Joost van Spanje was interviewed by Editie NL (RTL4) on November 13 about the collaboration between Wilders and Le Pen. He also wrote three articles (in Dutch). One for joop.nl about media coverage of Dutch parties, one for Trouw about the strategic choices of two Dutch parties, and one on the 2014 European election for stukroodvlees.nl (with Matthijs Rooduijn).
From theory to practice: After talking Europe all over in their courses, 21 students with 18 different nationalities from the Erasmus Mundus Master program made their way to the heart of the EU’s executive on Friday 15 November 2013. This trip to Brussels is organized by the staff of the Graduate School and is part of the Media and Politics specialism experience at the University of Amsterdam.
The journey started at the European Commission Charlemagne Building with a brief history about the EU by Mr. Jo Vandercappellen of the Directorate-General for Communication. After that, he continued with an overview over the different EU competencies and policy areas that ended with an engaged discussion about the influence of single member states on common agreements: “It’s like in a marriage – if you want to change conditions you have to convince your wife!” said Mr. Vandercappellen. After that the students also got a chance to have a little tour at the EBS studio with Mr. Harald Eeckels at the Berlaymont building.
On Friday, November 29, 2013, Professor Akiba Cohen will give a lecture, entitled “A quarter century of comparative research on television news: Where did we come from and where should we be going?” will commence at 9.00 hours and end around 10.00 hours.
Location: VOC Room (E0.02), Oost Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48.
The lecture is followed by a symposium about comparative foreign news research, for which there are still some open places. A program will follow shortly. If you have any questions you can always contact Knut De Swert, .
Andreas Schuck was interviewed in Dutch newspaper Trouw on Friday 13.09. as part of their special (‘de Verdieping’) on the role of emotions in politics. He was involved in a recent survey by Trouw and Kieskompas which showed that Dutch voters are angry more than fearful when it comes to politics. Other research has dinstinguished the role of different emotions and shown that anger is not to be seen as only negative in a political context as it can mobilize citizens to become more engaged. In his current NWO-funded VENI research project Schuck investigates which emotions are sparked by political news coverage and how these mobilize or demobilize citizens to participate in politics. He has looked at this in the context of the ongoing debate about climate change and global warming and is currently analysing the role and impact of emotions in the German Elections which take place on September 22nd.
Faculty and lecturers are exciting to welcome the new students following the Graduate School of Communication’s one year MSc in political communication and the Erasmus Mundus students following the Communicating Europe program. Classes start September 2nd.
Claes de Vreese was interviewed for the lead story in the magazine radio program Europa lige nu, broadcast on Danish national radio. The story was about the Dutch position on the EU and the recent popularity of Wilder’s Freedom Party (link: http://www.dr.dk/P1/europaligenu/Europaligenu.htm)
The opening of the op-ed section (“Opinie & Debat”) of Saturday’s main Dutch quality newspaper (NRC Handelsblad) featured a two-page article by Joost van Spanje. The article links up to the European Parliament’s decision to lift the immunity of Marine Le Pen, the current leader of the French anti-immigrant party Front National. The parliament decided to do so on 2 July, following a request made by French legal authorities. The authorities seek to prosecute Le Pen for her statement, made in December 2010, about Muslims praying on the streets of French cities. In his article, Joost van Spanje puts the coming prosecution in historical perspective, and compares it with the legal proceedings against other anti-immigrant party leaders in general and against Geert Wilders in particular. On the basis of various results from his research (with Claes de Vreese) on effects of the Wilders case on public opinion and voting behavior, he empirically demonstrates that such prosecution had positive effects on the electoral support for Geert Wilders’s PVV, and argues that it will have similar effects for the Front National. For a link to the article (in Dutch) see here.
ASCoR PhD student and CPC member Sanne Kruikemeier won a Top 3 PhD Student Paper award in the Political Communication division at this year’s ICA conference in London. The paper is titled “The Relationship Between Campaigning on Twitter and Electoral Support: Present or Absent?”. The paper is co-authored by Guda van Noort and Rens Vliegenthart.
Damian Trilling successfully defended his PhD dissertation, titled ”Following the news: Patterns of online and offline news consumption”. He investigated how people use different forms of news media, both online and offline. Fragmentation and selective exposure, two concepts central to research on news media use, seem to be less powerful in explaining news selection than expected, at least in the countries under study. For his research, Damian conducted two large-scale surveys in the Netherlands and in Austria, as well as a content analysis of Austrian online news outlets.
Moniza Waheed successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Agnietenkapel, University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, May 22. Her dissertation is entitled Values in International Political Speeches: Investigating their Production, Content, Media Coverage, and Impact. The dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. Claes de Vreese, Prof. Dr. Peter Neijens, and Dr. Andreas Schuck. Individual chapters of the dissertation have been published in the Journal of Intercultural Communication, the International Communication Gazette, and Journalism Studies. One chapter was awarded Top Paper by the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communiation Association (ICA).