Department of Journalism and Media Studies: International Center (JMIC) Connecting people: academics and journalists

Women, Media and Communication Revolution Challenges Conference

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Discussed the effect of media and international development ‎on women of different social classes

JMIC´s partner institution An-Najah National University hosted a conference on gender and journalism in Nablus in Palestine on February 14.

Kristin Skare Orgeret gave the keynote speech and presented a paper on women journalists in conflict and war at the conference.

In addition to a number of local journalists and women’s rights activists journalist Francesca Borri attended the conference and shared some of her experiences as a war reporter.

Teacher of photojournalism Bernt Eide also attended the conference. He currently teaches in Nablus and has been engaged in cooperation with An-Najah University for many years.

Kristin Skare Orgeret also attended the launch of a new Palestinian policy paper on media reform in Ramallah.

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Successful course on journalist security

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Prepping journalists and programme staff for work in risk zones

Two of Norway’s leading experts on journalist security, Trond Idås and Marte Høiby, gave an introductory course in Kristiansand, Norway, 6 February. The course was aimed at journalists and programme staff members working in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Topics on the agenda were how to handle stressful situations and how to operate in conflict zones, and the course was well received among the 10 participants.

The course was a collaborative effort between JMIC and Strømme Foundation.

If you are interested in organizing a similar course, please contact us and we will taylor it to your needs.

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Debating Free Expression

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Summing up ten years of debate - looking back, looking forward

Professor Elisabeth Eide

Read about the event covered by The Jakarta Post.

Under the headline Ten Years Debating Freedom of Expression – Looking Back, Looking Forward appr. 40 participants – both journalists and media academics – from twelve countries gather in Jakarta 23 – 25 January.

The debates started after the controversies in the aftermath of the Muhammed caricatures published in Jyllands-Posten. One of the initiatives was to invite journalists from a wide range of countries for dialogue conferences in Indonesia and Norway respectively. Now, more than ten years after the first Global Intermedia Dialogue (GIMD) conference was held in Indonesia, the ambition is to highlight experiences and look ahead.

The discussions will focus on themes such as Hate Speech – Social media, Media and Marginalization – Gender, Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Minorities, Dialogue vs Confrontation, 20 Years after Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations”, Terrorism – Extremism, The Post-Truth Era?– and last, but not least: How free is fiction? Literature and limits.

The conference is a cooperation between the Department of Communication, Universitas Indonesia (Communication Research Centre, Department of Communication Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) and JMIC (Department of Journalism and Media Studies: International Center, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences).

A publication with journalistic and academic contributions from this and a conference in March last year is planned.


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Students from seven countries for MA-course in conflict journalism

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International student group attending course at JMIC

From South Sudan, Nepal, Iran, Pakistan and Palestine 13 students have arrived in Oslo to attend a course in journalism on globalization, war and peace at HiOA together with 11 students based in Norway.

The course will run from 16 January until 3 February. The students will learn different theories on globalization and conflict, the processes of media globalization and journalistic performances in war and conflicts.

Their teachers are JMIC staff Elisabeth Eide, Rune Ottosen, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Roy Krøvel, as well as editor Nawzat Shamdin from Iraq and the independent journalist Anders Sømme Hammer, who has done extensive work in Afghanistan – among others.

The students already have bachelor´s degrees, and will write a term paper or a reportage as part of their exam. More information about the course is available here.

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JMIC to evaluate IAWRT

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JMIC’s bid answering a call for evaluation of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) has been...

A team with partners from Uganda and Norway will do the job, starting from a meeting with IAWRT representatives Friday 7 January.

The team is led by JMICs director Elisabeth Eide, and includes research associate Hanna Marie Knudsen (MA, Journalism Studies, HiOA), Prof. Goretti Linda Nassanga and research associate Brian Semujju, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

The evaluation work includes desk studies, interviews and polls, as well as field trips to selected chapters of the IAWRT.

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