Oxford University job ad: Research Fellow in Qualitative Audience Research (UK)

Research Fellow (Qualitative Audience Research)

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.

University of Oxford job ad: Research Fellow in Media Use (UK)

Research Fellow (Media use analysis)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a researcher to work for six months on a project aimed at analysing media use, with a particular emphasis on digital media, news, and politics, in a sample of six countries in the Asia Pacific region (Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia).

The purpose of the project is to develop a better understanding of media use in these countries, including the interplay between analogue and digital media and relation between news provision and news consumption, and how these countries compare to other high income countries in Western Europe and North America.

It will involve a combination of survey research and desk-based research, examining both similarities and differences across the six case countries. The project builds on our ongoing, annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report and is based on survey data that will be collected in January/February 2016 in collaboration with YouGov.

The outputs from the project will be:
• A report that provides an overview over the most important kinds of media use across the six countries, contextualized with reference to each country’s media system, to be published in the early Autumn of 2016;
• A series of presentations of the data and main points of the analysis for interested stakeholders including news media organizations, policymakers, and non-profits; and
• One or more academic publications building on the data and providing more in-depth analysis of particularly important and interesting aspects of the material collected.

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 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 121545.
Closing date for applications is Monday noon (UK time) 25th January 2016.
Applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.
Applications must be made through the university website.