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New Google Digital News Senior Visiting Research Fellows announced

31 Mar 2017

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in partnership with Google are delighted to announce the appointments of Mr Grzegorz Piechota and Professor Kim Christian Schrøder as Google Digital News Senior Visiting Research Fellows.

Grzegorz Piechota is Research Associate at the Harvard Business School. A 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he explored the transformation of the media business and the future of work in creative industries. He is a member of the INMA Board of Directors and is a past president of INMA's Europe Division. Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20 years of experience, and is advising media companies across the world on digital strategy. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) as a reporter rising to news editor and vice-president of Agora Foundation. Piechota graduated in law. He is married with two small children.

Mr Piechota’s project Paid Content in the Age of Platforms will examine the impact of digital platforms on freemium models of UK and international news organisations with the aim of identifying lessons to be learnt by the news industry.

The Visiting Fellowship is for the academic year 2017-2018 and will commence from September 2017.

Kim Christian Schrøder is Professor of Communication at Roskilde University in Denmark and his Visiting Fellowship will commence from January 2018 for six months. His research has dealt with discourse analysis and reception analysis of advertising and televised serial fiction. He has published widely on the theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative audience research. His recent research explores different methods for mapping the repertoires of news consumption.

Professor Schrøder’s project, Between Normative and lifeworld understandings of News: Exploring media repertoires in the age of ‘unbundled news’ asks how can we better understand people’s lived experiences with (news) media across the communicative figurations of everyday life and will aim to generate new knowledge about the micro-dynamics of news consumption as a civic resource in the contemporary news media ecology.

We look forward to working with Mr Piechota and Professor Schrøder as they undertake these important projects.