Professor of media studies University of Agder, Norway. Professor of journalism studies NLA University College
Oddgeir Tveiten is a Professor for Media Studies at the University of Agder and Journalism Studies at the NLA University College. Born in Norway, and spending intermittent time in the US growing up, Tveiten came to to the University of Minnesota courtesy of the Fulbright-Hayes Foundation. Early inputs to his research career came from a Fulbright course conducted by sociologist Lawrence Senesh, political scientist Leslie Lipson, and economist Kenneth Boulding, conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, mid 1980´s. The Fulbright-Hayes Foundation remained a reference through his studies in the United States, providing scholarship funds and network.
Tveiten completed his PhD with a thesis on news framing: The Narrative Interpretation of Central America in US news media covering the General Elections in Nicaragua, 1990. His thesis was published by the University of Bergen, along with US publication through UoM, and presented also at the Brazil convention of the International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR) in Sao Paulo, 1993. Key findings were published in a book chapter under the title News and the Realization of Guilt and Innocence.
Through numerous publications in books and journals, Tveiten continued investigating international journalism in a changing world order, with a focus on narrative and discourse. Working for two years as a researcher at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Research Council´s project Alternative Futures, he sought and received a position as associate professor at the University of Bergen in Norway, Department of media and information studies. In Bergen, Tveiten conducted several midsize projects, including a study of Nordic media coverage of immigration and political asylum cases. That study was funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It was part of a large Nordic interdisciplinary project to prepare the Nordic region for the wave of refugees coming as a result of the unrest in the Balkan countries. Tveiten was also part of a 10-year comparative study of the role of the media in covering the various stages of the Gulf War, in a project called Journalism in the New World Order. Two internationally published book volumes and a series of papers came out of that project.
As part of his research and education portfolio, Tveiten has been an adjunct professor of journalism at the NLA University College more or less continuously since 2005. In that capacity he has taught part-time for a number of years at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, setting up an MA Program in Media and Communication. He has been involved in a similar project, teaching every year in Mukono, Uganda. As of 2017, Tveiten is involved in a collaboration to set up two PhD programs in Media and communication in Ethiopia, funded by Norwegian government grants. All told, these education and development grants provided through the NLA University College total about 9 million US$.
Tveiten was a member of the founding editorial board behind Norsk Medietidsskrift, today a leading Nordic media studies journal. Two decades later, Tveiten is inauguration a new international publication in collaboration with an international team comprising peers at Stanford University, Norwegian School of Business, Agder University and the Open University of the Netherlands. The publication – entitled Future Learning Review – will in the first rund chronicle scientific papers delivered at the annual World Learning Summit
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