The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a researcher to work for one year as part of a larger project aimed at analysing media developments in a sample of more than twenty European countries, with a particular emphasis on digital media, news, and politics.
The purpose of the larger project is to develop a better understanding of media developments in these countries (and their implications), including the interplay between analogue and digital media and the relation between news provision and news consumption. The project output includes both academic publications and publications oriented primarily at media industry professionals, practicing journalists, and policy-maker audiences.
The person appointed to this one-year position will primarily be working with RISJ Director of Research, Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, on a specific piece of qualitative research using interviews and other methods to understand why a significant minority of people—about 7% in the UK— largely seem to avoid news even as they are surrounded by an abundance of easily available content and by media organizations that actively seek their attention. The work will be part of the wider project, which expands our ongoing, annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report. The role is specifically tied to the issue of news avoidance but will also include working with 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 as part of the larger project. The position is an exceptional chance to be part of one of the largest international studies of news media use in the world.
This post is based on fixed-term full-time contract terms at the Reuters Institute, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, and is available immediately.
The successful candidate will be able to undertake advanced survey research and qualitative analysis and have attained a PhD/DPhil or equivalent experience in a substantive area of political or other social science including journalism/media studies, or be near completion of doctoral research. Candidates will also require excellent editing and communication skills (verbal and written) to demonstrate a potential to write at an international level.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online, quoting reference 121546.
Closing date for applications is noon (UK time) Monday 25th January 2016. Applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.
Applications must be made through the university website.