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15 PhD Positions for Digital and Data Journalism

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JOLT, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) European Training
Network aimed at harnessing digital and data technologies for journalism,
JOLT is recruiting 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to advance new
theoretical insights, technical advancements, and best-practice
guidelines for digital and data journalism.
In addition to completing a PhD, the researchers will receive specialised
training to advance future
careers in academia and industry, produce research publications under
the guidance of their supervisors, undertake work experience in
different environments, and establish an excellent network of contacts
across the academic, industry, and non-profit sectors
The 15 PhD research projects will be supervised by leading experts in
the fields of journalism and communication studies, data science,
computer engineering, and social science. A more detailed description of
each project is available in the accompanying advertisements.
1. Algorithms and News will investigate computer assisted reporting in
terms of consumer trust, transparency, and the ownership of algorithms.
Host: Dublin City University, Ireland.
2. Storytelling Innovation will investigate the technical advancement of
storytelling technologies, such as 360 video and virtual reality, for
legacy print media organisations.  Host: The Irish Times, Ireland (PhD
Enrolment: Dublin City University).
3. Data Journalism will investigate the integration of data journalism
into newsroom practices and the implications for the socio-political
roles of journalism.  Host: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
4. Visualising Topic Threads in News Data will investigate new
techniques for multimodal topic thread discovery and visualization in
large data sets. Host: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
5. Adaptive Content Delivery will investigate delivery of multiple
interrelated multimedia content streams and high bitrate content using
data analytics. Host: British Broadcasting Corporation, UK (PhD
Enrolment: Dublin City University).
6. Production of New Content Forms will investigate low complexity
methodologies for processing new content including classification and
impact on video coding. Host: British Broadcasting Corporation, UK (PhD
Enrolment: Dublin City University).
7. Mining Online Multimedia Data will investigate new data analysis
techniques for finding relations, groups, and patterns in multimedia
data. Host: European Journalism Centre, Netherlands. (PhD Enrolment:
University of Amsterdam)
8. Impact of Infomediaries and Platforms on Journalism will investigate
the relationship between journalism and infomediary platforms such as
Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Host: University of Toulouse III, France.
9. Branding Data Journalism will investigate the strategic value of data
journalism, including data journalism collaborations, for individual
legacy newspapers. Host: University of Navarra, Spain.
10. Globalised Online News will investigate the globalisation of news
provision beyond traditional geographic boundaries. Host: University of
Navarra, Spain.
11. Audience Analytics will investigate improved techniques for
measuring performance and a critical understanding of how newsrooms can
integrate data-driven decision making. Host: Samsa.fr, France (PhD
Enrolment: University of Toulouse III).
12. Politics and Ethics of User-Generated Content in Journalism will
investigate a critical understanding of how newsrooms integrate
user-generated content into newsgathering. Host: University of Toulouse
III, France.
13. Political Economy of Digital Journalism will investigate a critical
taxonomy of the new actors and new forms of journalism and the impact on
Host: Dublin City University, Ireland.
14. Journalism, Security, and Surveillance will investigate
best-practice policy recommendations for journalistic security and media
freedom. Host: Dublin City University, Ireland
15. New Journalism Publics will investigate how digital media trigger
new consumption practices, including the circumstances that contribute
to the sharing of fake news. Host: Dublin City University, Ireland
A more detailed description of each project is available
: All applicants should ensure and demonstrate compliance with the Marie
Skłodowska-Curie rules: (1) Applicants may be of any nationality, but
must not have resided in or carried out their main activity (work or
study) in the host country for more than 12 of the 36 months prior to
recruitment. This condition excludes short stays such as holidays. (2)
Applicants must have less than four years research experience (full-time
equivalent) and must not have obtained a PhD. Registration on taught
programmes such as undergraduate degrees or taught Masters degrees do
not count as research experience. (3) Applicants must be willing to
travel for two secondments or work-placements (where each is
approximately 4 weeks in duration).
: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and
attractive salary and working conditions. These include a living
allowance/salary (see individual advertisements for details), a mobility
allowance (€7,200 gross per annum), and a family allowance if applicable
(€6,000 gross per annum). Expenses such as registration fees and
training are covered by the JOLT network. Researchers will be funded for
three years.
: Please complete the online application form
and submit the following documents compiled in the following order into
a single PDF file:  Research Proposal outlining your understanding of
the topic, proposed theoretical approach, methodology, field for
empirical research, and potential significance/contribution to existing
state of the art (max. 2000 words); Curriculum Vitae (including two
referees’ contact details); Certificates/Transcripts of Degree and/or
Master degree.
17 May 2018
​. Selected candidates will be invited for interview within one month.
Interviews may be conducted in person or electronically.
FuJo: Institute for Future Media and Journalism
Dublin City University

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