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Oscar Westlund

Oscar Westlund


Oscar Westlund (PhD) is Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University, where he leads the OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Group. He holds secondary appointments at Volda University College and University of Gothenburg. Westlund specializes in journalism, media management and news media consumption for proprietary news media platforms such as news sites and mobile applications, as well as with regards to social media platforms non-proprietary to the news media. Westlund is the Editor-in-Chief of Digital Journalism, and has also guest edited special issues for a handful other leading international journals. He currently leads a research project called the epistemologies if digital news production, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

Research groups

Research projects

  • The Epistemologies of Digital News Production

    The project studies journalists’ concrete judgments, handling of sources and data, and their overall knowledge-producing activities in distinct stages of the news production process that ultimately lead to news publishing.

  • The Source Criticism And Mediated Disinformation (SCAM)

    The SCAM project will identify the main challenges related to the ways in which technology and platforms affect the distribution of disinformation in public spheres and ways to detect and counter it.

Scientific publications

Eldridge II, Scott A.; Hess, Kristy; Tandoc JR, Edson; Westlund, Oscar (2021). Definitions of Digital Journalism (Studies). ISBN: 978-0-367-86007-3. 92 p. Routledge.

Tandoc, Edson C.; Jenkins, Joy; Thomas, Ryan J.; Westlund, Oscar (2020). Critical Incidents in Journalism. Pivotal Moments Reshaping Journalism Around the World. ISBN: 9781003019688. 282 p. Routledge.

Olsen, Ragnhild Kristine; Pickard, Victor; Westlund, Oscar (2020). Communal News Work: COVID-19 Calls for Collective Funding of Journalism. Digital Journalism . Vol. 8.

Ekstrom, Mats; Lewis, Seth; Waldenstrom, Amanda; Westlund, Oscar (2020). Commentary: Digitization, climate change, and the potential for online workshops. New Media & Society . Vol. 22.

Westlund, Oscar; Krumsvik, Arne H.; Lewis, Seth C. (2020). Competition, Change, and Coordination and Collaboration: Tracing news executives’ perceptions about participation in media innovation. Journalism Studies . Vol. 22.

Steensen, Steen; Westlund, Oscar (2020). What is Digital Journalism Studies?. ISBN: 9780429259555. 136 p. Routledge.

Westlund, Oscar; Ekström, Mats (2020). News organizations and routines. Wahl-Jørgensen, Karin; Hanitzsch, Thomas (Ed.). Handbook of Journalism Studies, 2. ed. 5. p. 73-89. Routledge.

Eldridge II, Scott A.; Hess, Kristy; Tandoc, Edson C.; Westlund, Oscar (2019). Navigating the Scholarly Terrain: Introducing the Digital Journalism Studies Compass. Digital Journalism . Vol. 7.

Ekström, Mats; Westlund, Oscar (2019). The Dislocation of News Journalism: A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Epistemologies of Digital Journalism. Media and Communication . Vol. 7.

Chua, Sherwin; Westlund, Oscar (2019). Audience-Centric Engagement, Collaboration Culture and Platform Counterbalancing: A Longitudinal Study of Ongoing Sensemaking of Emerging Technologies. Media and Communication . Vol. 7.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete