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Chair of Digital Communication

Prof. Dr. Michael Scharkow has accepted a position as professor of computational communication science at the Department of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz starting in the winter semester 2019/20. Email:


Our research group is interested in media use and effects, especially regarding online media. This concerns the question of how individual, media and context factors influence the use, reception and effects of media content, and how the attitudes and behaviours of the recipients develop in the short and long term. Moroever, we analyze the interplay between media change and audience change in times of digitilization, convergence and networking. As media use and effects can not be understood without consideration of media content, another focus of our research group is the analysis of media messages, from tweets to the newspaper articles.



Heintz, Laura
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1352

Specht, Brigitte
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1500
Room:Semi 1.07