Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung (IFKW)




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Professor Thomas Hanitzsch and his colleagues focus on a variety of issues in the broader area of journalism studies. Research and teaching activities emphasize an international and comparative perspective. Specific attention is paid to the current, and partly dramatic, transformations of journalism throughout the world. In a broader interdisciplinary context, the members of this research and teaching unit explore issues at the intersection between communication research, political science, sociology and social psychology. Together with their students, Professor Hanitzsch and colleagues make use of a wide array of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, including different types of interview techniques, content analyses, experiments and ethnographic analyses.

Research projects cover a variety of socially relevant topics. Professor Hanitzsch and his team engage in the comparative analysis of journalism cultures around the world and investigate issues related to conflict coverage, lifestyle journalism, celebrity news and tabloid journalism. Other studies pertain to the role of journalism in identity construction, trust building, political communication, collective memory and public discourse on migration.

Professor Hanitzsch and his team have published results of their work in a number of national and international scientific journals, including Communication Research, Communication Theory, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Mass Communication & Society, Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft, as well as in the European Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Communication, the International Communication Gazette and Publizistik.


Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch
Dr. Katja Friedrich
Abit Hoxha M.A., MSc
Corinna Lauerer, M.A.
Ursula Ohliger, M.A.
Mag. phil. Nina Steindl M.A