Annett Heft

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Annett Heft, Ph.D, is Research Associate at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, and lead researcher in the research group Digitalisation and Transnational Public Sphere at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin. Her research interests are the comparative study of political communication in Europe with a focus on digital public spheres, transnational communication and the European public sphere, transnational journalism networks and cross-border journalism, and quantitative and digital research methods. Annett studied Media and Communication Studies, Sociology and Cultural Communication at Universities of Berlin and Valencia. She received her Doctor of Media and Communication Studies from Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on the role of media and journalists in the making of a European public sphere. Recent publications study transnational journalism networks as drivers of Europeanisation, national orientations as obstacles of transnational public spheres and digital communication networks.

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