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My name is Johan Farkas and I am an Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

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  (see publications).

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.

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

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 (see activities).

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Recent publication:
Farkas, J. & Schousboe, S. (2024). Facts, values, and the epistemic authority of journalism: How journalists use and define the terms fake news, junk news, misinformation, and disinformation. Nordicom Review, 45(1): 137–157. (Full text available)