Communication Studies and Media Research

Department / Institute
Communication Studies and Media Research
Subject area
Journalistic culture / media and trust
Name of Supervisor
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch
Number of open positions
1 - 2
Project title(s)
(1) Journalistic culture in comparative perspective
(2) Journalism, media trust, and political trust in China
Language requirements
English or German
Academic requirements
excellent M.A. in Journalism, Communication, or Media Studies
Contact
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch,
Email: thomas.hanitzsch@ifkw.lmu.de

Project description

(1) Journalistic culture in comparative perspective

The project investigates journalistic cultures in China from a comparative point of view. The notion of journalistic culture captures journalists’ professional orientations and practices as well as the contents they produce. Candidates may wish to make comparisons between multiple countries/territories (e.g., Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and/or Singapore), between different channels (print, broadcasting, and online), different regions (e.g., center vs. periphery), different generations of journalists, or between any other subtypes of journalism.

(2) Journalism, media trust, and political trust in China

International studies demonstrate that populations is China have relatively high trust in social institutions, including journalism, the news media, and politics). High trust and solid confidence is key to the public legitimacy of these institutions. Projects in this line may investigate the extent to which the Chinese public deems the news media and journalists as credible and trustworthy, as the factors that may explain public trust. Other projects may look into the contribution of the news media to the formation and maintenance of public trust in political institutions.