Els Diekerhof works on a Phd project on changing information gathering practices in journalism. For this project she has received a NWO-grant. The project is relevant for the professional practices of journalism in that it addresses the consequences of the structural transformation of the profession, with specific references to the praxis, ethics and consequences of gathering and verifying of information online. The project focuses on how journalists gather reliable sources and information and how reliability judgement takes form in (online) newsrooms with different deadlines and different rhythms. Preliminary results show that reliability is a fluid concept and information gathering in (online) journalism is becoming an incremental process.
Diekerhof teaches at the Utrecht School of Journalism. Her teaching subject are Journalistic Research, Investigative Journalism, Sociology and Comparative Cultural Studies.
From 1991 until 1997 Diekerhof was principal of the Utrecht School of Journalism. She started her career as a junior-researcher in the field of sociology of education at the SISWO- Research Institute. She also worked at the Union of Journalists and with the Foundation Women and Media. She is co-author of the first feminist journalism study in the Netherlands: Voor zover plaats aan de perstafel. (If room in the press area)