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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 networks such as Facebook and Twitter, ascertaining the interpretive framework by journalists is also of interest for research. The doctoral project examines the use of media frames by political journalists on Twitter in Germany and Austria regarding political scandals. In this context, particular interest is placed on the so-called Ibiza Affair. The goal is to identify diverse article content and frames from political journalists on Twitter, and to empirically validate any differences based on an international comparative perspective. Moreover, the aim is to investigate whether journalists communicate their personal opinion on political scandals on Twitter.



Supervisor Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt:

Prof. Dr. Annika Sehl

Professor Annika Sehl, PhD, holds the Chair of Journalism with a focus on media structures and society at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. She is Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. She is also co-director of the Center for Ethics in Media and Digital Society (zem::dg). 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.. 


Supervisor University of Passau:
Supervisor Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt:

Prof. Dr. Annika Sehl

Prof. Dr. Annika Sehl ist Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Journalistik mit dem Schwerpunkt Medienstrukturen und Gesellschaft an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt und Research Associate am Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism der Universität Oxford. Zudem ist sie Co-Leitung des Zentrums für Ethik der Medien und der digitalen Gesellschaft (zem::dg). Sie ist Vice Chair der Journalism Studies Division der International Communication Association (ICA) und Associate Editor der 2019 in drei Bänden erschienenen International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies (Wiley-ICA). Ihre Forschung wurde in internationalen peer-reviewten Journals wie dem European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies oder der International Communication Gazette publiziert. Als ausgebildete Redakteurin (N24) verfügt sie zudem über praktische Erfahrungen im Journalismus und saß über mehrere Jahre in Jurys des renommierten Grimme-Preises. Aktuell ist sie Mitglied im Projektteam Lokaljournalisten des Lokaljournalistenprogramms der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. 


Maximilian Eder

Maximilian Eder

Bundeswehr University Munich

Maximilian Eder is a research assistant at the Chair for Digital Journalism at
the Institute for Journalism at the Bundeswehr University Munich. Following
several years of activity in public relations and as an (online) journalist, he is
currently conducting research on the effect of digitalisation on production and
the use of journalistic content.


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Mandy Fox

Mandy Fox

Koordinatorin BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Kommunikation & Medien

Universität Passau
Philosophische Fakultät
Professur für Journalistik
Centre for Media and Communication
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94032 Passau

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