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 www.worldsofjournalism.org).