Dr Tamara Witschge of the University of Groningen’s Faculty of Arts has recently been awarded a prestigious VIDI grant of € 800,000 for her project
Entrepreneurship at Work: Analysing practice, labour, and creativity in journalism
‘The revenues and circulation of publications such as newspapers are constantly on the decline, which places more and more pressure on journalists to reach beyond their primary task of informing the public and to become more entrepreneurial,’ says Witschge. ‘In my project, I want to investigate how this focus on entrepreneurship impacts not only on journalists, but also on society and even democracy.’
Over the next five years, together with two PhD students and a postdoc, Witschge will be using interviews, ethnographies and questionnaires to meticulously examine the impact of entrepreneurship on journalism. ‘What is ground-breaking about this project is the fact that the two PhD students will not only be studying but also practising this new form of entrepreneurial journalism. Hopefully, this will give us new insights into this form of journalism.’
‘Since freedom and availability of information are essential for the functioning of our society and of democracy, the insights from this study can be used in degree programmes in journalism and in publishing houses.’ In order to disseminate the results of the study more widely, training programmes and workshops will be offered to novice journalists, and the results of the project will be published in an open-source publication so that the insights can be shared freely online.
A successful year
This year, in addition to her VIDI grant, Tamara Witschge was also awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Missouri. Every year, this institute invites journalists, businesspeople and researchers to jointly consider the role and impact of journalism in and on democracy.
Dr T.A.C. Witschge
is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies of the Faculty of Arts. Her expertise lies in the field of entrepreneurial journalism, media and democracy, and media pluriformity.
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