Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Julia Loennendonker


Personal Description

Journalism is in the process of dramatic transformation. The future of the journalistic profession is unclear and its role in society will need to be re-defined in the future. I am very much interested in these current changes in journalism. I am curious to see if and how journalism will be able to continue to be relevant to people’s life and which role it will assume in society. I like to look at these broader questions with a focus on international news and/or from an international comparative perspective. I have a particular interest in foreign correspondence and comparative journalism research, with a focus on Europe and how it is covered in the media.

I have started as a post-doc at the Department for Communication Studies and as a researcher at SMIT in 2018. Before that, I have worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Journalism and the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism at TU Dortmund. In my PhD (2016, Faculty of Cultural Studies, TU Dortmund), I have analysed the discourse about European identity and the different definitions of Europe’s identity across time.  I have received a MA in Journalism from Emerson College, Boston/USA (2002) and graduated in geography with minors in political sciences and media studies from the University of Bonn (2004) with a Diplom (equivalent to MA).