The Journalism Studies Center, located in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of journalism and its interaction with societal fields across different cultural contexts, employing qualitative and quantitative approaches. In doing so, we aspire to generate knowledge that is theoretically innovative and of relevance for society.

Key foci of reserach conducted at the Center include:

  • Transformations of journalism and journalism education against the background of political, economic, technological and cultural influences
  • (Re-)Conceptualizations of journalism
  • Journalism and Collective Memory
  • Reciprocal relationships between journalism and other societal fields

14-15 February 2019 | Vienna, Austria

ECREA Journalism Studies Conference

We are very happy to inform you about the upcoming 2019 conference of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association, ECREA. It is hosted by our center!

The theme is "Breaking Binaries: Exploring the Diverse Meanings of Journalism in Contemporary Societies". 

We're looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna!



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    Folker Hanusch has been elected as Chair of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). He had served as Vice-Chair for the past two years. For the next two years, he will run the section together with new Vice-Chairs Evelyn Runge (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) and Sergio Splendore (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy). During his term, the Journalism Studies Center (JSC) will also be organizing the upcoming sectional conference in Vienna on 14-15 February, 2019.
    Two other members of the JSC were also appointed to office at the recent ECREA conference, held in Lugano, Switzerland. Sandra Banjac and Phoebe Maares will be serving as joint journalism studies representatives for YECREA, the young scholars’ network of the association. In their roles, they will look after young scholars’ interests and play an important role in creating mentoring opportunities.
    The JSC was very well-represented at the Lugano conference, with a total of four paper presentations between them.

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