Laura Ahva, D.S.Sc.

Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication (COMET) · Tampere University, Finland — Associate Professor

Research Areas

  • Journalism
  • Media Audiences
  • Media Theory

Ongoing Projects

Highlighted publications

Steensen, Steen & Ahva, Laura (eds.). (2017). Theories of Journalism in a Digital Age. Abingon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Loosen Wiebke, Ahva Laura, Reimer Julius, Solbach Paul, Deuze Mark, Matzat Lorenz. (2022). ‘X Journalism’.Exploring journalism’s diverse meanings through the names we give it. Journalism 23(1): 39-58.

Ahva, Laura (2017). How is Participation Practiced by “In-betweeners” of Journalism? Journalism Practice 11: 2–3, 142–159.


I am one of the founders and organizers of an online forum intended for Nordic (and other) researchers, students and journalists: The Nordic Forum for Social Responsibility in Journalism: Please, join us for online talks and discussions.

The themes I have been interested in, throughout my research career are: (1) the democratic and constructive role of journalism in society, (2), the relationship between journalists and the audience, (3) journalistic work practices, and how to improve them, (4) participation in the media: why and how people use the media so that they sometimes want to take part in producing it, and (5) the changing nature of journalism, and how to theorize it.