My current research is focused on three areas: the history of the Black press in the US; threats to and harassment of journalists; and the restructuring of journalistic labor and changing journalistic working conditions in the face of technological and economic transformation.
Previously I have conducted research on comparative European journalism; media and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe; local news ecology; comparative media history; and transmedia entertainment from a historical perspective.
My most recent book is Journalistic Autonomy: The Genealogy of a Concept (with Michael Karlsson; University of Missouri Press, forthcoming 2022), a history of the notion of journalistic "independence" and its meaning. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies (Oxford University Press, 2020).
I also have a three-year grant from FORTE (together with Elizabeth Van Couvering and Robert MacKenzie) for the project "Labor market intermediary platforms and mediatization in the Swedish gig economy (SWEGIG)" (2019-21), which studies how new apps and web pages which advertise short-term jobs are changing the employment relationship through new demands of mediated self presentation and self promotion.
Henrik Örnebring mainly teaches Media Theory, Organizational Communication, and supervises bachelor's theses. He is currently the main supervisor of two PhD students (Fredrik Edin and Carina Tenor).
Henrik Örnebring is Advisory Board Member of the Worlds of Journalism Survey (www.worldsofjournalism.org) led by Professor Thomas Hanitzsch of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany; Advisory Committee Member of the project Journalistic Role Performance Across the Globe (http://www.journalisticperformance.org/) led by Dr Claudia Mellado of the University of Santiago, Chile; was a member of the Swedish Research Council Review Panel on Political Science, Media and Communication Studies, and Peace and Conflict Research, 2015-17; Chair of the Swedish Media Research Association (FSMK) 2016-18; and Vice-Chair/Chair of the ICA Journalism Studies Division 2015-18.