Nele Heise, M. A.

Nele Heise, M. A., studied Communication Studies and History at the University of Erfurt. Among others, she was a student assistant at the interdisciplinary project “Bauhauskommunikation” [Bauhaus Communication]. She has been awarded several prizes for her work, for example with the Advancement Award 2008 of the State Media Authority Thuringia. She finished her masters programme in Communication Studies with a thesis on “Ethik der Internetforschung – Diskurs und Praxis. Eine qualitative-heuristische Befragung deutscher Kommunikationsforscher” [Ethics of Internet Research – Discourse and Practice. A Qualitative-Heuristic Survey of German Communication Researchers”.

Since October 2011 she has been a junior researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in the course of the DFG project “Die (Wieder-)Entdeckung des Publikums” [The (Re-)Discovery of the Audience]. Relating to this project she does her doctorate at the Graduate School Media and Communication, the interdisciplinary doctoral programme of the Research Center for Media and Communication (RCMC) in Hamburg. In her dissertation project she deals with the areas “active audience”, media acquisition and technical artefacts.

Her research interests are in the field of media acquisition, online communication, theory and practice of social media and user practice in the social web.

Latest publications

  • 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.

  • Heise, N. (2014): The Money: New Typography in Everybody’s Pockets. In: P. Rössler (Hrsg.), The Bauhaus and Public Relations. Communication in a Permanent State of Crisis (Routledge Research in Public Relations; 4). New York/London: Routledge, pp. 120-136.

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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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Nele Heise, M. A.

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