• October 2, 2019
    Master thesis proposals update! We invite all M.A. students who are interested in writing their upcoming master thesis under the support of our team to have a look at the proposals and interesting research projects posted on our site.
  • September 20, 2019
    The dates and topics of this semester's research colloquium are now available. As usual, we invite everyone to join us on interesting debates. Please also check who's given a talk at our colloquium in the past years.
  • September 12, 2019
    Top AdME job placement! Desirée Schmuck has accepted a position at one of the best communication departments in Europe, the Department of Media and Communication at the LMU Munich, Germany. She will join the lab of Professor Carsten Reinemann.

    After completing her master studies in Communication Science at our department in 2014, Desirée was awarded a three-year uni.docs fellowship for her PhD project entitled "Us against them: The effects of right-wing populist political advertising on intergroup attitudes", supervised by Professor Matthes. Desi defended her dissertation with "summa cum laude" (highest honor) in July 2017 and, since then, has worked as a postdoctoral researcher within our group.

    Congratulations, Desi!
  • August 22, 2019
    New Dissertation Award! Our former colleague Raffael Heiss recently received the "2019 Young Researchers & Young Innovators Award" (2nd place) for his dissertation "Political Actors on Social Media: Content, Exposure and Effects", supervised by Jörg Matthes. The competition is organised and financed by the European Region of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino. Congratulations, Raffi!
  • August 1, 2019
    New AdME members! We are happy to announce that four new members have joined our group as pre-doctoral researchers.

    Melanie Hirsch studied Translation Studies (French & English, BA: 2015) and Political Science (BA: 2016) at Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck. She was then accepted for our research master program in Communication Science, which she completed in January 2019.

    Ruta Kaskeleviciute holds a Bachelor of Culture and Arts in Journalism of the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki, Finnland). As a colleague of Melanie Hirsch, she was a student of the Communication Science master program at our department, graduating in November 2018. Alongside Desirée Schmuck and Jörg Matthes, Ruta will work in the project SMART?Phone.

    Ariadne Neureiter conducted her studies in Communication Science at our department (MA: 2018). Her master thesis, entitled "The impact of crisis' history and victim's history on corporate reputation" was recently awarded the Franz-Bogner-Wissenschaftspreis 2019. Furthermore, Ariadne studied Psychology at Karl-Franzens-University of Graz (BA: 2017), where she is also currently completing her master studies.

    Franz Reiter studied Political Science (BA: 2015) and European and International Studies (MA: 2018) at Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck. His main research interests focus on political advertising, electoral communication, media, and quantitative methods.

    A very warm welcome to AdME, Melanie, Ruta, Ariadne and Franz!
  • June 11, 2019
    Kathrin Karsay receives 2019 ICA Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award! We are very proud to announce that Kathrin received the prestigious Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association's (ICA) Mass Communication Division at this year's annual conference in Washington, D.C. The biannual award acknowledges the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in mass communication. Evaluation criteria include theoretical and methodological contributions to the field of mass communication and originality. 

    In her cumulative dissertation "Objects of Desire. Content and Effects of Sexualizing Media", Kathrin dealt with the phenomenon of sexualization in mass media by means of a multi-method design. The key findings indicate that visual sexualization is a widespread media phenomenon and that in today’s society sexualizing media have the potential to negatively affect the mental and physical health of both women and men. In particular, the results demonstrate that the use of sexualizing media leads to an overestimation of one's own appearance in relation to one's own personality, in short self-objectification, and implies far-reaching consequences for society at large.

    Congratulations, Kathrin!
  • June 7, 2019
    Multiple awards at ICA! We have received multiple awards for our work at this year's ICA annual conference in Washington, D.C.

    Christian von Sikorski, Desirée Schmuck, Jörg Matthes, Claudia Klobasa, Helena Knupfer and Melanie Saumer received the Top Faculty Paper Award of the Journalism Division for their paper "Do journalists differentiate between Muslims and Islamist terrorists? A content analysis of terrorism news coverage". 

    Marlis Stubenvoll was awarded with the Top Student Paper Award of the Mass Communication Division. Her paper was entitled "Why corrections of numerical misinformation fail: Anchoring effects of inaccurate numbers in the news".

    Two more awards were granted by the Children, Adolescents and Media Division: Ines SpielvogelJörg Matthes and Brigitte Naderer received the Top Student-led paper Award for "Again and again: Exploring the influence of disclosure repetition on children's cognitive processing of brand placements". Furthermore, Brigitte Naderer was awarded the Top Reviewer Award of the division.

    Finally, the Information Systems Division awarded Jörg Matthes & Johannes Knoll the John E. Hunter Meta-Analysis Award 2019 for their article "The effectiveness of celebrity endorsements: A meta-analysis", published in 2017 by the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.
  • May 20, 2019
    New AdME positions! We are currently looking to fill two more predoc positions to complete our team. If you are interested in joining us, please check the University of Vienna's jobcenter for further details.
  • May 16, 2019
    UNIVIE Teaching Award 2019 for Jörg Matthes & Helena Knupfer! We are very proud to announce that the University of Vienna's Rectorate is awarding Jörg Matthes & Helena Knupfer the UNIVIE Teaching Award 2019 (category: "Giving and taking (peer-)feedback"). They will receive the award for their work during the course/lecture VERQUAN: Advanced Quantitative Methods, which was held during the 2018 winter semester. According to the Rectorate, the focus for this specific category was to honor courses using innovative ways of giving (peer-)feedback in various teaching contexts. 

    The award ceremony will be held in the small celebration hall (Kleiner Festsaal) in the University of Vienna's main building (Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna) on June 6, 2019 at 17:00.

    Congratulations, Jörg & Helena!
  • March 31, 2019
    Christian von Sikorski new Assistant Professor at University Koblenz · Landau!
    We are extremely happy and proud to announce that starting April 1, 2019, Christian will be Assistant Professor of Political Psychology (tenure track) at the Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education of the University Koblenz · Landau in Germany. He had already been interim professor for media psychology within the same department. Christian's main research focus will be on political psychology and political communication.

    Christian joined AdME in April 2015 and since held a post doc position in our team. Prior to that, he was a researcher at the German Sport University Cologne (PhD in Media & Mass Communication, 2014) as well as a visiting researcher at New York University (NYU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Congratulations, Christian!
  • March 20, 2019
    The dates and topics of this semester's research colloquium are now available. As usual, we invite everyone to join us on interesting debates. Please also check who's given a talk at our colloquium in the past years.
  • March 12, 2019
    New AdME position! We are currently looking to fill the position of a Pre-Doctoral Researcher ("PraeDoc") within our team. If you are interested in joining AdME, please check the university's jobcenter for further details.
  • January 22, 2019
    We are very happy to announce that Mira Mayrhofer recently defended her dissertation entitled "The portrayal and effect of alcohol on Television" with distinction.
    Congratulations, Dr. Mira!