January 2023: Project Team Represented With Two Presentations at ICA24

Our project is once again going to be present at the annual conference of the ICA (International Communication Association) this year. Two submissions were accepted for presentation at the 74th Annual International Conference of the ICA 2024 in Gold Coast, Australia, gathering with the theme “Communication and Global Human Rights”.
Under the presentation title “Journalists’ Expectations of Journalist-Audience Interaction and Relationship: A Q-Sort Study”, a Q-Sort study researching journalistic expectations towards interactions with the audience  will be presented. In addition, a second presentation titled “What Does the Audience Expect when Interacting with Journalists? A Q-Sort Study” will present the Q-Sort study on the audience’s expectations of interactions with journalism.

We are looking forward to an interesting exchange in Gold Coast!

November 2023: Relocation of the Tübingen sub-project to Kempten University of Applied Sciences

As part of Prof Dr Hanne Detel’s move to Kempten, the Tübingen sub-project has now also relocated to the University of applied science Kempten. Isabell Klawitter has joined the team at the new location. During her Master’s degree, she already worked on the joint project as a student assistant in Münster. We warmly welcome Ms Klawitter to the Kempten site and wish her a good start in the new team. Further information about the current team of the joint project can be found here.

September 2023: Journal article published: “Great expectations? A taxonomy for expectancy research in journalism studies”

A journal article titled “Great expectations? A taxonomy for expectancy research in journalism studies“, written by Assistant Professor Dr Claudia Wilhelm and Professor Dr Hanne Detel, was published in the renowned journal Journalism at the end of September 2023. In order to enable a systematisation and classification of the various expectation concepts in journalism research, they developed a taxonomy comprising seven criteria: While the (1) dimension indicates the content of the expectations and the (2) dimensionality the degree of complexity of the concept, the criteria (3) perspective and (4) object specify whose expectations are addressed and to whom they are directed. The (5) expectation level distinguishes between first-order and second-order expectations and the (6) level of analysis helps to localise expectation concepts (micro, meso or macro level). Finally, the (7) mode enables expectations to be categorised as prescriptive, probabilistic or evaluative.

September 2023: Appointment of Dr Hanne Detel as Professor of Digital Literacy at Kempten University of Applied Sciences

Dr Hanne Detel has been appointed as Professor of Digital Literacy at Kempten University of Applied Sciences by 1 September 2023. She previously worked at the University of Tübingen, where she led one sub-project of the BMBF joint project, which will now relocate to Kempten. We would like to congratulate Prof Dr Hanne Detel and wish her a successful start in Kempten.

July 2023: Project meeting in Kempten

This year’s project meeting – organised by Dr Hanne Detel – took place from 18th  to 20th of July 2023 on the outskirts of the old town of Kempten in the Allgäu region. At the meeting, Prof Dr Helena Stehle, PD Dr Nicole Podschuweit, Dr Bernadette Uth, Assistant Prof Dr Claudia Wilhelm and Dr Hanne Detel discussed the current status of the project, the empirical studies and the transfer of the current findings  to the scientific community, teaching and the public. The joint meeting came to an end with the traditional dish “Kässpatzen” with a view of the Allgäu Alps.

February 2023: Research stay in the USA

Prof. Dr Helena Stehle, Dr Bernadette Uth and Assistant Prof. Dr Claudia Wilhelm travelled to the USA in February 2023 for a research stay at the University of Texas, Austin. The three researchers presented the joint project at a research colloquium at the Center for Media Engagement with a lecture on “Investigating the Journalist-Audience Relationship in the Digital Age: A Multi-Stage Research Project”. They also used their stay to continue networking with colleagues and to increase the visibility of the project.