Abstract

Which journalism has a future and relevance? How do innovations in journalism influence the quality of reporting and thus the public in democratic societies?

These are central questions posed by a new, large-scale research project that will investigate the development of journalism in Germany, Austria and Switzerland over a period of three years starting in autumn 2020. The research-teams are based at the Journalism Institutes of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany , the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and the CMC-Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences / University of Klagenfurt as well as the research organisation Medienhaus Wien in Austria. The project is supported by the national research funds DFG, FWF and SNF. The project leaders Klaus Meier (D), Andy Kaltenbrunner and Matthias Karmasin (A) and Vinzenz Wyss (CH) describe: " We experience torn public spheres, fragmented democracies and so-called post-factual political discussions. These are great challenges. With practice-oriented basic research we want to analyse how innovations can advance professional quality journalism." Such innovations include, for example, investigative research teams, journalistic start-ups that finance their work through membership models, new forms of data journalism or the use of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube as sources, but also channels for interaction and distribution  for independent journalism - with all the opportunities and risks that entails.

Several dozen case studies and expert panels in the German-speaking countries are planned, but also a comparison with Northern and Southern Europe and classification according to clearly defined innovation and quality criteria. The D-A-CH consortium is supported by the Spanish journalism researcher Jose García-Avilés and his team from Universidad Miguel Hernández/Valencia. The researchers there were among the first in the world to produce a scientifically sound, national journalism innovation ranking.

In total, more than a dozen scientists will be working on this project from autumn 2020. The research results are intended to provide international orientation and advice for media policy as well as for the organisation of media and editorial offices in order to promote innovations that strengthen the quality of journalism and its role in society.

 

 

 

Financing

FWF - DACH (I 4797)

Project Partners

Medienhaus Wien

Klaus Meier, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Vinzenz Wyss, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

José Alberto García Avilés, J. A., Miguel Hernández University, Elche

Colin Porlezza, City University of London

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

  • Kaltenbrunner, A., Lugschitz, R., Karmasin, M., Luef, S., & Kraus, D. (2022). Der Journalismus-Report VII. Lokaljournalismus und Innovation. (A. Kaltenbrunner, Luef, S., Lugschitz, R., Karmasin, M., & Kraus, D., Eds.). Wien: facultas. Retrieved from https://www.facultas.at/item/Der_Journalismus-Report_VII/Andy_Kaltenbrunner/Matthias_Karmasin/Sonja_Luef/52049907?back=fa1b36a7a16ce9b80101f2852435424e

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Meier, K., Schützeneder, J., García Avilés, J. A., Valero-Pastor, J. M., Kaltenbrunner, A., Lugschitz, R., et al. (2022). Examining the Most Relevant Journalism Innovations: A Comparative Analysis of Five European Countries from 2010 to 2020. Journalism And Media, 698–714. doi:10.3390/journalmedia3040046
  • Roither, M., Luef, S., Kaltenbrunner, A., & Lugschitz, R. (2022). Innovative Projekte in Österreich – und über der Grenze. [Innovative projects in Austria - and across the border.]. In A. Kaltenbrunner, Luef, S., Lugschitz, R., Karmasin, M., & Kraus, D. (Eds.), Der Journalismus-Report VII. Lokaljournalismus und Innovation. [The Journalism Report VII. Local Journalism and Innovation.] (pp. 45-76). Wien: Facultas.
  • García-Avilés, J. A., & Lugschitz, R. (2022). Digitaler Lokaljournalismus nach der Krise. Spanische Kreativität aus der Not – der Fall des Landes Valencia. [Digital local journalism after the crisis. Spanish creativity out of necessity - the case of the Valencia region.]. In A. Kaltenbrunner, Luef, S., Lugschitz, R., Karmasin, M., & Kraus, D. (Eds.), Der Journalismus-Report VII. Lokaljournalismus und Innovation. [The Journalism Report VII. Local Journalism and Innovation.] (pp. 83-95). Wien: Facultas.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Lectures

Lectures

  • 02/12/2022 , Berlin
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    Warum Innovationsförderung im Mediensystem dringend nötig ist: Ein kurzer Forschungsbericht aus dem Praxisfeld
    Symposium „Medienproduktion mutig neu denken“ der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen
  • 22/10/2022 , Porto
    Renée Lugschitz-Kaltenbrunner: 
    Community management as a driver for journalism innovations
    IMMAA Conference
  • 22/10/2022 , Aarhus
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    The social impact of journalism innovation – Rethinking journalism innovation beyond organizational boundaries
    ECREA
  • 29/09/2022 , Trier
    Andy Kaltenbrunner,  Renée Lugschitz-Kaltenbrunner: 
    Kollaborativer-investigativer Journalismus in der Politikberichterstattung. Eine grenzüberschreitende Innovation am Beispiel von Deutschland und Österreich
    DGPuK-Fachgruppentagung
  • 16/06/2022 , Munich
    Renée Lugschitz-Kaltenbrunner: 
    The rise of user-based revenue streams among marketing innovations: a European comparison of paywalls
    European Media Management Association Conference (emma 2022)
  • 27/10/2021 , Jönköping
    Renée Lugschitz-Kaltenbrunner: 
    Journalistic innovations in the field of marketing 2011–2020 [hybrid]
    Emma Conference 2021: Media Management and Sustainability
  • 23/09/2021 , Cardiff
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    Journalism innovations revisited: A comparative analysis of five European countries – before, during and after the pandemic
    Future of Journalism Conference 2021
  • 18/03/2021 , Köln
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    What states are doing to promote journalism: The Austrian case and „Die Wiener Medieninitiative“ [online]
    European conference ‘Science Journalism in the Digital Age’ (SciCon)
  • 16/01/2021 , Wien
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    Zentrale Themen der Medien- und Journalismusentwicklung in Österreich [online]
    Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung des MA-Studiengangs Zeitgeschichte und Medien der Universität Wien

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 23/11/2022 , Wien
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    Medienpolitik und Journalismus. Ein wissenschaftlicher Problembefund.
    Gespräch mit Nikolaus Forgó in Ars Boni Nr. 344
  • 23/11/2022 , Linz
    Andy Kaltenbrunner: 
    Lokaljournalismus-Veranstaltung in Linz mit Interview
    Bericht von Dorf TV
  • 13/10/2022 , Wien
    Renée Lugschitz-Kaltenbrunner: 
    JoIn-DemoS-Projektpräsentation und Diskussion bei Open Day Masterclass Journalistische Innovation
    fjum
  • 10/10/2022 , Linz
    Andy Kaltenbrunner,  Sonja Luef: 
    Lokaljournalismus und Innovation. Präsentation und Diskussion von Daten zu Lokaljournalist:innen in Österreich
    Clubabend, OÖ. Presseclub