Pushing the boundaries of journalism

Journalism studio

What is journalism and who are journalists? We have joined forces with the University of Groningen and the creative industry to launch a network of journalists and media makers. We are studying how they work and how they create narratives.


In this research project, we study journalism. What do we understand by journalism today and how do story tellers define their role as journalists? When are you still a journalist and when are you not a journalist any more? Is there a dividing line between the two?


This research is ongoing. Once completed, the research results will be summarised here.


01 October 2017 - 01 November 2019


Working with VersPers and A-lab, two partners from professional practice, we are using field research to investigate what journalism is and who is able to engage in it.

We are organising different forms of public participation and working with people from outside the field of journalism. For example, in June 2018, we organised a research event at A-lab in which journalists and other creatives participated in various creative input sessions. We also ensured the achievement of co-creation with artists in relation to various research questions and organised speed dating sessions with creators from A-lab for the last phase of the research.

The focus for this research also extends to the question of where journalism is taking place in a changing media landscape. We use visual research methods to answer this question. For example, we use the photovoice research method, in which respondents use a camera to record their surroundings.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Yael de Haan | Professor | Quality Journalism in Digital Transition
    Yael de Haan
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Quality Journalism in Digital Transition

Collaboration with knowledge partners

We are collaborating with the University of Groningen, the VersPers journalism platform and the A-lab external linkcreative hotbed in Amsterdam.

Would you like to collaborate or do you have any questions?

Yael de Haan | Professor | Quality Journalism in Digital Transition

Yael de Haan

  • Professor
  • Research group: Quality Journalism in Digital Transition