The seminar gives an insight into international media system research and provides information about history, organizers, producers, forms of organization of media systems around the globe. The seminar compares different media systems in Europe, as well as in America, Asia and Africa. While the US elections have produced new media trends in (North) America, China in particular faces the challenges of an Internet audience that is difficult to control. Political upheavals have also affected media systems in (North) Africa. In addition to the differences in media systems worldwide, the seminar will focus on common challenges in a globalized and multimedia world, including global media companies such as Facebook and Google.

The aim of the course is to teach students basic knowledge about international media systems research as well as knowledge about similarities and differences of media systems in the whole world.


Becker, L. B., Vlad, T., & Nusser, N. (2007). An evaluation of press freedom indicators. International Communication Gazette, 69(1), 5‐28.

Brüggemann, M., Engesser, S., Büchel, F., Humprecht, E. & Castro, L. (2014). Hallin and Mancini Revisited: Four Empirical Types of Western Media Systems. Journal of Communication, 64(6): 1037-1065.

Blum, R. (2005). Bausteine zu einer Theorie der Mediensysteme. Medienwissenschaft Schweiz, 15(2), 5-11.

Hallin, D., Mancini, P. (2004). Comparing media systems. Three models of media and politics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Hallin, D., Mancini, P. (2017). Ten Years After Comparing Media Systems: What Have We Learned? Political Communication, 34, 155–171. Hans-Bredow-Institut (Hrsg.) (2009). Internationales Handbuch Medien. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Hanitzsch, T. & Mellado, C. (2011). What Shapes the News around the World? How Journalists in Eighteen Countries Perceive Influences on Their Work. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 16(3), 404–426.

Reporter without boarders:

Thomaß, B. (2013). Mediensysteme im internationalen Vergleich. 2. Auflage. Konstanz: UTB.

Weaver, D. H. & Willnat, L. (2012). The Global Journalist in the 21st century. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Worlds of journalism studies project:


Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt


Studienleistungen: Kurzreferate
Prüfungsleistung: Hausarbeit



Kurs im HIS-LSF

Semester: WT 2019/20