Digitalisation@WWU: Communication Scholars are sought-after Experts

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Accompanying the featured theme "Digitalisation at Münster University", the Press office published expert interviews featuring Prof. Bernd Blöbaum und Katie M. Grosser, as well as a guest article by Felix Brinkschulte und Dr. Lena Frischlich. The video interview with Prof. Bernd Blöbaum started off the 6-month period in which WWU features "Digitalisation".

Prof. Quandt in Oxford & Stanford

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From March till July 2018, Prof. Thorsten Quandt, director of the Münster Department of Communication will be guest professor at the Universities of Oxford and Stanford.

Stephanie Geise and Annie Waldherr gain funding for working group «Computational Social Science»

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The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) will fund Stefanie Geise’s and Annie Waldherr’s working group «Computational Social Science», which has been applied for in cooperation with Uwe Engel, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Social Science Methods Centre at the University of Bremen. With the funding CAIS provides financial and structural resources to facilitate cooperation among national and international experts joining together in workshops. The aim of the working group is to reflect the consequences of an increasing usage of computational methods for the further development of the empirical social sciences.

Still Images – Moving People? How visual images trigger the willingness to participate in politial protest

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Cooperation project of PD. Dr. Stephanie Geise (WWU Münster) in association with political scientists Prof. Diana Panke (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Axel Heck (University of Kiel) .Since October 2017, the Friede-Springer-Foundation has sponsored the research project «Still Images – Moving People», situation at the WWU. The inter-disciplinarian project-team will now commence with a pre-study. Lead by PD Dr. Stephanie Geise and in cooperation with two colleagues from political sciences, Prof. Dr. Diana Panke (University of Freiburg) and Dr. Axel Heck (University of Kiel) the project team will examine the (inter-)relationship between perception, typification and processing of positively and negatively framed media images of selective protest movement and their protest-issues with regards to the political participation willingness of citizens.

IfK Graduation Ceremony in Schloss Münster (City Palace)

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On February 2 nd, 2018, the Münster Department of Communication (IfK) celebrated 72 graduations. One doctorate, 10 master graduates and 67 bachelor graduates have been congratulated by Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, managing director of the Department of Communication.

Public talk of Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik on „Youth Political Expression in the Context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election“

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On January 30, 2018, Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik will be guest speaker in the seminar „Media Hypes“ of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is Assistant Professor for Communication and Journalism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her research focuses on civic and political engagement in the context of the changing media environment, particularly among young people. In her talk she will present current findings of a study on „Youth Political Expression in the Context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election“, where she analyzes how young people creatively expressed themselves online and discussed with their peers about the last U.S. presidential election results.

DFG Funds New Research Project “Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web” at the Department of Communication

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A new research project, led by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr (University of Münster) and Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch (FU Berlin), is investigating digital urban public spheres. Starting in January 2018, the four-year project at the Department of Communication will focus on the Twitterspheres of Berlin and Jerusalem. The research will be conducted in cooperation with Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and received roughly 500,000 Euros in funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Approved: Interdisciplinary Junior Research Group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online-Propaganda, Fake News, Fear- and Hate speech” at the Department of Communication (IfK)

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How do Online Propaganda and related phenomena spread, which effects do they have and how can media users be assisted, in order to resist manipulation attempts online? Starting January 2018, the interdisciplinary junior research group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online-Propaganda, Fake News, Fear- and Hate speech” led by Dr. Lena Frischlich will investigate these questions. With nearly one million euros, the project is funded by the Land of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), NRW, through the funding line “Democracy’s Protection and Reinforcement in the Digitized Society”.

New project: Interfaces and Collaboration in Municipal Communication in cooperation with the city of Münster

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How can collaboration of municipal communication in the different departments of a city become organized future-oriented, while its duties and responsibilities are increasingly extensive? The project „Interfaces and Collaboration in Municipal Communication“ which is conducted in cooperation with the city of Münster, is aiming to answer this question. The project starts at December 1st and will be led by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Röttger and Dominik Czeppel.

New DFG-project regarding Media Biographies of German Chancellors started at the IfK

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Led by Dr. Thomas Birkner (WWU) and Dr. Benjamin Krämer (LMU), the new DFG-project “Media Biographies of German Chancellors” aims to explore the significance of the media in the chancellors’ biographies. Sebastian Mallek (IfK Muenster) and Katharina Schmidt (IfKW Muenchen) will be research assistants in the two-year project, funded with 250.000 Euro from the DFG.

IfK Graduation Ceremony in Schloss Münster (City Palace)

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On July 28th, 2017, the Münster Department of Communication (IfK) celebrated the 78 graduations. One doctorate, 10 master graduates and 67 bachelor graduates received the congratulations Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, managing director of the Department of Communication.

IfK-Researchers at 67th Annual ICA-Conference in San Diego/USA

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 In this year’s 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA,) which takes place from May 25th to May 29th 2017 in San Diego/USA, researchers from the Department of Communication of the University of Münster (IfK) take part with 26 contributions. This conference’s title is “Interventions: Communication Research and Practice”.

How do you launch a journalism start up?

Guest presentation by Canadian researcher Prof. Mary-Lynn Young
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The media sector and journalism in particular are subject to a massive change. This also affects the work conditions and the job market for comm studies alumni. Many newcomers, but also established journalists turn to innovative and flexible start ups instead of the traditional media companies. Canadian professor Mary-Lynn Young from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will discuss the challenges of launching a journalistic start up. She will draw from her own practical experiences in the world of start-ups and ‚slightly different’ journalism.