I like to mix journalism practice and theory
After fifteen years of working as both a print and broadcast journalist I decided I wanted to rethink the way the practice works. In 2013 I finished a PhD project studying the everyday work of TV news journalists. Today, I still work as a journalist but am a researcher and lecturer of journalists too. I also hold talks about journalism at places such as universities, schools and media organisations.
I'm Danish but also feel a little English
I spent ten years living in eleven different places in London. Right now I live in Denmark with my English husband and our children. I have primarily worked in UK print and broadcast media. From London I have also written for a few Danish nationals and had stints of working for broadcast radio and TV in Denmark.
I've been mixing studying with working
While doing a BA in Anthropology and Communications at Goldsmiths College in London I had a monthly travel feature in the magazine Vagabond. This led to me becoming the UK editor for Travelmarket in the last year of my BA. While doing an MA in Journalism at City University in London I became an intern at The Independent, and carried on a few years after writing features for the Arts & Review section. At the last month of my MA, I was active in initiating and writing for one of the first English-language papers in Iraq, The Baghdad Bulletin
I've worked on both sides of the TV camera.
I was excited about TV as a medium and got a job at the newly launched ITV News Channel, with a special focus on producing the Live with Alastair Stewart Show. Within the first two years, our show and presenter Alastair Stewart was awarded a Royal Television Socety award. I have also been in front of the cameras such as in 2005, when I went back to Denmark to report on the Muhammed Cartoon controversy, and made two reports for Channel 4 News and More 4 News.
I've studied journalists at work.
Remembering my first degree in anthropology, one day I began considering the newsroom as place one could study. With funding from the Danish School of Journalism and Aarhus University, I received a PhD fellowship and spent 4 years studying TV news in the making. In 2013 I defended my thesis, entitled 'New Struggles, Old Ideals: The Everyday Struggle Towards being a 'Good Journalist' inside public service TV newsrooms in the UK and Denmark'. Today I am happy to work both in journalism practice and theory. Working at bridging the gap between journalism theory and practice has led me to be part of creating seminars such as the Reuters Institute Minding the Gap between Theory and Practice and Mending The Gaps.
Also: I've been mixing journalism with poetry.
I had a book of poetry published aged 13 this led to an offer of having my own bi-weekly column in a national paper, aged 15. Since 2005 I have hosted the poetry clubs Y Tuesday Poetry Club and Y Aarhus Poetry Club. I write poems about news, and meet up with other journalists doing the same. I have edited six of the Y club's annual books, in which my poetry also features. I am curently working on compiling a book of news poetry in collaboration with Jude Cowan, host of Radio Resonance show, The News Agents.
More 4 News,
The ITV News Channel, Politiken,
and Aarhus Universitet.
Photography by Christina Lykke