Piet Bakker PhD (born in 1953) has been professor in Mass Media and Digitization within the Crossmedia Quality Journalism research group since 2007. He studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and achieved a PhD in communication science. He worked as an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam and was a lecturer at the School for Journalism in Utrecht. As a journalist, he worked for various newspapers and magazines, as well as for radio and television.
He wrote books, articles and chapters of books on journalism, the new media, (free) newspapers, media innovation, the music industry, media policy and media history. In 2008 he published a public lecture entitled ‘Ruimte voor kwaliteit? (Space for quality?). Media and journalism at the digital crossroads’ (2008). Together with Otto Scholten, he is the author of the Communication Map of the Netherlands (7th edition, 2009). Together with Tom Bakker, he also wrote Handboek Nieuwe Media (2011) (New Media Handbook).
Piet Bakker also writes a blog.
Mass media and digitization
Within the research group, Bakker’s research area is ‘mass media and digitization’. In professional practice, the chief requirement is for the structured development of knowledge and expertise in the field of journalistic cross-media content. What are the consequences of digitization and other developments in current journalistic practice? Consider the rise of free newspapers, the reliability of weblogs as a journalistic source, the emergence of new journalistic genres, for example. This work focuses specifically on issues related to the future functioning of the existing media.
Piet Bakker led the research project entitled Every Picture Tells a Story.
All the activities, findings and blogs of Piet Bakker’s Cross-Media Lab can also be followed on www.journalismlab.nl.