auditorium-662172-mOn Tuesday, October 14,  Dutch EMMY-award winning documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist Loretta van der Horst ( will be giving a guest lecture for Erasmus Mundus and PolCom students, in room REC P1.25 from 15.00-17.00 hours.

On Tuesday, October 21, prof. Bob Calo from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley will be giving a guest lecture on the topic of “When Citizens Don’t Trust: Elitism, Populism and Disengagement” for Erasmus Mundus and PolCom students, in room REC P1.25  from 15.00-17.00 hours. Professor Calo is visiting the Graduate School at the University of Amsterdam as part of the visiting scholar exchange program of the Erasmus Mundus program. For more info see:

sphere-958915-mDuring the Weekend van de Wetenschap (Weekend of Science), 4 October,  Damian Trilling will give a lecture on state-of-the art research on news and social media. People increasingly get news not only via television or the newspaper, but also via Facebook or Twitter. Therefore, studying the use of social media for news and current affairs is of crucial importance for communication scientists, but also for practitioners and society in general. In his talk, Damian will show how news is spread on social media and how communication scientists are working on models that can predict news dissemination. Next to that, there will be some hands-on demonstrations in which everyone can try out the software that communication scientists use for studying social media.

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man-on-a-bridge-2-1427248-mOn Tuesday, 7 October, Katjana Gattermann will present a paper entitled: “Assessing party-voter congruence over time: towards convergence in times of crisis?” at the European Politics and Society Seminar. More information about the lecture and the event can be found here.

hands-1088927-mA study on political polarization by CPC researcher Yph Lelkes together with Shanto Iyengar and Gaurav Sood was covered by in an article on feelings toward inter-party marriages: “Here’s how many Republicans don’t want their kids to marry Democrats”

ascorOn Thursday, October 2nd 2014, there will be an international expert meeting on the measurement of the most important media and communication variable: media exposure.




The changing media environment makes research using Media Exposure even more complicated than before. The multiplied number of media channels is accompanied by an immense increase in the total amount of messages communicated. People are exposed to messages anytime and anywhere. The new media environment presents challenges for the measurement of how people are ‘exposed’ to media content, which is crucial for the understanding of media use, media success, and media effects. This is the theme of this international seminar on the challenges of tapping media and communication exposure in a rapidly changing information environment and media landscape. Speakers will present state-of-the art insights on both self-reported and observed media exposure. The event ends with the launch of a site listing media exposure measures, which is a service and a tool to the academic community.

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policommjournalOn September 1 Claes de Vreese started his tenure as Editor of Political Communication. He is stepping down as Editor of IJPOR and will hand over responsibility to incoming Editors Lilach Nir and Hernando Rojas during the editorial board meeting on Thursday, September 4th,  at the WAPOR conference.

graduate-1109366-mFaculty 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 program. Classes start September 1.

newspaper-859634-mJoost van Spanje had an article published in national newspaper Trouw and blog posts on and about the vulnerability of Dutch political party PVV. He argues that the party runs a considerable electoral risk as long as it remains in its current isolated position. A new party, possibly (but not likely) the newly founded VNL, may lure many voters away from the PVV as a result. Joost’s argument is backed up by examples from other countries where isolated parties lost many votes as soon as their voters were offered a viable alternative.

For the complete story (in Dutch) see

New ImageUntil July 15th Andreas Schuck is Visiting Scholar at the School of Media & Public Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. The visit is connected to his current VENI research project: “Dealing with Feelings: The (de-)mobilizing role of emotions in political communication” which is funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). During his time in Washington Andreas is working on two studies, investigating the effects of news coverage of (1) genetically modified (GM) food production and (2) climate change and global warming on the emotions of citizens (such as fear, anger or hope) and their impact on subsequent political behavior (such as protest, information-seeking, donating or civic engagement).

sanne1Sanne Kruikemeier successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Agnietenkapel, University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, June 11. Her dissertation is entitled “Getting connected: The effects of online political communication on citizens’ political involvement”, and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Claes de Vreese, Prof. Dr. Rens Vliegenhart and Dr. Guda van Noort.


She investigated to what extent the Internet influences citizens. The results showed that few people are politically active online. Sanne also found that personal and interactive communication makes citizens feel close to politics. This means that when politicians themselves start an online dialogue, citizens feel more involved with politics.

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