Cornelia Mothes

Cornelia Mothes
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Leipzig

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Cornelia Mothes is a professor at the Media Faculty at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig. Cornelia does research in Political Communication, Journalism, and Media Psychology, based on quantitative social research methods.
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - March 2020
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Position
  • Professor
April 2017 - October 2019
Technische Universität Dresden
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  • PostDoc Position
November 2014 - June 2016
The Ohio State University
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (45)
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This thematic issue includes ten articles that address previous contradictions in research on two main trends in digital democracies: news avoidance and political polarization. Looking at these contradictions from different angles, all contributions suggest one aspect in particular that could be important for future research to investigate more spe...
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Young media users increasingly engage with public affairs via social media such as YouTube, where content is increasingly produced by influencers who neither represent established professional news media nor political parties. Although the audience of these channels is already substantial in absolute terms and still growing enormously—making altern...
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This study investigates whether knowledge gains from news post exposure are different when scrolling through a social media newsfeed on a smartphone compared to a desktop PC. While prior research has mostly focused on new platforms people receive news on (e.g., social media) for political learning, first indications exist that device modality (i.e....
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Based on a content analysis of 33,640 news stories from the Journalistic Role Performance project, this paper analyzes how civic, service and infotainment roles connect with thematic beats and vary across media organizations and cultures. We examine differences in role performance across politics, economics, crime, social affairs, court, and miscel...
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This article explores the uses of sources in coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in social media posts of mainstream news organizations in Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. Based on computational content analysis, our study analyzes the sources and actors present in more than 940,000 posts on COVID-19 published in the 227...
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Beyond Journalistic Norms contests and challenges pre-established assumptions about a dominant type of journalism prevailing in different political, economic, and geographical contexts, to posit the hybrid, fluid and dynamic nature of journalistic roles. The book brings together scholars from Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Latin Americ...
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Public criticism of professional media is omnipresent in many democratic societies. This debate has often been examined concerning what the audience demands from the media (expectations) or how they evaluate media performance (evaluations). Based on a representative, quota-based online survey of the German population in 2019, this study examines ci...
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The present chapter aims to give a comprehensive answer to the long-standing question of whether normative journalistic ideals translate into journalistic action, and how adequately journalists perceive discrepancies and interdependencies between professional norms and media practice. To this end, we would like to propose a theoretical framework th...
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Journalistic practice has changed fundamentally in today’s high-choice digital media environments. This is especially true for newspaper journalism, which is suffering from declining circulation and decreasing advertising revenue. The question of how journalism will prevail under such circumstances is closely intertwined with the question of how ne...
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Based on a standardized operationalization of the watchdog, civic, interventionist, loyal-facilitator, infotainment, and service roles, this study combines survey ( N = 643) and content analysis data ( N = 19,908) to explain gaps between newspaper journalists’ role conceptions and the performance of their press organizations in nine countries from...
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On social media, journalistic news products compete with entertainment-oriented and user-generated contents on two different stages of news use: First, users navigate their attention through a continuous stream of information in their newsfeed and, second, they potentially click on some of these posts to spend time with the actual full-contents. Th...
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This study proposes the interventionist and the detached orientations to watchdog journalism through the conceptual lens of journalistic role performance. Based on a content analysis of 33,640 news stories from sixty-four media outlets in eighteen countries, we measure and compare both orientations across different countries using three performativ...
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Contemporary democracies are increasingly shaped by a surge of populism, posing serious threats to the idea of liberal democracy. Particularly in the run-up to elections, knowledge of such threats is essential for citizens to cast an informed vote. Against this background, the present study examined the likelihood of media users to engage with poli...
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This study examined effects of four common news attributes—personalization, fragmentation, authority–disorder bias, and dramatization (PFAD)—on news exposure and the moderating impacts of hedonic, epistemic, and civic news use motivations. In a lab experiment, participants browsed online news while selective exposure was unobtrusively logged. Findi...
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Dieser Artikel zeigt unter Rückgriff auf die jeweiligen kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Unterhaltungstheorien auf, wie sich die Serie Westworld sowohl Stilmitteln für hedonistische als auch für eudaimonische Unterhaltung bedient. Das Besondere an der Serie, so wird im folgenden Beitrag argumentiert, liegt aber zum einen in der Konsequenz, mit der...
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In the era of the Internet, political communication becomes increasingly complex due to an abundance of available information. Moreover, many people evaluate politics as complex in a globalized world. The present study examined whether the perceived complexity of political issues would be related to individuals’ political Internet use and political...
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Das vorliegende Themenheft versammelt Beiträge aus dem Dresdner Symposium "Digitale Revolution in der Demokratie“, das vom 8. bis 10. September 2016 stattfand und vom Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft der Technischen Universität Dresden und dem Förderverein des Instituts mit Unterstützung der Staatskanzlei des Freistaats Sachsen veranstaltet...
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Selective reading of political online information was examined based on cognitive dissonance, social identity, and news values frameworks. Online reports were displayed to 156 Americans while selective exposure was tracked. The news articles that participants chose from were either conservative or liberal and also either positive or negative regard...
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Digital technologies challenge the existing expectations of privacy for both individual users and societies at large. Although numerous surveys and experiments have studied how individual users respond to these challenges, we know little about such perceptions and debates in the larger public. This study investigated this question by analysing Germ...
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Selective exposure and attention are key terms in communication research and particularly in media effects research. As only signals to which we have directed our attention can have an impact on our thinking and feeling, it has become a crucial question for communication scholars which factors influence these decisions. It is possible to distinguis...
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Viele Öffentlichkeitstheorien basieren auf der Grundannahme, dass die Funktionsfähigkeit von Demokratien wesentlich davon abhängt, inwiefern Bürger die Möglichkeit und das Interesse besitzen, an gesellschaftspolitischen Entwicklungen teilzuhaben (Ferree/Gamson/Gerhards/Rucht 2002, Strömbäck 2005).
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Leon Festinger was one of the most important figures in modern social psychology. He contributed seminal theoretical and methodological innovations to the field that today are still crucial for our understanding of human behavior. Among Festinger's most influential works rank his social comparison theory and the theory of cognitive dissonance. Alth...
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The present study aims to reconcile conflicting evidence from previous research on the role of objectivity in journalists’ and citizens’ information behaviors. Drawing on news quality frameworks and confirmation bias research, the article proposes a model of “biased objectivity” that was tested by a quasi-experiment with 430 journalists and 432 cit...
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Mit dem auf seiner Habilitationsschrift basierenden Buch Medienwirkung trotz Selektion legte Wolfgang Donsbach eine bis heute nachwirkende Systematisierung der Selektionsforschung vor, mit der er sich deutlich in der Tradition der Mainzer Schule verortete. Zum zentralen Ausgangspunkt macht er darin die Theorie der kognitiven Dissonanz von Leon Fest...
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Before the 2013 German federal election, 121 participants completed a 2-session online study (which paralleled a U.S. study before the 2012 presidential election). They browsed online search results pertaining to 4 political issues while selective exposure was unobtrusively measured. In a 4 × 2 × 2 (topic × issue stance × source credibility) within...
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Lässt man Wolfgang Donsbachs wissenschaftliche Laufbahn Revue passieren, fallen mindestens vier Beweggründe auf, die seine Forschung besonders stark vorangetrieben zu haben scheinen. Ganz zuvorderst steht ein Wille, Forschung zu betreiben, die von demokratiepraktischer Relevanz ist – Forschung, die vielleicht nicht immer ‚Wissenschaft als Frühwarns...
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Publizistik und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung – der Titel der Festschrift für Wolfgang Donsbach ist das Credo seiner akademischen Tätigkeit. Ob als Hochschullehrer oder als Präsident der International Communication Association (ICA) oder der World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) standen und stehen die Analyse der Leistungen der Ma...
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Im Rahmens des Themenpapiers (White Paper) werden verschiedene Aspekte aufgegriffen: In welchem rechtlichen Rahmen bewegt sich Selbstdatenschutz? Welche Akteure haben Interesse an Selbstdatenschutz und warum? Was denken und was tun Internetnutzer im Hinblick auf den Schutz ihrer Kommunikation? Welche technischen Zusammenhänge müssen bedacht werden,...
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In light of pressures brought to bear by the Internet, it is becoming increasingly necessary for journalists to be able to point out specific criteria for demarcating their work against citizen journalists. An online experiment among German journalists and non-journalists investigates the increment value of journalistic news decisions with a partic...
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Due to technological changes in today’s communication environments, the investigation of media use and media effects has become an ever more complex research venture. In order to adequately comprehend the social practices of media users in the age of the Internet, various scholars have recently recommended a new agenda for the future study of polit...
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This paper attempts to reconsider the value of Festinger’s „Theory of Cognitive Dissonance“ on mass media topics. Investigations in cognitive dissonance still represent an important field of research in social psychology. Yet, despite having once been one of the most important psychological theories on selective exposure, the concept is barely seen...

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The project aims at understanding how social endorsements (reactions, recommendations, usage statistics) can affect the selection of political information on social media. This was tested in an experimental study with high ecological validity, three weeks before the 2017 German Bundestagswahl (n=213). We developed a mock Facebook newsfeed, where 100 randomly selected articles from the 20 most popular German Facebook pages were displayed. Post content was held constant, while social endorsement that surrounded each item were randomly manipulated. The visibility time, click decision and reading/watching time of each item was tracked.