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Who are we?


“The center plays an important role in our strategy for internationalizing education and research. I’m particularly proud of the vast global network this center offers the HiOA community”  (Curt Rice, Principle of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)


The International Center is a part of the Department of Journalism and media studies (JM) at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. It works towards strenghtening the department and HiOAs international orientation and profile.

JMIC connects journalists and academics within specific countries and between countries, especially in the global South, through exchange programs, educational courses, conferences and publications.

JMIC cooperates with other institutions and organizations by empowering and improving scills among students, journalists and media researchers and teachers. We work especially with topics such as freedom of speech and media freedom, human rights, and democracy in relation to the journalistic profession. Important joint  projects are security of journalists, access to information for journalists, media and gender, media and extremism, media and climate changes.

JMIC is also a resource center that works towards developing partnerships trough mutual educational projects, publications and innovative transnational teaching methods. JMIC contributes towards exchanging educational material and research literature between partners.


Contact us:

Head: Elisabeth Eide, elisabeth.eide(at)hioa.no. Tel: +4767238331

Co-ordinator: Oona Solberg, oona.solberg(at)hioa.no.


JMIC staff:

Elisabeth Eide Professor of journalism studies, specialist in transnational media studies, conflict journalism, gender and media, media and climate change etc. Long experience from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan.                                                                                                                               



Oona Solberg, Senior Advisor. Co-ordinator. Journalist with long experience from local papers, news agencies and the Norwegian Broadcasting – as well as international experience from NGOs  and INGOs.



Helge Rønning, Senior Advisor. Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo, specialist in media and democratic developments, freedom of expression and the press, decades of experience from and research in Africa.



Hasina Shirzad, Advisor. BA in Journalism from Kabul University. Has worked for a wide range of Afghan media, and for the Election Commission of Afghanistan.



Rune Ottosen is professor of journalismRune Ottesen studies at JM since 1999 and specializes in studies of globalization, war and peace journalism. He has also written extensively on press history and conducts a transnational program focusing on journalism security.


Heidi Røsok-Dahl, associate professor at HiOA, has worked for ten years as a video journalist, teaches videojournalism, dramaturgy and storytelling at HiOA.




Kristin Skare Orgeret, Dr. Art, Professor of media and journalism studies. Specialises in studies of journalism in conflict and democratisation processes, gender, intercultural communication and foreign news. She has worked with media and journalism, teaching and research in many countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.


Roy Krøvel, Professor of journalism and civil engineer in environmental risk management. Currently coordinating master and PhD programmes with indigenous and intercultural universities in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Colombia and specialises in armed conflict, peace processes, indigenous communication and environmental journalism.


Arne H. Krumsvik, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Dept., University of Oslo, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Management, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology. Affiliated Researcher, Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University. Background as Editor and Publisher. Specialist in media management and media innovation. International teaching and research experience. Director and Trustee of NGOs.


Jon Petter Evensen, Assistant Professor, BA in photojournalism at HiOA since 2000. Has conducted photojournalism courses and trainings for students, independent journalists and photojournalists in countries like Belarus, Azerbajdsjan and Ukraine – as well as experience working with NGOs such as BBC Media Action and IREX Europe.


Marte Høiby is a PhD Fellow at the Dept. of Journalism and Media Studies. Her research focuses on journalist safety and the situation for war and conflict reporters in conflict zones and with a particular focus on The Philippines. Høiby has together with JMIC member Rune Ottosen carried out a research project on the security situation of journalists and editors in seven countries, including Nigeria, Tunisia, Uganda, Nepal, The Philippines, Nicaragua and Norway.


Elsebeth Frey is Associate Professor of journalism studies at JM. Her interests are crisis and conflict journalism, journalistic core values, press freedom and the role of journalism in democracy and processes of democratization. She also teaches online journalism in news and feature. She has worked closely with journalism scholars, students and journalists from Tunisia and Bangladesh since 2012, cooperates with journalism studies at IUT in Cannes. Part of a network of academic fellows at Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.  Background as a journalist for 25 years.


Harald Hornmoen, professor of journalism, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, HiOA. Specialist areas: the role of science in journalism and society, risk communication, critical discourse analysis. Coordinates international research project RESCUE about the use of social media in crisis communication/journalism. He also coordinates INDEX, a research group investigating the exposure of individuals in journalism.


Tarjei Leer-Salvesen is an active investigative reporter, who also gives training in journalistic method. He has 20 years of background from print media and documentary film research, and specialize in search in public archives. He can help with issues like: How do you make best use searchable records? How can we make them, when they are not available to us? And how do you use the Right To Information-tools across borders?


Trond Idås is a PhD Fellow at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and a special advisor on safety, trauma and working environment for the Norwegian Union of Journalists (NUJ). His research focus is on posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic stress related to safety, threats and hate speech. He has been working on these topics for NUJ, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. He is teaching and giving training in safety and trauma at several schools of journalism and conferences/seminars for professional journalists. He is a former news journalist.


Abeer Saady is a war journalist, researcher, media consultant and trainer. 27 years of professional experience in conflict zones in the Middle East. Main fields of training are: Safety of journalists, Conflict Sensitive Reporting, Ethics for reporters and photographers, dealing with radical groups (especially Islamic State), Self-regulation and establishing codes of ethics, Diversity and media, and Capacity building trainings.


Bente Kalsnes, Dr. Art. Associate Professor, Dept. of Journalism and Media Studies, HiOA. Specialises in studies about digital journalism, social media, political communication, populism, media manipulation. Kalsnes is teaching courses related to online journalism, journalistic innovation and social media, as well as online political communication.


Maren Sæbø is a freelance journalist based in Norway but with a special focus on Africa. She has gained several awards for her reporting from the continent in Norwegian media.  She holds a Masters degree in History from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa.



Anne Hege Simonsen, head of board. Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). Simonesen is a social anthropolgist and a former journalist and editor and holds a PHD in visual studies. She is author and co-author of several academic and non-fiction books. Her fields of interest are migration, transnationalism, minorities, walls/border, photography, foreign reporting and journalism education.


Steen Steensen, Head of the Department of journalism and media studies: in charge of all research and teaching activities at the department, as well as having administrative responsibilities. Research areas include journalism and digital/social media, theories of journalism, and reportage/literary journalism. Currently chairing the department’s research group on Digital journalism. Gives occasionally lectures on topics such as reportage/literary journalism, investigative journalism and research methodology.


Ann Helen Báy, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences. Research areas: Political science and organisational theory.





Kristin Skare Orgeret, Dr. Art, Professor of media and journalism studies. Specialises in studies of journalism in conflict and democratisation processes, gender, intercultural communication and foreign news. She has worked with media and journalism, teaching and research in many countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.



Amund Bakke Foss works for the foreign office in VG, with a strong focus on war and conflict. At the moment he writes mostly about the situation in Iraq and Syria. He has a master in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Oslo, and wrote about the opposition in Libya in 2011.


Atta Ansari investigative journalist and documentary director. Based in Oslo, working for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). He has worked and travelled widely in numbers of Muslim countries. He has covered both national and international issues for NRK since 1989. His latest TV documentaries include “My son the foreign Warrior” and “Prison of ISIS”. Ansari has many years of experience from news work as well. And he has been a contributor in the ongoing debate on how to practice enlightening and engaging journalism on minority problems.