Postdoctoral researcher in Communication Science / Journalism / Media Studies
For the project Profiling and targeting news readers - implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy the Institute for Information Law (IViR) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.
The postdoctoral researcher will be charged with performing qualitative empirical work (participant observation, semi-structured interviews, small scale surveys) on the adoption of algorithms and Big Data in newsrooms, and on the evolution of algorithmic journalistic practices and ethics. The research will be part of a European ERC project 'Profiling and targeting news readers - implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy (PersoNews)'. The overall goal of the project is to explore how algorithmic profiling and targeting affects the daily routine of the media, the relationship between media users and the media, and the emergence of new forms of algorithmic journalistic ethics and best practices.
The PersoNews project integrates legal research, communication sciences and political sciences, undertakes comparative, normative and evidence-based research, and carries out experiments, interviews and surveys. The overall project will perform (1) quantitative and qualitative research to identify the users' attitudes and concerns, as well as the perceived advantages and costs associated with personalisation; (2) study the drivers behind and the obstacles to news media personalisation, their effect on journalistic practices and whether they translate into new algorithmic journalistic ethics and self-regulation concerning the collection, processing, interpretation, and use of data; and (3) conduct a legal-normative analysis which will critically re-examine the existing regulatory and normative framework, identify gaps and make suggestions for future legal design.
The successful candidate will lead the efforts in the second domain (drivers, obstacles, opportunities for the integration of data and algorithms into newsrooms and emerging data and algorithmic ethics).
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