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.
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
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.
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)
I did an interview on the 2021 German Federal Election with 95bFM „The Wire with Justin“. You can listen to it here.
I have written a book review of „Johnson, Dennis W. (2020): Campaigns and Elections. What Everyone Needs to Know New York: Oxford University Press“ for Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Vol. 26, Issue 4 (2021). It’s open access and you can read it here.
If you are in Christchurch March, 9th 2021, join me for a talk about our New Zealand Social Media Study (NZSMS) in the 2020 New Zealand General Election at the Media & Communication (COMS) Research Seminar. For details see below.
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!
If you are in Wellington, register for our „Spotlight lecture: The Battle over America“, Friday 6 Nov, 12.30–1.30pm, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1 (RHLT1), Pipitea campus, Bunny Street. I will try to make sense of the likely post-election power struggle in the USA.
Update: A recording of the lecture is meanwhile available on You Tube
This week I spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report again about who the most active campaigner on Facebook during the 2020 New Zealand election was and what communication strategies and styles the party leaders followed in their social media campaigns.
Listen to the full interview here.