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 departments, which, bearing in mind rapidly advancing technological progress and innovations, does not seem to permit any revision. To adapt to digital developments and remain attractive on the market, public broadcasters in Germany are undergoing a process of transformation. The programmatic objective of public media houses is a forced transformation into “cross media companies”, which jointly conceive, plan and display content for television, radio, and online services. Cross-media is a multifaceted phenomenon affecting virtually all areas of a company, not only at the corporate but also the production and distribution levels. This dissertation examines, by way of example, whether and how one of the largest German public broadcasters successfully transforms into a cross-media broadcasting corporation. For that purpose, expert interviews are carried out and editorial observations are implemented. In this way, the study aims to make an important contribution towards editorial and newsroom research and to explore changes associated with journalistic reorientation at the organisational, editorial and communication strategy and personnel level.
Cross-media in public service broadcasting.
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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..
Prof. Dr. Ralf Hohlfeld
Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationswissenschaft
University of Passau
Lea Sophia Lehner has worked as a research assistant at the Chair for
Communication Science at the University of Passau since April 2020. Her
primary focus lies in the supervision of Bachelors’ candidates in the degree
course Media and Communication. Previously, she worked from October 2019
until project end in February 2020 at the Chair for Digital and Strategic
Communication at the University of Passau in the BMBF project PADIGI
(participatory media education for people with mental disability. Testing digital
learning modules for professionals in pedagogic/nursing professions).
Between April 2016 and September 2019, she worked as a student assistant
at the Chair for Sociology and later as a research assistant at the Chair for
Communication Science at the University of Passau. She graduated with
degrees in European Studies (B.A.) as well as Media and Communication
(B.A.). Since November 2018, she has been working on a doctoral degree in
the doctoral programme Communication & Media at the Bavarian Academic