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Breaking News

Breaking News

The attack in Munich on 22 July 2016 has shown how important social media have become in special event situations. Users reported live on what was happening on the spot, but numerous false reports and rumours that became “independent” also made the rounds. Besides the speed, which is undoubtedly an important aspect of reporting – especially in extreme situations that occur with a close spatial reference - reliable reporting with credible information for the population is indispensable. For this reason, it is important to recognise and understand the information needs and usage behaviour of people in such situations. Accordingly, the focus is on the use of news that deviates from habits, which comprises three central aspects: the way in which the initial information was received, the possible dissemination of this information and the choice of media for the more detailed search for information. Since the information behaviour in special times of news reporting cannot be simulated or presented in an abstract way due to the situational peculiarities, a study design was developed with which empirical data can be collected at an extreme news event that actually occurred.


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Project Description

The central aspect is a survey, which can be initiated without losing any time if required.

Project Information


Duration: 2017-2019

Research programme:
RP1 - Transformation of Public Communication

Involved persons

Dr. Sascha Hölig

Third party

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Cooperation Partner

Contact person

Dr. Sascha Hölig
Senior Researcher Media Use

Dr. Sascha Hölig

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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