Prof. Dr. Christian Nuernbergk

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Prof. Dr. Christian Nuernbergk | © Trier University - Fabian Veit

Academic CV and Research Interests

Christian Nuernbergk (PhD, University of Münster)is Professor of Media Studies and Communication with a special focus to Public Media Communication (Journalism/PR).

Christian studied Communication, Politics and Economics at the University of Muenster (2000-2005). From 2006 to 2008, he worked as a research associate on the DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project “Journalism on the Internet”, which investigated the relationship between professional and participatory media in Germany. From 2006 to 2011 he also had been a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Department of Internet Research at the University of Muenster. Christian finished his PhD thesis in 2012. From 2011 to 2019, he had a position as post-doctoral researcher (“Akademischer Rat”) at the Chair of Media Change at the University of Munich (LMU). He also has been a temporary visiting scholar at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane in 2013, 2014, and 2018. 

From October 2015 to March 2016, he held the interim professorship for Online and Print Journalism at TU Dortmund. He also held an interim professorship at Trier University from 2017 to 2019. In 2019 Christian was appointed Professor of Media and Communication at Trier University. Since then, he chairs the research unit Public Media Communication (Journalism/PR).

He has co-authored a book about Twitter (“Twitter and Journalism: The Influence of the Social Web on the News”) and co-edited “Journalism on the Internet” (both in German). In his doctoral thesis, he examined the role and the interconnectedness of media-related follow-up communication in the blogosphere. His research fields include digital communication, political communication and (online) journalism. Christian Nuernbergk is interested in the societal changes connected to the Internet and new media. In his current research, Christian uses network analysis in combination with surveys and content analysis to examine interactions in networked publics. He focuses on interactions between journalists, politicians, and citizens.

Publications of research findings in leading outlets such as Digital JournalismJournalism Studies, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Press/Politics, Social Media and Society, Computational Communication ResearchTwitter and Society, and Routledge Companion for Social Media and Politics



Selected Publications

Schumacher, N. F., Maurer, P., & Nuernbergk, C. (2023). Towards New Standards? Interaction Patterns of German Political Journalists in the Twittersphere. The International Journal of Press/Politics28(1), 257–277.

Maurer, P., & Nuernbergk, C. (2022). Gastherausgabe des Special Issue “Journalism, Activism, and Social Media: Exploring the Shifts in Journalistic Roles, Performance, and Interconnectedness.” Media and Communication 10 (3).

Nuernbergk C. (2022). Public Sphere Conceptions: Public Sphere Theory. In Krone J., & Pellegrini T. (Eds.), Handbook of Media and Communication Economics. Springer VS. (Living Reference) https://10.1007/978-3-658-34048-3_55-2

Nuernbergk, C. (2022). Social Network Analysis. In I. Borucki, K. Kleinen-von Königslöw, S. Marschall & T. Zerback (Hrsg.), Handbuch Politische Kommunikation (S. 713-724). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. https://10.1007/978-3-658-26242-6_54-1

Waldherr, A., Geise, S., Mahrt, M., Katzenbach, C., & Nuernbergk, C. (2021). Toward a Stronger Theoretical Grounding of Computational Communication Science: How Macro Frameworks Shape Our Research Agendas. Computational Communication Research3 (2), S. 1-28.

Bruns, A., & Nuernbergk, C. (2019). Political Journalists and Their Social Media Audiences: New Power Relations. Media and Communication, 7(1), 198-212. DOI:10.17645/mac.v7i1.1759

Bruns, A., Nuernbergk, C., & Schapals, A. K. (2018). What Journalists Share: A Comparative Study of the National Press Corps in Australia and Germany. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society (SMSociety ’18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 256–260. DOI:10.1145/3217804.3217924

Neuberger, C., Nuernbergk, C., & Langenohl, S. (2018). Journalism as Multichannel Communication: A Newsroom Survey on the Multiple Uses of Social Media. Journalism Studies 20 (9),1260-1280. DOI:10.1080/1461670X.2018.1507685

Nuernbergk, C., & Neuberger, C. (Hrsg.). (2018). Journalismus im Internet: Profession – Partizipation – Technisierung (2., erw. u. überarb. Aufl.). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. | E-Book

Nuernbergk, C., & Conrad, J. (2016). Conversations and Campaign Dynamics in a Hybrid Media Environment. Use of Twitter by Members of the German Bundestag. Social Media + Society, 2(1), 1-14. DOI:10.1177/2056305116628888

Nuernbergk, C. (2016). Political Journalists’ Interaction Networks: The German Federal Press Conference on Twitter. Journalism Practice, 10(7), 868-879. DOI:10.1080/17512786.2016.1162669

Nuernbergk, C., Wladarsch, J., Neubarth, J., & Neuberger, C. (2016): Social Media Use in the German Election Campaign 2013. In: A. Bruns, E. Skogerbø, C. Christensen, A. O. Larsson, & G. S. Enli (Hrsg.), Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (S. 419-433). London: Routledge.

Nuernbergk, C. (2014). Follow-Up Communication in the Blogosphere. A comparative study of bloggers' linking to professional and participatory media. Digital Journalism, 2(3), 434-445. DOI:10.1080/21670811.2014.895520

Neuberger, C., & Nuernbergk, C. (2010). Competition, complementarity or integration? The relationship between professional and participatory media. Journalism practice4(3), 319-332. DOI:10.1080/17512781003642923