Description of Programme

From the World Indigenous Television broascaster conference 2012 in Kautokeino


The Master’s Degree Programme Sámi journalism with an Indigenous Perspective provides rigorous academic training for further study and deep insight into the world of journalism, while simultaneously examining the world of journalism from an indigenous perspective. An important aspect of the programme is to enable students to reflect upon what it means to be an indigenous journalist, and what bearings this perspective has on journalistic practice. The programme offers theoretical and research-based knowledge of journalism, and of the methods and skills that are required for working as a journalist in advanced positions.

  • Starts in August 2019

  • 90/120 credits (1 ½–2 years)

  • A Master’s Programme approved by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

  • No tuition fees, only a minimal student fee

The aim of the programme is to deepen the student’s knowledge within the journalistic academic field and sharpen the student’s professional analytical skills. The students are to acquire research-based knowledge about the journalistic profession, its impact and relevance for indigenous communities, and its role in shaping contemporary diverse society.

The programme also provides a context for an international exchange of experience, values and professional priorities of journalists in indigenous communities worldwide. It intends to attract inter alia students from Sámi and other indigenous communities, and students with a specific interest in indigenous media and journalism, with the aim of providing indigenous and other communities with media professionals, academics and policy makers in the field of media in an indigenous and multicultural context.

Programme structure and courses

The Master’s Programme are full time studies for 3 semesters (90 study points) or 4 semesters (120 study points) shared over 3 or 4 semesters. The programme is structured to provide advanced instruction and learning in core areas of journalism and media studies that are mandatory.

A. Mandatory Courses

What is indigenous journalism? (10 ECTS)

Ethics, law and professional identity (10 ECTS)

Journalism research: Theory and methods (20 ECTS)

B. Optional Courses:

Indigenous societies and structures (10 ECTS)

Advanced journalism course for indigenous journalism (10 ECTS)

OR other courses that amount to 10 + 10 ECTS and that strengthen a specific area of indigenous journalism. This can be inter alia in matters related to the Sámi language (such as Sámi Language and Writing) or Sámi history; Indigenous issues (Indigenous Philosophy or other Indigenous studies); or media or journalism (e.g. Environment Journalism).

C. Master's thesis

Master's thesis writing and seminar I (30 ECTS)

Master's thesis writing and seminar II (30 ECTS)

Master’s thesis


The Master’s thesis can be either 30 ECTS or 60 ECTS credits in scope. A thesis of 60 ECTS is focused on providing scientific excellence with an aim to prepare the student for further academic training at post-graduate level. It requires an academic piece of work of about 100–120 pages, or a practical piece of extended journalistic work + an analyses of about 50 pages. A thesis of 60 ECTS is required if aiming to pursue doctoral research.


If the candidate choses to limit the thesis to 30 ETCS credits, the scope of the thesis is either about 60 pages of written text, or a practical piece of journalistic work accompanied by an analytical part of 40 pages.


Learning outcomes


After completing the programme, students will have acquired the competence to work in a professional journalistic setting in a leading or specialist role. The students will have mastery of the legal and ethical requirements of the profession, including international regulations and conventions guiding the field. They will have a capacity for professional self-reflection and for understanding the challenges faced by indigenous media. They will have an understanding of the transnational nature of contemporary indigenous media networks; and of its relevance for their own practice.


Based upon their demonstrated capacity for independent research, the students will have the ability to advance research and policy in this area. The programme provides a pathway to achieving competence for doctoral research (120 study points).


Indigenous journalism is a developing field in communication practice, with an increasing need for professionals and experts. This international Master’s Program of Sámi Journalism with an Indigenous Perspective is an unique programme in the field of media and journalism in the world.


Considering the growing field of indigenous media, this is necessary in order to develop the field of indigenous journalism. As of today, there is a great lack of academically trained professionals who can function as teachers or researchers in this field. The growing field of indigenous media also calls for a growing need for policy makers and professionals with an indigenous perspective. This program meets the demand for the provision of advanced professional development for journalists, Sámi and indigenous journalists in particular.