Dr. T. (Tom) Van Hout

  • Lecturer
  • Journalism and new media
  • Institutional communication
  • Newsroom ethnography

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2099
E-Mail: t.van.hout@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 0.03b
Personal Homepage: leidenuniv.academia.edu/​TomVanHout


My research is concerned with language and new(s) media. I use qualitative methodologies such as ethnography and discourse analysis to interrogate social theory with detailed empirical analyses of new(s) media practices.

Teaching activities

  • New Media & Society (MA Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media)
  • Medialandschap en -onderzoek (Praktijkstudie Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media)
  • Tutorial: newsroom ethnography (MA Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2009-2010 BOF Research Fellow, Ghent University College 
  • 2005-2009 PhD, Linguistics, Ghent University
    Dissertation: Writing from sources: ethnographic insights into business news production
    (defense: 10 March 2010)
  • 2001-2005: Research and teaching assistant, University of Antwerp
  • 2004 Postacademic training course in Journalistic skills, University of Antwerp
  • 1999-2001 MA Germanic Languages, University of Antwerp 
  • 1999-2001: Teacher Training Diploma, University of Antwerp 
  • 1997-1999: BA Germanic Languages, University of Antwerp

Key publications

  • Van Hout, Tom, in press. Sourcing business news: a case study of public relations uptake, in: Franklin, B., Carlson, M. (Eds.), Journalists, Sources, and Credibility: New Perspectives. Routledge, London. 
  • Van Hout, Tom, Macgilchrist, Felicitas, 2010. Framing the news: an ethnographic view of financial newswriting. Text & Talk 30,2 147-169. 
  • Jacobs, Geert, Van Hout, Tom, 2009. Towards a process view of preformulation in press releases, in: Renkema, J. (Ed.), Discourse, of course. An overview of research in discourse studies. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 239-251. 
  •  Van Hout, Tom, Jacobs, Geert, 2008. News production theory and practice: fieldwork notes on power, interaction and agency. Pragmatics 18,1 59-84.

Last Modified: 31-01-2013