Welcoming new members to the research team!

We are happy to welcome several new researchers to the SCAM research project (Source Criticism and Mediated Disinformation):

Rebekah Larsen is a media sociologist with a PhD from Cambridge University. She is also currently an affiliate researcher at the Centre for Governance and Human Rights at Cambridge University. She is joining the SCAM research project as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, OsloMet. Larsen researches and publishes around knowledge creation and journalism in the digital age. Her current research focuses on mapping misinformation around the US election in 2020, particularly how it moves differently in rural/urban and online/broadcast contexts.

Reidun Samuelsen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, OsloMet. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Oslo (UiO), a master’s in communication from Solvay, Brussels, and The Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian Defence University College. Samuelsen has extensive experience from the media sector, which includes 20 years in the newspaper Aftenposten as a journalist and editor. Her PhD project will focus on traditional media’s handling of disinformation in a security perspective.

Lasha Kavtaradze is a PhD candidate at Kristiania University College and the University of Bergen. Kavtaradze holds a master’s degree in Digital Media and Society from Uppsala University, and has experience in journalism, media research, and media criticism. He will be studying the use of digital technologies for information verification, automatization of fact-checking, and its impact on journalistic work.

Mathilde Aarvold Bakke is a research assistant, and will be working on transcribing interviews, coding the data material, and more. Bakke holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Oslo (UiO), and her main interests are in cultural and media sociology. She also works as a research assistant as part of The Domestic Violence Research Programme at Norwegian Social Research – NOVA, OsloMet, and at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (UiO).

We are wishing them all the best, and are very excited for them to become a part of the SCAM research team!