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  • PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37), 1081

    HELSINGFORS UNIVERSITET

    Finland

  • PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37)

    00014

    Finland

20062022
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

University Lecturer, Media and communication Studies

September 2018-

Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Media and Communications, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, 22 May 2018.

Visiting research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, USA, June-August 2018

University Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute and Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki

2017-2018

Projects "Hyperlocal Publishing - New Forms of Local Media" (Swedish School of Social Science, 2017-2018, funded by Helsingin Sanomat Foundation), "New business models for German news media" (2018), "New business models for U.S. news media" (2017, funded by The Media Research Industry Foundation in Finland) and "The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)" (2014-2018, funded by the Academy of Finland).

Member of the research project "Russian Media Lab" (2016-2019, funded by the HS Foundation, led by Prof. Markku Kangaspuro).

“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf
“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf
“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf

Scholar in Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation (2012-2017), cluster named Cultural and Philosophical Interpretations of Russian Modernisation, led by Sanna Turoma.

Member of Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, led by professor Hannu Nieminen, from 2015.

Editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus, the Finnish Review of East European Studies, since 2014. Editor-in-chief of Aleksanteri Insight, 2013-2018.

Other projects as Post-doctoral researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Leader of research project "New business models in Nordic news media companies" (2015-2016, funded by The Finnish Newspapers Association and The Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland).

Visiting research fellow at the Reuters Insitute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

January 2015 - June 2015. http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow

editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus, The Finnish Review of East European Studies. - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf

Acting Head of International Affairs, Aleksanteri Insitute, University of Helsinki

October 2013-April 2014.

Earlier projects as Post-doctoral researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Member of research group Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies and Politics in Media and Communication Regulation (FACE) (funded by Academy Finland; Media and Communication Studies unit at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, 2011-2015, led by Prof. Hannu Nieminen).

From 2011 to 2014 involved in project "Media revolution in Russia" (Aleksanteri Institute, funded by Emil Aaltonen Foundation), and 2011-2013 also in project "Convergence and business models: innovations in daily newspapers" (Communication Research Centre CRC).

2009-2010 involved in project “Success factors of magazines in Russia” (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation).

2010-2011 involved in project “Image of Russia in Finnish media” (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation & Department of Communications, University of Helsinki).

Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, 2009. Major: Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland. 

Pedagogical studies

Basic studies in University Pedagogy (25 cr), University of Helsinki, 2018.

Intermediate studies in University Pedagogy (35 cr), U. of Helsinki, from September 2018.

Description of research and teaching

My research has two main intertwining tracks: 1) Media business models in Finland and other countries and intersections between media policy, media business, and development of journalism 2) Contemporary Russian media system and media policy. 

I have worked in two universities in Finland, including the work at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Tampere (various posts 1999-2008), Aleksanteri Institute (a multidisciplinary Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki, 2006-2018, including work at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, 2011-2018), Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki (2010, 2016, 2018-), and Swedish School of Social Science (2016-2018).

Teaching in position of University Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, U. of Helsinki, since September 2018: Autumn 2018: BA thesis seminar (5 cr); Examiner on public spheres and public activities (Julkisuuden ja julkisen toiminnan tutkimus, 5 cr). Spring 2019: BA thesis seminar, MA thesis seminar, courses: Julkisuuden ja julkisen toiminnan tutkimus (Research on public spheres and public activities, 5 cr), Mediatutkimuksen nykysuuntauksia (Current tendencies in media research, 5 cr).

Keywords

  • 518 Media and communications
  • Russia
  • Venäjä
  • media
  • lehdistö
  • talousjournalismi
  • aikakauslehdet
  • sanomalehdet
  • Suomi
  • mediatalous
  • media economics
  • newspapers
  • Business Journalism
  • magazines
  • Media policy

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2006 2019

Editor of a special issue on hyperlocal media in the Nordic Countries

Hujanen, J. K. (ed.), Linden, T. C-G. (ed.) & Lehtisaari, K. M. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Other contributionResearchpeer-review

Examining Nordic hyperlocal media

Hujanen, J. K., Linden, T. C-G. & Lehtisaari, K. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : NORDICOM Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere

Wijermars, M. (ed.) & Lehtisaari, K. M. (ed.), 2019, (In preparation) Routledge. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Mapping and defining hyperlocal media in Finland

Hujanen, J. K., Lehtisaari, K. M., Linden, T. C-G. & Grönlund, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : NORDICOM Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Comparing Innovation and Social Media Strategies in Scandinavian and US Newspapers

Lehtisaari, K. M., Villi, M., Grönlund, M., Linden, T. C-G., Mierzejewska, B., Picard, R. & Röpnack, A., 2018, In : Digital Journalism. 6, 8, p. 1029-1040 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2009 2022

CoRDi: Communication rights in the age of digital disruption

Herkman, J. P., Karppinen, K., Alen-Savikko, A. K., Nieminen, H. V., Aslama, M., Hilden, J. P., Lehtisaari, K. M., Puukko, O. M. & Koulu, A. R.

01/01/201931/12/2022

Project: Research project

Leadership in news media organisations

Lehtisaari, K. M.

01/09/2015 → …

Project: Research project_Research

Uutismedian uudet liiketoimintamallit Saksassa

Linden, T. C., Lehtisaari, K. M., Villi, M. & Grönlund, M.

01/01/201831/10/2018

Project: Research projectCommissioned research

Uutismedian uudet liiketoimintamallit Saksassa

Linden, T. C., Lehtisaari, K. M., Villi, M. O. & Grönlund, M.

01/12/201731/10/2018

Project: Research projectCommissioned research

Hyperlokaali julkaiseminen Suomessa - paikallismedian uudet muodot

Lehtisaari, K. M., Linden, T. C. & Grönlund, M.

01/11/201728/02/2018

Project: Research projectCommissioned research

Prizes

Best paper award at ISMI 2017 conference

Mikko Villi (Recipient), Mikko Grönlund (Recipient), Tommy Carl-Gustav Linden (Recipient), Katja Marleena Lehtisaari (Recipient), Bozena Mierzejewska (Recipient), Robert Picard (Recipient) & Axel Röpnack (Recipient), 17 Oct 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2004 2018

Seminaari “Venäjä-kuva meillä ja muualla”

Katja Lehtisaari (Speaker: Presenter)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Olga Gurova

Katja Lehtisaari (Host)
15 Apr 201815 May 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) (External organisation)

Katja Lehtisaari (Assessment)
Jun 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Hyperlocal - charasteristics, challenges and hopes. Median ja viestinnän tutkimuksen päivät 2018.

Jaana Kristiina Hujanen (Speaker: Presenter), Katja Lehtisaari (Speaker: Presenter), Mikko Grönlund (Speaker: Presenter), Tommy Carl-Gustav Linden (Speaker: Presenter)
27 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Uutismedian uudet liiketoimintamallit Yhdysvalloissa [New business models for news media in USA]. Median ja viestinnän tutkimuksen päivät 2018.

Katja Lehtisaari (Speaker: Presenter), Mikko Grönlund (Speaker: Presenter), Tommy Carl-Gustav Linden (Speaker: Presenter), Mikko Villi (Speaker: Presenter)
27 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars