Professor, Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo, USA
Born in Sandnessjøen, Norway, in 1946. Matriculation exam,Trondheim Katedralskole, 1965. Studies at Oslo University 1967-74, ending with a Magistergrad in sociology. Topic of dissertation: Class relations and serious sickness. Supporting subjects for the degree: Social economy and social medicin. Research Assistant at the Institute for applied social research 1971-73. Research fellow in sociology 1975-76. Dr. polit. in media studies at Bergen University 1997. Media researcher at the Institute of Journalism, Fredrikstad, Norway 1995-2003. Professor of journalism studies at Oslo University, Department of Media and Communication from 2003. Professor (II) in journalism studies at Volda University College, Norway, 2007-2009. Guest professor at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK), Stockholm University from 2008.
News analysis, international journalism, news production studies, digital journalism, content and frame analysis in journalism studies, political communication, the relations between public relations and journalism, the political economy of the news media and the freedom of speech.