New position as professor of political communication

In the spring semester 2015 I will start working as an assistant professor of political communication at the University of Zurich – I’m very much looking forward to my new position and the new research institute!

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New book out on media convergence and media complementarity!

Out now: the book “Media convergence and media complementarity from the perspective of media reception and effects research” (in German), edited by my colleague Kati Förster and myself:

Media convergence and media complementarity – How are individual habits of media use affected by the convergence in technology and content of previously independent media channels? How do information media repertoires change and how do these changes affect the issue agendas of their users? Will the media still be able to fulfill their integration function under these new circumstances? In answer to these and other questions, the contributions in this edited volume discuss the theoretical, methodological, and empirical challenges of media convergence and media complementarity for research on media use and media effects.

With contributions by: Uwe Hasebrink, Birgit Stark, Anna Schnauber, Cornelia Wolf, Damian Trilling, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw, Claudia Wilhelm, Wolfgang Seufert, Merja Mahrt, Gianna Haake, Judith Väth, Sarah Klappert, Anke Wonneberger, Susanne E. Baumgartner, Wouter D. Weeda, Mariëtte Huinzinga and Kati Förster

Download the complete table of contents here, or simply order the book here.

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Presentation on “Exploring news content complexity using network analysis” at ICA

At the ICA preconference on “Social & Semantic Networks in Communication Research” my team is presenting a methodological paper on the usefulness of network analysis for exploring the complexitiy of news content. Using our dataset on political claims in the coverage of the Austrian 2013 national election campaign, the analysis employs the network measures density, centralization and heterogeneity to show that while the issue coverage of quality papers does appear to be more complex than that of tabloid papers, the actor networks display no systematic differences in complexity between the two types of newspapers. Check out the conference paper at the preconference website.

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Open position for postdoctoral researcher!

The Swiss National Fond has approved funding for a research proposal submitted by Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zurich) and me! The project will investigate the transnationalization of public spheres in the debate on climate policy in 16 countries worldwide. Currently we are looking for a post-doctoral researcher experienced in standardized and if possible also automated content analysis, the position is for two years and is situated at the University of Zurich.

For more information on the position, please contact me or have a look at the job description here

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Check out my new article on political humour in media entertainment!

My newest article on political humour in media entertainment has just been published in a very rich and interesting volume on “Political Entertainment – Entertaining Politics”, edited by Marco Dohle and Gerhard Vowe, in the German Halem-Verlag.

My contribution consists of a systematic overview of previous research on political humour in media entertainment by distinguishing six different types: – critical humour, humour for everyone, humour narratives, humour as pr, guerilla humour and humour among friends. For each of these types, the articles discusses our current knowledge on its main communicators, its content and its contribution to public communication and the public sphere.

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Third prize at the Best-Paper-Award of the Reception and Effects Reserach-Section of the German Communikation Association

More prizes, yeah!

My colleague Kati Förster and I have been awarded the 3rd prize in the Best-Paper-Award of the recetion and effects research section of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) for our contribution: “The role of cross media theme repertoires for the identity work of young adults”. Please have a look at the preprint version of our article: Here (in German).

The close relationship between media and identity has been the subject of many theoretical discussions and empirical studies in recent years, in particular given the growing mediatisation and ongoing changes in our habits of media use. The contribution focuses on the role of cross media theme repertoires in the identity work of young adults. The analysis is based on media diaries by 59 students over a period of four weeks. The 15.000 moments of medis use documented in these were used to identify four different types of theme repertoires: News aficionados, sport fans, drama lovers and intense media workers. In addition the weekly reflections of participants allowed us to investigate how the different media contents are used for identity practices within these groups.

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Prize for the “2013 Article of the Year” in the European Journal of Communication

My co-author Michael Brüggemann and I have been awarded the “2013 Article of the Year” Award by the European Journal of Communication for our article “Explaining Cosmopolitan Coverage”. Check out our prize-winning article identifying key conditions for different degrees of cosmopolitan coverage in newspapers of six European countries using Fuzzy Set Qualitatve Comparative Analysis here.

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Music recommendation: Axel Bloom

In case any of you were wondering whether I have any interests beyond political communication: Check out my favorite German singer-song-writer Axel Bloom.

You can easily download his whole new album “Irgendwo, Wien” at bandcamp for free!

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Two papers accepted at the ICA in Seattle!

I’ll be presenting two papers at the ICA in Seattle this year:

“Multi-media Theme Repertoires in the Everyday Identity Practices of Young Adults” with Kati Förster

“Media as a Mirror of Societal Norms? Norms and Values in Media Content” with Cordula Nitsch

For more information on this year’s ICA, click here: http://www.icahdq.org/

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AUTNES-MediaSide will be presenting three papers at the DGPuK in Passau

My team and I will present three papers at the German annual conference for communication research in Passau this year (28.-30.05.2014):

  • “Intermedia-Agenda-Setting zwischen Online-Nachrichten und traditionellen Medien” (together with Ramona Vonbun, Klaus Schönbach)
  • “Politische Vielfalt in Online- und Offline-Öffentlichkeiten zur österreichischen Nationalratswahl 2013″ (together with Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Martin Haselmayer, Carina Jacobi, Ramona Vonbun and Klaus Schönbach)
  • “Twitter als Agenda-Setter?” (together with Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Ramona Vonbun, as well as Axel Maireder and Stephan Schlögl from TANEP)

For more information on the conference, please click here:  http://www.dgpuk2014.de/tagungsinformationen/tagungsprogramm/

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