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Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde

Supervisors: Dr. Bart Cammaerts and Dr. Shani Orgad

Contact: s.ottovordemgentschenfelde@lse.ac.uk|  or @sgentschenfeld

Research Interests:

Journalism studies, sociology of news production, journalistic professionalism, digital journalism, citizen journalism, social media, news innovation and the future of journalism

Research Topic:

The Role and Impact of Social Networking Platforms on Journalistic Practices, Notions of Professionalism and Identities in an Age of Post-Industrial Journalism

The creation of news used to be a closely monitored, top-down, elite process that involved the interactions and interventions of only a limited number of professionals. This is no longer the case, as new business models, user generated content and citizen journalism reconfigure the dynamics and forces that shape journalistic operations and output. News stories now often first break online and are then picked up by professional journalists who scour popular social media platforms hunting for new leads. Microblogging sites and video portals such as Twitter and YouTube have become major destinations for journalistic information sourcing and content dissemination, while non-professional actors increasingly challenge long-standing boundaries of journalistic professionalism. With a hybrid approach that uses an online ethnography of professional journalists on Twitter cross-referencing their official news publications and expert interviews, this project examines the role and impact of social networking platforms on the nature of news production practices, the notion of professionalism and the reconfiguration of journalistic identities.

Academic and Professional Background:

Svenja holds a BA degree in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau, Germany, and completed the Washington Semester program in American Politics and Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She holds a MSc degree in Politics and Communication from LSE. Her work experience includes internships with the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the Goethe-Institut sub-Saharan Africa in Johannesburg and Deutsche Telekom. Before starting her PhD in New Media, Innovation and Literacy, she worked as a EU Marketing Strategist for Wildfire, a division of Google.

Academic Awards:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Studentship

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) postgraduate studentship for financing MSc studies at LSE

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) undergraduate studentship for financing BA studies at the University of Passau and at American University

Congress-Bundestag-Youth Exchange (CBYX) studentship for a one-year high school exchange program