Maria E. Nilsson
Senior lecturer of media and communication studies with an international research and teaching background and previous journalism experience. Research interests include the politics of representation; questions of power and agency in visual practices; and visual journalism and documentary storytelling in today’s changing media landscape.
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A native of Stockholm, Maria Nilsson holds a Ph. D. (Media and Communication Studies), an M. F. A. (English / Nonfiction Writing) and an M. A. (Journalism) from the University of Iowa (USA), where she taught for several years in the departments of Communication Studies, English and Spanish & Portuguese. Prior to joining the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University in January of 2018, she held a position as senior lecturer at Mid Sweden University, where she was coordinator of graduate studies in photojournalism, and the co-founder of the International Master of Arts in Photojournalism program. She also has a background in journalism, with staff positions in the United States and Sweden and freelance contributions to periodicals in the United States, Canada, Sweden and Spain, reporting and writing in English, Swedish and Spanish, respectively.
Her research interests--with visual communication and in particular photography as a near-constant focus--include the politics of representation; questions of power, credibility and agency in visual practices examined in the context of post-authoritarian Spain and other contexts; the constructions of histories through photography; and, most recently, visual journalism in today's changing media landscape, an externally funded project she initiated and led at Mid Sweden University. Currently she is engaged in three projects: photography as a tool for participatory practices in the context of migration, journalistic discourses concerning the ethics of publishing eyewitness imagery of crises, and innovative strategies for storytelling in visual journalism and documentary in various forms.
She is currently teaching in the areas of media studies and journalism on undergraduate and masters levels.
Nilsson, Maria (2017). A Faster Kind of Photojournalism?: Image-Selection. Processes in a Swedish Newsroom. Nordicom Review 38, special issue 2, 41-55.
Nilsson, Maria & Wadbring, Ingela (2017). Not Good Enough?: Amateur Images in the Regular News Flow of Print and Online Newspapers. In Stuart Allan (Ed.), Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity. Abingdon-on-Thames and New York: Routledge, 30-47.
Gynnild, Astrid, Nilsson, Maria, Simonsen, Anne Hege & Weslius, Hanna (2017). Introduction: Photojournalism and Editorial Processes. Global Similiarities, Local Differences. Nordicom Review 38, special issue 2, 1-5.
Wadbring, Ingela & Nilsson, Maria (2016). En bild säger mer än tusen ord? Bildjournalistikens förändring i svensk dagspress 1995-2013. Sundsvall: Demicom Research Center. Research report series issue #30, May 2016.
Nilsson, Maria & Wadbring, Ingela (2015). Not Good Enough?: Amateur Images in the Regular News Flow of Print and Online Newspapers. Journalism Practice 9(4), 484-501.
Nilsson, Maria (2015). Bildjournalistik. Handbok i journalistikforsking. Michael Karlsson & Jesper Strömbäck (Eds.). Lund: Studentlitteratur, 283-297.
Wadbring, Ingela & Nilsson, Maria (2015). Människor tycker om bilder. SOM-rapport nr 63. Göteborg: SOM-institutet, 451-462.
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