Publications by IMC team members

    • 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)

    • 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 Phenomenon Trump //
Trilateral Project Week //
Intercultural Communication //
Between the Worlds //
The Memory Archives //
Trilateral Project Week //
Flight for Life - Telling the Stories of Refugees
Intercultural Communication //
a German-Tanzanian-Russian student exchange project
Between the Worlds //
Transmedia-Project about Asylum in Germany
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