PhD in Journalism Studies “The Datafied News Industry (DANI)

The Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University, invites applications for a PhD scholarship from February 1, 2024. The position as PhD is a three-years full-time position. The purpose of the position is to study the effect of data on journalistic practice and output.

Department of Communication and Arts
Your daily workplace will be Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University. DCA covers RUC’s Communication programs (Communication, Journalism, and Performance Design) and Art programs (Danish, Philosophy, History, and Cultural Encounters).

We conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research in the intersection between Communication, Cultural Studies, Social Science, and Humanities, and offer an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method, and area of study in research and education. Our research is characterized by double impact, i.e. by the highest academic quality, and by a direct interaction with public, private and civil actors in the society. We have strong research networks and partnerships with local, regional, national, and international partners with the goal of ensuring the highest quality in all our research-based activities.

Description of the PhD project
The PhD project is linked to the research project “The Datafied News Industry” (DANI), which is funded by the Velux Foundation and runs 2024-2027 ( The project is located at the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University, where it is associated with the Journalism and Democracy research group, the Center for News Research, and the Digital Media Lab. The project is a core group of five researchers, each of whom work on integrated subprojects, so the successful applicant will work closely together with project leader Associate Professor Aske Kammer, an international visiting professor, and two postdoc researchers.

The DANI project explores how the news industry collects, understands, and uses data as a strategic resource across different organizational and institutional spaces or contexts (newsrooms, development departments, sales and marketing, management, and in relation to external actors). The main empirical focus is on the Danish news industry, but other countries may be included for comparative reasons (dependent on the successful applicant’s own research interests).

The PhD student will contribute to the DANI project by exploring specifically the effect of data (typically in the form of audience metrics) on journalistic practice and output. The successful applicant will use qualitative and quantitative methods to research both how journalists understand and use such data, and the ways in which the content they create is influenced by the availability of data. A longitudinal perspective that spans different news organizations is strongly encouraged.

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at The Doctoral School of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University. The Doctoral School for Communication and Arts (ARTS-PHD) offers a doctoral programme in Communication and Arts in an active, dynamic and cross-disciplinary research environment.

The PhD program in Communication and Arts offers a number of activities from international PhD courses and master classes with researchers from around the world to writing retreats, frequent work-in-progress seminars as well as informal activities. We expect you to be actively involved in all PhD activities and that you will contribute to a dynamic and inspiring PhD environment.

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Applicants must hold a master degree within journalism, media and communication studies, sociology, or an adjacent field in the humanities, social sciences, or data sciences.

The candidate is expected to demonstrate:

  • A background in one or more of the following fields: journalism, media and communication studies, sociology, and data science.
  • Experience with or interest in working with both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Good collaborative skills.
  • Good command of Danish or English is necessary. Good command of Danish is considered an asset.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Be an active collaborative partner in the DANI project.
  • Conduct and complete an independent research project within the framework of the DANI project. The project must result in a PhD dissertation.
  • Be enterprising and possess good communication skills.
  • Publish independently and in collaboration with the PI and/or other members of the group.
  • Plan and contribute to paper presentations and panels at relevant international conferences.
  • Plan and participate in research seminars and network meetings.
  • Participate in PhD courses throughout the period of employment and undertake teaching/supervision tasks.
  • Participate actively in the Journalism and Democracy research group.
  • Be an active and present colleague in the Department of Communication and Arts.

In the assessment of candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Original research idea and research prospective (including an individual research plan based in the existing project to be submitted with the application). The candidates are expected to independently outline how they plan to undertake the research (within the framework of the broader DANI project).
  • The ability to collaborate closely with research partners.
  • The academic requirements stated in the job advertisement

Find guidelines for PhD applications here:

For further information about the position or to obtain a full academic description of the project, please contact project leader, Associate Professor Aske Kammer on

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, 37 hours per week, and refers to Dean Ida Willig,

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. 

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 

4. Your description of the PhD project 

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 

Please submit your application no later than 20. October 2023. 

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.