Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt studied Sociology at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg and West Virginia University Morgantown, USA. From 2000 onwards, he held various positions in the University of Bamberg, among them the research centre for “New Communications Media”, at the Chair in Sociology II (Prof. Dr. R. Münch) and at the State Institute for Research into Families. After completing his doctorate on the institutionalisation of locally related online services, he was a German Academic Exchange scholar at the Donau-University Krems, and guest scholar at the Johannes-Kepler-University Linz (Prof. Dr. B. Batinic). From 2005 to 2007, he worked on a postdoc project supported by the German Research Foundation on “Practices in online–based networking” at the research centre for “New Communications Media” in Bamberg. Since November 2007 he has been working as a senior researcher for digital media and political communication at the Hans-Bredow-Institute. His research focus is on developments of “Web 2.0”, or respectively” social software”, where he is particularly interested in current changes in online based public spheres and social networks, as well as their effects on politics, economy and civil society. In addition, he analyses form, functions and consequences of online and game-based social spaces as a member of the working group ”Digital Games and Online Worlds” at the Hans-Bredow-Institute.

Latest publications

  • Schmidt, J.-H.; Loosen, W. (2014): Both Sides of the Story. Assessing Audience Participation in Journalism through the Concept of Inclusion Sistance. In: Digital Journalism. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2014.930243

  • Schmidt, J.-H.; Johnsen, K. (2014): On the Use of the E-Petition Platform of the German Bundestag. Berlin: HIIG (HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-03). Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2444672

  • Heise, N.; Loosen, W.; Reimer, J.; Schmidt, J.-H. (2014): Including the Audience. Comparing the Attitudes and Expectations of Journalists and Users towards Participation in German TV News Journalism. In: Journalism Studies, Jg. 15, H. 4, S. 411–430. doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2013.831232.

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Latest lectures

  • “It’s just not my thing” – Why Audience Members don’t Use Participatory Features of (Online) News Media. Insights from Four German Case Studies”, paper presented by N. Heise, J. Reimer, J.-H. Schmidt and W. Loosen at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 15 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.

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Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg
Tel. +49 40 450217-83
Fax +49 40 45 02 17-99