Aug 232016

lowlands sqBert Bakker, who is a CPC affiliate and Assistant Professor at ASCoR, conducted an innovative study together with Matthijs Rooduijn (Sociology, Utrecht University) and Gijs Schumacher (Political Science, University of Amsterdam) at the Dutch Lowlands Festival, that took place from 19 to 21 August. The purpose of their project “Politics isn’t cool. It’s HOT” was to study physiological reactions to political messages. Bert Bakker was interviewed on this project by Jurgen van den Bergh on Radio1. He and his colleagues also published a blog post and gave an interview at the University of Amsterdam (in Dutch).

Furthermore, last week Claes de Vreese was interviewed on Danish Radio1 about his new co-edited book on “Populist Political Communication in Europe“. Earlier this month, Katjana Gattermann gave an interview to Vrij Nederland/de Oplossers on post-Brexit developments in the European Union.

Jul 282016

By Karmen Kert, Master student in Political Communication

2.6 terabytes of leaked data turned out to be the safety net investigative journalism desperately needed. For a long while traditional journalism has literally been “dragged” through modern times: The apparatus is new, but the way news is produced today still remain predominantly the same – where journalists work in their own news organization(s) and gather facts from the communal field of information. Fortunately, the Panama Papers – a unprecedented leak of 11.5 million documents, which brought together more than 370 journalists – has given a way to a solution which could revive investigative journalism. The answer is surprisingly simple: collaboration!

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Jul 192016

1179763_papago_mountains_phoenix_arizonaCPC-related researchers continue to be very active this summer. Andreas Schuck is still in Australia and gave a guest lecture in Melbourne a few days ago; Rachid Azrout gave a lecture at Amsterdam town hall on the relationship between media and politics. Bert Bakker and Yphtach Lelkes attended the ISPP Conference in Warsaw, Poland, and presented their research on personality measures alongside several other papers which they co-author (see programme). Damian Trilling published a blog post on Journalism Research News that is connected to the research project “Personalised Communication”.

Jul 192016

By Emke de Vries, Master student in Political Communication

Recently, Dolce & Gabbana revealed a hijab and abaya  collection. Also H&M used an Islamic model with a scarf in a recent campaign that embraces diversity. The adaption of the Islamic dress style by the fashion industry should, however, not be confused with a political standpoint. Nowadays the so-called Islamic fashion is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry, estimated to be worth almost 200 billion euro by 2020. However the introduction of Muslim women into the global fashion industry could certainly help making the hijab more visible and accepted in the Western world. This acceptance has been critical since the beginning of the century, where the orientalist gaze seems to be still visible in the media landscape. In order to decrease this orientist gaze, we need more diversity and cross-cultural discussions in the media. Continue reading »

Jul 152016

Biosafety_level_4_hazmat_suitBy Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, MSc Student Political Communication

Whenever there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, media outlets usually jump on the story with a lot of detailed coverage about every new development that occurs. The media reports on new emerging cases, informing the public about where the disease has been reported, what it entails and, most importantly, how it can be prevented. At the same time it is not out of the ordinary to see newspapers containing incendiary headlines, proclaiming the coming of a new and exotic ‘killer’ flu strain that is both similar to a previous deadly pandemic and unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. But once the initial fuss over a new epidemic has died down and the consequences have proved to not be quite as severe as expected, the media is often barraged with a wave of blame. The fine line between providing thorough information and inciting a panic has already led to a lot of discussion about how the media should deal with such sensitive crisis situations. A new study, however, has proven that there is a great benefit to the frequent, long-lasting media coverage of epidemics, in that it can actually affect the spread of the disease itself. But what is the media’s responsibility is such a situation?

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Jul 042016

1195995_learn_english_2-150x150Having just returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where the ICA took place, some CPC-related researchers are out and about again. Andreas Schuck traveled to Sydney as part of the EMMA faculty exchange program. Linda Bos was invited by the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Zurich, Switzerland, to give a talk at a conference on Populism & Democracy (see here). Bert Bakker and Katjana Gattermann participated in the EUENGAGE Text Analysis Workshop in Amsterdam (see programme); and the latter also went to Brussels in order to present papers at the 6th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association.

Jul 042016

By Judith Meijer, MSc student Political Communication

Here’s a surprising fact about renewable energy in The Netherlands: it’s not going very well, to put it mildly. We are lacking behind compared to all other European countries when it comes to renewable energy with the almost embarrassing number of 5.6%. Only Malta and Luxembourg are doing worse. To give a comparison, Norway is at 66% and Portugal is at 45%. Per person, Dutch citizens pollute the sky with over 10,6 tons of carbon dioxide. But why does this matter you might ask? It was only a few months ago that the COP 21 in Paris set a new goal for the Netherlands. In order to participate in the global goal of not going past the 2 degrees mark, we have to increase our green energy percentage from 5% to 14% before the year 2020. Unfortunately, it with the amount of coals we still use for our energy, this does not seem like a very realistic goal. Between 2013 and 2014 the use of coal for producing energy has only increased instead of decreased with the staggering amount of 20 per cent. Continue reading »

Jun 292016

trophySeveral CPC-affiliated scholars were recognised for their outstanding teaching at the 2016 School of Communication Teaching Awards last week.

Knut De Swert won the award for Large Courses in 1st or 2nd year for the Political Communication and Journalism course. Yph Lelkes and Judith Möller were awarded the prize for Best Specialization Seminar for the course Citizens and the Public Opinion. Damian Trilling won the award for Best Methods Course for Big Data.

Congratulations everybody!


Jun 292016

Many CPC-affiliated conf2016researchers enjoyed a tremendous ICA earlier this month in Fukuoka, Japan.

Several people won prizes, including Magdalena Wojcieszak who was awarded the prestigious ICA Young Scholar Award. Mark Boukes and Rens Vliegenthart won the top faculty paper award in the Journalism Studies division. Jasper van de Pol was awarded a best student paper prize in the Political Communication division. Tom Powell received a best student paper award in the Visual Communication division. Congratulations everybody!

In addition to these honours, attendees enjoyed many good presentations, some hilarious presentations, timely pre-conferences and nice parties. Thanks to those who helped us make the most of the conference.

Jun 062016

icalogo2This week, most scholars who are related to CPC are travelling to Fukuoka, Japan, to present their newest research at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). On this occasion, Magdalena Wojcieszak will receive the ICA’s Young Scholar Award! Congratulations again!

On Saturday, Rachid Azrout gave a presentation at the Universiteitsdag of the University of Amsterdam. Last week, Joost van Spanje and Katjana Gattermann took part in the 15th Dutch-Belgian Political Science Conference in Brussels, Belgium. Joost has also been in the media recently, including for an interview on the Wilders Trial in Algemeen Dagblad 27 May, and an opinion piece in De Volkskrant last Saturday.