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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

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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Mångfacetterad och oumbärlig: om mobilens roll i vardagslivet
Oscar Westlund
MedieSverige 2014, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

The Production and Consumption of News in an Age of Mobile Media
Oscar Westlund
The Routledge companion to mobile media, New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Mobile News Uptake and its Displacing- and Complementary Effect on Print- and Online News
Oscar Westlund, Mathias A. Färdigh
Paper presented at the 11th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Rio de Janeiro, May 12-16, 2014., Conference paper 2014
Conference paper

Digital doing displacement
Oscar Westlund, Mathias A. Färdigh
Media Consumption and Distribution in Hypercompetitive Markets, Lissabon, Media XXI Formalpress, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book


Human-led versus Machine-led Publishing of Mobile News
Oscar Westlund
Paper presented at the Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, September 12-13, 2013., Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Legacy Media Gaining Traction over Legacy Media in Times of Crisis
Oscar Westlund, Marina Ghersetti
paper presented at the New Media and Participation Conference, Istanbul, November 22-23, 2013., Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Mobilen i våra medieliv från 2005 till 2020
Oscar Westlund
På väg mot medievärlden 2020 , Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Nyhetsanvändning med mobil
Oscar Westlund
Vägskäl (Red. Lennart Weibull, Henrik Oscarsson & Annika Bergström), Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Managing New(s) Conversations: The Role of Social Media in News Provision and Participation
Oscar Westlund, francois nel
Handbook of Social Media Management, Dordrecht, Springer Verlag, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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