Rune Ottosen in the National Commission for UNESCO

JMIC staff member Rune Ottosen has been appointed as a member of the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO in the period 2017-2020 by the Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The new Commission has eight members from different academic and civil sectors. The composition of the Commission reflects the four disciplines UNESCO: education, science, culture and communication.

The National Commission’s mandate is to promote UNESCO’s ideas and make UNESCO known in the Norwegian society. Co-operation with other National Commissions and international actors is a priority for the Commission. Read more

Master candidates graduate in Norhed project

The first master candidates of the Norhed project “RUIICAY-HIOA Intercultural Communication Linkage” graduate this fall. The project is a university network collaboration aiming to increase institutional capacities on autonomous intercultural communication in education and research. The students learn how to address the challenges of indigenous people in Latin America from an intercultural or journalistic perspective, and how journalism and media can facilitate respectful dialogue between people and cultures.

The courses of the program circulate between Ecuador, Colombia, and Nicaragua, and the 21 master candidates represent all three countries.

Read more about this in HiOA’s newspaper Khrono (in Norwegian only).

Visitors from media in Angola

They are attending a course in human rights organized by International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) for the third time in Norway 21 – 25 November.

The delegation´s visit is part of a larger human rights project focusing on capacity building in international human rights standards and mechanisms. The theme of this course is journalism, freedom of expression, privacy, defamation, ethics and mechanisms for self-regulation and complaints.

The participants represents the Journalist´s Association, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Social Communication Ministry and civil society organizations in Angola, according to ILPI advisor Anja S. Østgård.

Member of The World Press Photo Contest 2017 Jury

JMIC staff member Jon Petter Evensen is appointed member of the jury forjon-petter The World Press Photo Contest 2017. Jon Petter Evensen will serve on the specialist jury for Short form in the Digital Storytelling Contest. The Digital Storytelling Contest reward «those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet».

The appointment is a great acknowledgement of both Jon Petter Evensen and the photojournalist education at HiOA. Read more about the competition and the juries.

Prizes to Norwegian students of photojournalism

Foto: Mads Høbye

Cicilie S. Andersen has won an Award of Excellence in the category Individual Multimedia Story or Essay – Standalone in the competition College Photographer of the year with a video about Maya – who is in China to do Kung Fu. See the film 

Cicilie was part of last year’s class of photojournalist students doing their final reportage work in China. Two other students also received awards in this competition for students of photography. See the winners list 

Christian Breidlid received a Bronze for his Multimedia Project – Small Team or Individual about Gaute who has worked as a prostitute since he was 12 years old. See the film

Anders Melchior received a Bronze for his Large Group Multimedia Project about Bruce Gold – the ultimate surf hippie. See the film

JMIC congratulates!


Teaching Journalism in War and Peace

Simon Cottle, Guy Berger and Rune Ottesen

The two days conference Best practice in teaching conflict, war and peace journalism opened Monday 7 November in Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Professor Rune Ottosen and Pro-Rector Nina Waaler welcomed the participants from countries such as Palestine, Kosovo, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Norway.

Simon Cottle, Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University lectured on From War Propaganda to Mediatized War and Peace: On Changing Research Paradigms and Implications for Pedagogy.

Guy Berger Director for UNESCO´s Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development presented UNESCO as a resource for teaching war and peace reporting.

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Kristin Skare Orgeret is awarded Communicator of the year

The jury pointed out that Orgeret is actively contributing to the public debate with a media perspective on political, social and cultural aspects of our contemporary society, both nationally and internationally and with special emphasis on a North-South perspective. She continuously contributes to draw attention to how gender is represented in media and thereby to keep the pressure on Norwegian editors to work for a more equal gender representation.

The jury underlined that Orgeret is making significant efforts to put important research issues on the national media agenda, and thus contributes to build bridges between research and the public sphere.

JMIC’s leader Elisabeth Eide was awarded the prize in 2008.

Conference for investigative journalists in Nepal

David Kaplan in Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and Namrata Sharma in Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) are wishing the participants welcome to Uncovering Asia, the second Asian investigative journalism conference, from 23 to 25 September in Kathmandu in Nepal. Around 350 journalists from 50 countries are present – for more information

Norwegian journalists shared experiences with Kenyan colleagues about transparency


Henry O. Maina, Regional Director in Article 19 Eastern Africa, teaching about the African Union.

Around 25 journalists were gathered in hotel Panafric in Nairobi 14 – 15 September to learn about access to information as a journalistic tool. Just two weeks before the Kenyan president had signed a new law on access to information – the 21st in Africa.

The Norwegian journalists Tarjei Leer-Salvesen and Vegard Venli shared their professional experiences from working with searchable public records and transparency in general. The workshop was a collaborative effort between the local office of Article 19 Eastern Africa, the Norwegian Press Association and the Norwegian Institute of Journalism.

It´s the second workshop in a pilot project, which aims to follow up the new Norwegian strategy on freedom of expression and the new sustainability goals of the United Nations, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first workshop was held in Tunisia in May, and a third is planned in Nepal in November.


Vegard Venli is telling about his experiences from the Norwegian paper Varingen.

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Report from the Nepal Africa Film Festival

The Norhed Network represented by Erik Adrian Eileng, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Helge Rønning participated, together with their partners from Nepal, Uganda and South Sudan, at the opening of the Nepal African Film Festival in Kathmandu on September 7. The Vice President of Nepal, representatives from NORAD as well as the Norwegian ambassador to Nepal were also present at the opening ceremony. During their stay in Kathmandu the Norhed team held their annual meeting with NORAD and a research seminar where two of the project’s PhD candidates also presented their work.

On Tuesday 13 of September, Professor Orgeret gave a 25 minutes live interview on Nepal national television about the Norhed project and the book Journalism in Conflict and Post Conflict Conditions (Nordicom 2016).