Indigenous Journalism Conference: Indigenous Journalism and Self-determination.

The theme for the conference is Indigenous Journalism and Self-determination and we aim to bring together academics in the field of Indigenous Journalism as well as indigenous media leaders and indigenous journalists.

We would be delighted to have you present at this conference and share knowledge on  Indigenous Journalism. We encourage participants to present on the following topics:

  • Indigenous Journalism and Education
  • Indigenous Journalism and safety
  • Indigenous media systems
  • Indigenous Journalism and Social Media
  • Indigenous Journalism and Memory
  • Indigenous Journalism - self articulation and values
  • Indigenous Media’s role in Indigenous Democracies and Majority people’s democracies.
  • Indigenous Journalists’ and Medias’ role in environmental issues and industrial and land right conflicts
  • Indigenous Journalism and global indigenous solidarity
  • Indigenous Journalism, ecology and nature

Other subjects regarding Indigenous Journalism and self-government will also be appreciated.

The Conference is organized by the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu, Norway and will be held on Sep 28-29, 2021 online. Guovdageaidnu is known as a stronghold for Sámi language, culture, media, higher education and research.

Following the conference, on Sep 30-Oct. 2, the Sámi Journalist Association will hold the first Sámi Media Festival at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences’ campus.


Keynote speakers

Professor Folker Hanusch, University of Vienna: "Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Journalism Studies: A research agenda"

Folker Hanusch

Folker Hanusch is Professor of Journalism at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna. Originally from Germany, Prof Hanusch spent the previous 17 years in Australia, where most recently he was Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in Journalism at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

His research interests are in comparative journalism studies, journalism culture, lifestyle journalism, Indigenous journalism and journalism and memory.


Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson, University of Wollongong: “Global Indigeneity: the affordances of social media for amplifying Indigenous voices”

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is the Head of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She is the recipient of three consecutive Australian Research Council grants that focus on Indigenous people’s cultural, social, intimate and political engagements on social media. She is widely published on the topic including co-editing and contributing to two special issues; the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (2017) on “Indigenous Activism on Social Media’ and Media International Australia (2018) on “Indigenous Innovation on Social Media.” Her new co-edited book, “Indigenous people rise up: The global ascendency of social media activism” will be available in 2021.

Professor Katerina Tsetsura, University of Oklahoma: “Standing up for What is Just: World’s Indigenous Journalism in 2020s”

Professor Katerina Tsetsura is Gaylord Family Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Tsetsura is internationally known for her work in global public relations and media transparency. She is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is a co-author of Transparency, Public Relations, and the Mass Media: Combating the Hidden Influences in News Coverage Worldwide (Taylor & Francis, 2017) and Strategic Communications in Russia (Taylor & Francis, 2021). Tsetsura is a past chair of the PR Divisions of ICA and NCA and serves on editorial boards of Communication Theory, International Journal of Strategic Communication, and Public Relations Review, among others. 


Professor Tsetsura is an experienced researcher and an independent evaluator who has conducted research on news consumption patterns, the changing nature of news and the media, media audience segmentation, and countering disinformation. 









































Conference Location:

The conference will be held online.

Hánnoluohkká 45, 9520 Guovdageaidnu. Norway.



Precautions caused by the coronary pandemic

Due to Corona Virus outbreak, the conference will be held online via Video conference using online-streaming.


Conference Date: Sep 28-29, 2021

Abstract/ Full Paper Submission: June 1, 2021

Information on accepted papers: August 15, 2021

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The best papers presented at the conference will be invited to be published in a Special Issue on Indigenous Journalism in a peer reviewed Journal.