Thomas Hanitzsch

LMU Munich Partner

Thomas Hanitzsch is Chair and Professor of Communication at LMU Munich where he is currently Research Director in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research. A former journalist, his teaching and research focuses on global journalism cultures, war coverage, celebrity news and comparative methodology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory (2012-2015) and has co-edited “The Handbook of Journalism Studies” (Routledge, 2009) and “The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research” (Routledge, 2012). He founded and chaired the International Communication Association’s Journalism Studies Division (2004-2006) and served as Vice Chair/Chair of the European Communication Research and Education Association’s Journalism Studies Section (2010-2014). Hanitzsch is currently leading the Worlds of Journalism Study, a multinational and collaborative endeavor to trace journalism cultures and investigate the profession’s transformation around the world (see


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