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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 co- leads the OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Group. He holds secondary appointment at University of Gothenburg. Westlund specializes in digital journalism, fact-checking, platforms, media management, news consumption, and mobile media. Westlund is the Editor-in-Chief of Digital Journalism, and has also guest edited special issues for numerous other leading international journals. He is currently involved in several research projects focusing on misinformation.

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

Steensen, Steen; Kalsnes, Bente; Westlund, Oscar (2023). The limits of live fact-checking: Epistemological consequences of introducing a breaking news logic to political fact-checkin. New Media & Society .

Ramsälv, Amanda; Ekstrom, Mats; Westlund, Oscar (2023). The epistemologies of data journalism. 18 p. New Media & Society .

Chua, Sherwin; Westlund, Oscar (2022). Platform Configuration: A Longitudinal Study and Conceptualization of a Legacy News Publisher’s Platform-Related Innovation Practices. Online Media and Global Communication. Vol. 1.

Shin, Don; Hameleers, Michael; Park, Yong Yin; Jeong nam, kim; Triell, Daniel; Diakopolous, Nicholas; Helberger, Natali; Lewis, Seth C.; Westlund, Oscar; Baumann, Sabine (2022). Countering Algorithmic Bias and Disinformation and Effectively Harnessing the Power of AI in Media. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly . Vol. 99.

Westlund, Oscar; Larsen, Rebekah; Graves, Lucas; Kavtaradze, Lasha; Steensen, Steen (2022). Technologies and Fact-Checking. A Sociotechnical Mapping. Correia, Joao Carlos; Jeronimo, Pedro; Amaral, Inês (Ed.). Disinformations Studies: Perspectives from An Emerging Field. Chapter 7. p. 193-236.

Steensen, Steen; Belair-Gagnon, Valerie; Graves, Lucas; Kalsnes, Bente; Westlund, Oscar (2022). Journalism and Source Criticism. Revised Approaches to Assessing Truth-Claims. Journalism Studies . Vol. 23.

Westlund, Oscar; Krøvel, Roy; Orgeret, Kristin (2022). Newsafety: Infrastructures, Practices and Consequences. Journalism Practice . Vol. 16.

Ekström, Mats; Ramsälv, Amanda; Westlund, Oscar (2021). Data-driven news work culture: Reconciling tensions in epistemic values and practices of news journalism. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism .

Westlund, Oscar; Ekström, Mats (2021). Critical Moments of Coordination in Newswork. Journalism Practice . Vol. 15.

Westlund, Oscar; Hermida, Alfred (2021). Data Journalism and Misinformation. Tumber, Howard; Waisbord, Silvio (Ed.). The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism. 13. p. 142-150. Routledge.

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