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 research 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


  •  13.12.2021 Sandra Banjac
    We are very proud to announce that Sandra Banjac recently defended her dissertation entitled "Role theory and the changing relationship between journalists and audiences: Towards (re-)conceptualising roles and expectations' well-being". Congratulation, Sandra!
  • 08.10.2021 New Publications!
    Hanusch, F. & Banjac, S. (2021). Do Journalists Share Universal Values? In Ward, S. (Ed.), Handbook of Global Media Ethics (pp.71-90). Basel, CHE: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32103-5_5

    Singh, S. B., & Hanusch, F. (2021). Watchdogs under pressure: Pacific Islands journalists’ demographic profiles and professional views. Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa, 27(1&2), 132-149. doi:10.24135/pjr.v27i1&2.1164

  • 24.09.2021 September - Full of (virtual) conferences!
    In September, our team joined three great conferences and presented serval papers:

    ECREA 2021

    • Nölleke, D., Maares, P., & Hanusch, F. (2021). The Eye on the prize - young journalists’ assessments of journalism awards in precarious times. European Communication Conference, September 6-9, virtual. 
    • Maares, P. (2021). Journalistic labour in uncertain times: Theorizing dimensions of journalistic precarity. European Communication Conference, September 6-9, virtual.
    • Herczeg, P. & Nölleke, D.: Journalism and young people: The relationship between attitudes, image and trust in journalists. An exploratory study of young people aged 14 to 18 in Austria. European Communication Conference, September 6-9, virtual.

    Future of Journalism

    4. Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe „Mediensport und Sportkommunikation“

    • Seeger, C., Sinner, P., Nieland, J.-U., Horky, T., Schallhorn, C. & Nölleke, D.: Relationship Marketing von Sportvereinen in Zeiten der COVID-19-Pandemie: Kommunikationsstrategien und -prozesse von deutschen und österreichischen Sportvereinen. Jahrestagung DGPuK-Fachgruppe „Mediensport und Sportkommunikation“, September 22-24, Vienna, Austria.

  • 09.09.2021 Call for applications: New team position / Postdoctoral researcher at JSC!
    We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in journalism studies with a focus on audience behaviour to conduct the project "Audience expectations of news in the digital age", to be funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and led by Folker Hanusch. More information can be accessed here.