“Tourist in Utopia”-welcome to book-launch the 22end of August!


How could thousands of revolutionary Norwegians support and admire Enver Hoxha´s regime -a brutal dicatorship where political opponents were imprisoned and executed?


Call for papers -safety of journalists covering conflict and sensitive issues

The conference will take place in Oslo on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017 in connection with UNESCO’sInternational Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists at Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway. Abstracts of maximum 250 words should be sent to safetyofjournalists@hioa.no  before August, the 10th, 2017.


This year´s rig on press freedom completed

HiOA’s first year journalism students have just finished this year´s online Rig on press freedom.The Rig is a multimedia workshop, created and carried out by MEKK members Elsebeth Frey and Solveig Steien, where students produce online stories about the current state of press freedom in different countries around the world. This year they examined Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Colombia, USA and Poland.


Don´t miss out on unique collaborative research from Latin America!

Welcome to conference: Collaborative Research, Experiences from Latin America. Part of a series of events to wrap up the RCN-funded project ‘Extracting Justice?’

Location: Pilestredet 46. Room PA113 Athene

Date: Tuesday 22. of June, 2017

Time: 09.00 – 13.00


Since the heyday of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and the “pedagogy of the oppressed” until today, Latin American academics and intellectual-activists have produced a panoply of politicized collaborative research methods that is perhaps unparalleled in the world. This conference presents some of these unique contributions.

Head of MEKK, Roy Krøvel has played a major role in organizing and presenting the conference, where as MEKK-member Anne Hege Simonsen will participate as moderator.


Journalistic challenges and practices when using Social Media

Photo by: Benjamin Ward

Associated Professor and MEKK member, Elsebeth Frey has contributed as coauthor to the article “Crises, Rumours and Reposts: Journalists’ Social Media Content Gathering and Verification Practices in Breaking News Situations.”

The article explores central journalistic challenges and emerging practices related to using social media (SoMe) for collecting and validating newsworthy content; and investigates how practices may contribute to a user-friendly design of a web-based SoMe content validation toolset.


Journalism and matters of fact in the post-truth era

Professor Kristin Orgeret, head of MEKK Photo: Sonja Balci

Professor and head of MEKK, Kristin Skare Orgeret gave the introduction speech at PRIO´s (Peace Research Institute of Oslo) research seminar on risk communication in Oslo 18 May 2018.

The topic was communicating risk and threat in the age of fake news and information overload, and Orgeret spoke about Journalism and matters of fact, cyber attacks and digital vulnerability.


Was the threat of terror in 2014 exaggerated?

From the left: Rune Ottosen, Walid al-Saqaf and Stig A. Nohrstedt at the conference: “Journalism in a world of terrorism,” May, 2017, Kalmar, Sweden.

In the summer of 2014, police chief executive in Norway, Odd Reidar Humlegård, held a press conference where he announced that Norway was under a specific threat from terrorist. Armed police were seen patrolling the streets, and Norwegian border control was strengthened. A week later, the terrorist threat was called off. Nothing had taken place. Was the terror alert without a cause? asks Rune Ottosen, member of MEKK, and professor in journalism.


The importance of protecting journalism

ResearchPeople who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism are constant targets of violence and threats. In an era of globalization and digitization, no single party can carry the responsibility for protection of journalism ad freedom of expression alone. Instead, this responsibility must be assumed jointly by the state, the courts, media companies and journalist organizations, as well as by NGOs and civil society – on national as well as global levels.


Global celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta

Photo: Marte Høiby

PhD candidate and MEKK member, Marte Høiby, participated at the global celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta. The event was organized in cooperation between UNESCO, the government of Indonesia and the Indonesian Press Council. Marte joined two workshops, one on Human Rights and Safety of Journalists, and another one on Fact-checking & Social Verification, arranged by Google. She also represented MEKK research group at the special academic session, a research conference held alongside UNESCO’s observance of World Press Freedom Day.


The meaning of global citizenship in countries of transition

Elisabeth Eide giving speech on Global Citizenship

Professor and MEKK member Elisabeth Eide, recently gave the lecture «Global  citizenship» at the European Council Association of Schools of Political Studies. The large conference, gathering many people from Russia and other Eastern European countries, was vibrant with lively discussions and intriguing questions.