Naimah Hussain

Naimah Hussain

  • Roskilde University and Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland
  • Journalism
Participant in 2016
Work history 2008-2013 Journalist at different media
2013-2015 Adjunct lecturer at University of Greenland
Study history 2003-2005 BA in Social Sciences at Roskilde University
2006-2008 MA in Journalism and Social Sciences at Roskilde University
2015-2018 PhD Fellow at Roskilde University and University of Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik)
Publications Hussain (2010) Embedded journalistik. Danske mediers dækning af krigen i Afghanistan (integreret speciale) Roskilde University

Hussain (2013) Mediernes rolle i den politiske proces Conference Paper for Future Greenland 2013

Phd Projects


Journalism Practice in Small Communities - a study of Greenlandic Media

As there is little research on Greenlandic media (Rygaard & Pedersen 1999, Karlsoon 2008), this dissertation will initially give an overview of the history of Greenlandic Media developed in close relation to the Danish Media system including regulation and law on media influenced by the media system model of Hallin and Mancini. Dealing with such issues as the small (and relatively isolated) media market, rising commercialization and globalization of media, bilingualism, ownership and state subsidies.
Due to the small population of approx. 56.000 and very few media outlets - one public service radio- and tv-station and two national weeklies - the media system is very restricted. And the number of media outlets and journalists clearly displays this inadequacy.
However Journalism Practice as it plays out in a small community, as the Greenlandic, under heavy influence of the former Danish colonial power will be the more qualitative focus of the dissertation.
The main theoretical basis for the project is Bourdieu’s field theory revolving around the structural power relations and logics between media on one hand and the political and economic fields on the other, looking both outwards at the role of Journalism in a young democracy, as the Greenlandic. But also looking inwards at the logics within the journalism field, and the practices and struggles in the news room. One of the hypothesis in the research is the search for a ‘local’ habitus where power and struggles between Danish news habitus and a possible Greenlandic/local news habitus is interesting to scrutinize. This hypothesis has emerged during field studies (observation studies and qualitative interviews) in the first year of the project, leading to a supplementary focus on the colonial ties between Greenland and Denmark. However this is a quite new focus and a literature review is needed in order to describe what role this (new) theoretical approach will play in the further work.
The preliminary questions – all leading towards an analysis of journalism practice in Greenland under influence of Denmark – are:
1) What are the characteristics of the Greenlandic Media System?
2) What is the content - in terms of themes, angles, use of sources, language etc. - in the three national media (content analysis)?
3) What characterizes journalism practice in a small community as the Greenlandic – with emphasis on source dependency, lack of critical journalism and a culture where “everybody knows everybody”?
4) Does a local habitus exist in Greenlandic Journalism, and if so, how does it differ from the dominant habitus in the news room?


Dissertation title Journalism Practice in Small Communities - a case study of Greenlandic News Media

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