funded by DAAD, 01.11.2020 - 31.12.2022
With the VEDIAS-VR project, the Ilmenau University of Technology will expand its range of courses with three online, internationally oriented versions of already established master's degree programs, including the IfMK's "Media and Communicaton Science" program. All three courses have been internationally successful for years as face-to-face formats.
The research group Media Studies is entrusted with the project coordination of the Institute for Media and Communication Science. In addition to the digitization of the study contents, a multidisciplinary and cross-university, multilingual open source-based collaboration platform (learning/teaching/examination/study organization, social VR application) is being developed in cooperation with other IfMK research groups.
In parallel, the competencies and framework conditions for the development of further digital study offerings are being expanded; in particular through the further development of the existing quality management system and IT infrastructures.
Government communication, (social) media discourses on and citizens’ responses to Covid-19
01.06.2021 - 31.05.2024
Funded by the German Research Association (DFG), the Department of Media Studies, together with the Departments of Computational Communication Science, Databases and Information Systems, and Public Relations and Technology Communication at the Technische Universität Ilmenau and the Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, are analyzing how effectively governments and health institutions in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States have informed their citizens about Covid-19 and encouraged self-protective behavior. Three key questions will be the focus of the subprojects from June 2021 to May 2024: (1) What explanations and messages about Covid-19 did governments and health institutions convey to the public in each country? (2) How did media cover the pandemic and related risk messages from governments? (3) How did the public perceive the pandemic and risk messages?
Pauline Gidget Estella:
Development of journalism Education in Southeast Asia in the digital age
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
The purpose of this research is to examine the practiced state crisis communication, to examine 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 with respect to crisis communication governance in the two selected nations.
Public war communication: research traditions, status quo, and trends. A secondary analysis of scholarly research in the field of war communication
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 revealing individual findings, the 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: For this purpose, a differentiated secondary analysis will be used to trace, evaluate, and correlate the approaches, questions, procedures, and findings used in the research field.
The use of virtual reality in journalism
More and more media institutions are using virtual reality (VR) in news production (mostly 360° video, but also computer-generated imagery - CGI). Journalists use VR to help audiences get to places otherwise inaccessible, to increase transparency and thus credibility, to eliminate bias, and to let audiences come to their own conclusions. Nevertheless, there is a lack of empirical studies that focus on the reception and impact of VR journalism on audiences. Moreover, there does not appear to be a systematic study linking the production and reception of immersive journalism (or any other form of journalism, for that matter). Therefore, the ultimate goal of the current doctoral project is to find out whether the expectations of journalists producing VR (CGI) stories are met on the audience side.
Multimodal frames and effects on people's perceptions: Comparing national images of Germany, China, and the U.S. through international events
The rise of visuality in social media is a feature of the multimodal turn in digital communication. The novel multimodal framing research aims at integrative analysis of text, image and their relationships. This dissertation aims to analyze the national image presented in multimodal news and examine their framing effect on the perception of a foreign country.