Johan Farkas

Johan Farkas

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

My research explores the intersection of digital media, journalism, disinformation, and democracy. I have published on these issues in journals such as New Media & Society, Journalism Studies, Social Media + Society, and Critical Discourse Studies

The second edition of my monograph, Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood, was published by Routledge in December 2023. Written with Jannick Schou, the book presents a critical examination of discourses around fake news and the so-called post-truth era.

In June 2023, I succesfully defended my PhD thesis: This Is Not Real News: Discursive Struggles over Fake News, Journalism, and Democracy.

I am currently part of the project ‘Tell Me the Truth: Fact-Checkers in an Age of Epistemic Instability' funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

In the past, I have been a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University, Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA), and a speaker at institutions such as the Council of Europe, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Facts, values, and the epistemic authority of journalism: How journalists use and define the terms fake news, junk news, misinformation, and disinformation

    Farkas, Johan & Schousboe, Sabina, 2024, In: Nordicom Review. 45, 1, p. 137-157 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. This Is Not Real News: Discursive Struggles over Fake News, Journalism, and Democracy

    Farkas, Johan, 2023, Malmö University Press. 223 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

  3. Published

    Fake News in Metajournalistic Discourse

    Farkas, Johan, 2023, In: Journalism Studies. 24, 4, p. 423-441 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood

    Farkas, Johan & Schou, J., 2023, 2 ed. London & New York: Routledge. 218 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Unpacking disinformation as social media discourse

    Farkas, Johan & Xia, Y., 2023, Social Media and Society: Integrating the digital with the social in digital discourse. KhosraviNik, M. (ed.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 107–126 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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