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!


War and peace

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

Press freedom

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).


Press freedom

Ethical Journalism Network comments the row between Aftenposten and Facebook

Ethical Journalism Network’s Director Aidan White comments the row between Aftenposten and Facebook over the  censorship of one of the most famous images from the Vietnam war. Read the full article about lessons to be learnt from the Facebook fiasco.



From rector Curt Rice

“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”


Nordic Feminism – Past and Future

Saturday 27 August Elisabeth Eide held a keynote at a Nordic «Future of feminisms» conference in Copenhagen. She presented the experiences from a conference newspaper which appeared daily at the very first Nordic women’s conference in 1988 – and tried to see commonalities and changes in gender politics and journalism.

The presentation is available here.