The Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) has recently awarded dr. Ansgard Heinrich
, associate professor Media Studies and Journalism, with the Aspasia grant of 200,000 euros. The grant will be used to launch the project Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict Reporting in the Digital Era.
In an age in which human suffering, abuse of human rights, terror, and ongoing wars across the globe are prevalent, the communicative infrastructure to understand these issues is fundamentally disrupted. While resources for journalism are increasingly limited, citizens, NGOs, and activists are empowered by digital tools such as social media to report from conflict zones. In this project, dr. Heinrich will research what this redistribution of conflict reporting means for the news and information supply that underlies public debate and decision-making on pressing social issues. Her goal is to better understand the dynamics of online communication networks that shape our perception of conflict.
encourages the promotion of female scientists to higher university positions, where they are currently underrepresented. It was established by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, and the NWO.
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