An interview with journalist Markus Feldenkirchen
Political communication has changed. In the age of social media, new channels and new ways to deliver political messages have emerged. Politicians use smartphone cameras to have their say directly, publish their own pictures on Instagram and talk on podcasts about their personal lives. This change in political communication is being accompanied by a shift in political coverage in the media.
Journalist Markus Feldenkirchen has an intimate knowledge of Berlin’s political circles. His coverage of the election campaigns of Martin Schulz and Armin Laschet in particular caused quite a stir. In recent years, he has also been involved in numerous new political reporting formats that have opened up new angles on the political milieu.
Sociologist Dr. Julian Müller conducts research into political self-portrayal and new forms of political communication. Together, these two experts want to talk about tensions between politics and the media and about current challenges in political journalism.
Markus Feldenkirchen is a political writer at SPIEGEL’s office in the German capital. He moderates the video format “Spitzengespräch” (“Top-Level Talk”) on the spiegel.de website and has won awards such as the German Reporters’ Prize and the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize. He recently won the German Television Prize for the TV format “Konfrontation” (“Confrontation") on the ARD channel.
Dr. Julian Müller heads the research project “Re/Presentation: New forms of political communication and advocacy in tomorrow’s society”, which is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The sociologist is currently deputizing for the Chair of Political Sociology at PhilippsUniversität-Marburg, before which he served as acting academic advisor at LMU’s Department of Sociology.
Dr. Astrid Séville is Deputy Professor for Political Theory at the Munich School of Politics and Public Policy. The political scientist earned her doctorate in 2015 with a thesis on the political rhetoric of a lack of alternatives, for which she won the German Dissertation Award in 2016. She has been a member of the Junger Kolleg (Young Academy) at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW) since 2018.
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