Nils G. Indahl is a lecturer and writer on digital communication and political science. He is adjunct professor (ekstern lektor) at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. At the Department of Political Science he teaches the master course Written and Digital Communication for the fourth time in the spring semester of 2017.
In the autumn of 2016, he taught the bachelor courses Analysis, design and regulation of IT infrastructure and the Theory of Science. In the spring of 2016 he was supervising master students at the Communication and IT programme that spent a semester in work practice. In the autumn semester of 2015 he taught the Theory of Science at the Communication and IT bachelor programme for the third time. In the spring of 2015, he taught the master courses Strategic Communication in Digital Media (at the Film and Media programme) and Media as Communicative Networks (at the Communication and IT programme). In the autumn of 2013 he taught the bachelor course Audiovisual Communication.
Indahl is an adjunct professor (lektor) at the master programme of the Institute of Journalism at the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication in Vienna (FHWien, in German) where he teaches Entrepreneurial journalism. His latest book is Introduction to Social Studies for Journalists (Cappelen Damm Akademisk, Oslo 2015, in Norwegian ).
From 2004 to 2013, Indahl was associate professor of journalism at the Norwegian School of Creative Studies, Norway’s largest journalist school, with campuses in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. He taught the courses news reporting and writing, advanced research, and mobile journalism, as well as introduction to social studies. He supervised Oslo students for their final exam project. For nine years, he organised the annual study trip to Berlin. His book De tre presseideologier (Three ideologies of the press, in Norwegian) was published by Norwegian Academic Press in June 2011.
International Institute for Journalism
At the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin (part of GIZ) he taught the Advanced Multimedia Course in October 2012 (and earlier the Mobile Reporting and Cross Media Publishing course). In December 2011, he organised a workshop on Latest techniques in Internet search at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai. In October 2009, he taught digital journalism and research at Utrop, Norway’s first multicultural newspaper. At the University of Oslo, he taught Net media and ethics as part of the media studies course at the 2009 International Summer School.
In the spring term of 2008, he taught digital journalism at the Dagbladet and VG newspapers, as part of a university programme organised by the De Facto foundation, and examined by Volda University College. In addition, he taught at the Kaospilots in Oslo, a social entrepreneurship management programme. The second edition of his university textbook, Nettjournalisten (the Net Journalist, in Norwegian), was published by Norwegian Academic Press in August 2007. In the autumn term of 2008 he taught news journalism and research to second-year students at the KaosPilots, an international project manager programme with headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. In September 2006 he taught research and net journalism at Volda University College, Norway. In March 2007 he lectured at the Henri-Nannen-Schule in Hamburg, and received a scholarship to write an expanded second edition of Nettjournalisten.
In the autumn term of 2005, Indahl taught digital journalism, including podcasting and blogging, to the Multimedia III track at the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, part of the GIZ. The students were from Ghana, India, Kenya, Laos, Moldova, Nigeria, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. He frequently trains and coaches journalists from news organisations in Scandinavia. He does consultancy work for knowledge companies on the use of information technology in the organisation. In November 2004, Indahl taught the course Writing for the web at the Norwegian Institute of Journalism.
Arts and Communication
Indahl was a lecturer at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Malmö University, between 1999 and 2004. He taught the theory of science, as well as entrepreneurship, on the Creative Producer graduate programme. He taught web communication and net journalism to informatics students and K3 undergraduate students. In the spring term of 2003 Indahl launched two new courses in digital journalism at K3. One of the courses was also given as part of the Malmö University Summer School 2003.
In the spring of 2004, he developed the half-semester course Journalism in digital media in English. During 2003 Indahl was director of INF 052, a course on communication and graphic design given by K3 to students from the Department of Computer Science, Lund University. He became an associate professor at Malmö University in August 2003. Indahl was a project manager at the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, Lund University from 2002 to 2003, where he coordinated the e-learning Øresund project.
Journalism on the Net
Between 1998 and 2002 Indahl was director of the Journalism on the Net programme, offered by NKS Net Studies, Norway – one of Europe’s leading distance education organisations – in partnership with Lund University. From the autumn of 2002, the course was offered in cooperation with the journalism programme at Oslo University College. Between August 2000 and June 2002 Indahl was an associate professor at the Institute of Communication, Journalism and Computer Science, Roskilde University, where he taught research and net journalism. Between September 1998 and March 2000, he was a visiting professor at the Danish School of Journalism, Aarhus.
Indahl was educated at the Darlington College department of journalism, England. He studied politics, philosophy and economics at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, and has a master’s degree in political science. His master’s thesis (in international politics) was titled International Cyber Society: Governing the Internet.
After working as a reporter for various Norwegian local newspapers, Indahl served as political correspondent on the Morgenbladet, Oslo, between 1984 and 1986. After a period as Oslo and Copenhagen correspondent for various publications, including The Times, Indahl was director of PressLink Europe, the European distributor of the world’s first intranet for news organisations. PressLink Europe’s customer base grew from 2 to 256 major newspapers and news agencies. PressLink was later merged with Mediastream Inc. and is now offered as part of NewsCom, another Knight-Ridder service. The Knight-Ridder group was bought by the McClatchy newspaper group in 2006.