Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung

Call for Applications: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships “Algorithmed Public Spheres”

Application deadline: April 1, 2017

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The Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research invites applications for international postdoctoral research fellows from fields including, but not restricted to, computer and information science, communication and media studies, law, sociology and philosophy, who will conduct innovative research on the social and cultural impact of algorithms during stays of 3-12 months in Hamburg in the academic year 2017/2018.

Call for Applications

The Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, Germany, is a publicly funded research institute that focuses on the study of mediated public communication. Its research encompasses both broadcast and digital communication from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

The postdoctoral research network Algorithmed Public Spheres was established to study the relevance of algorithms for the constitution of the public sphere. We emphasize in particular the importance of algorithms for filtering, ranking and selecting media content and for structuring digital communication. In contrast to the use of data mining in areas such as healthcare, credit scoring and general business analytics, where such techniques have a long tradition, the impact of algorithms on the public sphere poses novel challenges. How are communication, media, and public discourse impacted by transferring the dominant logics of consumption from other industries to news, information, and political deliberation, implemented in social media platforms, search engines, and on news websites? Research in this area could include:

  • Measurement of algorithmic bias and discrimination
  • Feedback effects in recommender systems
  • Assessment of potential filter bubbles
  • Algorithms in news production, distribution and consumption processes
  • User interaction with and rationalization of algorithms

We invite applications for international postdoctoral research fellows from fields including, but not restricted to, computer and information science, communication and media studies, law, sociology and philosophy, who will conduct innovative research on the social and cultural impact of algorithms during stays of 3-12 months in Hamburg in the academic year 2017/2018. We particularly welcome cross-cutting research proposals that integrate technical and social perspectives and result in concrete outcomes, for example in the form of peer-reviewed research articles or proposals for externally funded projects.

Up to two funded fellowships will be awarded as result of this call. The fellowships cover airfare and a contribution to the accommodation and subsistence in Hamburg. In specific cases, we may offer a temporary employment contract instead of a scholarship.

To apply, please send a cover letter (one page), a project proposal (up to three pages) and your CV (up to four pages), including a list of your most relevant publications (maximum of five), to Cornelius Puschmann (c.puschmann@hans-bredow-institut.de). Please note that applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: April 1, 2017

Announcement of 2017/2018 Fellows: May 1, 2017

International Summer School on “Hate Speech Online” 14 - 21 March 2017 in Delhi, India

Applications welcome until 15 February 2017

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The Hans-Bredow-Institut and the faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg, together with the Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University, Delhi are pleased to give students with a focus on Media Law as well as European and International Law the opportunity to participate in an international Summer School on “Hate Speech Online” being held in Delhi, India, from 14 to 22 March 2017. The lectures will address different aspects of hate speech and its relation to freedom of speech and other basic rights. National as well as international laws will be discussed and compared.

During three days of lectures, the roles of different actors and stakeholders in this field (e.g. intermediaries, data protection authorities, national security authorities, etc.) will be assessed critically. Students will be grouped in order to focus on one specific stakeholder’s interests throughout the program. Each group shall defend the prepared positions and findings in a competitive policy workshop in front of international experts. The program will be completed by an excursion and several social events in order to promote an intercultural exchange and dialogue with other summer school participants.

Costs for accommodation, catering and local excursions are fully covered; an additional funding of EUR 400.00 per person is granted for travel expenses (flights, visa, airport transfers). For application, please hand in your CV as well as a short letter of motivation (max. 1 page) via email (pdf-file) to Felix Krupar until 15 February 2017. Applicants are welcome to support their application with further proof of skills relevant to the event.

Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election

Hamburg, 19.12.2016. How algorithms may have influenced the US election will be discussed ath the Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #3 in Betahaus Hamburg. Nick Diakopoulos, Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, has studied the Coverage of the two candidates done by google. He will discuss the role of the big internet platforms with Matthias Spielkamp, Bucerius Lab Fellow and Co-Funder of AlgorithmWatch. Entrance free, Registration required

Nick Diakopoulos Fellow at the Postdoc Kolleg "Algorithmed Public Spheres"

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Nick Diakopoulos, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, is guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in December. In its Postdoc Kolleg Algorithmed Public Spheres, that is organized by Cornelius Puschmann, Nick will do research with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability. Furthermore, Nick will give two public lectures and join discussion rounds

Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency in the News Media

Hamburg, 15.12.2016, 10-11:30 pm. Workshop with Nick Diakopoulos, University of Maryland, at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Registration required
Algorithms now adjudicate decisions in nearly all facets of the public and private sector, from employment practices, to criminal sentencing, and of course the media system itself. The goal of algorithmic accountability is to articulate, explain, or justify the ways in which algorithms are exerting power in specific human contexts: perpetuating biases and discrimination, making errors, filtering or censoring information, or otherwise violating expectations. Journalists are engaging in algorithmic accountability as an extension of investigative reporting, seeking to uncover the power structures, biases, and influences that computational artifacts play in society. I will present recent algorithmic accountability work focused specifically on the role that search engines play in making political information available in elections. I’ll then present the development of a model for algorithmic transparency that describes dimensions of information that may be disclosed about algorithms, suggesting ways in which it can be employed to guide transparency by good-faith actors, as well as inform investigative or critical approaches to algorithms. In the course of the talk I’ll trace various legal, technical, regulatory, and normative challenges that remain, offering new openings for research in this domain.

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science. He is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at UMD, a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism, and Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. His research is in computational and data journalism with emphases on algorithmic accountability and social computing in the news. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism.

Open Access: International Journal of Communication and Health

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with an article by S. Wahl und M. Grimm presenting "A Typology of Cancer Patients’ Information Behavior with Regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine", article

Wahl, S.; Grimm, M. (2016): How to Find an Alternative: A Typology of Cancer Patients’ Information Behavior with Regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine​. In: International Journal fo Communication and Health, (10), http://communicationandhealth.ro/upload/number10/STEFANIE-WAHL.pdf

For Download: Human Rights and Encryption

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New in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom is the study by Wolfgang Schulz and Joris van Hoboken about the relevance of encryption to human rights in the media and communications field ... Downnload

It offers policy recommendations for state practice and other stakeholders. The present research was elaborated in order to implement Internet Universality framework. It also responds to the option recommended by the CONNECTing the Dots Outcome Document that UNESCO “recognizes the role that anonymity and encryption can play as enablers of privacy protection and freedom of expression, and facilitates dialogue on these issues”. In addition, the research draws on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which was presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2015. The research, authored by Prof. Wolfgang Schulz and Dr Joris van Hoboken, was commissioned by UNESCO and made possible thanks to the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The study provides an overview of encryption technologies and their impact on human rights. It analyzes in-depth the role of encryption in the media and communications landscape, and the impact on different services, entities and end users. It highlights good practices and examines the legal environment surrounding encryption as well as various case studies of encryption policies. Built on this exploration and analysis, the research provides recommendations on encryption policy that are useful for various stakeholders. These include signaling the need to counter the lack of gender sensitivity in the current debate, and also highlighting ideas for enhancing “encryption literacy”.

The publication will be launched at the UNESCO workshop on “Encryption and safety of journalists” (15:00-16:30, Guadalajara time) on 7 December 2016, in the framework of the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). More details about the workshop are available at: https://igf2016.sched.org/event/8htZ/ws159-encryption-and-safety-of-journalists-in-digital-age

The book is downloadable here.

Visiting Fellows from Sydney at the Research Centre Media History

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From November 12th to November 29th Dr Virginia Madsen and Dr Tom Murray from Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) are Visting Fellows at the Research Centre Media History. The invitation to Hamburg is enabled by the MQ-FU-HAM Trilateral Strategic Partnership, a network program of the Universität Hamburg with Macquarie University (Australia) and Fudan University (China). Their stay is part of the research programm “Transnational Media Histories” established by Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner (Hamburg) and Prof Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley (Sydney).

Dr Virgina Madsen

“My research in Hamburg is concerned with the first history of the ‘documentary imagination’ in radio. This book is charting an international history of radio and audio documentary forms that have evolved since the 1920s. Almost nothing has been written about this field and the extraordinary work produced by so many often under-recognised authors and producers around the world. Hamburg in particular is of great interest to me, because here was founded a new and revitalised tradition of documentary and ‘feature’ making which brought together some of the finest authors in Germany after the second world war, and which would ultimately lead to German leadership in this field. I hope to increase my understanding of the role and impact of this work at the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) (now NDR) and explore the role of the BBC here in influencing a new direction in the art of the documentary after 1945. During my visit, I hope to also connect with some contemporary producers and leaders in the 'cultural radio' program at NDR in Hamburg.”

Dr Madsen is a Senior Lecturer in radio/audio production and documentary history, and a member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Media History (CMH). She has published widely in the fields of public broadcasting, radio history, radio documentary, experimental forms of radio, podcasting and sound design and ecology. She is also an established radio writer and producer, beginning her career in radio as one of the founding producers of the ABC (Australian) program, The Listening Room. Her work has been heard on radio stations worldwide, at international competitions and has been adapted for broadcast in several languages.

Contact:

Details of publications: https://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_media_music_communication_and_cultural_studies/staff/academic_staff/dr_virginia_madsen/ - https://mq.academia.edu/VirginiaMadsen

Links to some of my radio programs: ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundmusicword/dark-room/4547256; ARD: http://hoerspiele.dra.de/vollinfo.php?dukey=1376496; USA Third Coast Festival: http://thirdcoastfestival.org/explore/feature/cambodia-show

Dr Tom Murray

“Most of my research is published in screen-media forms and investigates the historical aesthetics of colonialism, memory, and place. I am particularly interested in the possibility of reconciling colonial injustices, and mostly work in collaboration with contemporary individuals and communities. As a Visiting Fellow at the Research Centre Media History I am looking at the role of German state-sponsored social science and creative arts studies in WW1 POW camps, particularly in regard to representations of Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders.”

Dr Murray is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, and academic, currently employed as an Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer in screen media at Macquarie University. His films have been screened at many of the world’s most significant film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and IDFA Amsterdam, and his work has won numerous prizes including the NSW Premier’s Prize for History, and the Max Crawford Medal, Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities.

A video describing some of his work can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_qguQun33I
His staff profile is here: https://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_media_music_communication_and_cultural_studies/staff/academic_staff/dr_tom_murray/
Websites for some of his work are here: www.loveinourowntime.com; www.inmyfatherscountry.com; Dhakiyarr vs the King; 2014 Max Crawford Medal

Coming soon: M&K 4/2016

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with articles about "Studying Journalism in Times of Crisis", "Research Ethics for Communication Science", about "How the Origin of Immigrants Impacts their Media Framing" and about the "Coverage of Whistleblowing in German and Swiss Print Media" as well as an Article "On the Issue of Recipients’ Disenchantment with Certain Topics and the Measurement of this: A Theoretical Conceptualization and Development of Scales", Contents

Hans-Bredow-Institut at ECREA2016

Annual Connference ECREA2016

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Six researchers of the institute have been be at the Annual Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association ECREA2016, which took place from November 9 - 12 in Prague. Furthermore, they attended the Pre-Conference "Children, Youth and Media". The European Network EU Kids Online, which is co-ordinated by the Hans-Bredow-Institut, also met at the conference to discuss an upcoming comparative survey. Who was talking about which topic, giving keynotes and lectures, chairing panels and planning new projects:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Keynote speech by Stephan Dreyer within the scope of the Children, Youth and Media Pre-Conference on the topic of "Knowledge-Based Policy-Making? Children’s Rights and Other Uncertainties in Modern ICT Regulation“.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Meeting of the EU Kids Online Network for planning a new comparitive study, including Claudia Lampert und Uwe Hasebrink from the Hans-Bredow-Institut

Thursday, November 10, 2016

9:00 am -10.30 am Uwe Hasebrink & Andreas Hepp: "How to Research Cross-Media Use? Investigating Media Repertoires and Media Ensembles" in the panels "Media Repertoires as Pathways to Understanding Cross-Media Practices Among Users"
 
11:00 am -12:30 pm Markus Oermann, Wolfgang Schulz & Tobias Mast: "Doing Governance in Figurations: Proposal of an Analytical Framework"
 
11:00 am -12.30 pm Uwe Hasebrink, Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink und Jasmin Kulterer: "Fantasy and Reality: “Hobbit” Viewer Types and How They Connect the Movie with Their Everyday Lives" in the panel "Researching the Hobbit – Results and Methodological Implementations of an International Project"

Friday, November 11, 2016

9:00 am -10.30 am Uwe Hasebrink as Chair of the panel “Children as Audiences 3: Coping in a Networked World”

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Julius Reimer: “The Journalist Turned Brand. How Reporters Build Their Profiles Through Personal Branding”

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stephan Dreyer “Alignments in Diversity: Factual Harmonisation in Protecting Minors from Harmful Media”, in the ECREA Section “Communication Policy and Law”

Online between Orient and Occident - Media Childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany

Hans-Bredow-Institut, Dec 7, 2016, 4-6.45 pm. Interactive Workshop in Englisch lanuage with our guest researchers Hamid Reza Akrami und Marta Portalés as well as Prof Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and Dr. Claudia Lampert, Library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Rothenbaumchaussee 36, Hamburg, registration required, no entrance fee

Online between Orient and Occident - Media childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany

How is young media life in Spain, Iran and Germany? Interactive presentations, Q&A and tapas will help you discover the state of the art of media education and digital environments of young people in these countries. New empirical data, trends and research insights will be presented by Hamid Reza Akrami (Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran), Marta Portalés (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Uwe Hasebrink and Claudia Lampert (Hans Bredow Institut).

Following the EU Kids Framework we will compare country specific situations and try to find answers to the questions: How are individual media practices and skills, opportunities and risks influenced by social environments and country actions? Is media education, youth media protection and online participation promoted by policies and regulations or individual actors?

Programme

16:00 - 16:15 - Welcome, Concept and Introduction

16:15 - 16:35 - Impulse: Perspective Spain

16:40 - 17:00 - Impulse: Perspective Iran

17:00 - 17:20 - Highlight: Germany, Comparison EU, Start of Discussion

17:20 - 18:30 - Interactive Discussion

18:30 - 18:45  - Conclusion: Same, same, but different, oder different, different, but the same? What are the challenges for research? What are the empirical questions we need to find answers to?

18:45 - ??? Snacks & Drinks

Plenary Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

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The only conference's public Panel Discussion "Who Rules the Internet?" with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen and Carolin Gerlitz took place on 6 October 2016, 7 – 9pm Audimax der HU Berlin. Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking online, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders?

Drawing on the conference theme, we discussed these important questions with:

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social impacts of big data, and she’s currently writing a new book on data and power with Yale University Press.

Fieke Jansen researches and writes on the Politics of Data and digital shadows at Tactical Tech. She hopes to bring more transparency to the global data industry. Prior to moving to Berlin, Fieke worked on the intersection of the internet, social change and security, working at Hivos to set up and manage their digital emergency programme for human rights defenders and activists. She also co-authored a book called Digital AlterNatives.

Carolin Gerlitz is professor for digital media and methods at the University of Siegen. Her research addresses quantification and valuation in social media and the role of app ecologies. She is also a member of the Digital Methods Initiative Amsterdam and works on digital research methods for studying platforms and mobile media.

This public panel discussion was part of the conference AoIR 2016 that took place from 5 to 9 October in Berlin. For further information please visit aoir.org.

Marta Portalés Oliva as Guest Researcher at the Institute

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Since mid September 2017, Marta Portalés Oliva works as guest researcher at the institute  for three months. Marta Portalés Oliva is a PhD candidate at the “Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación” Research Group of the Journalism Department at the Communication Sciencies Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her work at the institute will be in connection with the work group projects “Growing Up in Digital Media Environments”.

She studied the Bachelor of Audiovisual Communication in the University of Valencia between 2009 and 2013, she studied a year through the International Program in York University Toronto (Canada) and a year of Erasmus in the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany).

After graduating from the Official Master of Research on Communication and Journalism in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2014, she received a scholarship for Research Staff Training in order to perform the Doctorate on Journalism and Communication in that same university. Her research interests focus on media literacy and the study of the audiovisual medium in formal and informal contexts.

Her website at UAB

Hamid Reza Akrami as Guest Researcher at the Institute

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For a whole year, from July 2016 to July 2017, Hamid Reza Akrami from Teheran will stay at the institute as Guest Researcher. Hamid Reza Akrami is a media and social communications researcher and university lecturer. He has studied computer software engineering and social communications, which gives him dual qualification in the fields of communication technologies and new media. His work at the institute is in connection with the  EUKidsOnline project. He also helps the institute in administering the EUKidsOnline website and is looking for newer topics of research in the field.

Hamid Reza Akrami has taught communication technologies, online public relations, electronic journalism, specialized English for media and communications students, and other relevant courses at the university.
He has recently been working on Digital and Media Literacy for a number of years in Teheran, Iran, and has a number of academic works presented at the international conferences and fora.

He is now finalizing his PhD with a concentration on the empowerment of children and teenagers in their confrontation with the new media at Hamburg University.

Public Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

Berlin, 06.10.2016 | 19:00 - 20:30, Doors open 6:30 Uhr, public panel discussion at AoIR2016 "Internet Rules!", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Auditorium Maximum, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen und Christian Sandvig

Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking online, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders? Drawing on the conference theme, we look forward to discussing these important questions with:

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social impacts of big data, and she’s currently writing a new book on data and power with Yale University Press.

Fieke Jansen researches and writes on the Politics of Data and digital shadows at Tactical Tech. She hopes to bring more transparency to the global data industry. Prior to moving to Berlin, Fieke worked on the intersection of the internet, social change and security, working at Hivos to set up and manage their digital emergency programme for human rights defenders and activists. She also co-authored a book called Digital AlterNatives.

Christian Sandvig is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches in both Information and Communication Studies. He is a researcher specializing in studying the consequences of algorithmic systems that curate and organize culture. He has written about social media, wireless systems, broadband Internet, online video, domain names, and Internet policy. His group blog was named one of the «Must-Follow Feeds» in science, culture, and design by Wired.

This public panel discussion is part of the conference AoIR 2016 that will take place from 5 to 9 October in Berlin. For further information on the programme and to register for the conference please visit aoir.org.

M&K 2/2016 published

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with a comparative study of the relationship between politics and journalism on a federal and State level, an article about the knowledge gaps of sports journalists on the subject of Doping, a review of the potentials and limitations of automated analysis of visual media content and a contribution to the discussion on the importance of communication studies for media practice and media policy. Contents

Radio and New Media Technologies: An Asian Perspective

Hamburg, 07.06.2016. Lecture by K. Padmakumar, Head of the Department of Corporate Communication at the University of Manipal, Indien, about the Future of Radio, at the Universität Hamburg, Senatssitzungssaal, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 2. OG, 6-8 pm. Participation free, registration required

The major traditional radio broadcast systems in the recent times have comfortably in one way or another embraced the new media technologies. One can see a lot of interest taken by the conventional radio broadcasters in distributing their content over web-related services. Moving away from the conventional “over the air” transmission to web-based content distribution (Spotify and other social media sites for instance) are being seriously contemplated by some radio stations in Asia.

One may argue that it is a natural progression for any industry to upgrade and expand their services. This lecture will discuss the specific aspects of the evolving traditional medium and will consider exploring answers for the following questions. Can this argument be valid for a medium like Radio which is touted as a topical medium? Are the listeners ready for such a transformation? What would be the repercussions of such a shift? Will radio move away from its aural strategy to incorporate visual strategy during its transformation? Will both these strategies work together and prepare the listeners for a new hybrid medium called the Visual Radio? Would radio lose its main characteristic of the “theatre of the mind”?

K. Padmakumar works as Head Dept of Corporate Communication in Mass Communication& Journalism (Manipal University Manipal) handling subjects like Commercial Radio, Community Radio, Media Research, Indian Media, Media Marketing and Research, Strategic Media Planning Corporate Communication.
He also works as Radio Programming /Strategic cum Marketing Consultant for Udayavaani. the no 1 newspaper group in Karnataka, India, for their fm radio ventures in Karnataka, India.

Before, he worked for Radio City 91.1FM as Programming Director, Coimbatore, India, and for Suryan FM (Sun TV network) as a Prime-time RJ cum show producer. Radio City 91.1FM is India's first and leading FM radio brand. Promoted by Music Broadcast Private Limited (MBPL), the private FM network has captured the hearts of millions of listeners across 20 FM stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Vadodara, Surat, Sholapur, Nagpur, Sangli, Coimbatore, Vizag, Ahmednagar, Akola, Nanded and Jalgaon.

K. Padmakumar has completed a Phil degree in Mass Communication from Bharathiar University, CBE, a Master's degree in Mass Communication from Bharathiar University, CBE and a  Bachelor s degree in Zoology from Government Arts College, Ooty.

Twitter Friend Repertoires

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Introducing a methodology to assess patterns of information management on Twitter, article by Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, published in First Monday.

This paper argues that previous Twitter research has mainly employed a “broadcast perspective” by focusing on follower relations and concepts such as popularity, reach, or influence. But the microblogging platform is also a tool for users to combine a personalized set of sources. We propose the concept of “Twitter friend repertoires” and present a novel methodology to assess them by comparing the set of Twitter friends against a list of previously identified accounts from publicly relevant speakers. We exemplify this approach by presenting comparative findings on the friend repertoires of four groups of German Twitter users, demonstrating how this approach can reveal distinct patterns in the sources people follow on Twitter. We conclude with a set of research perspectives which look at Twitter as a space for personalized, yet patterned information management.

Published: M&K 1/2016

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with articles on the so-called ‚Soccerization’ of German Television, a report on Transferring Knowledge into Action: A Motivational Research Perspective on Media Literacy; a study on the Need for Penalties against Facebook Content, and its Determinant; and an article about the Past 100 Years of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies in Germany. Contents

Tipp: Twitter Friend Repertoires

Brisbane, 02.03.2016. Presenting a new methodology to assess patterns of information management, lecture by Lisa Merten at the Digital Media Research Center, Queens University of Technology, Australia.