Flowers, golden balloons and musical accompaniment by the jBM Saxophone Quartet – it felt just like a real birthday. In this manner, the ceremony on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Department of Communication (IfK) was celebrated on Saturday, May 11th, at the Münster City Castle. Framed by a get-together and a poster exhibition showcasing the department’s history and – of course – a party, about 300 current and past IfK-members, as well as numerous guests jointly remembered the department’s evolution from its beginnings to its current state.
With the theme of “Communication Beyond Boundaries” the 69th annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference takes place in Washington D.C. from May 24th to May 28th. The Münster Department of Communication (IfK) is represented by some of its researchers with 25 contributions.
On Friday, May 7, Fabian Gülzau will give a short workshop in which he introduces students to the technique of webscraping with R. Participants will learn a general scheme that can be applied to scrape information from the web. First, the workshop provides a brief introduction to the underlying structure of the modern web. Second, after acquiring this knowledge, we will go through the individual steps that are necessary to retrieve information from a website.
On the 15th of May 15, US-American Communication Scholar Jesse Fox will give a public lecture with the title “A sceptic’s guide to Virtual Reality research. Challenging assumptions, debunking myths & improving practices”.
Online social networks and online news offer the opportunity to access large text corpora. Automated text analysis makes it possible to analyze large amounts of data efficiently. In a guest workshop on the 7th and 9th of May, Professor Vicente Fenoll (University of Valencia, Spain) will give an introduction to automated methods of content analysis.