalism, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism Practice, European Review, Northern Lights, International Journal on Media Management, Behaviour & Information Technology, New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication and Canadian Journal of Communication.

Currents Research Projects

During 2013 and onwards Westlund mostly works on a JMG research project titled Crisis Communication 2.0, but also on a collaborative project with Ericsson and Security Arena on crisis communication and digital media. Both projects are funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. Westlund also conduct research for the DMC research group at the IT University of Copenhagen. On top of that, Westlund engages in several other interpersonal research projects. 


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Latest publications

Commentary: Digitization, climate change, and the potential for online workshops
Mats Ekström, Seth C. Lewis, Amanda Waldenström, Oscar Westlund
New Media and Society, Editorial letter 2020
Editorial letter

Epistemologies of digital journalism and the study of misinformation
Mats Ekström, Seth C. Lewis, Oscar Westlund
New Media and Society, Journal article 2020
Journal article

News: Mobiles, Mobilities and Their Meeting Points
A. Duffy, R. Ling, N. Kim, E. Tando, Oscar Westlund
Digital Journalism, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Space for the Liminal
V. Belair-Gagnon, A. E. Holton, Oscar Westlund
Media and Communication, Editorial letter 2019
Editorial letter

Audience engagement, cross-functional collaboration and platform counterbalancing: Examining news publishers’ innovation practices through the lens of "measurable journalism"
Sherwin Chua, Oscar Westlund
OsloMet Digital Journalism Symposium Series: Platforms, Professions and Coordination. Oslo, Norway, 27 March, 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Online live broadcasting and the coordination of specialized knowledge
Oscar Westlund, Mats Ekström
Future of Journalism Conference: Innovations, Transitions and Transformations, Cardiff University , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The epistemologies of breaking news
Mats Ekström, Amanda Waldenström, Oscar Westlund
Future of Journalism Conference: Innovations, Transitions and Transformations, Cardiff University, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Sensemaking of emerging technologies in news work: Audience-centric engagement, collaboration culture and platform counterbalancing
Sherwin Chua, Oscar Westlund
Paper accepted for presentation the 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington DC, 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

News organizations and routines
Oscar Westlund, Mats Ekström
The Handbook of Journalism Studies, New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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Four conceptual lenses for journalism amidst big data: Towards an emphasis on epistemological challenges
Oscar Westlund
News, numbers and public opinion in a data-driven world, New York, Bloomsbury Academic, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Oscar Westlund
Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017, Oxford, University of Oxford, Report chapter 2017
Report chapter

Reconsidering News Production: How Understanding the Interplay of Actors, Actants, and Audiences Can Improve Journalism Education
Oscar Westlund, Seth Lewis
Global Journalism Education: Challenges and Innovations in the 21st century, Austin, The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at The University of Texas at Austin, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Journalistik och falska nyheter – en problematisering
Oscar Westlund
Norsk Medietidsskrift, Editorial letter 2017
Editorial letter


Mobile communications initiatives: Channels, content, conversation and trade mapping in Europe and the USA
A. S. Rodríguez, X. L. García, Oscar Westlund, N. G. U. Erazo
OBS - Observatorio, Journal article 2016
Journal article


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