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Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk

Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk


Ihlebæk is professor in journalism at OsloMet where she is part of the Digital Journalism Research Group. Ihlebæk is affiliated with C-REX and POLKOM at the University of Oslo. She has previously worked at the University of Oslo and the Ministry of Culture, and has had part-time positions at NTNU and the Institute for Social Research. Her research interests include journalism, alternative media, participation, platform power and media policy.

Ihlebæk has twice won prices for best academic journal article: 'Challenging Journalistic Authority' published in Journalism Studies (with Tine Ustad Figenschou, OsloMet) and 'Journalism, Solidarity and the Civil Sphere. The Case of Charlie Hebdo' published in European Journal of Communication (with Maria Luengo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). She has been the editor of Norsk medietidsskrift together with Bente Kalsnes, and is currently an editorial member of Journalistica.

Ihlebæk is co-leading the research project 'Far-Right Politics Online and Societal Resilience' together with Kari Steen-Johnsen. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. She also involved in the NORDFORSK-reseach project 'PastForward. The political uses of the past in digital discourses about Nordic futures', led by the University of Copenhagen.

Ihlebæk is part of the EU Cost Action network 'Redressing Radical Polarisation: Strengthening European Civil Spheres facing Illiberal Digital Media'. She leads the working group 'Designing practical tools to counter, redress and prevent radical polarisation'. For more information:

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Steensen, Steen ; Figenschou, Tine Ustad ; Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea (2023). Playing the Mainstream Game. A Language-Game Analysis of “Mainstream” as a Possible Boundary Object in Journalism Studies. 18 p. Digital Journalism. Vol. 11.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Figenschou, Tine Ustad (2023). Journalism as a Strategic Action Field: How to Study Contestations and Power Dynamics between Professional Journalism and Its Challengers. Digital Journalism.

Frischlich, Lena; Eldridge, Scott; Figenschou, Tine Ustad ; Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Holt, Kristoffer; Cushion, Stephen (2023). Contesting the Mainstream: Towards an Audience-Centered Agenda of Alternative News Research. Digital Journalism. Vol. 11.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Figenschou, Tine Ustad (2022). Knock, knock! Right-wing alternative media is at the door. Institutional boundary work in a hybrid media environment. Ferrucci, Patrick; Elddridge II, Scott A. (Ed.). The Institutions Changing Journalism. Barbarians Inside the Gate. p. 15-31. Routledge.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Figenschou, Tine Ustad (2022). Innenfor eller utenfor? Høyrevridde alternative medier og forhandling om grenser i den journalistiske institusjonen. 18 p. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning. Vol. 63.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Figenschou, Tine Ustad ; Eldridge, Scott; Frischlich, Lena; Cushion, Stephen; Holt, Kristoffer (2022). Understanding Alternative News Media and Its Contribution to Diversity. 15 p. Digital Journalism. Vol. 10.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Sundet, Vilde Schanke (2021). Global platforms and asymmetrical power: Industry dynamics and opportunities for policy change. New Media & Society.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Holter, Carina Riborg (2021). Hostile emotions: An exploratory study of far-right online commenters and their emotional connection to traditional and alternative news media. 16 p. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism. Vol. 22.

Haanshuus, Birgitte P.; Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea (2021). Recontextualising the news: How antisemitic discourses are constructed in extreme far-right alternative media. Nordicom Review. Vol. 42.

Ihlebæk, Karoline Andrea ; Nygaard, Silje (2021). Right-wing alternative media in the Scandinavian political communication landscape. Skogerbø, Eli; Ihlen, Øyvind; Kristensen, Nete Nørgaard; Nord, Lars W. (Ed.). Power, communication, and politics in the Nordic countries. p. 263-282. Nordicom.

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