Archive for April, 2013

April 26th, 2013

Abschied & Neuanfang: Neues Mitglied im Projektteam

Nachdem wir uns Ende März von Mareike verabschieden mussten, die nun in der „echten“ Welt als Social Media-Beraterin für ein Mode-Unternehmen arbeiten wird, freuen wir uns umso mehr, dass wir die offene Stelle so schnell – und kompetent – neu besetzen konnten.

Seit Mitte April 2013 wird das Projekt von Anne Quader unterstützt (Foto wird nachgereicht), die bereits viel Erfahrung bei der Mitarbeit in Forschungsprojekten mitbringt. Anne, die sich besonders mit verschiedenen Formen der Inhaltsanalyse beschäftigt hat, studiert aktuell im zweiten Semester den Master-Studiengang Journalistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft an der Uni Hamburg. Zuvor hat sie in Salzgitter ihren B. A.-Abschluss in Medienmanagement gemacht. Neben dem Studium ist Anne auch beim Studenten-Fernsehen der Uni Hamburg aktiv und setzt sich für den Fachschaftsrat ein. Anne’s Forschungsinteressen liegen in den Bereichen Journalismus- und Gender-Forschung und Medienwirtschaft.

Na denn: herzlich willkommen bei JPub20, Anne!

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April 16th, 2013

Future of Journalism 2013

The biennial „Future of Journalism“, hosted by the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, will be back in September 2013. We’re excited to be part of this year’s conference and their impressive list of speakers.Wiebke Loosen and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt will present the then-latest findings of our ongoing fieldwork; in September we will be able (fingers crossed) to compare and discuss data from three different case studies: The daily TV newscast „Tagesschau“, a weekly TV political talkshow, and a daily national newspaper. The abstract for our talk is below.

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Both sides of the story: Assessing audience participation in journalism through the concepts of inclusion level and inclusion distance

Digital networked media provide various means and spaces for audience participation in journalism and force journalists and scholars alike to rethink the journalism-audience-relationship. However, due to the traditional scholarly division between the fields of journalism research and audience research, most studies are focused on either the  journalism side  or on the  audience side . With the concept of audience inclusion in journalism we introduce a heuristic model to connect findings on practices and expectations around audience participation from both research traditions. Inclusion practices are performed by journalists as well as by users of journalistic outlets; the amount and scope of these practices can be expressed as inclusion level. They are framed by guiding expectations about participation, which condense, for example, in journalistic self-images, or in assessments of other users  contributions among the audience. The (in-) congruence of expectations of journalists and audience members can be expressed as inclusion distance. Findings from an ongoing multi-method research project on three German newsrooms (TV newscast; political TV talk show; daily newspaper) demonstrate not only the operationalization of the conceptual model, but also give insight into inclusion distance and inclusion level at tree major German journalistic outlets. Preliminary results show an uneven inclusion level (participatory mechanisms are part of daily work routines, but used only by a minority of users) as well as small inclusion distance (indicating that among users the idea of core journalistic functions are still held highly). However, there is notable disagreement regarding (assumed) motivations for participation between journalists and audience members.