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Three New DFG Projects on Media Change

The ZeMKI of the University of Bremen and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research in Hamburg are receiving funding from the DFG for three new projects. The researchers will be asking, among other things, how journalism and its relationship with the public are changing.

The three projects are part of the Communicative Figurations research network. It examines the consequences that changes in media and communication have on culture and society. To this end, the researchers involve various social science and humanities disciplines and Media Computing.

The Role of Pioneer Journalism in Germany

Project A –„Pionierjournalismus: Die Re-Figuration der Organisation(en) des Journalismus" is a joint research project by communication scientists Professor Andreas Hepp from ZeMKI and Professor Wiebke Loosen from the Hans-Bredow-Institut on new forms of journalism called pioneer journalism. It aims at redefining journalism, its function, achievements, structures, and practices. Media and digital technologies play a decisive role and often form the basis for new developments. The project asks what role pioneer journalism plays in the transformation of public communication and is funded with approximately 442,000 euros.

Projects B and C are in progress at the HBI. They deal with how journalism’s relationship with its audience is changing and how people connect to different public spheres through their individual use of media.

Joint Network of the Universities of Bremen and Hamburg

The Communicative Figurations research network is a joint initiative of the universities of Bremen and Hamburg. In Bremen, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) and the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) are involved, as are the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, the Research Center for Media & Communication (RCMC), the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research (HBI), and the Research Centre Media History (FMG) at Universität Hamburg.


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Dr. Leif Kramp
Fachbereich Kulturwissenschaften
Tel.: +49 421 218 67652
E-Mail: krampprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

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The researchers will be asking, among other things, how journalism and its relationship with the public are changing.