DEMICOM har en ny filosofie doktor

Tis 16 jun 2020 12:28

Fredag den 12 juni försvarade Terje Lindblom sin doktorsavhandling ”Bakom bilderna - bildjournalister och bildjournalistik i ett marknadsorienterat journalistiskt fält”, en studie om de sociala strukturerna inom det svenska dagstidningsfältet.

Demicom Betygsnämnd och Terje Lindblom
Terje Lindblom tillsammans med betygsnämnden Aske Kammer, Lisbeth Morlandstø och Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen samt opponent Johan Lindell.

I och med de rådande tiderna hölls disputationen både på plats på Campus Sundsvall såväl som digitalt via Zoom. Runt 15 personer var på plats på campus och digitalt hörde och såg runt 35 personer Terje försvara sin avhandling och hur han blev godkänd.


Professor Ingela Wadbring, Mittuniversitetet

Docent Jonas Harvard, Mittuniversitetet


Docent Johan Lindell, Uppsala Universitet


Lisbeth Morlandstø, professor i journalistik vid NORD universitetet i Norge

Aske Kammer, docent vid Institutet för digital design vid  IT-universitetet i Köpenhamn, Danmark

Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen, docent i journalistik vid Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan vid Helsingfors universitet, Finland


The restructuring of Swedish newspapers due to technological and economic changes in the last decade has hit journalists, and especially photojournalists, very hard. In 2017, Sweden's 165 daily newspapers only employed a total of 60 photojournalists combined, with 70 newspapers left with no photojournalist on staff at all. However, during the same time period the use of images in Swedish newspapers increased.

Using Bourdieu’s field theory, the purpose of this dissertation is to analyze the positions of photojournalism and photojournalists in the Swedish journalistic field during a crucial and important time for the media industry, through 40 interviews with respondents in swedish newspaper as well as with freelancers in the field. The actors varied in age, gender and number of years in the field, and most importantly through different amounts of symbolic capital, in accordance with Bourdieu’s theory.

The study shows that Swedish photojournalists’ ideal was to document the world and produce in-depth visual news stories. However, these time-consuming ideals comes into conflict with emerging market-oriented ideals described by other actors in the Swedish journalistic field. This also meant that although photojournalism itself is described as having an increased importance in the field, the photojournalists themselves hasn’t received a correspondingly higher status.

The study concludes that the commercial importance of photojournalism to the market-oriented journalistic field, as described by actors in the field, shows how it has become a professional boundary object which in turn exposes an on-going professional boundary work and symbolic power struggles between, on the one side, media managers, reporters and multi-skilled journalists and on the other side, photojournalists, concerning the doxa and ethos of photojournalism which in turn is affecting the professional position of photojournalists in the Swedish journalistic field.


Avhandlingen finns att ladda ner från DIVA.

Disputation med Terje Lindblom

Disputation Terje Lindblom


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