20.-21. November 2009, Konferenz zur Journalismus-Forschung am IAM der ZHAW Winterthur

International Conference
Journalism Research in the Public Interest
20 – 21 November 2009 in Winterthur/Switzerland

IAM Institute of Applied Media Studies at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich

Details here:

Friday, 20 November 2009

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

9:30 – 10.30 Offical Opening & Plenary Session

Welcome notes

  • Vinzenz Wyss, Thomas Hanitzsch, Conference Chairs
  • Daniel Perrin, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • Pearl Pedergnana, City Councillor Winterthur, Switzerland


  • Barbie Zelizer , University of Pennsylvania, USA
    What can journalism scholarship tell us about journalism

11:00 – 12:15 Panels A1 ¦ B1 ¦ C1

Panel A1: Transfer of knowledge – in whose interest?

Chair: Daniel Perrin, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

  • Bernd Blöbaum, University of Muenster, Germany
    Journalism Research as a reflection of journalistic change
  • Stephan Russ-Mohl, European Journalism Observatory, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
    Journalism research – in the public interest?
  • Alice Tejkalova & Filip Lab, Charles University, Czech Republic
    The relationship between journalism studies and media professionals in the Czech Republic

Panel B1: Journalism and the public interest

Chair: Kevin G. Barnhurst, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

  • David Miller (1), William Dinan (1) & Gary Horne (2), (1) University of Strathclyde, (2) University of the Arts, UK
    Abolishing independent journalism
  • Anthea Garman, Rhodes University, South Africa
    ‘Public’ as a mode of mass-subjectivity, ‘public interest’ as a rationale: An interrogation of journalism’s most useful tools
  • Harmen Groenhart, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
    Always serving the public interest. How do letters from the editor in chief reflect the audience’s and editors-in-chiefs’ perceptions of a newspaper serving the public interest?
  • Philip MacGregor & Lian Zhu, Bournemouth University, UK
    News agencies reassessed in an era of turbulence

Panel C1: Audience participation

Chair: Irene Costera Meijer, VU University, The Netherlands

  • Leena Ripatti-Torniainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    Public Journalism as Adult Education
  • Julia Lönnendonker & Annika Sehl, TU Dortmund University, Germany
    How online comments enlarge diversity of opinion: the case of the Caucasus conflict
  • Annika Sehl, TU Dortmund University, Germany
    Status quo of German newspapers’ participatory journalism

13:30 – 14:45 Panels A2 ¦ B2 ¦ C2

Panel A2: Journalism und democratization

Chair: Joaquim Fidalgo, University of Minho, Portugal

  • Adisa Busuladzic, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Free media going rampant
  • Teke Ngomba, University of Aarhus, Denmark
    Dogmatic ideologues? Exploring the professional ideologies and role conceptions of Cameroonian political journalists in the context of democratization
  • Carla Baptista, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    The contribution of Portuguese journalism for the idea of democracy during the decade of the 1970s

Panel B2: Journalism education

Chair: Beate Josephi, Edith Cowan University, Australia

  • Panday Pradip K, University of Sheffield, UK
    Journalism education in Bangladesh: Where are we?
  • Gabriel J. Botma, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
    Where theory meets practice: Addressing unequal access in South African journalism education and training
  • Ana Lúcia Prado Reis dos Santos, University of Amazon, Brazil
    Children’s rights of youth and the role of a monitor in the middle training of professional journalism: A case study of the Agency Unama, North of Brazil

Panel C2: Reporting styles

Chair: John C. Pollock, College of New Jersey, USA

  • Frank Esser, Hong Nga Nguyen Vu & Bernd Spanier, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Mapping political reporting styles: Election communication in Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United States
  • Malou Willemars, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
    Between objective outsiders and engaged participants: Dutch journalists on their roles in the public debate
  • Enric Castelló & Marta Montagut, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
    Agenda and frame building through talk radio: political parties and journalists in Catalonia

15:15 – 16:30 Panels A3 ¦ B3 ¦ C3

Panel A3: Transfer of knowledge and interactive research

Chair: Vinzenz Wyss, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

  • Klaus Meier, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany
    Journalism research as interactive innovation research
  • Linda Kay, Rosemary C. Reilly, Terry Kyle & Elyse Amend, Concordia University, Canada
    Using research as a reflective mirror: Helping journalists to examine their responsibilities to traumatized communities
  • Andrea Czepek, Melanie Hellwig & Eva Nowak, University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Involving civil and non-governmental organizations into the research process: Media associations as subjects of journalism research

Panel B3: Journalism’s practices around the world I

Chair: Thomas Hanitzsch, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Markus Behmer, Universität Bamberg, Germany
    Agents of change or remote amusers in Big Brothers’ world
  • Heikki Kuutti, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    The role of publicity law in journalists´ work
  • Meredith Levine, University of Western Ontario, Canada
    Radio, vulnerable subjects and consent

Panel C3: Journalism and new media

Chair: Bernd Blöbaum, University of Muenster, Germany

  • Joaquim Fidalgo, University of Minho, Portugal
    Journalism: new media, new actors — new ethics?
  • Sebastian Feuß, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Crossover media use – eye tracking data on the reception of print and online news media by different age groups
  • Shawn Powers, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USA
    Broadcasting 2.0: The case of Al-Jazeera English

18:15 – 19:30 Panel Discussion: Journalism research in the public interest

Chair: George Terzis,  Vesalius College and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Panelists: Martin Dumermuth, Federal Office of Communications, Switzerland; Klaus Meier, University of Dortmund, Germany; Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania, USA

19:30 – 22:00 Reception Dinner

Saturday, 21 November 2009

09:30 – 10:45 Panels A4 ¦ B4

Panel A4: Transfer of knowledge: The influence of researchers

Chair: Josef Trappel, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Lucie Hribal, NCCR Democracy, Switzerland
    Academic expertise and applied journalism research in the context of democracy assistance
  • Christoph Spurk, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
    Improving journalistic quality in post-conflict Liberia: Methods for measuring quality and perspectives for transferring results into journalism practice and society
  • Elsayed Bekhit M. Dawish, University of Sharjah, UAE
    Contributions of Arab researchers in journalism and media research: Reality and challenges

Panel B4: Audiences and news consumption

Chair: Guido Keel, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

  • Kevin G. Barnhurst (1), Richard Besel (2) & Christopher Bodmann (1), (1) University of Illinois at Chicago, (2) California Polytechnic State University, USA
    Journalism theory and the objective-subjective divide: Young adult life histories in Chicago
  • Irene Costera Meijer, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Journalism Research and the quality of life: The citizens’ agenda for local media
  • Sergio Mosteiro Molina, Government of Catalonia, Spain
    A regional analysis of public interest: the case of the press in Catalonia

11:15 – 12:30 Panels A5 ¦ B5 ¦ C5

Panel A5: Journalism and deliberative democracy

Chair: Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University, UK

  • Phil Ramsey, University of Ulster, UK
    Journalism and deliberative democracy: the role of governmental communication
  • Uta Rußmann, University of Innsbruck,  Austria &Roland Burkart, University of Vienna, Austria 
    Journalism, deliberative democracy and the role of doubts: An analysis of political campaign communication in Austria
  • Uwe Krüger, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Manufacturing consent through integration? Personal networks of Germany’s elite journalists with elites from politics and economy

Panel B5: Coverage of religion, health and science

Chair: Michael Schanne, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

  • Victor Khroul, Moscow State University, Russia
    Covering religion life: searching for the truth or following stereotypes?
  • John C. Pollock, Paul D’Angelo, Donna Shaw, Amanda Burd, Kristen Kiernicki & Janna Raudenbush, College of New Jersey, USA
    Anglophone African coverage of AIDS: Comparing the impact of social structures and media systems
  • Maria Anikina, Moscow State University Lomonosov, Russia
    Sociological data in Russian media: misunderstanding or manipulation?

Panel C5: Journalism’s practices around the world II

Chair: Folker Hanusch, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

  • Lynette Steenveld, Rhodes University, South Africa
    Rethinking journalism practice in a ’new‘ democracy
  • Sven Engesser, University of Munich, Germany
    Journalism as a political institution: News-gathering organisations in Tokyo and Berlin
  • Paluanov Bakhitbay, Karakalpak State University, Uzbekistan
    New public interests in new media era

13:30 – 14:45 Panels A6 ¦ B6 ¦ C6

Panel A6: Transfer of knowledge between research and practice

Chair: Klaus Meier, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany

  • Martina Leonarz & Werner A. Meier, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Two different worlds: Potential reasons why journalism research fails
  • Gitte Gravengaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    The journalism researcher and the professional practitioner – a knowledge creating relation
  • Daniel Perrin, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
    Tacit knowledge as the missing link  –  knowledge transformation in the „idee suisse“ project

Panel B6: Covering war and peace

Chair: David Miller, University of Strathclyde, UK

  • Arne Freya Zillich (1), Roland Göbbel (1), Georg Ruhrmann (1), Karin Stengel (2) & Michaela Maier (2), (1) Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, (2) University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
    Proactive Crisis Communication? News Coverage on International Crises in German Print and Broadcasting Media
  • Irmgard Wetzstein, University of Vienna, Austria
    Mediative qualities in foreign policy journalism: A first exploration on the basis of the news coverage of Gaza in the printed media "The Guardian Weekly“ and "Profil“ from end of December 2008 until mid of February 2009
  • Marlis Prinzing, University of Fribourg/Lugano, Switzerland
    The Project "peace counts" – diamond of change or mere idealism?

Panel C6: Professional ethics in journalism

Chair: Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen, Catholic University of Eichstaett, Germany

  • Patrick Lee Plaisance, Colorado State University, USA
    Virtue theory and journalism practice
  • Susana Herrera (1), Fabiola Alcalá (2), Salvador Alsius (2), Francesc Salgado (2), Carlos Maciá (1), Begoña Zalbidea (3), Juan Carlos Pérez (3), Juan Carlos Suárez (4), Lorena Romero (4) & Elena Real (5), (1) Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, (2) Universidad Pompeu Fabra, (3) Universidad del País Vasco, 4Universidad de Sevilla, (5) Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    Media harassment of active politicians from the ethical perspective of Spanish journalists
  • Nicola Jones, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Privacy versus the Public Interest: an investigation of media ethics in the Sunday Time’s exposé of South African health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang

15:15 – 16:30  Panels A7 ¦ B7 ¦ C7

Panel A7: Journalism and user-generated content

Chair: Thorsten Quandt, University of Hohenheim, Germany

  • Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University, UK
    User generated content and the public interest
  • Merja Drake, University of Applied Sciences, Helskini, Finland
    From a parlamentarian’s fleas to Gucci: A study of blogging practices in Finland and the Netherlands
  • Piet Bakker & Sanne Hille, Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht
    Blogging on Dutch daily newspaper websites

Panel B7: Media policy and regulation

Chair: George Terzis, Vesalius College and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • Vinzenz Wyss, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
    Applied journalism research as a service provider between regulation authority and media organizations
  • Robert Beveridge, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
    Outside and in: Journalism research, advocacy and policy development
  • Marc Edge, Sam Houston State University, USA
    Public benefits or private? The case of the Canadian Media Research Consortium

Panel C7: New avenues in journalism research

Chair: Stephan Russ-Mohl, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

  • Terje S. Skjerdal, Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, Norway
    Making sense of alternative African journalism models
  • Verica Rupar, Cardiff University, UK & Marcel Broersma, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    The best of journalism: Shifting the gaze direction in journalism research
  • Folker Hanusch, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
    The public interest in researching travel journalism practices: Why lifestyle journalism is an increasingly important field of inquiry

16:30 Official Closing