Dr. Eike Mark Rinke wins ICA award for outstanding dissertation in journalism studies

MZES researcher Dr. Eike Mark Rinke has been granted the International Communication Association's "Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award". This prize recognizes and rewards doctoral dissertation research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication. The ICA is the most relevant professional association of communication scholars worldwide. The Burd Award is considered to be one of the most important international dissertation awards in the field of journalism studies.

The dissertation titled "Justificatory News: Investigating the Contextual Antecedents of Justification in the News" deals with the international comparison of news in Germany, the US and Russia. Dr. Rinke analysed the extent to which social and political contexts, such as the respective political system, influence the presentation of justifications for political opinions in the news.

The award is named after Gene Burd, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas. The prize money is $1,000. The winner has been announced at the recent 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in San Juan, Puero Rico.

(June 17, 2015 - photo: Antal Wozniak)

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