During the reporting period there was a participation in the following ongoing international and interdisciplinary research projects:
- Media Climate (since 2008): This, by the Universities of Oslo and Bergen / Norway and Tampere / Finland led and financially centrally-funded long-term project with around 30 international scientific partner institutions deals with communication scientific climate research and examines, inter alia, quantitatively and qualitatively, comparatively and transnationally, how media report on five continents about the so-called climate change or global warming (e. g. on the basis of UN climate summits and IPCC AR). The financial resources are centrally managed in Norway and Finland.
- Media Regulation and Transition in Southeast Asia (since 2012): This project ( under guidance of Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Chair of Southeast Asian Studies / mainland) on behalf of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) in Bangkok has made a contribution as a representative of the Communication and Media Studies. Therefor the Chair of Journalism were previously credited 2x € 5.000 = € 10.000. This project examines the media systems in upheaval in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar.
- Tunisia in transition (since 2013): At this DAAD-funded project (under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Stahl, instructional professor for International Politics) a participation as a Senior Associate with appropriate workshop activities and supervision of Tunisian exam candidates and doctoral candidates took place. This project examines politically as well as concerning media and communication science, the impact of the transformation in Tunisia on politics, society and media.
Other free research project
- Teaching research experiment on applied virtual foreign correspondence: This experiment, in which special teaching forms and methods are developed, the Chair of Journalism regularly holds fitting seminars and academic exercises. It sees itself as a student pilot project of multiplied, Internet-based self-experimentation. The aim is to find out whether it is possible to report as journalist without expensive foreign correspondents 'on location' and without personal contact with people in a region with the only basis of virtual online resources and research of data journalism. The results are often amazingly realistic and near. Some students produce as virtual correspondent at the university topics and reports from abroad. At the same time other students produce as a genuine correspondent similar topics even under realistic time and scheduling constraints, which lends itself especially in the border region around Passau. In a random given week, the students will also be enabled as a virtual and real correspondents on a nightly stand-bay bases and activated by a phone call. Finally, the student virtual products and genuine correspondence reports are compared with those of professional foreign correspondents. Also the results of the different reports are discussed in this plenum.