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Raul Ferrer Conill

Førsteamanuensis

Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt for medie- og samfunnsfag
Bio

My research research focuses on the intersection of digital journalism, media, and datafication processes. My work spans across various theoretical strands from media sociology, institutional theory, and socio-technical approaches. I am particularly interested in how engagement is quantified and instrumentalized, and how social processes become datafied.

I am involved in the research project "The datafication of communicative power: Towards an independent media policy for Norway’s digital infrastructures" funded by the Research Council of Norway. Here I investigate how datafication affects democratic processes, inclusive decision making and resource distribution within Norwegian society.

I currently lead the Digital Society Research Group, an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological research group focused on the digital transformation and its social and political implications.

Teaching 

I have over 3000 hours of teaching experience in practical, theoretical, and methodological courses. From Web Production to Technical Foundations of Digital Media, I have led courses at bachelor's, master's, and PhD levels.

Currently, I am responsible for the course Undersøkende journalistikk BJO201 here at UiS.

International participation

I am the chair of the Journalism Studies Division of Nordmedia.

I serve on the editorial board of Digital Journalism and Media and Communication.

I am currently a member of the following academic associations: ICA, ECREA, Nordmedia, AoIR, Emma, and IAMCR.

Previously, I was a member of the University Council of Karlstad University and served as the chair of the Graduate Student Association of Karlstad University.

Awards and honors

I am the recipient of the Bob Franklin Journal Article Award given by Taylor and Francis for the article "(Against A) Theory of Audience Engagement with News" with my colleagues Steen Steensen and Chris Peters.

I received an honorable mention (2nd place) for the Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Article of the Year Award granted by the International Communication Association.

I received an honorable mention (top 5) for the Best Teacher Award granted by the Karlstad Student Association, being recognised and voted by students across all the pedagogical staff of Karlstad University.

I won the Best Dissertation Award from the Swedish Media and Communication Research Association (FSMK) for my doctoral dissertation, titled Gamifying the news Exploring the introduction of game elements into digital journalism.

I have received several Top Factulty Paper and Top Student Paper awards from the International Communication Association.

Professional background

I have extended experience in the field of IT, with several years as a web designer and developer.
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Selected Publications

Ferrer-Conill, R., Knudsen, E., Lauerer, C., & Barnoy, A. (2021). The visual boundaries of journalism. Native advertising and the convergence of editorial and commercial content. Digital Journalism, 9:7, 929-951. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2020.1836980

Cheruiyot, D., & Ferrer-Conill, R. (2020). Pathway outta pigeonhole? De-contextualizing Majority World Countries. Media, Culture & Society, 43:1, 189-197. DOI: 10.1177/0163443720960907

Steensen, S., Ferrer-Conill, R., & Peters, C. (2020). (Against a) Theory of Audience Engagement with the News. Journalism Studies, 21:12, 1662-1680. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1788414

Ferrer-Conill, R., Foxman, M., Jones, J., Sihvonen, T., & Siitonen, M. (2020). Playful approach to news engagement. Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 26:3, 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/1354856520923964

Ferrer-Conill, R. & Tandoc, E. (2018). The audience-oriented editor. Making sense of the audience in the newsroom. Digital Journalism, 6:4, 436-453. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2018.1440972

 

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Publications
  • Vitenskapelige publikasjoner
    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael; Van Couvering, Elizabeth

      (2021)

      Native advertising and the negotiation of autonomy, transparency, and deception. I: The Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics.

      Routledge

      ISBN 9780367206475.

      s.390-398.

    • Haim, Mario; Karlsson, Michael; Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Kammer, Aske; Elgesem, Dag; Sjøvaag, Helle

      (2021)

      You should read this study! It investigates Scandinavian social media logics.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 9.

      Hefte 4.

      s.406-426.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2021.1886861

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael; Haim, Mario; Kammer, Aske; Elgesem, Dag; Sjøvaag, Helle

      (2021)

      Toward ‘Cultures of Engagement’? An exploratory comparison of engagement patterns on Facebook news posts .

      New Media & Society

      ISSN 1461-4448.

      DOI: 10.1177/14614448211009246

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Knudsen, Erik; Lauerer, Corinna; Barnoy, Aviv

      (2020)

      The visual boundaries of journalism: Native advertising and the convergence of editorial and commercial content.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 9.

      Hefte 7.

      s.929-951.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2020.1836980

    • Steensen, Steen; Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Peters, Chris

      (2020)

      (Against a) Theory of Audience Engagement with News.

      Journalism Studies

      ISSN 1461-670X.

      Volum 21.

      Hefte 12.

      s.1662-1680.

      DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1788414

    • Cheruiyot, David; Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2020)

      Pathway outta pigeonhole? De-contextualizing Majority World Countries.

      Media, Culture and Society

      ISSN 0163-4437.

      Volum 43.

      Hefte 1.

      s.189-197.

      DOI: 10.1177/0163443720960907

    • Wheatley, Dawn; Ferrer Conill, Raul

      (2020)

      The temporal nature of mobile push notification alerts: A study of European news..

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 9.

      Hefte 6.

      s.694-714.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2020.1799425

    • Ferrer Conill, Raul; Foxman, Maxwell; Jones, Janet; Sihvonen, Tanja; Siitonen, Marko

      (2020)

      Playful approaches to news engagement.

      Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

      ISSN 1354-8565.

      Volum 26.

      Hefte 3.

      s.457-469.

      DOI: 10.1177/1354856520923964

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Tandoc, Edson

      (2019)

      The audience-oriented editor. Making sense of the audience in the newsroom. I: Measurable Journalism. Digital Platforms, News Metrics and the Quantified Audience.

      Routledge

      ISBN 9781032090009.

      s.31-49.

    • Cheruiyot, David; Baack, Stefan; Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2019)

      Data journalism beyond legacy media. The case of African and European civic technology organizations.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 7.

      Hefte 9.

      s.1215-1229.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2019.1591166

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael

      (2019)

      The Gamification of journalism. I: Journalism and Ethics: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice.

      IGI Global

      ISBN 9781522583592.

      s.639-666.

      DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8359-2.ch035

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2018)

      Playbour and the gamification of work. Empowerment, exploitation and fun as labour dynamics. I: Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction.

      Palgrave Macmillan

      ISBN 9783319762791.

      s.193-210.

      DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76279-1_11

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Tandoc, Edson

      (2018)

      The audience-oriented editor. Making sense of the audience in the newsroom.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 6.

      Hefte 4.

      s.436-453.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2018.1440972

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael

      (2018)

      Native Advertising and the appropriation of journalistic clout. I: The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies.

      Routledge

      ISBN 978-1-138-28305-3.

      s.463-474.

      DOI: 10.4324/9781315270449-36

    • Cheruiyot, David; Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2018)

      Fact-checking Africa. Epistemologies, data and the expansion of journalistic discourse.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 6.

      Hefte 8.

      s.964-975.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2018.1493940

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2017)

      Quantifying journalism? A study on the use of data and gamification to motivate journalists.

      Television & New Media

      ISSN 1527-4764.

      Volum 18.

      Hefte 8.

      s.706-720.

      DOI: 10.1177/1527476417697271

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Handler, Reinhard

      (2016)

      Open Data, Crowdsourcing and Game Mechanics. A case study on civic participation in the digital age.

      Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

      ISSN 0925-9724.

      Volum 25.

      Hefte 2.

      s.153-166.

      DOI: 10.1007/s10606-016-9250-0

    • Örnebring, Henrik; Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2016)

      Outsourcing newswork. I: The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism.

      Sage Publications

      ISBN 9781473906532.

      s.207-221.

      DOI: 10.4135/9781473957909.n14

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael

      (2016)

      The Gamification of journalism. I: Emerging Research and Trends in Gamification.

      IGI Global

      ISBN 9781466686519.

      s.356-383.

      DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8651-9.ch015

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2016)

      Feeding the RedCritter: The gamification of project management software. I: The Business of Gamification.

      Routledge

      ISBN 9781138340145.

      s.21-39.

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2016)

      Points, badges, and news. A study of the introduction of gamification into journalism practice.

      Comunicació: Revista de Recerca i d’Anàlisi [Societat Catalana de Comunicació]

      ISSN 2014-0304.

      Volum 33.

      Hefte 2.

      s.45-63.

      DOI: 10.2436/20.3008.01.148

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2016)

      Camouflaging church as state: An exploratory study of journalism’s native advertising.

      Journalism Studies

      ISSN 1461-670X.

      Volum 17.

      Hefte 7.

      s.904-914.

      DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2016.1165138

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2016)

      Camouflaging church as state: An exploratory study of journalism’s native advertising. I: The Future of Journalism: Risks, Threats and Opportunities.

      Routledge

      ISBN 9780367585938.

  • Bøker og kapitler
    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2018)

      Gamifying the news. Exploring the introduction of game elements into digital journalism.

      Karlstad University Press

      ISBN 9789170638718.

  • Formidling
    • Sjøvaag, Helle; Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Olsen, Ragnhild Kristine

      (2021)

      Mapping Norway's digital infrastructures: Actors, value streams and policy in the platform ecology.

    • Steensen, Steen; Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Peters, Chris

      (2020)

      (Against a) Theory of Audience Engagement with News.

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Karlsson, Michael

      (2019)

      Klyftor mellan utbud och efterfrågan? Trafiksiffror, interaktionsspiraler, och den förändrade relationen mellan journalister och publik. I: Nyheter – allt mere n tolkningsfråga? Mediestudiers Innehållsanalys 2007-2018.

      ISBN 9789198498219.

      s.32-46.

    • Ferrer-Conill, Raul

      (2015)

      Carlson, M. & Lewis, S. (eds.) (2015). Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices and Participation.

      Digital Journalism

      ISSN 2167-0811.

      Volum 4.

      Hefte 3.

      s.401-404.

      DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2015.1087734

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