As first communication scholar since its foundation in 2006, Lena Frischlich has been accepted for the prestigious Young College (“Junges Kolleg”) of the North-Rhine Westphalian (NRW) Academy of Science and Arts. The official ceremonial act with NRW ministry of science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen will take place at the 14st of January during the new years concert of the academy. Memebers of the college receive a stipend of 10.000€ per year for a period of aup to four years and are provided with the opportunity to discuss their research in interdisciplinary teams within the college.
DemoRESILdigital PI, Lena Frischlich, opens the eleventh international congress of online journalism (XI Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo) in Bilbao in Spain with a talk about “Journalism between “alternative news media”, “fake news” and “social bots”: New actors and opportunity structures for manipulation in shared media spaces”. For media announcements, see The World News, eitb.eus or europa press.
From the 4-6th September, the 11th meeting of the German association of Mediapsychology takes place in Chemnitz. Research Group PI Lena Frischlich presents initial insights into the moderating role of generalized ideological attitudes for the credibility and effects of distorted news articles and takes part in the public expert discussion about “Trust in the media? Information in the age of social media platforms”. The conference program can be found here.
Research group PI Lena Frischlich visits this week the 2019 version of the European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (#euroCSS) where she had been invited as discussant for data & societies’ media manipulation team leader Prof. Alice Marwick from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their session on Disinformation in Context: Understanding Qualitative Approaches to Social Media Manipulation opened the main event on tuesday, 3rd of September. But Frischlich also was part of the selection comitee for the “Dataset Challenge 2019 –Machine Behavior Datathon” the day before.
The article “Extremist propaganda and the discussion about counter narratives” by Lena Frischlich was published on the website of the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Here Lena Frischlich discusses the preventative use of counter narratives as a tool against extremist propaganda on the Internet. The article in german can be read here.
Just in time for the European Elections, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education published a new dossier about digital desinformation.
Lena Frischlich contributed an article (in German) about the role of critical media literacy in this context.
In the article, she argues that four components are needed for democratic resilience in times of online desinformation: Awareness for the problem of polluted information, reflection of own media usage behaviours, and empowerment of media users critically testing information they encounter in online-environments.
Beyond these more traditional dimensions of critical media literacy, she argues, there is an urgent need for restoring and protecting trust in communication from journalists, scientists, and politicians.
The full article (in German) can be found here.
Today, the annual meeting of the German Commmunication Association (DGPUK) kicks off at the University of Münster with a packed programm full of cutting-edge communication research on topics such as integration, desinformation, journalism today etc.
Partially together with colleagues from the PropStop project the brand new DemoRESILdigital team will:
- give insights into risk factors for the exposure to and victimization by hatespeech: Lena Frischlich, Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: On the role of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate speech and personal victimization in the net. (own translation)
- discuss the thematic similarity of articles and user-comments in journalistic online media: Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Svenja Boberg, Lena Frischlich, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: Title versus topic: Thematic similarities of journalistic articles and associated user-comments (own translation)
- In addition, first insights into the German partisan pseudo-press – alternative media that mimic the appearance of journalistic outlets but do not adhere to norms of neutral and fact-oriented reporting – will be discussed: Felix Brinkschulte, Johanna Klapproth, and Lena Frischlich:“When you value the truth”: Integration of mainstream media and alternative pseudo-press offerings as sources of right-wing populist media makers (own translation).
We welcome Tim Schatto-Eckrodt as new colleague in our team. From now on he works as a research assistant in the junior research group DemoRESILdigital.