Matthias Karmasin was awarded the Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st Class on October 27, 2020 by Carinthian by the Governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, in a ceremony in Klagenfurt yesterday.
The honor is given by decree of the Austrian President in recognition of scientific or artistic achievements.
Matthias Karmasin is director of the institute for Comparative Media and Communication studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Klagenfurt, where he is also a full professor and chair for communications sciences. He is corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is an expert for media accountability and he has published extensively on media ethics and media management, political communication, communication theory and media practice.
Furthermore, he holds functions in both academia and beyond, such as membership of the advisory board "Journalism Subsidies" of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications - RTR, of the Publikumsrat [Audience Council] of the ORF - Austrian Public Broadcasting, or of the steering committee of the Austrian "Presseclub Concordia".