Welcome to the Department of Communication (IfK)

The Department of Communication (IfK) – hosted at the University of Münster – is one of the oldest institutes of communication science in Germany. The IfK engages in high quality research in communication and offers curricula leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

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Digital Journalism, Volume 9, Issue 9 (2021)

Three thematic issues of Digital Journalism and Journalism Studies on Covid-19

The pandemic is not only a crisis for global health and social systems, but also a critical moment for journalism. The latest issue of the journal "Digital Journalism" takes up this topical issue and gathers a dozen contributions on Covid-19. The 'Special Issue' is edited by IfK professor Thorsten Quandt with his colleague Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, and it is just the prelude to further publications.

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2 million euros for BMBF project "HybriD – Real-Time Detection of Disinformation Campaigns in Online Media" with IfK participation

Disinformation campaigns on the net were a major social media topic during the election campaign and are also during the coronavirus period. Central questions are still unresolved: Who is behind them, how do such campaigns work, how can they be identified, distinguished from 'real' news and perhaps combated? These questions are being addressed by a new joint project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in which IfK is also playing a major role.

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Admission to the Academia Europaea: Prof. Dr. Julia Metag is honored for outstanding scientific achievements

Prof. Dr. Julia Metag has been accepted as a new member of the Section Film, Media and Visual Studies in the "Academia Europaea". With this membership, the Academia Europaea honors individuals who have demonstrated "sustained academic excellence". The Academy thus honors Julia Metag's outstanding academic achievements in the fields of science communication and political communication. In her numerous research projects, Julia Metag deals with the interaction of public communication and the social fields of action politics and science and publishes internationally at a high level. Her research focuses on how citizens inform themselves about science and what effects information behavior has on attitudes towards science and research. 

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IfK Represented With 21 Contributions at the 71st Annual ICA Conference

This year's 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) with the main topic "Engaging the essential work of care: Communication, connectedness, and social justice" will take place from 27-31 May as a virtual conference. Researchers* from the Münster Department of Communication will be represented with 21 contributions.

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Global Journalism: Journalism researchers from six continents as guests in master seminar

This semester, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt was able to invite eight international journalism researchers, as well as a journalist of a major news agency, to give guest lectures in his Master's seminar "Global journalism: News systems, organizations and actors across the world".