New publication in Media Perspektiven 11/2022: „Politische Talkshows in der Pandemie. Eine Untersuchung zur Vielfalt von politischen Gesprächssendungen im deutschen Fernsehen“

In this new publication Thorsten Faas (FU Berlin) and I study the quality of the political discourse about the Covid-19 pandemic in German political talk shows and how viewers use them. We answer questions such us: Whose voices in the pandemic have been heard in these talk shows? How informative was the discussion about Covid-19? Which topics and narratives dominated the debate? How did viewers perceive the content? Who watched these talk shows and who didn’t? The paper is published in Media Perspektiven and available for free here.

New publication „Interaktionen von Politik und Wissenschaft in der Mediengesellschaft: Stimmenfang, Vorlesung oder Unterhaltung?“

In the book chapter „Interaktionen von Politik und Wissenschaft in der Mediengesellschaft: Stimmenfang, Vorlesung oder Unterhaltung?“ Thorsten Faas and I discuss the relationship between science, politics, and the media based on the example of the Covid-19 pandemic and the discussion of the Corona virus in political talk shows in Germany.

The book can be ordered here

New podcast Choiceology

Alongside Alex Edmans (London Business School) and rugby writer Jamie Wall, I had the pleasure to be a guest on episode 9 *More than a feeling* of Katy Milkman’s (The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania) podcast Choiceology which is produced by the Charles Schwab Foundation. I discuss the relationship between the concept of public mood, major sporting events, and elections, especially how Rugby World Cups might have affected general elections in New Zealand.

You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

New study on coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in political talk shows in Germany

This week Thorsten Faas (FU Berlin) and I have released first results from a new study on coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in political talk shows in Germany which we have done for the Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung: „Corona Sprechstunde mit Maybrit Illner, Anne Will & Frank Plasberg: Parteilich & oberflächlich oder ausgewogen & informativ? Erste Ergebnisse einer Analyse der Qualität der Diskussion über die Covid-19 Pandemie in ausgewählten Polit-Talkshows“ [Corona Clinic with Maybrit Illner, Anne Will & Frank Plasberg: Partisan & superficial or well-balanced and informativ? First results of an analysis of the quality of the discussion about the Covid-19 pandemic in selected political talkshows].

As part of this study, we have analyzed 112 talk shows of „Anne Will“, „Maybrit Illner“ and „Hart aber Fair“ which dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany as well as 8436 statements of the guests within these talk shows between January 2020 and July 2021. Check out our results.

You can read the report here (in German)

New Editorial Team Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (JEPOP)

I am excited to announce that I, along with a fantastic team of three Co-Editors, Christopher J. Williams (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Robin Best (Binghamton University), and Zachary Greene (University of Strathclyde Glasgow), as well as two deputy editors, Ko Maeda (University of North Texas) and Matthew Singer (University of Connecticut), will be taking over the editorship of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties this summer. We look forward to your submissions!