Political communication research group - Projects

Below, please find some examples of research projects I am involved in at this moment.

Emotions in Journalism and Political Communication

In a number of studies, I deal with the role emotions play in journalism political communication processes. For example, which effect will emotional appeals in the news have on political behavior, or how important are positive emotions during political campaigns?

collaboration with Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam), Andreas Schock (University of Amsterdam), Michael Bruder (London School of Economics), Sarah Harrison (London School of Economics).


Digital innovation in journalism

Digitalization has changed how journalists produce news content. This projects comprises a variety of collaborations with the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht to study technological innovation in journalism. For instance, we study the impact of immersive journalistic storytelling on audience interest in politics. In another project, we examine digital competency in verifying information among journalists. We apply both qualitative and quantitative methods.

collaboration with Sanne Kruikemeier (University of Amsterdam) and Yael de Haan (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht). 


How Useful iS the Concept of "Fake News" for Political Communication Research?

Everyone is talking about "Fake News" right now. But, how useful is the concept in our research field? How prevalent is it in political discourse? How impactful is it in the political process? We conceptualize the term for future research, and test its occurrence and consequences. 

PhD student: Jana Egelhofer (University of Vienna)


The Circular Effect of Group Identity Cues in the news

We are more than just voters, we are also women, men, fathers, mothers, and so much more. In this project, we observe how news media cue different social and political identities in daily news reporting, and what the effects of these cues are. We connect our observations with research focusing on motivated reasoning. 

PhD student: Ming Boyer (University of Vienna)


Print versus Screen: Newspaper Reading Today

We examine how reading of online political news is different from reading print news. In an experimental lab study, we investigate to what extent linearity of reading on paper or on screen affects visual attention to a news story as well as individual political attitudes, political interest, political efficacy and recall of news. The project makes use of eye tracking to tap visual attention.

collaboration with Sanne Kruikemeier (University of Amsterdam) and Ming Boyer (University of Vienna).


Incivility in News Media: Content and Effects

An examination of the presence and effects of incivility in the Dutch, Austrian and American media and political discourse. 

collaboration with Yph Lelkes (Annenberg School of Communication, UPenn).

Forthcoming & recent Publications

  • Lecheler, S. (forthcoming). Down the rabbit hole: Integrating emotions into news framing effects research. In: D'Angelo, P & Kuypers, J.A.. (ed.). Doing news framing analysis (2nd edition). 

  • Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C.H. (in press). News media, knowledge, and political interest: Evidence of a dual role from a field experiment. Journal of Communication.  

  • Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S. , & Boyer, M. (in press). Learning from news on different media platforms: An eye-tracking experiment. Political Communication

  • Bartholome, A., Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C. H.  (2017). Towards a Typology of Conflict Frames: Substantiveness and Interventionism in Political Conflict News. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication.

  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S., Smit, G., & van der Nat, R. (2017). When does an infographic say more than a thousand words? Audience evaluations of news visualizations. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication

  • Wurff, van der R., De Swert, K., & Lecheler, S. (2016). News Quality and Public Opinion: The Impact of Deliberative Quality of News Media on Citizens' Argument Repertoire. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, IJPOR. Advance online publication.

  • Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C. H. (2016). How long do news framing effects last? A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Annals of the International Communication Association, 40(1), p.  3-30, DOI: 10.1080/23808985.2015.11735254.  

  • Lecheler, S., & Kruikemeier, S. (2016). Re-evaluating journalistic routines in a digital age. A review of research on the use of online sources. New Media & Society, 18(1), 156-171.

  • Feinholdt, A., Schuck, A.R.T., Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C.H. (2016). Shifting frames: Conditional indirect effects of contested issues on perceived effectiveness through multiple emotions. Journal of Media Psycholgy.