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Journalism in conflict areas

“If you do not understand how events from the past affect society, you will not understand the media”, says Kenneth Andresen. He conducts research on the conditions of journalists in the Balkans.

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Kenneth Andresen doing fieldwork in the Balkans.
Kenneth Andresen doing fieldwork in the Balkans.

“When I was in the Balkans for the first time in 1999, it was as a press officer for NATO. I thought I would understand the media by reading what they wrote and observing them in my research. But what I discovered was that history crops up everywhere.”

This is what Kenneth Andresen, professor at the Department of Nordic and Media Studies, says. He is one of the participants in the Horizon 2020 Repast project, which looks at how narratives about war and conflict can prevent history from repeating itself.

In the researcher profile below, Andresen tells how his method evolved from looking at texts and content from a distance, to meeting and learning about the people who make the editorial decisions.

“Encounters with these people have been very meaningful, and to me, this research has become a meaningful part of life. The best research comes from those you notice are passionate about something”, says Andresen.