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Dr. Florian Wintterlin

Post-Doc in BMBF-Project "Erkennung und Nachweis verdeckter Propaganda-Angriffe über Online-Medien"

Department of Communications
Room: E.04
Bispinghof 9-13
D-48151 Münster


Phone: +49 251 83-21052

Consultation hours

by appointment

  • Research interests

    • Trust and journalism
    • Journalistic sources and verification
    • Online-Propaganda

  • Research project

     PropStop (05/2016 - 04/2019)

    PropStop is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that aims at studying hidden propaganda disseminations via online media, in order to identify and prove accordant attempts. Throughout the project an interdisciplinary team of statisticians, communication scientists, IT-security researchers, journalists and IT-security companies works together. Besides a large-scale examination of propaganda characteristics online, huge quantities of public opinion statements in different areas of the digital public sphere will be analyzed for repeated semantic and technical patterns. The insights gained throughout the project will be used to enhance our detection of massive, hidden propaganda attacks, to develop technologies to identify these attacks, and to improve our abilities to verify propaganda attacks. Real-time simulations of massive hidden propaganda attacks will provide meaningful insights into the transdisciplinary applicability of the gained findings.

  • Short CV

    After finishing his studies in communication science and his doctoral thesis on the trustworthiness of social media sources as perceived by journalists in Münster, Florian Wintterlin joined the research division “online communication” at the Institute for Communication Studies in January 2018. He now works in a project on “recognition, proof and combating of covert propaganda attacks via online media”.

    Apart from research on journalism, he also conducts studies in political communication and trust in news media. His specific interest lies in the perception of user-generated content as a source and the effects of social media on political trust.

  • Publications

    • Schatto-Eckrodt Tim, Boberg Svenja, Wintterlin Florian, Frischlich Lena, Quandt Thorsten. (). Bedrohte Deliberation: Information Warfare und Desinformation als Bedrohung digitaler Öffentlichkeiten. Communicatio Socialis, 52(2), 147-158. doi: 10.5771/0010-3497-2019-2-147.
    • Engelke, Katherine M.; Hase, Valerie; Wintterlin, Florian. (). On measuring trust and distrust in journalism: Reflection of the status quo and suggestions for the road ahead. Journal of Trust Research, 9(1), 66-86. doi: 10.1080/21515581.2019.1588741.
    • Grosser, Katherine M.; Hase, Valerie; Wintterlin, Florian. (). Trustworthy or shady? Exploring the influence of verifying and visualizing user-generated content (UGC) on online journalism’s trustworthiness. Journalism Studies, 20(4), 500-522. doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2017.1392255.
    • Wintterlin F. (). Quelle: Internet. Journalistisches Vertrauen bei der Recherche in sozialen Medien.: Nomos.

    • Wintterlin F. (). Trust in distant sources: An analytical model capturing antecedents of risk and trustworthiness as perceived by journalists. Journalism, Online First. doi: 10.1177/1464884917716000.

    • Wintterlin, Florian; Blöbaum, Bernd. (). Examining Journalist’s Trust in Sources: An Analytical Model capturing a Key Problem in Journalism. In Blöbaum, Bernd (Eds.), Trust and communication in a digitized World. Models and concepts of trust research (p. 75-90). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28059-2.

    • Wintterlin F. (). #Neuland. Die Eindrucksbildung über Politiker in Sozialen Netzwerken und ihre Wirkung auf politisches Vertrauen. Transfer, 18(1).
  • Talks

    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. 21. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe „Methoden der Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Universität Greifswald, Greifswald, Deutschland, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Boberg, Svenja; Adam, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Who is Affected by the Disinformation Order? Predicting the Exposure to Distorted Information Prior to the Parliamentary Election in Germany’. 69th ICA Annual Conference, Washington, .
    • Wintterlin, F; Frischlich, L; Boberg, S; Schatto-Eckrodt, T; Reer, F; Quandt, T (): ‘Corrective actions in the information disorder. Presumed influence and the countering of distorted information’. 69th ICA Annual Conference, Washington, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Frischlich, Lena Boberg, Svenja Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim Wintterlin, Florian Quandt, Thorsten (): „On the relevance of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate-speech and personal victimization in the Internet.“ Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK), Münster, Deutschland, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPUK), Münster, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, T; Boberg, S; Wintterlin, F; Quandt, T (): „“. SmartNETWORK-Tagung „Öffentlichkeit und Debattenkulturen“, Universität Münster, .
    • Boberg, Svena; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Deutschland, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Germany, .
    • Engelke, Katherine M.; Wintterlin, Florian; Hase, Valerie; Blöbaum, Bernd (): ‘User comments in journalism: The recipients' view on the potential for deliberative discourse’. ECREA 2018, Lugano, Schweiz, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Hase, Valerie; Engelke, Katherine M. (): ‘Strategies of preserving trust in journalism: Recipients' views on transparency and verification of user-generated content’. ECREA 2018, Lugano, Schweiz, .
    • Frischlich L, Boberg S, Schatto-Eckrodt T, Wintterlin F, Quandt T (): ‘’. DGPS, Frankfurt, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg; Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘’. Multidisciplinary perspectives on radicalization, Cologne, Germany, .
    • Hase, Valerie; Wintterlin, Florian; Grosser, Katherine M.; Blöbaum, Bernd (): ‘User-generated content in online journalism. Exploring how verifying and visualizing UGC influences journalism’s trustworthiness.’ 67th ICA Annual Conference, San Diego, USA, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘The Verification of Online Sources in German Newsrooms’. ICA 2017 ICA Preconference “Online and Newsworthy: Have Digital Sources Changed Journalism?”, San Diego, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘’. Digital Opportunities and Challenges, Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, .
    • Grosser, Katherine M.; Hase, Valerie; Wintterlin, Florian; Blöbaum, Bernd (): ‘Trustworthy or shady – How does UGC influence journalism’s trustworthiness in a digitized world?’ ECREA 2016, Prag, Tschechien, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘Sourcing Social Media. Trust in Sources and Risk Perceptions of Journalists’. 66th Annual ICA Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, .
    • Wintterlin Florian; Blöbaum, Bernd (): ‘How to trust sources? New journalistic strategies to verify news material.’ Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, UK, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘’. Re-Inventing Journalism, PhD-workshop at DGPuK/ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference, Winterthur, Schweiz, .
    • Marcinkowski, F., Starke, C. & Wintterlin, F. (): ‘’. ECREA 2014, Lissabon, Portugal, .