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Main research areas

Forschungsschwerpunkte im Fachgebiet Medienwissenschaft

Die Relevanz der Medien

Theory and Praxis of Journalism

The research group deals with the empirical analysis and theoretical description of preconditions, structures and functions of journalism.

Strategic Communication and Public Relations


The conditions and impact of the interest-led communication of organizations (especially Public Relations, Security policy communication, Public Diplomacy) are in the focus of our research group regarding strategic communication.

War and crisis communication


Structures, influencing factors and processes of the medial representation of war conflicts, catastrophes and organizational crises are analyzed. The research activities in this area are concentrated in the Research Group on Crisis Communication.

International Research Group on Crisis Communication

International communication and Public Diplomacy


The focus of this research area is the analysis and comparison of media-based and interest-led communication in and between different cultures and countries.

Ilmenau Center of Public Diplomacy Research and Training