Sustainable media events?

The project - funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) - analyses the emergence of cross-border media debates in the context of climate change. The project investigates how the UN climate summits in 2012 and 2013 are produced and which discursive effects these staged global political media events have on national climate debates in the media of five leading democratic countries around the world, namely the U.S., Germany, India, South Africa and Brazil.

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Mannheim, October 1, 2016: Paper comparing multimodal news frames on climate change in 5 different countries published in "International Journal of Press/Politics"

The Paper "Global multimodal news frames on climate change. A comparison of five democracies around the world" - written by Hartmut Wessler, Antal Wozniak, Lutz Hofer and Julia Lück - has been published in the International Journal of Press/Politics. Using a sample of newspaper articles from Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, and the United States covering the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conferences 2010–2013, the authors used standardized content analysis of text and imagesto find four overarching multimodal frames: global warming victims, civil society demands, political negotiations, and sustainable energy frames. These frames were found to be distibuted rather similarly across all countries, with strong cross-national frame convergence. The paper can be found here.

Jönköping, September 1: Best-practice guide for researchers interested in mediated climate change communication published with Jönköping University

The article "Investigating mediated climate change communication: A best-practice guide" - written by Mike Schäfer, Peter Berglez, Hartmut Wessler, Elisabeth Eide, Brigitte Nerlich and Saffron O'Neill has been published by the Jönköping University. In the article, the authors suggest guidelines for designing research on media communication about climate change, ways to investigate modalities like issue-attention, framing, or visualization and comparative approaches. The article can be found here.

Leipzig, April 1, 2016: Julia Lück presents study on narratives and frame in climate change coverage at DGPuK conference

Julia Lück, on behalf of her co-authors Hartmut Wessler and Antal Wozniak, presented the paper "Länderspezifische Erzählungen im globalen Medienframing? Eine vergleichende Inhaltsanalyse zur Klimaberichterstattung im transnationalen Kontext" ["Country-specific narratives within a global media framing? A comparative content analysis of climate coverage in a transnational context"] at the annual conference of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizisitik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft" (DGPuK) in Leipzig, Germany. In this study the authors examine whether similarly framed media reports about the UN Climate Change Conferences and climate change in general are made more nationally compatible through the different use of narrative elements. The paper is now being prepared for submission to an appropriate journal.


Mannheim, February 5, 2016: Paper on the visual framing contest between NGOs and government delegations published in "Journalism Studies"

The paper "Who prevails in the visual framing contest about the United Nations Climate Change Conferences" - written by Antal Wozniak, Hartmut Wessler, and Julia Lück - has been published online in Journalism Studies. Based on semi-standardized interviews conducted on-site two Climate Change Conferences (COPs) and a content analysis of news visuals in newspapers from five countries the authors asses which professional group involved in communicating the COPs - journalists, government spokespeople, and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - is most successful in seeing their visual framing conceptions represented in mainstream print media coverage. You can find the abstract as well as the full text of the publication here.

Mannheim, September 22, 2015: Paper to be published in "The International Journal for Press/Politics"

[Update January 2016: The paper has now been published in The International Journal of Press Politics, 21(1), 25-47. You can find the final version here.] The paper "Networks of coproduction: How journalists and environmental NGOs create common interpretations of the UN climate change conferences" - written by Julia Lück, Antal Wozniak, and Professor Hartmut Wessler - has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Press/Politics. In this study the authors examine the interrelations from journalists and communication practitioners from environmental NGOs at the annual UN Climate Change Conferences. Based on 78 semi-structured interviews the study identifies a temporary blurring of professional boundaries during these meetings and distinguish four distinct types of coproduction networks. Click here for the full text of a pre-publication version of the paper.

Paris, July 6, 2015: Professor Wessler presents at international meeting on "Transnational mega-events and global environmental governance"

Professor Hartmut Wessler was invited to a public event by the Institut des Sciences de la Communication (ISCC) in Paris where scholars discussed how mega-events influence global environmental processes and shape global governance. This meeting was convened in light of COP21, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference which is set to take place in Paris this coming December. In his presentation "Networks of co-production. How journalists and public relations professionals interact during UN climate change conferences" Professor Wessler talked about preconditions and manifestations of professional co-production on-site the climate change conferences. The findings are based on 106 semi-standardized interviews (amounting to almost 50 hours of recordings) the Mannheim research team has conducted over three COPs between 2010 and 2013.

Mannheim, May 2015: DFG renews 'Sustainable media events?' project until June 2016

The Mannheim research team is happy that the German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved their application to extend the project until June 2016 and sponsor the research with an additional 125,000 Euros. This will allow Professor Wessler and his colleagues to include the pivotal UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) - at which a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol is to be finalized - in their analyses.

Bonn, May 2015: Professor Wessler to discuss 'Climate information: Who determines the news?' with ZDF news anchor Claus Kleber

Professor Hartmut Wessler will be joining journalist and ZDF news anchor Dr. Claus Kleber on a talk on the mass media's role in climate protection and climate politics on May 19 at the University of Bonn, Germany. This event is part of the lecture series "The world in transition: Climate. Global.Digital." which is organized by the University of Bonn, the Deutsche Welle-Academy, the City of Bonn, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). In his presentation "Climate information: Who determines the news?" Professor Wessler is going to discuss findings from the first three years of the 'Sustainable media events?' project. The results indicate, among many other things, that globally operating environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace or WWF are regularly able to shape the visual appearance of the annual UN Climate Change Conferences. More information about the event can be found here.

Mannheim, February 2, 2015: Mannheim scholars win Top Faculty Paper Award from ICA's Journalism Studies division

Professor Hartmut Wessler and his co-authors Antal Wozniak, Lutz Hofer, and Julia Lück have been awarded a Top Faculty Paper Award by the Journalism Studies division of the International Communication Association (ICA) for their paper "Global multimodal news frames on climate change." The award is presented to the three highest scoring papers out of a total of 231 submissions the Journalism Studies division received for the 66th Annual ICA Conference (set to take place in May 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico). The research team is going to attend the conference to present their findings on multimodal news frames - based on a cluster analysis of text-based and visual frame elements present in news reports from five different countries - and to accept their award at the Journalism Studies' business meeting.

Mannheim, December 6, 2014: Paper published online in "Environmental Communication"

Antal Wozniak, Julia Lück and Hartmut Wessler's paper "Frames, Stories, and Images: The Advantages of a Multimodal Approach in Comparative Media Content Research on Climate Change" has been published online in the journal Environmental Communication. The authors present their research design for analysing climate change coverage in print media. By employing multimodal research and combining existing and novel operationalizations, the authors show how to avoid potentially one-sided interpretations and how to integrate concepts of framing, narration and visual representation. The Online Appendix with detailed coding examples as well as the codebook can be found in Downloads.

Lisbon, November, 2014: First results of multi-modal analysis presented at ECREA conference

Antal Wozniak, representing the Mannheim research team, attented the fifth conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in from November 12 to 15 in Lisbon, Portugal. In the presentation called "Sustainable media events? Media coverage of the UN climate conferences in democratic countries", Antal Wozniak provided a quick overview of the research project and in particular discussed the findings gained from a multi-modal cluster analysis based on data on textual-verbal and visual frame elements in newspaper coverage.

Seattle, May, 2014: Mannheim scholars present research results at ICA conference

The Mannheim research team presented partial results of their study at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Seattle, Washington (click here for presentation slides). The findings are based on interviews with journalists and PR professionals conducted onsite the UN Climate Change Conferences and a content analysis of visual representations of climate change in newspaper coverage in five countries. Based on the feedback by the anonymous reviewers and the panel attendants the paper "Visual strategies and representations: How journalists and PR professionals coproduce the images of climate change" is now being revised for submission to an academic journal.

Mannheim, May, 2014: Publication by Manuel Adolphsen

Manuel Adolphsen's doctoral thesis is now available at Springer VS: In "Communication Strategies of Governments and NGOs", Adolphsen investigates how different political actors use high-level summits in order to make issues of global governance public that, due to an overall lack of transnational public discourse, otherwise remain invisible for ordinary citizens. Through a case study of the UN climate summits, he is able to show how actors like NGOs and governments engage in public diplomacy, how processes of transnational, international and domestic policy are interwoven, and how journalists and PR professionals interact in on-site coproduction routines.

Mannheim, May, 2014: Paper publication in "Environmental Communication"

Antal Wozniak, Julia Lück and Hartmut Wessler's paper on "Frames, Stories, and Images: The Advantages of a Multimodal Approach in Comparative Media Content Research on Climate Change" has been accepted for publication in the journal "Environmental Communication". In it, the authors present their research design for analysing climate change coverage in print media. By employing multimodal research and combining existing and novel operationalizations, the authors show how to avoid potentially one-sided interpretations and how to integrate concepts of framing, narration and visual representation.

Oldenburg, May 13, 2014: Professor Wessler gives talk on climate change media debates at energy2050 symposium

Professor Hartmut Wessler was invited to the 2nd Oldenburg Symposium energy2050. There he presented preliminary results on media framing in five different countries (Germany, Brazil, India, South Africa, United States) as well as the clean energy debate in the two major German daily newspapers. Based on the findings Wessler highlighted the facts that climate scepticism is all but passé in mainstream media discourse and that the German media in particular offer good opportunity structures for a climate-friendly debate on renewable energy.

Warsaw/Mannheim, November, 2013: All interviews for Module 1 of research project conducted, almost 50 hours of expert statements recorded

With the successful field trip to COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, the data collection for module 1 of the "Sustainable media events" project has been completed. Over the course of three UN Climate Change Conferences - in Cancún 2010, Doha 2012, and Warsaw 2013 - the Mannheim research team has conducted a total of 106 interviews with 76 journalists and spokespeople, which amount to almost 50 hours in length. The communication experts' statements are being analyzed to re-construct mental preconditions as well as behavioral and cognitive manifestations of communicative co-production of messages on-site the climate change conferences.

Warsaw, November, 2013: Mannheim students on research excursion to COP19

As part of the seminar "New media at the UN Climate Change Conferences", tought by Prof. Hartmut Wessler and Antal Wozniak, 13 students from the University of Mannheim are attending COP19 in Warsaw, Poland. While seven students attended the conference from November 11 to 16, six students can see behind the curtains of the climate change conference from November 17 to 22. Organized in four research groups, the students conduct their own research on-site the COP. Their studies focus on different stakeholders' social media strategies as well as on the content and effects of online social media debates. As accredited participants of the conference the students have the opportunity to attend press briefings, consultations, and side events and are also able to interview communication experts and representatives of various NGOs.

Warsaw, November, 2013: Research team on field trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland

The Mannheim research team is in Warsaw at COP19/CMP9 to conduct interviews with high-level communication professionals and journalists. During a busy first week of the conference almost two thirds of planned interviews have already been done. Several others are being scheduled and will be conducted until the end of the conference on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The informarion gained on the communicative interplay between delegations, NGOs and journalists will be used in assessing the communicative impact of COP19 in national media coverage.

Mannheim, September 6, 2013: New projects on climate change communication receive funding / applications for research associate positions welcome

As part of the research group "Cultures of Sustainability" two new research projects on climate change communication are being funded at the University of Mannheim. The projects are part of the newly founded Research and Study Center "Dynamics of Change" and will start this fall under the supervision of Prof. Hartmut Wessler (profile).

We are seeking two PhD candidates or post-docs for the projects “Comparing public debates on sustainable restructuring” and “Persuasive effects of argumentative, visual, and narrative climate discourses” (click here for details). You can find the job advertisement here. The application should contain a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying, your CV, a list of your publications and teaching experiences as well as copies of relevant diplomas. Please include everything in one single pdf and send this to valigura@uni-mannheim.de by September 30, 2013 at the latest.

London, June 17-22, 2013: Mannheim scholars presenting various papers and posters at ICA Conference

The Mannheim research team is represented with a total of five panel and poster presentations at the ICA Annual Conference in London. Research Associates Julia Lück and Antal Wozniak are presenting their ongoing dissertation research at the Political Communication Graduate Students Preconference on Monday, June 17 at the London School of Economics. On Thursday, June 20, Lück and Wozniak present empirical results on "Networks on co-production: How journalists and mainstream NGOs create common interpretations of the UN Climate Change Conferences". Julia Lück also takes part in the Journalism Division's Interactive Poster Session with a display of her master thesis on "Journalistic contributions to a transnational public sphere". Finally, Lück and Professor Hartmut Wessler will give a talk on Saturday, June 22, at the Postconference „Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide in Comparative Communication Research" on "Working with limited diversity in QCA. A methodological case study".

Mannheim, June, 2013: Final preparations for ICA Annual Conference in London

The members of the Mannheim research team are in final preparations for their contributions at the upcoming Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) set to take place in London, UK from June 17-21. Prof. Hartmut Wessler, Julia Lück, and Antal Wozniak will be involved in a total of seven academic presentations and look forward to insightful discussions with communication scholars from all over the world.

Hamburg, April 18-19, 2013: International workshop on analyses of climate change communication

Professor Mike S. Schäfer (U Hamburg) and Professor Hartmut Wessler (U Mannheim) are organizing an international workshop at the KlimaCampus at the University of Hamburg from April 18 to 19. "International Analyses of Climate Change Communication: The State of the Art and the Way Forward" brings together scholars from four continents. The workshop will focus on major issues and problems of international/comparative research on climate change communication.

Mannheim, Feb 15, 2013: Coding of COP17/Durban media sample completed

The Mannheim research team has finished the coding of all articles of the media sample from between November 28 and December 14, 2011. Climate change coverage around and during COP17 in Durban, South Africa, was investigated in ten leading newspapers from the five countries which are the focus of our study. A total of 365 articles, 243 visuals, and over 1,300 actor-statements have been coded and are now in the process of being prepared for statistical analysis.

Doha/Mannheim, Dec 8, 2012: Research team finishes successful field trip to COP18

After having conducted a total of 33 in-depth interviews with high-level communication professionals and journalists on-site the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, the Mannheim research team is heading home. As the next big step in the research project, these over 20 hours of recorded interviews are going to be transcribed and analyzed In the coming weeks and months.

Doha, Dec 4, 2012: Majority of interviews have been conducted, some important ones to follow this week

The Mannheim research team has conducted almost two thirds of the interviews planned with high-level communication professionals and journalists at the Doha conference. Several other interviews have already been scheduled or will be conducted until the end of the conference on Friday, Dec 7, 2012. The team already gained most valuable insights on the communicative interplay between delegations, NGOs and journalists that will be used in assessing the communicative impact of COP18 in national media coverage.

Mannheim, Nov 21, 2012: Research team about to embark on field trip to UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar

Prof. Hartmut Wessler, Julia Lück, MA and Antal Wozniak, M.A. will travel to Doha, Qatar from November 26 to December 8 for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) and 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). The team will conduct on-site research on the communicative production of the climate summit by communication professionals of government delegations and NGOs as well as journalists.

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