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Media Performance and Democracy

Media Performance and Democracy

The Hans-Bredow-Institut is part of a research project that is led by the University of Düsseldorf and is prepared together with colleagues from Mainz, Vienna and Zurich. The aim is to produce a study about the journalistic quality of information services in daily media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A key component is the content analysis by which three democratic criteria will be selected: relevance, plurality and deliberation. The institute contributes to the project with its expertise regarding the role of quality for the audience of information services.

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Project Description

The project has been submitted and approved as a joint application to the research funding bodies in Germany (DFG), Austria (FWF) and Switzerland (SNF). Start of the project is in 2018.

Project Information


Duration: 2018-2021

Research programme:
RP1 - Transformation of Public Communication

Third party

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Cooperation Partner

Team Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Ralf Weiß, Prof. Dr. Olaf Jandura, PD Dr. Merja Mahrt und Raphael Kösters, M.A. (Universität Düsseldorf)
Prof. Dr. Birgit Stark und Miriam Steiner, M.A. (Universität Mainz)
Dr. Melanie Magin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Team Österreich

Dr. Josef Seethaler, Maren Beaufort, M.A. und Andreas Riedl, M.A. (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Alpen-Adria-Universität)
Prof. Dr. Josef Trappel (Universität Salzburg)

Team Schweiz

Prof. Dr. Mark Eisenegger, Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren, Dr. Linards Udris und Andrea Häuptli, M.A. (Universität Zürich)

Contact person

Prof. em. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

Prof. em. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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