I studied the Master's Programme in Global Media Studies at the Department of Media Studies.

Questions and answers

Question:

Helena, I want to do my honours in Communications. May you kindly share any topic that you think must be researched/relavant. I would appreciate your help. Best, Patricia 

Answer: 

Hi Patricia! 
Thank you for your question. 
It is a bit hard for me to answer to your questions on "which topics must be researched"/ "which topics are relevant to be studied" when it comes to communication, since it is a very subjective question. However I will try my best to raise a more "general" answer and talk about aspects within research in which I believe have not been given enough focus.
Of course, my answer will be subjective since it will be based on my previous experiences with research, so keep in mind that it doesn't mean that other aspects are not important or relevant for your research.
Something that I find super important to focus on when doing research is to try to keep it local! For me, as a Brazilian, was super important to actually research about my own country and about the local media. I find it necessary to bring awareness and shed a light on how the media works in countries outside North America and Europe. To research about these other countries can bring a bigger and more in-depth perspective of the world and on how things actually work in each specific country. Moreover, a research about a local media contributes into bringing insights on the cultural and political (democratic) characteristics of each region around the world. 
Another thing is that during the time when I was writing my thesis about Brazilian media I came to realize how little research about Latin America have been written in English by Latin American researchers. Unfortunately most researches are written by North-American or European researchers (this has to do, of course but not only, with the language, since researches in these areas are written in English and so are easily spread out). After that I realized how important it  is to use material of different sources, from different countries and material written by researchers outside of what is called "western world". That way we might help break this western-dominated trend and lift other high-level researches that usually don't get so much attention. One last suggestion is to also include materials that are written by women (I personally find this important and relevant, since research is still a male-dominated field). 
Hope I have helped you and good luck! 

Best,  
Helena.  

Question:

Hi Helena,

I’m thinking what to do after my bachelor in digital cultures. I found this global media studies programme which sounds very interesting to me. I am personally interested in arts and design and would like to work as a communicator in a museum or gallery or do something related to art world, do you think this could be a good master for that? I’m like how this programme sounds quite broad and it gives the opportunity to specialise and so on. But my problem is if I should go the academic path or more practical one, a dream would a mix between university studies and practical studies.

Thanks, Laura

Answer:

Hi Laura
Thank you so much for your message and for your interesting question!

Happy to hear that you are interested in the Global Media Studies Master at Stockholm University.

As you said this is indeed a very broad program and it is actually even broader this year since the second period of study is full of spaces that you can fill in not only with elective courses from the media department but also from other courses in other departments at the university. So that itself gives you a lot of freedom to focus on something that you are interested in! Even though this is a Master Program and it focus on theories and methodologies, nothing is impossible and you have the opportunity to shape the program the way you want. Make sure to check the courses available at SU and see if you find something that you like before making your choice!
Another thing that I can say is that if you can manage to organize yourself in your studies you can even get some extra courses in other institutions/schools about a topic that you are interested in order to complement your master degree, since you won’t have to be in class for many hours and can really plan your own schedule freely. You can also try to find an extra job or internship in a gallery or museum in stockholm (there are so many nice places in Stockholm that you can work if you are interested in art!!). It will definitely be a lot to do, but I myself worked part-time and took extra courses during my master, so I can tell you that this is a real possibility :). This way you can have the mix between university studies and a practical experience that you dream about.

I am sure other people that are interested in arts have applied for the program, and I actually know one person that did her Master Thesis on a case study about Tate Modern! Her focus was on the digital communication strategies of Tate to create engagement and interaction with the audience. Thought this would be a good example to show you that you can do the program and focus on something you are interested in.

Hope I helped you somehow! And if you want to ask something else please feel free to text me again :)

Have a great day,

Helena

Question:

Hello, 

I would like to know how is the market in this area. Im journalist in Brasil, I already work as reporter, PR, social media, etc in Brazil, but I want to move to Sweden, studie masters and work in this country. But I dont know what expect from market. Can you help me? Where I can find information about that.

Camila

Answer:

Hi Camila!

Thank you for your message. Happy to know that there are other Brazilians who wants to move to Sweden!

Well this will be a very personal answer, so that means that there might be other people from Brazil living in Sweden that have a different and more positive experience than the one I had so far. 

For me it has been quite hard to find a job in the field in Sweden, even though I have a degree from a Swedish university and have had experience both in communication and in advertising in Brazil. The things that weighs the most is first the language and second the fact that here most of the jobs are arranged through references/contact. So if if you want to work in Sweden one of my advices is to start learning the language as soon as possible. The job might even be in English, but they always look for people that can also speak Swedish since they want you to be able to integrate better in the working place and with your colleagues. Another thing is that you can also start from now to get contact with companies you find interesting to work in. Give them a call, add them on LinkedIn and maybe even try to apply for positions already, but first contact someone and create a network here. For more information about this maybe this websites can help you: https://sweden.se/collection/working-in-sweden/ and https://www.thenewbieguide.se/work/. You can also write on facebook groups, like Brasileiros na Suécia or Brasileiros em Estocolmo for example and ask if there are other communicators that are working here and ask for their help. 

Hope I could help you! And you can always text me again if you have more questions.

Have a great day,

Helena.