Digital politics and media is my passion, that’s what I write about in this blog.
I’m an Associate Professor at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), the teaching courses related to digital journalism. I did my PhD at the Departement of media and communication, University of Oslo, where I was part of the SAC-team which did research on Social Media and Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns
The project aims to analyze the impact of social media on election campaigns from a cross-media and cross-national perspective, with a special focus on the US, Norway, Sweden and Australia.
My particular focus will be on innovation and funding in political campaigns, as well as social network effects in agenda setting.
When not work on academic stuff, I’m the proud organizer of the Girl Geek Dinners network in Oslo together with some other fab tech women.
When I started this blog, I was a freelance journalist based in Brussels. Previously, I worked as a communication advisor at the Norwegian social network, Origo.no based in Oslo.For three years I wrote for the Origo-blog (in Norwegian), where I wrote about online communities, digital participation, open data, IT policy, new media, etc.
While I was in Brussels, I wrote about politics and technology for Norwegian publications such as Morgenbladet, Dagbladet and Mandag Morgen. One of my favorite topics is what happens when politics, technology and media intertwine. Before I headed to the European capital, I worked as community manager at dagbladet.no (figuring out blogs and Blink – an online community). I have also worked as a journalist at Dag og Tid, Dagens Næringsliv, Bergens Tidende, and the one and only student newspaper, Studvest.
I have a Master of Arts degree from the Communication, Culture and Technology program at Georgetown University and my bachelor degree from the University of Bergen. To learn more about my background, have a peek at my LinkedIn profile.
Feel free to contact me at bente.kalsnes (at) gmail.com