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Research about
journalism and media

The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) is a nationally leading center for journalism and media research and education in Sweden. Established in 1990 through a merger of the School of Journalism and the Section for Mass Communication at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, JMG pursues a broad research agenda with journalism research at its core.

Its strong basis in the social sciences and preference for empirical research has contributed to making JMG the leading communication department in Sweden when it comes to longitudinal and survey-based research. Journalism and media research at the University of Gothenburg is recognized for its social science profile and empirical focus, embracing both quantitative and qualitative approaches. It is held in high regard for its long-standing research programs in journalism and democracy, media audiences and public opinion.

One key characteristic of research at JMG is its longitudinal approach, which allows targeting of transformative changes in the media system and their impact on production processes, the journalist profession and media workers, audiences, and media organizations – from deregulation of the public broadcasting system in the 1980s to expansion of the Internet and media convergence in recent years. Much of the research at JMG is based on continuous and meticulously collected empirical data, allowing researchers to examine and explain developments over time.

Researchers at JMG are also dedicated to playing an active role in society by promoting interaction and dialogue with professional organizations, the media industry and society at large.

Current research agenda at JMG

The current research agenda at JMG builds on previous achievements and traditions, while researchers are also seeking to renew and expand the Department’s research profile. JMG will continue researching short- and long-term changes in media and journalism, focusing on institutional structures as well as concrete practices, identities, values and ethics, content, representations, genres and forms of communication in multi-media contexts.

The Department’s broad experience and expertise in historical media analyses, large-scale survey research, ethnographic research, and micro-analyses of discourse and social interaction – developed in close collaboration with international colleagues – provide unique opportunities to develop new multi-methodological approaches.

Another key area of research aims at bridging the gaps between professional practice and the theoretical aspects of journalism research and education, the aim being to create mutually beneficial collaborations and promote innovation and quality in journalism. The ambition to combine research with high-quality teaching has always been a hallmark of JMG.

Research groups at JMG

Building on its strong traditions, the Department has established five principal research groups: 


Assistant Head of Department and Head of Research:

Mats Ekström, 46 (0)31 786 1236, mats.ekstrom@jmg.gu.se

Journalism Research at the University

JMG: Journalism Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (Djerf-Pierre, Monika, & Ekström, Mats. Published in Journalism Studies 2012.)

Page Manager: Mats Ekström|Last update: 12/3/2018

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