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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital News

University of Oxford - The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ)

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a., Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th December 2020
Closes: 18th January 2021
Job Ref: 148746

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ),  13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS

Grade 7: £32,817- £40,322 p.a.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher as part of a larger project aimed at the quantitative analysis of news audiences across a sample of more than forty countries, with a particular emphasis on digital media, news, and politics.

The post holder will take responsibility for and deliver on distinct parts of the Digital News Project, a larger project to advance our understanding of how journalism is changing in light of the rise of digital media and contribute insight to the news industry and the journalistic profession as well as rigorous academic analysis of substantially important questions concerning digital media and their implications. The purpose of the larger project is to develop a better understanding of media developments (and their implications), including the interplay between analogue and digital media and the relation between news provision and news consumption.

The position is an exceptional chance to be part of one of the largest international studies of journalism and news in the world. This is a full-time appointment fixed term and available from 1st August 2021 or as soon as possible until 31st August 2023.

We are particularly interested in a new colleague who can help us develop our understanding of audiences’ engagement with and perception of news and media. More specifically, how can data from the Digital News Report survey, additional quantitative data from other sources, and other quantitative research methods help us understand how people around the world engage with news and media, what their attitudes are towards journalism and digital technology, and what political, social, and other factors influence their news and media use? Specific research topics could include:

  • Trust in the news
  • News avoidance
  • New technology and news use
  • Participation and interaction with news
  • Platforms and news use
  • Misinformation, disinformation and the news
  • News, politics and polarization

The Research Fellow appointed will take responsibility for a particular area but also be part of the wider project team including the principal investigators, the project coordinator, a team of other Oxford-based researchers, as well as a wider network of outside partners from both the academy and the media industry, all as part of the larger project.

The successful candidate should hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion) or equivalent experience in a substantive area of political or other social science including journalism/media studies, communication, sociology, or data science. Experience in working with relevant quantitative methods, analysis and familiarity with the existing literature and work and excellent written, editing, along with verbal communication skills that demonstrate a potential to write and present at an international level are essential for this role. Knowledge of the literature and debate on trends in media use and news consumption around the world and a record of work on digital media and journalism would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday, 18th January 2021.  You will be required to upload a supporting statement (maximum 2 pages), a CV (maximum 2 pages) and a list of selected publications (maximum 1 page) as part of your online application.

Closing Date: 18-JAN-2021 12:00

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