Jürgen Wilke (media scientist)

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Jürgen Wilke (born December 19, 1943 in Goldap , East Prussia ) is a German communications and media scientist .


Jürgen Wilke studied German , journalism and art history in Mainz and Münster . In 1971 he received his doctorate and began his journalistic work. In 1983 he completed his habilitation at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. From 1984 to 1988 he was Professor (Chair of Journalism I) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt ; since 1988 for journalism at the Institute for Journalism at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz . There are also visiting professorships at the University of Washington in Seattle ( USA ), the Lomonossow University in Moscow ( Russia ) and the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano ( Switzerland ). In 2004 he was appointed "Professor honoris causa" at the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonosov University in Moscow. In 2005 he was elected a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences .

Wilke was a student of Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann and is considered to be a pioneer of historical communication research that also uses quantitative methods of empirical social research . Research focuses include media and communication history, propaganda and media control, news agencies , international communication, election campaign reporting . He is co-editor or author of several standard works on journalism / communication studies and media history, area editor for the Media Systems Section of the International Encyclopedia of Communication published in 2008.

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  • Media genres. In: European History Online . Edited by the Institute for European History (Mainz) . 2011 (accessed November 4, 2011).
  • with M. Welke: 400 years of the newspaper. The development of the daily press in an international comparison. Bremen 2008.
  • Beyond the day. Journalists as book authors. In: Communicatio Socialis. Issue 2/2008, pp. 171-191, ISSN 0010-3497.
  • Press instructions in the twentieth century. First World War - Third Reich - GDR. Cologne u. a. 2007.
  • with A. Cohen, T. Zemach-Marom, B. Schenk: The Holocaust and the Press. Nazi War Crime Trials in Germany and Israel. Cresskill 2002.
  • Basics of media and communication history. From the beginning to the 20th century. Cologne u. a. 2000.
  • with C. Reinemann: Chancellor candidates in election campaign coverage. A comparative study of the 1949-1998 federal elections. Cologne u. a. 2000.
  • Media history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Böhlau, Cologne, Weimar, Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-412-14898-9 .
  • with Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann , Winfried Schulz (Hrsg.): Fischer Lexikon: Publizistik Massenkommunikation. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1989, 1994. 5th edition 2009, ISBN 978-3-596-18192-6 .

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