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    • Media Scandals – On the Moralistic Explosive Force of Public Discourse

      Steffen Burkhardt

      The history of scandal traces an arc from ancient religious communities to the media society of the 21st century. With the invention of mass media, scandals have evolved into dangerous weapons with political influence: an information virus with revolutionary explosive force. This study explains how media scandals orchestrate alleged abuses behind the facade of power and refresh social self-understanding. On the battlefield of public morality, interest groups argue for symbolic authority, political influence, and economic domination. But how exactly do scandals come about in the media? How do they allow themselves to be driven? And prevented? This essential work provides the basis for an interdisciplinary research of scandal, which incorporates news production processes as well as the agenda-setting and politicization strategies of scandals in the public media. Their empirical application has a high practical relevance for journalism and crisis communications. (Herbert von Halem, 2015)

    • Max Weber, China and the Media: Two Studies on the occasion of the sociologist's 150th birthday

      Siegfried Weischenberg, Dirk Kaesler

      The first study examines Max Weber's suggestions for a sociology of media in the context of general considerations for scientific research. The focus is on the theory that in principle the bibliographies of scientists should take precedence over biographical details. The second study focuses on Max Weber's studies of the two great religious orders of traditional China, Confucianism and Taoism. Weber described a huge empire, in which the "literati" represents the ruling class, in which the literary education was the scale of social prestige and in which these leading intellectuals were the representatives of the culture and had therefore a particularly intimate relationship to the emperor. (Springer VS, 2015)

    • Max Weber and the Measuring of the Media World: Empirics and Ethics of Journalism

      Siegfried Weischenberg

      For him, today no superlative seems enormous enough: As one of the greatest Germans of all time and the principal inspiration, Max Weber - born 150 years ago in Erfurt - was one of the last universal scholars. His work remained enigmatic. But he left a multitude memorable concepts and formulas: ideal type, responsibility, ethics, charisma, hard boards, which must drilled by the politicians - and especially those disenchantment of the world '. The subjects of his analysis of modern society included the mass media. The large empirical project, which he initiated in 1910 at the beginning of German sociology was the measuring of the media world. Despite the fact that the project failed, his ideas have since been reflected in many ways in the discourses of media and journalism. The results of a detailed track reading will be presented in this study, which was first performed with bibliometric methods. It is a current description of communication circumstances and exploration - 100 years after Weber. (Springer VS, 2014)

    • Max Weber and the disenchantment of the media world: Theories and quarrels – a different history of the subject

      Siegfried Weischenberg

      Mass media inform the society about what is going on inside it at the moment. Nobody identified their importance as social institutions better than Max Weber did. Exactly 100 years ago he conceptualized a big research project in order to demystify the secrets of the new media world, that had emerged in the years before the First World War. In this topic, again, the sociologist proved to be a great visionary of the modern age. The study reports on quarrels, which determined the destiny of this “special area of research” and reconstructs theoretical lines, that lead from Weber, Parsosn, Luhmann, Habermas and Bourdieu in the presence of the media society. In this way a history of the subject emerged, which understands and classifies the communication science as a social science consequently. (Springer VS, 2012)

    • The Prompter of the Media Society: Report on German Journalists

      Siegfried Weischenberg, Maja Malik, Armin Scholl

      Are journalists the fourth estate? How great is their influence really? What changes when newsmen like Frank Schirrmacher (FAZ) or Hans-Ulrich Jörges (Stern) no longer just interview others, but also appear on talkshows themselves? How do the dominant majority of 48,000 German journalists who aren’t in the spotlight see their work? How has the Internet changed journalism? How do journalists go about it when they also have less space for their text due to a decline in advertising? With The Prompter of Media Society, UVK has produced a representative study that answers these and many other questions. It allows a comparison with a 1993 investigation with nearly identical questions. In 2005, Siegfried Weischenberg, one of the most prominent German journalism professors, and his colleagues interviewed 1,500 journalists. The result is a precise picture of journalistic self-understanding in today’s media society. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2006)

    • Practical Journalism – Communication Science Textbook and Handbook

      Steffen Burkhardt

      Practical Journalism answers the basic questions of journalistic practices clearly and concisely – from the research stages to successful publication. This comprehensive coursebook and handbook was designed according to current didactic standards and is clearly arranged in two parts. The first part explains the duties of the journalistic profession. It provides answers to basic questions about the work of a journalist: Why does society need independent observers and what legal position do they occupy? How is the media economy organized and how do economic, technical, and political frameworks change the workings of the newsroom? How does one become an editor or reporter, and what challenges does the (one-time) craft of writing face? The second part of the book explains in detail the journalistic duties of newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, and online media. It describes the origin of media formats; shows their areas of reponsibility, range of topics, and findings; and explains research, interview techniques, modes of expression, as well as the handling of speech in the media. (Oldenbourg Science Publishing, 2009)

    • Presenting Science in the Media

      Sabine Trepte, Steffen Burkhardt, Wiebke Weidner.

      Wissenschaft braucht Öffentlichkeit. Und doch tun sich viele Forscherinnen und Forscher im Umgang mit den Medien schwer. Dieses Buch gibt praktische Ratschläge, wie wissenschaftliche Arbeit in Presse, Rundfunk und Neuen Medien vermittelt werden kann. Viele Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler üben im Umgang mit den Medien Zurückhaltung, sei es, weil sie unsicher sind oder weil sie die Chancen erfolgreicher Medienarbeit unterschätzen. Ihnen vermittelt dieses Buch das »Handwerk« des Umgangs mit Presse, Radio, Fernsehen und Internet. Zur Vorbereitung auf Interviews werden alle Schritte, vom ersten Kontakt mit dem Journalisten bis zur Evaluation, vorgestellt. Praktische Übungen zu Atmung, Stimme und Haltung ergänzen diese Tipps; Checklisten helfen bei der Vor- und Nachbereitung. Die Berichte von Redakteuren über ihre Erfahrungen und Wünsche bei der Zusammenarbeit mit Wissenschaftlern runden diese Informationen ab. Das Autorenteam wendet sich an Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aller Disziplinen, die ihren Kontakt mit den Medien aktiv und zielgerichtet gestalten möchten. (Campus, 2008)

    • Media Qualities – Public Communication between Economic Calculus and Social Responsibility

      Siegfried Weischenberg

      A cross-section of the wide spectrum of communications-scientific controversy over “media performance.” The contributions in this collection examine methods of measuring and ensuring quality, different characteristics of quality, and the state of media criticism. In the context of the increasing economization of the media, the risks of the relationship between journalism and public relations as well as the influence of economic publishing interests on news resporting are a central theme. The journal “Radio and History” (3-4/2008) concluded: “The collection makes an important contribution to the still-necessary debate among communications scientists over media quality, because there is a consensus: that it cannot be one quality.” (UVK, 2006)

    • Journalism and Media Handbook

      Siegfried Weischenberg, Hans J. Kleinsteuber, Bernhard Pörksen

      120 articles inform the reader about all aspects of media-conveyed information and the media society. It imparts knowledge about the social framework of media systems, the institutions, benefits, and effects of media communication as well as media protagonists. All meanings are defined, the state of research and the most important literature referenced, and the current developments noted. The handbook combines scientific precision with a closeness to practice in journalism and the media. It is aimed at students and teachers as well as volunteers, journalists, educators, and anyone who requires a deep knowledge of media communications. (UVK, 2005)

    • Journalism. Theory and Practice of Contemporary Media Communications: Journalism 1. Media Systems, Media Ethics, Media Institutions

      Siegfried Weischenberg

      This coursebook, three volumes in total, attempts to identify the subject of (communication) science teaching and research, to analyze its aims, and to channel its applied wisdom. This takes place on the basis of a system that leads through a broad introduction of concepts and problems in contemporary media communication. Its focus falls on the conditions that media systems create for journalistic behavior, problems and perspectives of a media ethics, and economic and organizational constraints in media institutions. By means of reports and discussion of relevant texts, communications theory is related to communications practice. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2004)

    • Journalism. Theory and Practice in Contemporary Media Communication: Journalism 2. Media Techniques, Media Functions, Media Actors

      Siegfried Weischenberg

      The main topics of this work are the influence of media techniques, the function of media as interoperation and interdependence of the news system, as well as charactertistics of media actors. Up-to-date data from the representative study “Journalism in Germany” collected by the journalism research group are presented. Real-world documents supplement the analyses so that this coursebook doubles as a textbook. Over a total of three volumes, this coursebook attempts to identify the subject of (communication) science teaching and research, to analyze its aims, and to channel its applied wisdom. This takes place on the basis of a system that leads through a broad introduction of concepts and problems in contemporary media communication. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 1995)

    • Journalism. Theory and Practice in Contemporary Media Communication: Journalism 3. Quiz and Forum: Questions and Answers, Discussion, Evaluation

      Siegfried Weischenberg und Markus Kriener

      This coursebook, three volumes in total, attempts to identify the subject of (communication) science teaching and research, to analyze its aims, and to channel its applied wisdom. This takes place on the basis of a system that leads through a broad introduction of concepts and problems in contemporary media communication. Its focus falls on the conditions that media systems create for journalistic behavior, problems and perspectives of a media ethics, and economic and organizational constraints in media institutions. By means of reports and discussion of relevant texts, communications theory is related to communications practice. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 1998)

    • News Journalism. Codes of Practice and Quality Standards in Media Practices

      Siegfried Weischenberg (Mitarbeit: Judith Rakers)

      News is and remains the basis of journalism — even in the Internet Age. Therefore feasible and proven guidelines are of particular significance for its selection and presentation. They serve as quality assurance in journalism. The guidelines of news journalism will not only be systematically laid out in this book, they will also be illustrated through around 300 practical examples. Furthermore, concrete quality standards for the media practice will be formulated. Currently there is a particular need for such, because in the meantime it has become increasingly clear how important it is for journalists to be able to think outside of the box of purely technical skills. They must also be able to be in the position to think about their trade and assess ethical limits that cannot be overstepped. News Journalism. Codes of Practice and Quality Standards in Media Practices is the follow-up work to Newswriting, which has gone into several printings since its appearance in 1988 and is among the most successful journalism textbooks. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2001)

    • Journalism in the Society

      Armin Scholl, Siegfried Weischenberg

      Der Journalismus läßt sich als soziales System modellieren, das wesentlich zur Selbstbeobachtung moderner Gesellschaften beiträgt. Unter Funktionsaspekten werden dazu permanent Themen öffentlich angeboten, deren Merkmale Faktizität, Relevanz und Neuigkeitswert sind. Die konstruktivistische Systemtheorie liefert darüber hinaus zahlreiche Hinweise auf selbstbezogene Operationsweisen, die (auch) der wissenschaftlichen Beobachtung der Medienproduktion und ihrer Akteure neue Erkenntnismöglichkeiten erschließen. Dieses Potential wird nun erstmals systematisch umgesetzt und in eine - stark empiriegesättigte - Bilanz der Journalismusforschung eingebracht. Der Schwerpunkt des Buches bilden - auf der Erfahrungsbasis von Befunden aus der repräsentativen Studie "Journalismus in Deutschland" - multivariate Analysen zu den Strukturen und Vernetzungen des Systems, zu Umweltbezügen, zum Bewußtsein der Akteure und zu Aspekten der Synchronisierung von Journalismussystemen im internationalen Vergleich. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 1998)

    • The Reality of the Media: An Introduction to Communication Science

      Klaus Merten, Siegfried J. Schmidt und Siegfried Weischenberg (Hrsg.)

      Media and communication are indispensable to our society. They shape political, economic, and social processes — and increasingly our daily lives. In this introductory coursebook, the conditions, modes, and performance of media communication are described and analyzed. On the basis of a fundamental demonstration of communicative processes, contemporary models, methods, and results of communication science are laid out in 20 contributions. Topics include the individual and social requirements of communication; the construction of reality through media; the development, organization, and economy of the media; media technology; journalism; and the perspectives of the “Information Society.” A further focal point is the effects of the media — on children, for example. Overall the coursebook offers an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented introduction to the national and international dimensions of media and communication. (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 1994)

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