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JUO Master in Sámi Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective

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Are you already a journalist working within indigenous media? Or are you interested in working with indigenous issues? Then this Programme might be for You! A unique programme bringing together students from all over the world to the interesting world of Sápmi, above the Arctic circle – an experience of a lifetime! As the first of its kind, the Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norwegian Sámiland, offers a Master´s degree in Indigenous Journalism. We offer high quality education from an indigenous perspective, lectures by world leading experts and exciting international networks.


  • Starting fall 2019

  • Duration: 1 ½ years (for a 90 ECTS Master’s) or 2 years (for a 120 ECTS Master’s, which gives access to further study).

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

  • The programme has NO TUITION FEES, only a minimal student fee.

  • Opens for applications on 6 February 2019

  • Deadline for international students 1 March 2019 for other students 15 April 2019


Description of Programme

Indigenous journalism is a developing field in communication practice, with an increasing need for professionals and experts. Sámi University of Applied Sciences offers one of the few existing Bachelor programmes in journalism from an indigenous perspective (in Sámi language). The international Master’s Programme in Sámi Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective, that started in 2015 as a unique programme in the field of media and journalism in the world, offers a continuation to the existing Bachelor’s programme at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Sámi Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective is taught in English. It 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 the students to reflect upon what it means to be an indigenous journalist, and what, if any, 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 journalists in advanced positions.


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 programme meets the demand for the provision of advanced professional development for journalists, Sámi and indigenous journalists in particular.

Simultaneously the programme provides a context for an international exchange of experience, values and professional priorities of journalists in indigenous communities worldwide. It intends to attract 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.

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Indigenous Journalism

The programme is built on the two main subject blocks of journalism and media studies, with a special focus on Indigenous media and journalism within an indigenous context. Within these main blocks, the core areas of focus are the following:

  • Theory and methods in journalism research
  • The relations between sources, journalists and society
  • Theory and practice of media ethics and law
  • Media and global indigenous politics
  • The role of indigenous journalism and the media in diverse societies


Programme content (these will need to be reviewed if/when the Study Programme is updated)

Year 1: semesters 1 and 2

  • The first semester offers basic knowledge in fundamental concepts of indigenous journalism and journalism ethics. A deeper knowledge of the concepts of ethnicity and identity is also developed.
  • The second semester offers advanced knowledge in journalism and journalism research. It teaches theory and methods, knowledge and skills for writing the master’s thesis.


Year 2: semesters 3 and 4

  • The second year focuses on examination of theoretical and methodological skills, and supports the writing of the Master’s Thesis with seminars, and optional courses where possible and appropriate.
  • Students are expected to choose between a more theoretical (60 credits) or more practically oriented (30 credits) Master’s Thesis. The former qualifies for doctoral studies.

The students who opt for a 30 credit thesis will attain a 90 credit Master’s Degree. Students who choose a Master’s Thesis of 60 credits will have the option to continue with research studies after completing their Master’s Degree of 120 credits.


How to apply?

Just follow these steps and we walk you through:

Guidelines on how to apply

Please remember following:

  2. ​Documentation of Bachelor's Degree or equivalent (see entrance requirements)
  3. Documentation of your minimum 2 years of work experience (see entrance requirements)
  4. Letter of motivation (no longer than one page of A4)
  5. Documentation of English skills if relevant



For more information on the programme, please contact the course coordinator at:



We are looking forward to hearing from you!



Curriculum for Master in Sámi Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective
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Entrance requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Social Sciences or Humanities; or
  • A so-called cand.mag-degree; or
  • Other degree or vocational training of a minimum of 3 years; or
  • A degree that according to § 3-4 in the Norwegian Act on Universities and University Colleges (Lov om universitet og høyskoler) is considered to be equal to the above mentioned degrees or forms of education.
  • In addition, applicants should have a minimum of two years of relevant practical experience.

If necessary, due to the uniqueness of the programme and to the scarcity of university programmes offered within many indigenous areas, the Sámi University of Applied Sciences will evaluate whether documented qualifications other than those mentioned above could partially or fully be considered equal to the ones mentioned

The Programme requires un understanding of English of all students. All course participants must be able to follow lectures in English and read English literature. Applicants need to demonstrate sufficient language skills: Sámi students need to demonstrate good language skills in Sámi or English while Norwegian and foreign students need to demonstrate their knowledge of English. Students will have to prove their language skills in Sámi or English, either on the basis of their earlier education, or by passing a language test.
Once the student is accepted to the programme, there are no additional entry requirements for individual courses.

All exams, including the final thesis, can be written in either Sámi (any of the Sámi languages) or English.


– Here I gained insights on the role of media and the construction of society and minorities, such as the Sámi and Frisians.
Lieuwe Jan Hettema