Dr. Jan Boesman

Researcher affiliated with the research group Center for Journalism Studies of the department of Communication Sciences of Ghent University.

Jan Boesman



Audience engagement
News framing
Narrative journalism

Jan Boesman (PhD) is senior researcher and lecturer at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences. His research currently focuses on news use and disinformation among children and adolescents. Other research interests include audience engagement in news, news framing, narrative journalism, and sports journalism.

As a guest professor, he has taught and still teaches several courses (at the VUB, the KU Leuven, and the Arteveldehogeschool), ranging from theory (Journalism Studies, Media Sociology, Media Policy) to practice (Newsroom Practice, Sports Journalism, Media & Audiences). As a media consultant, he supported news organizations with engaging audiences in news production, for instance, by using conversation tools to create a meaningful and civilized debate about news stories.

A former sports journalist, Jan wrote books about racism and doping in professional cycling, of which De fiets van Lautrec (Atlas-Contact, 2013) was awarded the best Dutch sports book in 2013. Occasionally he still writes for sports and cultural magazines, mainly about the cultural history of cycling.

Jan studied Comparative Science of Cultures and Journalism, and holds a PhD in Social Sciences.