Journalism education in the Nordic countries from a comparative perspective

The Nordic countries Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland have similar societal models and educational systems. This means that the ways how journalism education has been adopted to the educational system in these countries are relatively similar. However, there are also significant differences in the approaches, even if the ‘Nordic model of journalism education’, similar to the ‘Nordic welfare model’ and the ‘Nordic media system’, is often discussed as one monolithic group.

This thematic entity of research focuses on the characteristics of the structures and pedagogies in the Nordic higher education system. First, it is interested in the characteristics of journalism education in each Nordic country and how the Nordic journalism education models differ from each other. Second, the research focuses on Finland that was the first Nordic country to start the academic education of journalists.

Time period: 2016–2019
Financed by: Nordplus, Nordicom, University of Tampere
Persons: Maarit Jaakkola (PI), Panu Uotila (PhD Student)


Jaakkola, M. (2019). The boundaries of belonging: Journalist interns’ workplace learning experiences across communities of practice. Journalism Education 8:1, 28–40.

Jaakkola, M. (2019). Finland: Two academic paths into journalism – the dual model of journalism education. In: Nowak, E. (ed.) Accreditation and assessment of journalism education in Europe. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 13–32.

Jaakkola, M. & Uotila, P. (2019). The literary construction of journalism education: A review of course literature in Nordic academic Bachelor’s programmes. Journalism Practice, published online 22 March 2019. 

Jaakkola, M. (2019). The heterogeneity of the Nordic journalism education: The ’academic’ and the ’professional’ in the Bachelor’s curricula. The Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies 8:1, 3–24.

Jaakkola, M. (2017). S(t)imulating journalism in the classroom: A structured comparison of the design of the pedagogical newsrooms in the Nordic academic journalism training. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator 73:2, 182–199.

Jaakkola, M. & Eliasson, E. (2016). More mobile, more flexible: Students’ device ownership and cross-medial news consumption, and their pedagogical implications. In: Hovden, J.F. & Nygren, G. (eds.) Becoming a journalist: Journalism education in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg: Nordicom, 157–172.

Zilliacus-Tikkanen, H. & Hujanen, J. & Jaakkola, M. (2016). Stable professional ideals, growing criticism towards journalistic practice: Finnish journalism students’ perceptions about the profession.” In: Hovden, J.F. & Nygren, G. (eds.) Becoming a journalist: Journalism education in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg: Nordicom, 127–141.

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