Yael de Haan is professor of the research group Quality Journalism in Digital Transition at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and professor by special appointment of Local Public Broadcasting at the University of Groningen. She leads a research group that investigates the role of journalism in people's lives and society. Insight into the public and society offers perspectives and lines of action for the journalistic profession. Technological developments are inextricably linked to this. The underlying issue revolves around trust: trust in journalism, in each other, in society and in technology. Research projects address the role of AI in journalism, changing news consumption of diverse audiences, and the role of ethics in changing journalism.
Yael regularly publishes in individual scientific journals, including The European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies and Media, Culture & Society. In addition, she is regularly invited to give lectures to various target groups in journalism, education, and academia in the Netherlands and abroad. Yael is closely associated with the School of Journalism in Utrecht. She was project leader for setting up a new curriculum and is currently involved in making the study program future-proof.
Yael was a member of the Press Council from 2011-2019. Since 2021 she has been a board member of the Dutch Journalism Fund. She is also a member of the Ethics Council for the project ‘Oorlog voor de Rechter’ (War for Justice) and vice-chair of the Journalism Studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association.
Within University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Yael is a member of the Research Ethics Committee and a member of the PhD Committee. She obtained her PhD in 2012 at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, by conducting qualitative ethnographic research into how the media deal with criticism of their functioning.
Fields of expertise
- Ethics in journalism and transparency
- Local Journalism
- News Consumption in a digital context
- Feeling the News? The Differential Effects of ImmersiveJournalism on Emotional Response
- Avoiding the news to participate in society? The longitudinal relationship between news avoidance and civic engagement
- Invisible Friend or Foe? How Journalists Use and PerceiveAlgorithmic-Driven Tools in Their Research Process