Symposium on Media, Professions and Society


Professional and Peripheral News Workers and the Shifting Importance of Platforms

Inaugural symposium on Media, Professions and Society in Volda, Norway, June 17-20, 2019

Keynote speakers: 

Laura Alva   Laura Ahva (University of Tampere): Five things we should learn from the messiness of participation: Participatory journalism through the eyes of the participants


Mark Deuze   Mark Deuze (University of Amsterdam): What does it take to "Make It Work" in the media industries?


Edson Tandoc Jr  

Edson Tandoc Jr. (Nanyang Technological University): The gates are now open: How the changing relationship between journalists and their audiences have created spaces for fake news


Inspirational talk thematic issue panel:

Valerie   Avery   Valerie Belair-Gagnon (University of Minnesota) and Avery Holton (University of Utah): The Old Regime and the Rise of the Peripheral Actor: Journalism’s New Horizons


Scientific chair: 

Oscar Westlund   Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan University, Volda University College, and University of Gothenburg

We invite you to submit your original and innovative research paper for a symposium that will take place in the heart of Norwegian nature. This symposium will focus on facilitating constructive discussions on research-in-progress. Participants will give short presentations that spark lengthier discussions in the panel sessions, and throughout a symposium programme marked by social networking. The number of symposium presenters will deliberatively be limited to 30-35 participants, with the intention of creating an arena for symposium participants to get to know each other and ongoing research better. Group discussions and time for personal networking and reflection, with exceptional scenery, will be interwoven into the symposium programme. 
All presenters will receive constructive feedback from at least two of the members of the symposium scientific panel, consisting of the three keynote speakers alongside the guest editors of a thematic issue of Media and Communication, developed in close connection to this symposium. The thematic issue is titled “Peripheral Actors in Journalism: Agents of Change in Journalism Culture and Practice” and is being guest edited by Avery Holton, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Oscar Westlund. 
Date: June 17-20, 2019, 
Place: Volda and Olden, Norway
Organizer: Volda University College
Contact: Paul Bjerke (

* Deadline for extended abstracts: Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
* Notification on submitted abstracts (following peer-review): Tuesday March 11, 2019.
* Deadline submission full paper (5000-7000 words): Monday June 3, 2019.

Conference fee:

3800 NOK (including lunch Tuesday - Thursday and dinner Monday - Wednesday), bus transport and gondola trip.

Hotel accomodation:

3000 NOK (breakfast included), three nights Monday - Thursday

Volda – a centre of education for over 150 years

Volda is a municipality in Sunnmøre in the county of Møre og Romsdal. It borders on Ørsta to the north, on Hornindal and Eid to the south and in the west to Vanylven. West of the opening of the Voldsfjord lie the municipalities of Herøy and Ulstein, which you can reach by driving through the undersea Eiksund tunnel. The municipality had roughly 9000 inhabitants, of whom over 6000 live in the municipal centre Volda, while the remainder dwell in surrounding villages and hamlets.

The centre of Volda developed from a tiny hamlet on the shores of the fjord round the farm called Halkjelsvik. Until 1883 Ørsta was part of Volda, then becoming a separate municipality. Towards the end of the 19th century a number of key functions in society were located in Volda, and much of the honour for the growth of Volda belongs to its schools. It is well known as a centre of education and as early as 1861 a teacher training college was founded in this small rural community. Volda was also chosen as the site for one of the frst three district colleges (DH) to be established in Norway. In 1994 the TT college and the DH were merged to form Volda University College.

In addition to the university college, Volda's main public employer is the local hospital. The small town is strongly connected with the high-tech industry and the marine and maritime cluster in the region. Volda is also well known for its cultural and sporting activities, as well as the wonderful fjords and mountains surrounding it.

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