Ester Appelgren, Södertörn University (Huddinge, Sweden)

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Ester Appelgren is a senior lecturer at the department of Journalism, Södertörn University. She is currently the head of department for the Journalism division and the Economics division at Södertörn University. Ester has a Ph.D in Media Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and her research interests are focused on two separate areas: Data journalism and Digital integrity.


The Visiting Researcher Project consists of a comparative study of the emerging forms of data journalism practices in Spain and Sweden from the perspective of how they were initiated, how they may strengthen or weaken current journalism practice and in particular how journalism skills are converging with skills traditionally assigned to developers or user experience professionals. This intersection may challenge our understanding of the set of skills a journalist may need and the boundaries for the tasks journalists perform. The convergence concept is the theoretical starting point for this project and during a two-month period semi-structured interviews will be carried out at Spanish newsrooms with data journalists and developers or designers involved in data journalism projects. The study will be repeated in Sweden.

Period of stay
January  2017 – March 2017

Prof. Ramón Salaverría

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