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Research in the Joint Academic Partnership Communication | Media: How Do We Communicate in the Digital Era?

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The Joint Academic Partnership is guided by the following key question: “What impact does the digital revolution have on communication for the common good (journalism), and strategic communication (public relations) as well as on business models in the media?”

From a journalistic perspective, new fields of research are emerging that are being addressed by doctoral projects on topics such as digital journalism and online journalism, data journalism, computational and algorithmic journalism, cross-border journalism, immersive journalism, media convergence or disinformation and propaganda research. By the same token, from a strategic communication point of view, there are manifold doctoral projects, such as on corporate communication or strategic political communication (e.g., crisis or risk communication), on digital stakeholder management, on corporate foresight and issues management or on social media communication. In each case, we can explore issues on media ethics and those of media management. Further aspects of the research field include artificial intelligence, semantic web, and social bots, for instance.

Digital change in journalism and public affairs - our current research topics:

  • Digital journalism
  • Cross-border journalism
  • Immersive journalism
  • Economic journalism
  • Crisis communication
  • Media convergence
  • Propaganda research
  • Corporate communications
  • Media Management

Our PhD Projects

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Awais Ahmad
Awais Ahmad
University of Passau

Mass Media and Governance: Issues and Challenges to Free Press in contemporary Pakistan

The military dictators and elected representatives have almost always exploited and misused their powers and authority to control the press from open…

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SUPERVISORS

University of Passau

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

Projects:


    Bundeswehr University Munich

    Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald

    Institut for organisational communication.

     

    www.strategic-communication-management.de

    Projects:


      Maximilian Eder
      Maximilian Eder
      Bundeswehr University Munich

      Political journalists on Twitter: A framing analysis of the Ibiza Affair in German-Austrian comparison

      In the past, various studies have examined the use of Twitter by journalists. Thus, in addition to differentiated debates with contributions in social…

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      SUPERVISORS

      University of Passau

      Prof. Dr. Ralf Hohlfeld

      Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationswissenschaft

      Projects:


        Bundeswehr University Munich

        Prof. Dr. Annika Sehl

        Dr Annika Sehl is a Professor for Digital Journalism at the Institute for Journalism in the HAW Department at the Bundeswehr University Munich, and Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. She is Vice Chair of the Journalism Studies Division at the International Communication Association (ICA), and Associate Editor of the International Encyclopaedia of Journalism Studies (Wiley-ICA) that was published in three volumes in 2019. Her research was published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, or the International Communication Gazette. As a trained editor (N24), she has practical experience in journalism and for several years sat on the jury for the prestigious Grimme prize. She is currently a member of the local journalists’ project team of the Federal Agency for Civic Educations’ Local Journalists Programme.. 

        Projects:


          Lukas Kick
          Lukas Kick
          University of Passau

          Ethical dimensions of immersive journalism

          As regards media coverage, 360° videos and virtual reality content are gaining ever greater significance. My thesis therefore deals with the ethical…

          MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

          since


          SUPERVISORS

          University of Passau

          Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

          Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

          Projects:


            Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

            Prof. Dr. Barbara Brandstetter

            Dr Barbara Brandstetter has been a professor for Economic Journalism at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences since 2011. She is head of the Media & User Experience Competence Centre and is responsible for the focal area of Cross Media in the InformationManagement and Corporate Communications study programme. Barbara Brandstetter has long-standing professional experience as an editor in economic and financial editorial offices
            (including Welt, Welt am Sonntag, Berliner Morgenpost). Her thematic focus lies in pension schemes, taxes, insurances, and financial investments. Her fields of research encompass business and consumer journalism, usability & UK as well as media economics. She studied romance studies (linguistics), economics, and journalism in Hamburg, and completed an economic traineeship at Axel Springer school of journalism. Barbara Brandstetter is a member of the administrative council of Stiftung Warentest (leading German consumer safety group), of the advisory committee of Marktwächter Finanzen and on the jury for journalistic prizes. Her reference book “Verbraucherjournalismus” (consumer
            journalism) was published in 2014. In 2017, she published the textbook “Wirtschaft – Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis” (Economy – Basic Knowledge for Media Practice) (co-author: Steffen Range). Brandstetter writes a regular column on financial themes (asset issues) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

            Projects:


              Martin Ruske
              Martin Ruske
              Ansbach University of Applied Sciences

              Crisis communication in accident and disaster scenarios. Optimising strategic communication measures as part of an effective crisis management against the background of increased potential for hazards and threats.

              Under the conditions of novel and particularly strong dynamic crises with increasing asymmetric, regular as well as hybrid threats, crisis…

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              SUPERVISORS

              Ansbach University of Applied Sciences

              Prof. Dr. Martin Müller

              Head of public relation and corporate communication studies (PUK)

              Projects:


                University of Passau

                Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

                Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

                Projects:


                  Andreas Paulweber
                  Andreas Paulweber
                  Bundeswehr University Munich

                  Being German as a framed narrative? A constructive systemic approach.

                  “What we know about our society, indeed about the world in which we live, we learn from the media.” Whether this statement, formulated by Niklas…

                  MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

                  since


                  SUPERVISORS

                  University of Passau

                  Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

                  Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

                  Projects:


                    Bundeswehr University Munich

                    Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald

                    Institut for organisational communication.

                     

                    www.strategic-communication-management.de

                    Projects:


                      Michael Sengl
                      Michael Sengl
                      University of Passau

                      The influence of cross-media workflows in newsrooms on working conditions and the editorial output at the individual level

                      In my dissertation I want to examine what impact cross-media and convergence has on a journaist's work and quality of their reporting.

                      MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

                      since


                      SUPERVISORS

                      University of Passau

                      Prof. Dr. Ralf Hohlfeld

                      Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationswissenschaft

                      Projects:


                        Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

                        Prof. Dr. Barbara Brandstetter

                        Dr Barbara Brandstetter has been a professor for Economic Journalism at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences since 2011. She is head of the Media & User Experience Competence Centre and is responsible for the focal area of Cross Media in the InformationManagement and Corporate Communications study programme. Barbara Brandstetter has long-standing professional experience as an editor in economic and financial editorial offices
                        (including Welt, Welt am Sonntag, Berliner Morgenpost). Her thematic focus lies in pension schemes, taxes, insurances, and financial investments. Her fields of research encompass business and consumer journalism, usability & UK as well as media economics. She studied romance studies (linguistics), economics, and journalism in Hamburg, and completed an economic traineeship at Axel Springer school of journalism. Barbara Brandstetter is a member of the administrative council of Stiftung Warentest (leading German consumer safety group), of the advisory committee of Marktwächter Finanzen and on the jury for journalistic prizes. Her reference book “Verbraucherjournalismus” (consumer
                        journalism) was published in 2014. In 2017, she published the textbook “Wirtschaft – Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis” (Economy – Basic Knowledge for Media Practice) (co-author: Steffen Range). Brandstetter writes a regular column on financial themes (asset issues) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

                        Projects:


                          Thomas Eckerl
                          Thomas Eckerl
                          University of Passau

                          Panama Papers and football leaks. The way in which international research associations and publishing networks are transforming investigative journalism.

                          Panama, Paradise Papers and Football Leaks All of these publishing titles emerged as part of an international research cooperation. Over the years,…

                          MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

                          since


                          SUPERVISORS

                          University of Passau

                          Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

                          Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

                          Projects:


                            Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

                            Prof. Dr. Barbara Brandstetter

                            Dr Barbara Brandstetter has been a professor for Economic Journalism at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences since 2011. She is head of the Media & User Experience Competence Centre and is responsible for the focal area of Cross Media in the InformationManagement and Corporate Communications study programme. Barbara Brandstetter has long-standing professional experience as an editor in economic and financial editorial offices
                            (including Welt, Welt am Sonntag, Berliner Morgenpost). Her thematic focus lies in pension schemes, taxes, insurances, and financial investments. Her fields of research encompass business and consumer journalism, usability & UK as well as media economics. She studied romance studies (linguistics), economics, and journalism in Hamburg, and completed an economic traineeship at Axel Springer school of journalism. Barbara Brandstetter is a member of the administrative council of Stiftung Warentest (leading German consumer safety group), of the advisory committee of Marktwächter Finanzen and on the jury for journalistic prizes. Her reference book “Verbraucherjournalismus” (consumer
                            journalism) was published in 2014. In 2017, she published the textbook “Wirtschaft – Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis” (Economy – Basic Knowledge for Media Practice) (co-author: Steffen Range). Brandstetter writes a regular column on financial themes (asset issues) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

                            Projects:


                              Thorsten Vellmerk
                              Bundeswehr University Munich

                              Narration research in the delicate balance between (counter-) public spheres, media manipulation and propaganda

                              MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

                              since


                              SUPERVISORS

                              University of Passau

                              Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

                              Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

                              Projects:


                                Bundeswehr University Munich

                                Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald

                                Institut for organisational communication.

                                 

                                www.strategic-communication-management.de

                                Projects:


                                  Lea Sophia Lehner
                                  Lea Sophia Lehner
                                  University of Passau

                                  Cross-media in public service broadcasting.

                                  The advent of a digital information transfer not only made media history, but also heralded in a paradigm change in the media industry and all media…

                                  MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

                                  since


                                  SUPERVISORS

                                  Bundeswehr University Munich

                                  Prof. Dr. Annika Sehl

                                  Dr Annika Sehl is a Professor for Digital Journalism at the Institute for Journalism in the HAW Department at the Bundeswehr University Munich, and Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. She is Vice Chair of the Journalism Studies Division at the International Communication Association (ICA), and Associate Editor of the International Encyclopaedia of Journalism Studies (Wiley-ICA) that was published in three volumes in 2019. Her research was published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, or the International Communication Gazette. As a trained editor (N24), she has practical experience in journalism and for several years sat on the jury for the prestigious Grimme prize. She is currently a member of the local journalists’ project team of the Federal Agency for Civic Educations’ Local Journalists Programme.. 

                                  Projects:


                                    University of Passau

                                    Prof. Dr. Ralf Hohlfeld

                                    Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationswissenschaft

                                    Projects:


                                      David Castro Lotero
                                      David Castro Lotero
                                      University of Passau

                                      False information and democracy: Influence of fake news in the plebiscite of the Colombian peace agreement of 2016

                                      In modern societies, the risk of politically oriented false information spread through digital media has been arising, endangering democratic…

                                      MEMBER IN THE JOINT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

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                                      SUPERVISORS

                                      University of Passau

                                      Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn

                                      Professor Oliver Hahn, PhD, is Professor of Journalism and Vice-Dean for Internationalization and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, Germany. He is specialized in international comparative research of journalism, media and communication. He serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Journalism Research and Education (JRE) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Liaison Officer to the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

                                      Projects:


                                        Bundeswehr University Munich

                                        Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald

                                        Institut for organisational communication.

                                         

                                        www.strategic-communication-management.de

                                        Projects:



                                          Publications

                                          2021

                                          • Lehner, L. S. & Hohlfeld, R. (2021). ‚Das System heißt Mensch‘. Eine Studie zum crossmedialen Arbeiten in den Redaktionen lokaler Radiosender in Niederbayern. In M. Behmer & V. Katzenberger (Hrsg.), Vielfalt vor Ort. Entwicklung des privaten Rundfunks in Bayern (S. 389-410). Bamberg: University Bamberg.(In Bearbeitung)

                                          • Lehner, L. S. (2021). Wissenssoziologische Untersuchungen zum Suizid im Rekurs auf Pierre Bourdieu. In T. Benkel & M. Meitzler (Hrsg.), Wissenssoziolgie des Todes. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa. (In Bearbeitung)

                                          • Brandstetter, Barbara; Krone, Jan; Lischka, Juliane (2021): Digital News Distribution and Intermediaries. In: Karmasin, Matthias (Hrsg.): Media and Change Management. Wiesbaden: Springer – erscheint 2021.

                                          2020

                                          • Fernández Quijada, D., Sehl, A. & Eder, M. (2020). Research Review. News and Journalism (May-October). Genf: EBU Media Intelligence Service (MIS).

                                             

                                          • Fernández Quijada, D., Sehl, A. & Eder, M. (2020). Research Review. News and Journalism (November-April). Genf: EBU Media Intelligence Service (MIS).

                                          • Sehl, A. & Eder, M. (2020). Editorial Analytics. Chancen und Herausforderungen für den digitalen Nachrichtenjournalismus. In: T. Köhler (Hrsg.). Fake News, Framing, Fact-Checking. Nachrichten im digitalen Zeitalter. Bielefeld: Transcript.

                                          • Hohlfeld, R., Harnischmacher, M., Heinke, E., Lehner, L. S. & Sengl, M. (2020). "Gates noch?" – Die Antwort auf den Systemfehler Desinformation könnte der Gateadvisor sein. In R. Hohlfeld, M. Harnischmacher, E. Heinke, M. Sengl & L. S. Lehner (Hrsg.)(2020), Fake News und Desinformation: Herausforderungen für die vernetzte Gesellschaft und die empirische Forschung (S. 9-20). Baden-Baden: Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748901334-9.

                                          • Lehner, L. S. (2020). Social Media – Vox populi oder Forum der Agitatoren? Elementare Aufgaben-, Wirkungs- und Problemfelder sozialer Netzwerke im syrischen Bürgerkrieg. In R. Hohlfeld, M. Harnischmacher, E. Heinke, M. Sengl & L. S. Lehner (Hrsg.), Fake News und Desinformation: Herausforderungen für die vernetzte Gesellschaft und die empirische Forschung (S. 135-154). Baden-Baden: Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748901334-135.

                                          • Lehner, L. S. (2020). Die Videoerstellung. In JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis (Hrsg.), Inklusiv digital. Die Potenziale von Digitalisierung im pädagogisch-pflegerischen Arbeitsfeld. Abschlussbericht zum Projekt (S. 21-23). München. Online verfügbar: https://www.jff.de/veroeffentlichungen/detail/inklusiv-digital-2/ [25.05.2020].

                                          • Lehner, L. S. (2020). Überprüfung der Gebrauchstauglichkeit: Usability-Test. In JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis (Hrsg.), Inklusiv digital. Die Potenziale von Digitalisierung im pädagogisch-pflegerischen Arbeitsfeld. Abschlussbericht zum Projekt (S. 47-58). München. Online verfügbar: https://www.jff.de/veroeffentlichungen/detail/inklusiv-digital-2/ [25.05.2020].

                                          • Holzer, S. & Sengl, M. (2020). Quelle gut, alles gut? Glaubwürdigkeitsbeurteilung im digitalen Raum. In R. Hohlfeld, M. Harnischmacher, E. Heinke, L. S. Lehner & M. Sengl (Hrsg.), Fake News und Desinformation: Herausforderungen für die vernetzte Gesellschaft und die empirische Forschung, 157-178. Baden-Baden: Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748901334-155 

                                          • Heinke, E. & Sengl, M. (2020). Medienkompetenzvermittler: Die Rolle von Medienunternehmen in der Schule. In R. Hohlfeld, M. Harnischmacher, E. Heinke, L. S. Lehner & M. Sengl (Hrsg.), Fake News und Desinformation: Herausforderungen für die vernetzte Gesellschaft und die empirische Forschung, 341-361. Baden-Baden: Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748901334-341

                                          • Brandstetter, Barbara; Fürsich, Michael (2020): Easy access? The Usability of the Payment Processes for Paywalls on Newspaper Websites and the Online Kiosk Blendle: A Comparative Analysis. In: Böhm, Stephan; Suntrayuth, Sid (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the IWEMB 2019, Seiten 71-92. Norderstedt: PubliQation.

                                          2019

                                          2018

                                          • Eckerl, T., & Hahn, O. (2018). Die Selfie-Seite der Macht. Instagram in der politischen Kommunikation in Deutschland. In: M. Oswald & M. Johann (Hrsg.), Strategische Politische Kommunikation im digitalen Wandel. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf ein dynamisches Forschungsfeld. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

                                          • Lehner, L. S., Meyenberg, I. (2018). Trauerfall Schwangerschaft. Sozialwissenschaftliche Beobachtungen zur Kontroverse um das 'Erlanger Baby'. In T. Benkel & M. Meitzler (Hrsg.), Zwischen Leben und Tod. Sozialwissenschaftliche Grenzgänge (S. 69-90). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

                                          Coordinator

                                          Get in touch. We look forward to your questions and ideas for our Joint Academic Partnership Media and Communications.

                                          Mandy Fox

                                          Mandy Fox

                                          Koordinatorin BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Kommunikation & Medien

                                          Universität Passau
                                          Philosophische Fakultät
                                          Professur für Journalistik
                                          Centre for Media and Communication
                                          Innstr. 33a
                                          94032 Passau

                                          Telephone: +49 851 5092999
                                          kommunikation-medien.vk@baywiss.de