Curriculum Vitae

Personal data:

  • Date of birth: 19.11.1978
  • Citizenship: German
  • Family status: married, two sons
  • Languages: German (mother tongue), English (business fluent), French (good)

Research fields:

  • Media ethics and media accountability
  • Media structures and media governance
  • Journalism
  • Media innovations
  • Methods of empirical social science
  • Comparative communication and media research

Academic education:

  • 2007 – 2013: Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund
    Thesis: „Literary journalism. Theory – traditions – status quo“
  • Simultaneously: Certified program of further education „Professional teaching skills for the university“ at the Center for Higher Education at TU Dortmund
  • 1999 – 2006: Studies of Journalism, Political Sciences, American and English Culture and Literature at University of Dortmund

Professional career:

  • Since 2014: Senior Scientist and Research Group Leader at the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Since 2014: Visiting lecturer at Hamburg Media School
  • Summer semester 2014: Visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for communication with a focus on structures of public communication at Dresden University of Technology
  • Winter semester 2013/2014: Visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for online/print journalism at Dortmund University of Technology
  • 2013 – 2014: Director of the “Initiative Nachrichtenaufklärung”
  • Summer semester 2013: Visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for international journalism at Dortmund University of Technology
  • 2012 – 2017: Visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Information Science and Communication Studies at Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • 2011 – 2013: Acting academic director of the Erich Brost Institute for international journalism, Dortmund
  • 2009 – 2013: Researcher (50%) at the Erich Brost Institute for international journalism, Dortmund
    Coordination of the international research project “Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe” (MediaAcT)
  • 2009 – 2010: Founding editor of the online review journal “r:k:m – Rezensionen:Kommunikation:Medien“
  • 2006 – 2013: Scientific associate (50%) at the Institute of Journalism at University of Dortmund
    Editor-in-chief of the online journal “Medien Monitor“ and the „Journalistik Journal“
  • 2005 – 2008: Review editor of the learned journal “Publizistik. Vierteljahreshefte für Kommunikationsforschung“
  • 2004 – 2006: Student assistant (SHK) at the Institute of Journalism at University of Dortmund University (Project “Initiative Nachrichtenaufklärung“)
  • 2002 – 2003: Trainee (Volontär) at the “Westfalenpost“ in Hagen (Westfalen)
  • 1998 – 2002: Journalistic occupations for various daily media – among others the “Deutsche Presse-Agentur“ (dpa), “die tageszeitung“ (taz), “Weser-Kurier“, “Oberhessische Presse“, “Hit Radio FFH“ and many more

Memberships in professional organizations etc.:

  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kommunikationswissenschaft (ÖGK)
  • Verein zur Förderung der publizistischen Selbstkontrolle (FPS)
  • Verein zur Förderung der Zeitungsforschung in Dortmund
  • Ex e.V. – Förderverein der Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Instituts für Journalistik der Universität Dortmund

Honorary activities within these organizations (selection):

  • Since 2018: Vice President of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
  • Since 2017: Research Chair of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
  • Since 2015: Member of the advisory board of the Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Center (IMEC)
  • Since 2014: Member of the advisory board of the journal “Literary Journalism Studies“
  • Since 2013: Vice-chairman of the Verein zur Förderung der Zeitungsforschung in Dortmund
  • 2013 – 2015: Editor of “aviso – Informationsdienst der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft”
  • Since 2011: Secretary of the Verein zur Förderung der publizistischen Selbstkontrolle (FPS)
  • 2011 – 2015: Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)
  • Reviewer for the journals “Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft“ (M&K), “Publizistik”, “Studies in Communication | Media“ (SCM), “Medien und Zeit“, “Medien Journal“, “Journalism Studies“, “Literary Journalism Studies“, “Studies in Communication Sciences“, “International Review of Information Ethics” (IRIE), “Corporate Communications: an International Journal” (CCIJ), the annual conferences of the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK) and the DGPuK section “Journalistik/Journalismusforschung”, the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) etc.

Fellowships and awards:

  • 2010: META – Medienethik-Award, Stuttgart Media University
  • 2002 – 2006: e-fellows.net online scholarship programme

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