The Governance of Crisis Communication in ASEAN

Dissertation Project, Ngoc Son Le.

The Governance of Crisis Communication in ASEAN - A Comparative Analysis of Government Communication to Mitigate the Impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Short Description

The purpose of this research is to examine the practiced government crisis communication, to investigate and evaluate the influence of social, cultural and political factors on structural and practical crisis communication governance, and to develop a strategic framework for policy response at the selected national level in terms of crisis communication governance in the two selected nations.

Public war communication: research traditions, status quo, and trends.

Dissertation Project, Kathrin Schleicher.

Public war communication: research traditions, status quo and trends. A secondary analysis of scholarly research in the field of war communication.

Short Description

The research field of war communication is dominated by an enormous number of case studies on individual conflicts, which rarely refer to each other and make the research field unmanageable - despite insightful individual findings, research is far from a systematic development of the research field. This is where the planned dissertation wants to start and open up the research field of war communication, which is relevant for communication and media studies: By means of a differentiated secondary analysis, the approaches, questions, procedures, and findings used in the research field will be traced, evaluated, and correlated.

Mis- and disinformation in the digital age

Dissertation Project, Johanna Radechovsky

Mis- and Disinformation in the Digital Age: Perception, Consequences, Countermeasures

Short Description

Digital and social media have become a central infrastructure of public and political discourse, but at the same time they are a driving force behind the growing spread of mis- and disinformation. Just as journalistic and governmental actors, research is also working on the resulting and persistent problems only with a significant delay. The aim of this dissertation is to shed light on the dynamic and complex field of misinformation, communicators and recipients and its interdependencies from a theoretical, empirical and practice-oriented perspective and to provide a relevant and sustainable analysis for research as well as for the journalistic profession.

The media construction of scientific expertise during coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dissertation project, Francis Alpers

The media construction of scientific expertise during coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic

Short description

In their daily work, journalists are dependent on scientific expert sources, especially for multi-layered and complex topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, since they lack the necessary expertise in the respective fields themselves. However, in addition to shaping the content, scientific expert sources also fulfill stylistic functions – they convey seriousness, credibility and objectivity and thus not least increase the perceived professionalism of the journalistic media offering. Thus, they play a crucial role in determining the extent to which news coverage shapes perceptions of health-related risks and countermeasures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dissertation addresses this issue by examining in more detail how (or if at all) the expertise of the scientists cited is legitimized and constructed. For this purpose, news articles from online daily media from a total of seven U.S. and European countries are compared.

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