Research group “(In)Visibility in the Digital Age”


Topic-related publications of the members

Ayoub, N., & Lohmeier, C. (2016). Moscheen als schreckenerregende Bedrohung – Argumente und Erzählstrategien rechter und rechtspopulistischer Akteure in der Moscheedebatte in München München [Mosques as terrifying threats? – Arguments and narrative strategies of right-wing and populist parties in the context of the ‘mosque debate’ in Munich]. In F. Hafez (Ed.), Jahrbuch der Islamophobieforschung [Islamophobia Studies Yearbook] (pp. 142-163). Vienna: New Academic Press.

Baden, C., & Springer, N. (2014). Com(ple)menting the news on the financial crisis: The contribution of news users’ commentary to the diversity of viewpoints in the public debate. European Journal of Communication, 29(5), 529-548.

Bock, A. (2017). Viel gesehen – nichts beobachtet. Techniken der Analyse von Beobachtungsmaterial [Seen much – observed nothing. Techniques for the analysis of observation material]. In A. Scheu & M. Meyen (Eds.), Auswertung qualitativer Daten in der Kommunikationswissenschaft [Evaluation of qualitative data in communication research] (pp. 145-159). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Bock, A., & Halder, L. (Eds.). (2015). Visuelle Bildungsmedien [Visual educational media]. [Special issue]. Bildungsforschung, 1. Retrieved from

Bock, A., Isermann, H., & Knieper, T. (2012). Quantitative content analysis of the visual. In J. Hughes (Ed.), Sage visual methods (pp. 313-334). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Brantner, C. (2018). New visualities of space and place: Mapping theories, concepts and methodology of visual communication research on locative media and geomedia. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 13(2), 14-30. Retrieved from

Brantner, C., Götzenbrucker, G., Lobinger, K., & Schreiber, M. (Eds.). (2020). Vernetzte Bilder. Visuelle Kommunikation in Sozialen Medien [Interlinked pictures: Visual communication in social media]. Cologne: von Halem.

Brantner, C., Lobinger, K., & Stehling, M. (2019). Memes against sexism? A multimethod analysis of the feminist protest hashtag #distractinglysexy and its resonance in mainstream news media. Convergence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1354856519827804

Brantner, C., Lobinger, K., & Wetzstein, I. (2011). Effects of visual framing on emotional responses and evaluations of news stories about the Gaza conflict 2009. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(3), 523-540.

Brantner, C., & Rodríguez-Amat, J. R. (2016). New ‘danger zone’ in Europe: Representations of place in social media supported protests. International Journal of Communication, 10, 299-320.

Brantner, C., & Stehle, H. (2021). Visibility in the digital age: Introduction. Studies in Communication Sciences, 21(1), 93-98. doi:10.24434/j.scoms.2021.01.006

Chen, G. M., Pain, P., Chen, V. Y., Mekelburg, M., Springer, N., & Troger, F. (2020). “You really have to have a thick skin”: A cross cultural perspective on how online harassment influences female journalists. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 21(7), 877-895. doi:1464884918768500

Detel, H. (2013). Disclosure and public shaming in the age of new visibility. In J. Pertley (Ed.), Media and public shaming: Drawing the boundaries of disclosure (pp. 77-96). London: Tauris.

Detel, H. (2017). Netzprominenz. Entstehung, Erhaltung und Monetarisierung von Prominenz im digitalen Zeitalter [Net prominence: Emergence, maintenance, and monetisation of prominence in the digital age]. Cologne: von Halem.

Engelmann, I. (2016). Gatekeeping. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Engelmann, I., Kloss, A., Neuberger, C., & Brockmann, T. (2019). Visibility through information sharing: The role of tweet authors and communication styles in retweeting political information on twitter. International Journal of Communication, 13, 3569-3588.

Engelmann, I., & Wendelin, M. (2017). Comment counts or news factors or both? Influences on news website users’ news selection. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2501-2519.

Hoppe I., Lörcher I., & Kießling B. (2019). Und die Welt schaut (wieder) hin? Agenda-Setting-Effekte klimabezogener Ereignisse in zwei Online-Öffentlichkeitsarenen [And the world watches (again)? Agenda-setting effects of climate-related events in two online public arenas]. In I. Neverla, M. Taddicken, I. Lörcher & I. Hoppe (Eds.), Klimawandel im Kopf [Climate change in our minds] (pp. 203-228). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Jöckel, S., & Wilhelm, C. (2018). Everything under control? The role of habit strength, deficient self-regulation and media literacy for the use of social network sites among children and adolescents. In R. Kühne, S. Baumgartner, T. Koch & M. Hofer (Eds.), Youth and media: Current perspectives on media use and effects (pp. 55-73). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Kovic, M., Rauchfleisch, A., Metag, J., Caspar, C., & Szenogrady, J. (). Brute force effects of mass media presence and social media activity on electoral outcome. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 14(4), 348-371. doi:10.1080/19331681.2017.1374228

Ksiazek, T., & Springer, N. (2017). User comments in digital journalism: Current research and future directions. In B. Franklin & S. A. Eldridge, II (Eds.), The Routledge companion to digital journalism studies (pp. 244-252). London: Routledge.

Linke, C. (2012). Mobility, media, and relational communicative repertoires: An analysis of everyday family interactions. INTERACTIONS: Studies in Communication & Culture, 3(1), 1757-2681.

Linke, C. (2016). Identity, diversity and difference: An exploration of the transmedia experience of fashion reality TV and social media. In C. Richter, I. Dupuis & S. Averbeck-Lietz (Eds.), Diversity in transcultural and international communication (pp. 147-166). Münster: Lit.

Linke, C., Görland, S., & Loist, S. (2018). Wissenschaftskommunikation auf Twitter. Lesarten zum Diskurs um #TimHunt und #distractinglysexy Frauen in wissenschaftlichen Laboren [Science communication on Twitter. Readings on the discourse around #TimHunt and #distractinglysexy women in scientific laboratories]. In L. Hagen, C. Lüthje, F. M. Ohser & C. Seifert (Eds.), Wissenschaftskommunikation. Die Rolle der Disziplinen [Science communication: The role of the disciplines] (pp. 213-228). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Linke, C., & Schlote, I. (2017). Medienalltag verstehen. Auswertungsstrategien der Grounded Theory und der Heuristischen Sozialforschung für multi-methodische Analysen der Medienkommunikation in alltäglichen Lebenswelten [Understanding everyday media life. Evaluation strategies of the Grounded Theory and heuristic social research for multi-methodological analyses of media communication in everyday life.]. In A. Scheu (Ed.), Auswertung qualitativer Daten. Strategien, Verfahren und Methoden der Interpretation nicht-standardisierter Daten in der Kommunikationswissenschaft [Evaluation of qualitative data. Strategies, processes, and methods of interpreting non-standardised data in communication research] (pp. 69-80). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Lobinger, K. (2015). Visualität [Visuality]. In A. Hepp, F. Krotz, S. Lingenberg & J. Wimmer (Eds.), Handbuch Cultural Studies und Medienanalyse [Handbook of cultural studies and media analysis] (pp. 91-100). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Lobinger, K. (2016). “Creative” and participatory visual approaches in audience research. In S. Kubitschko & A. Kaun (Eds.), Innovative methods in media and communication research (pp. 293-309). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lobinger, K., & Brantner C. (2015). In the eye of the beholder: Subjective views on the authenticity of selfies. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1848-1860.

Lobinger, K., & Geise S. (Eds.). (2015). Visualisierung – Mediatisierung. Bildliche Kommunikation und bildliches Handeln in mediatisierten Gesellschaften [Visualisation – mediatisation. Visual communication and visual behaviour in mediatised societies]. Cologne: von Halem.

Lohmeier, C., & Pentzold, C. (2014). Making mediated memory work: Cuban Americans, Miami media and the doings of diaspora memory. Media, Culture & Society, 36(6), 776-789.

Mahrt, M. (2012). The attractiveness of magazines as “open” and “closed” texts: Values of women’s magazines and their readers. Mass Communication and Society, 15(6), 852-874.

Mahrt, M. (2019). Beyond filter bubbles and echo chambers: The integrative potential of the Internet. Berlin: Digital Communication Research.

Mahrt, M., & Bock, A., (2021). ‘Okay, so I guess I’m not a girl then’: Representation and negotiation of gender by YouTubers and their young audiences. Participations. Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 18(1), 132-151.

Mahrt, M., & Scharkow, M. (2013). The value of big data in digital media research. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 57(1), 20-33.

Mast, C., & Stehle, H. (2016). Energieprojekte im öffentlichen Diskurs. Erwartungen und Themeninteressen der Bevölkerung [Energy projects in public discourse. Expectations and thematic interests of the public]. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Metag, J. (). Visuelle Wissenschaftskommunikation [Visual science communication]. In K. Lobinger (Ed.), Handbuch Visuelle Kommunikationsforschung (pp. 1-22). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.

Metag, J. (2021). Tension between visibility and invisibility: Science communication in new information environments. Studies in Communication Science, 21(1), 129-144. doi:10.24434/j.scoms.2021.01.009

Metag, J., & Marcinkowski, F. (2012). Strategic, structural, and individual determinants of online campaigning in German elections. Policy & Internet, 4(3-4), 136-158.

Metag, J., & Schäfer, M. S. (2017). Hochschulen zwischen Social Media-Spezialisten und Online-Verweigerern. Eine Analyse der Online- und Social Media-Kommunikation promotionsberechtigter Hochschulen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz [Universities between social media specialists and holdouts: An analysis of universities’ online communication in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland]. SCM – Studies in Communication|Media, 6(2), 160-195. doi:10.5771/2192-4007-2017-2-160

Metag, J., & Schäfer, M. S. (). Hochschulkommunikation in Online-Medien und Social Media [Communication of universities in online media and social media]. In B. Fähnrich, J. Metag, S. Post & M. S. Schäfer (Eds.), Forschungsfeld Hochschulkommunikation (pp. 363-391). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-22409-7

Moll, R., Schulze, A., Rusch-Rodosthenous, M., Kunke, C., & Scheibel, L. (2017). Wearables, Fitness-Apps und der Datenschutz. Alles unter Kontrolle? [Wearables, fitness apps, and data protection: Everything under control?] Düsseldorf: Verbraucherzentrale NRW. Retrieved from

Öksüz, A., Schulze, A., Rusch-Rodosthenous, M., & Scheibel, L. (2017). Connected Car nimmt Fahrt auf. Wohin steuert das Auto der Zukunft? [Connected Car is picking up speed. Where is the car of the future heading?] Düsseldorf: Verbraucherzentrale NRW. Retrieved from

Pentzold, C., Lohmeier, C., & Hajek, A. (2016). Remembering and reviving in states of flux. In A. Hajek, C. Lohmeier & C. Pentzold (Eds.), Memory in a mediated world (pp. 1-12). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pörksen, B., & Detel, H. (2014). The unleashed scandal: The end of control in the digital age. Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Preusse, J., Schulze, A. (2018). Wie und warum werden facebook-Profile von NGOs genutzt? [How and why are facebook profiles used by NGOs?] In N. Remus & L. Rademacher (Eds.), Handbuch NGO-Kommunikation [Handbook of NGO communication] (pp. 317-339). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Prommer, E., & Linke, C. (2019). Ausgeblendet. Frauen im deutschen Film und Fernsehen [Blanked out: Women in German film and television]. Köln: Halem.

Rauchfleisch, A., & Metag, J. (). Beyond normalization and equalization on Twitter: Politicians’ Twitter use during non-election times and influences of media attention. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 9(2), 169-189. doi:

Scheufele, B., & Engelmann, I. (2013). Die publizistische Vermittlung von Wertehorizonten der Parteien. Normatives Modell und empirische Befunde zum Value-Framing und News Bias der Qualitäts- und Boulevardpresse bei vier Bundestagswahlen [The journalistic communication of parties’ value horizons. A normative model and empirical findings on value framing and news bias of quality and boulevard media during four federal elections]. Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 61(4), 532-550.

Schwender, C., Brantner, C., von Gottberg, J., & Graubner, C. (Hrsg.). (2019). Zeigen | andeuten | verstecken – Bilder zwischen Verantwortung und Provokation [Show | imply | hide – images between responsibility and provocation]. Cologne: von Halem.

Spachmann, K., Huck-Sandhu, S., & Stehle, H. (2014). Media relations under pressure: What’s left in times of change? In D. Vercic, A. T. Vercic, K. Sriramesh & J. White (Eds.), Trust and the new realities (S. 73-81). Ljubljana: Pristop.

Springer, N., Engelmann, I., & Pfaffinger, C. (2015). User comments: Motives and inhibitors to write and read. Information, Communication & Society, 18(7), 798-815.

Stehle, H. (2012). Was Publikum und Journalisten wollen – Vorstellungen vom Wirtschaftsjournalismus [What the public and journalists want – perceptions of business journalism]. In C. Mast (Ed.), Neuorientierung im Wirtschaftsjournalismus. Redaktionelle Strategien und Publikumserwartungen [Reorientation in business journalism: Editorial strategies and audience perceptions] (pp. 125-209). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Stehle, H., Kirchenbauer, A., Biesinger, A., & Spachmann, K. (2018). Führungskommunikation in Veränderungssituationen. Eine Fallanalyse zu Kommunikationsverständnis und Bedeutung von Kommunikationsaufgaben [Leadership communication in change situations: A case study on understanding communication and the importance of communication tasks.]. Medien Journal, 42(3), 65-86. doi:10.24989/medienjournal.v42i3.1723

Taddicken, M., Kohout, S., & Hoppe, I. (2019). How aware are other nations of climate change? Analyzing Germans’ second-order climate change beliefs about Chinese, US American and German people. Environmental Communication, 13(8), 1024-1040. doi:10.1080/17524032.2018.1561483

Wendelin, M., Engelmann, I., & Neubarth, J. (2017). User rankings and the journalistic news selection: Comparing news values and topics. Journalism Studies, 18(2), 135-153.

Wilhelm, C. (2018). Gender role orientation and gaming behavior revisited: Examining mediated and moderated effects. Information, Communication and Society, 21(2), 224-240. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1271902

Wilhelm, C. (2021). Gendered (in)visibility in digital media contexts. Studies in Communication Sciences, 21(1), 99-113. doi:10.24434/j.scoms.2021.01.007

Wilhelm, C., & Joeckel, S. (2018). Gendered morality and backlash effects in online discussions: An experimental study on how users respond to hate speech comments against women and sexual minorities. Sex Roles, 80(7), 381-392. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0941-5

Wilhelm, C., Joeckel, S., & Ziegler, I. (2019). Reporting hate comments: Investigating the effects of deviance characteristics, neutralization strategies and users’ moral orientation. Communication Research. Online first. doi:10.1177/0093650219855330

Wilhelm, C., Stehle, H., & Detel, H. (2021). Digital Visibility and the Role of Mutual Interaction Expectations. Reframing the Journalist-Audience Relationship through the Lens of Interpersonal Communication. New Media & Society, 23(5), 1004-1021. doi:10.1177/1461444820907023

Wilhelm, C., Ziegler, I., & Jöckel, S. (2019). „Weg mit dem Ungeziefer!“. Hasskommentare aus Sicht der Nutzenden: Bewertung und Meldeverhalten [“Get rid of the vermin!“ Hate comments from the users‘ point of view: Evaluation and reporting behavior]. In I. Engelmann, M. Legrand & H. Marzinkowski (Eds.), Politische Partizipation im Medienwandel [Political participation in media change] (pp. 277-297). Berlin: Digital Communication Research.

Wilhelm, C., Ziegler, I., & Jöckel, S. (2017). Reporting hate comments – investigating the effects of deviance characteristics, neutralization strategies and users’ moral orientation. Full Paper at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, CA.


Editorial work

Brantner, C., Stehle, H. (Eds.) (2021). Visibility in the digital age: Theoretical and empirical perspectives [Thematic Section]. Studies in Communication Sciences, 21(1).