Workshop – The Politics of Privacy

From 5 to 6 December 2019 the workshop 'The Politics of Privacy' will take place at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz under the umbrella of the ECREA Communication and Democracy section.

On Thursday, 5 December, we will start at 4 p.m. with a fishbowl debate. Privacy lawyer Simon Assion discusses political dimensions of privacy with our keynote speakers Caroline Krohn and Sami Coll. Feel invited to join the debate in the INFOBOX on the campus of the University of Mainz.

A workshop for registered participants will follow on Friday 6 December with contributions by Caroline Krohn, Sami Coll, Heikki Heikkilä, Łukasz Wojtkowski, Barbara Brodzińska-Mirowska, Aleksandra Seklecka, Karoline Burno-Kaliszuk, Grażyna Stachyra, Sarah Young, Leyla Dogruel, Tetyana Lokot, Philipp Masur and Víctor Hernández-Santaolalla.

The full programme is available here. Further Informationen can be found on the workshop's homepage.

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Rcently published Open Access: Special Issue on Privacy

We announce the recent publication of a Open Access special issue of Mediatization Studies on the subject of privacy and surveillance. Joint editors are Johanna E. Möller (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and Jakub Nowak (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin). The issue contains contributions by young researchers from Germany, Austria and Poland, some of which were presented and discussed at a workshop with researchers and practitioners at Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin in March 2018.

The following articles can be accessed and downloaded:

Both, the workshop and the Special Issue were generously supported by the Polish-German Science Foundation.

Media Business Division presenting at emma 2019 in Limassol

The Department of Media Management presented its current Research at this year's annual conference of the European Media Management Association in Limassol (Cyprus) from June 5-7, 2019. Johanna E. Möller, M. Bjørn von Rimscha and Robin Riemann presented a case study on recursivity in the cross-border strategies of media companies: "Recursive effects of transnational expansion - A case study of tamedia's foreign ventures". Gianna Ehrlich presented the results of a comprehensive literature analysis on media brand equity as well as a conceptual and methodological approach to address current research questions in this area: "Capturing media brand equity - shortcomings and Qualitative Comparative Analysis as a potential solution".

This year, students of Media Management (Master's Programme), more precisely from the seminar "Media Economic Empiricism and Practice", were also successfully represented with two lectures. M. Bjørn von Rimscha, Mala Schäfer, Isabel Machel, Carina Roeser, Christopher Schmitt, Isabell Wasmuth and Andreas Goebbel presented the lecture: "Beyond strategy: Drivers of transnationalization - A case study of two German magazines". The second talk "A topic where cultural Discount does not matter? Globally homogeneous content in Fashion magazines" was Held by M. Bjørn von Rimscha, Aryana Kafash Gohari, Jessica Loos, Viktoria Buchmann, Gia Hoai Nam Le, Luisa Gemmer, Yanneck Schleese, Anna Bolay, Victoria Walter, Jana Fäth, Lisa Grimm and Svenja Brauer. Congratulations to all authors on the successful presentation of their work!
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Recently published open access: Ambidexterity in cross-border media management

The research project Cross-Border Media Communication (CBMC) presents a new journal article, recently published online in the Journal of Media Business Studies. The CBMC project team, including Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen, Pamela Nölleke-Przybylski (Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Matthias Karmasin, Denise Voci (University of Klagenfurt) as well as M. Bjørn von Rimscha and Johanna E. Möller (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), focuses on the cross-border activities of media companies. The recently published open access article shows that organizational ambidexterity is a fruitful approach to investigate such activities. In the course of digitisation processes, it becomes apparent that explorative internationalisation strategies are gaining in importance compared to explorative ones.

Workshop "The Politcs of Privacy"

The ECREA Communication and Democracy section invites submissions for the Workshop "The Politics of Privacy", taking place at the Department of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, December 5-6, 2019. Keynote speakers Constance Kurz (Chaos Computer Club) and Sami Coll (University of Geneva) have confirmed their participation.

Questions relating to the everyday management of information flows and information boundaries, by individuals or organizations, have increasingly moved into the focus of communication and media research. The political implications of data protection, which is the focus of this workshop, call for scholarly attention. Abstracts on issues such as data protection as design, everyday data protection-related media practices, discourses and ideologies that shape the practice of data protection, as well as contributions with further topic references, can be submitted until July 15, 2019 to politicsofprivacy [at] Selected contributions will be chosen to be published in a special issue of the open-access journal Media and Communication. The publication is planned for June 2020. Questions concerning the workshop and the planned publication will be answered by Johanna E. Möller, johanna.moeller [at]

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Media management students awarded with Goldmedia Certificate

Tobias Simon and Pascal Schneiders, graduated M.A. students of communication with a focus on media management, were distinguished with certificates in the context of the 2019 Goldmedia Award for innovative master theses in media management.
In his work, titled 'Motivation of e-sports audiences: concept of the e-sports audience motivations scale' Tobias Simon realized an extant literature evaluation of sports consumption measures. Based on this, he developed a standardized Research instrument and applied it via an online survey. Simon's thesis offers more than detailed and precise scholarly work and argumentation. In a clear and comprehensive manner it shows that and how digital media technologies open up new topics for media business research in particular and communication and media studies in general.
Pascal Schneiders' work is entitled 'I remember the message, I guess, but I lack the source. Opportunities and risks of branding on third-party platforms for news organizations'. This work examines the extent to which recognition and images of media brands are influenced by the distribution of news content via Facebook. This shows that from a media brand perspective there is little to be said against leveraging distribution via Facebook.

The whole media management team warmly congratulates Tobias Simon and Pascal Schneiders!

Published online: Article on cross-border activities of media companies

The research project Cross-Border Media Communication (CBMC) presents a new journal article, recently published online in the European Journal of Communication. The CBMC project team, including Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen, Pamela Nölleke-Przybylski (Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Matthias Karmasin, Denise Voci (University of Klagenfurt) as well as Bjørn von Rimscha and Johanna Möller (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), focuses on the cross-border activities of media companies. Based on interviews with 34 leading media managers, we have developed a typology of cross-border media company activities. The special feature of this typology is that it covers not only economically driven engagement, but also cross-border practices aiming at infrastructural restructuration, such as in the course of digitisation processes, or socio-political projects.
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Päivi Maijanen-Kyläheiko (LUT) visits Mainz

Päivi Maijanen-Kyläheiko from the Lapeenranta University of Technology - School of Business and Management is visiting the working group in Mainz as an Erasmus+ teaching exchange. She is to give a lecture on dynamic resources and ambidexterity for the students of media management and will also present in our department wide research seminar. Furthermore we will discuss possibilities for future collaborations.

A warm welcome and a we are looking forward to work with you!

Springer Series in Media Industries

M. Bjørn von Rimscha and Ulrike Rohn (University of Tallinn) have just started a Series on Media Industries at Springer:

The media industries constitute an important sector of national and transnational economies; not only do they contribute significantly to the GDP of a country, they also serve cultural, political, and societal functions. Production conditions and the production output of the media industries are as much a result of their economic, cultural, political and societal environment as an influence on these spheres of life.
The series features research that considers this duality, and it focuses on the influencing factors that shape the structures and output of the media industry on all levels. This includes research on the macroeconomic level of media markets and industries, including policies and regulations; research on the organizational level of managerial decisionmaking and challenges; as well as research on the individual level of media workers. We welcome transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives.
The disciplines, approaches and theories applied may include (but are not limited to): media economics; political economy; media and creative industries studies; media policy studies; media management; organizational cultural theories; technology, creative and innovation theories; media and communication studies; audience and consumer theories; critical cultural media studies; professional cultural theories; and social psychology.
All volumes in the series are peer-reviewed.

If you are interested in publishing your manuscript in the series or if you have an idea for an edited volume that might fit in the series, please do not hesitate to get in contact.


Media Business working group at the WMEMC in Cape Town

The working group was successfully at the World Media Economics and Management Conference WMEMC in Cape Town, South Africa.

Together with Denise Voci from Klagenfurt, M. Bjørn von Rimscha presented results from the just finished project Cross Border Media Communication in two sessions. Furthermore our Master student Melanie Fröhlich was able to present the results from her thesis on influencer marketing .

During the conference a new leadership team for the WMEMC was elected. New chair is Gregory F. Lowe, co-chair is Sylvia Chan-Olmstedt. M. Bjørn von Rimscha was elected to be secretary.