27/06/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Latvia, Valmiera
    Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Description of the Hosting Institution (ViA – Latvia)

ViA is an internationally recognized regional higher education and research institution, taking the role of the intellectual leader of Vidzeme region in promoting growth of the country and region. ViA has two research institutes (Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research and Socio-technical Systems Engineering Institute) that transfer the research achievements of the institution to college, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students that have enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Sciences. ViA also has the Knowledge and Technology Centre, the aim of which is to transfer the intellectual potential, technologies and innovation output of ViA to the economy and provide access to lifelong learning in Vidzeme region.

ViA’s research strategy is in line with the challenges created by the transition to the knowledge society and globalization. The long-term goal of the research activities at ViA is to create and adapt new technologies for the next generation knowledge society. The medium-term goal is to foster the national and regional development of smart specialization areas and increase productivity by carrying out research with a great potential to address social and technological challenges. The common research direction of ViA is digital solutions for social challenges.

Project description

The ViA will host a postdoctoral student that is interested in researching the transformations in journalism. During the last decades, newsrooms across the world have seen profound changes. These are driven by the emergence of social media, which have allowed to participate in public communication many new actors that create and share content; the collapse of previous business models and subsequent economic struggles; as well as political and societal challenges, which prompt journalism to reassess its traditional professional and ethical standards and role in society. Many codes of ethics in journalism still highlight such norms as neutrality, objectivity, and balance. These have been critically discussed long before the current developments, and forms of journalism exist that object to them. However, the increasingly evident changes in mainstream journalism, too, invite a new look into the professional and ethical norms that inform the actual journalism practice, and the extent to which these diverge from the norms and ideals that can be seen in the discourses of journalism (that is, how journalists themselves and the public think about the profession). The prospective postdoctoral researcher is particularly encouraged to develop a comparative perspective, focusing on journalism in more than one country.

The postdoctoral researcher is invited to develop a research project examining these issues. The applicant will be supervised by Jānis Buholcs (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6538-5245), associate professor of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, who has an extensive research experience in media and communication research, including on the understanding of ethics among journalists.

Pre-application procedure

Interested applicants (PhD holders) should send their CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (350 words) to the ViA potential supervisor (janis.buholcs@va.lv) by the deadline of the hosting offer. Please, take into account that only candidates that meet the MSCA-FP application requirements (such as the so-called “mobility rule” or the maximum number of previous research experience) will be considered for proposal supervision.

Research field

Communication science, media studies and journalism

Required education level



Proficiency in social science research methods that correspond to the research theme. The applicant should have a good command of either qualitative methods (including interviews), or quantitative methods (surveys), or both. Furthermore, the applicant should be able to conduct qualitative (such as thematic analysis/open coding or discourse analysis) and/or quantitative data analysis (statistics), respectively.

Required languages

English level C1

Eligibility criteria

The applicant should have at least one publication in an international and reputable peer reviewed journal.