Prof. Dr. Michael Steinbrecher

Highlights of teaching and research:

  • Effects of Big Data and digitisation on society and journalism
  • Journalistic expertise
  • Cross-media journalism in theory and practice
  • Quality dimensions in journalism
  • Journalism and participation
  • TV and cross-media format development
  • Sports journalism and digitisation

Career and background:

  • Since 2009: Professor of Television and Cross-Media Journalism, Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund University
  • Since 2009: Manager responsible for TU Dortmund’s “NRWision” TV educational broadcaster
  • 2008: Awarded a Doctorate at the Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund.
  • Since 2005: Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund
  • Since 2015: Host of the sociopolitical talk show “Nachtcafé” [Night Café] with SWR
  • 2012-2014: Hosting the Grimme-Preis (Grimme Award)
  • 1987-2013: Host, filmmaker and editor with ZDF 
  • 1992-2013: Host of “das aktuelle sportstudio” [the current sports studio] (330 programmes)
  • 1994-2013: Filmmaker for ZDF Foreign Policy, ZDF Domestic Policy and the series “die reportage” [the report] and “37 Grad” [37 Degrees]
  • 2000-2013: “Steinbrecher &...” series (portraits and reports)
  • 2001-2002: Host of the ZDF programme 37 Grad plus [37 Degrees plus]
  • 1992-1995: Filmmaker and interviewer for “Frontal” political magazine
  • 1992-2013: Presenter of ten European and World Football Championships and nine Olympic Games
  • 1987-1988: Practical training with ZDF Mainz (in “Aktualität” [What’s New], Sport and “heute-journal” [The Press Today], among others)
  • Degree course: Journalism and Political Science, Institute of Journalism, University of Dortmund, qualification: Graduate Journalist.

Memberships of specialist associations

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK, German Society for Publicity and Communication Science)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Books, journalistic and academic articles and the like:

  • Steinbrecher, M. & Rager, G. (publisher) (2018). Wenn Maschinen Meinung machen – Journalismuskrise, Social Bots und der Angriff auf die Demokratie. [When machines influence opinion – Crisis in journalism, social bots and the attack on democracy] Frankfurt: Westend.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Rager. G. (2018). Wenn Maschinen Meinung machen – Schauplätze des Wandels. [When machines influence opinion – Forums of change]. In Wenn Maschinen Meinung machen – Journalismuskrise, Social Bots und der Angriff auf die Demokratie [see above]. Frankfurt: Westend.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Rager, G. (Publisher) (2017). Meinung, Macht, Manipulation – Journalismus auf dem Prüfstand. [Opinion, power, manipulation – Journalism on the test bench] Frankfurt: Westend.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Rager, G. (2017). Journalismus auf dem Prüfstand – gut so! [Journalism on the test bench – a good thing!] In Meinung, Macht, Manipulation – Journalismus auf dem Prüfstand. [see above] Frankfurt: Westend.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2017). Wendepunkte [Turning points]. Tübingen: Klöpfer & Meyer.
  • Steinbrecher. M. & Schumann, R. (2016). Why the data revolution affects us all. Frankfurt: Campus.
  • Steinbrecher. M. & Schumann, R. (2015). Update – warum die Datenrevolution uns alle betrifft. [Why the data revolution affects us all] Frankfurt: Campus.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014). Ein Plädoyer für die journalistische Kombi-Packung. [A plea for the journalistic combi-pack] Handelsblatt-Online, 19.04.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014). Warum ein Doping-Fall auch etwas Positives hat. [Why a doping case has a positive side] Handelsblatt-Online, 22.2.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014). Die Putin-Spiele – Wie lange hält sich die Empörung? [The Putin Games – How long can this outrage last?] Handelsblatt-Online, 7.2.2017.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2013). Alte Werte – Neue Kompetenzen. Was sich in der Journalistenausbildung ändern muss. [Old values – new skills. What has to change in journalists’ training] In IQ-Herbstforum. Qualität der Qualifikation, Impulse der Journalistenausbildung, Dokumentation. [IQ autumn forum. Quality of qualifications, impetus in journalists’ training, documentation] Berlin, 14.10.2013.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2013). Ist Journalist ein Beruf, den man sich (finanziell) leisten können muss? [Is being a journalist a profession which you can afford (financially) to pursue?] In: Journalist, 1/2013.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2011). “Verkäufer" oder kritische Berichterstatter? Anmerkungen zum TV- Sportjournalismus. [“Salesmen” or critical reporters?] In: Journalistik Journal 14(2), pp. 22-23.
  • Sehl, A. & Steinbrecher, M. (2011). Audience Participation Motivated by Media Politics. First Data About a Newly Introduced Participatory TV Channel in Germany. In: R. Salaverría, R. (Publisher), Diversity of Journalisms. Proceedings of the ECREA Journalism Studies Section and 26th International Conference of Communication (CICOM) at University of Navarra, Pamplona, 4-5 July 2011, pp. 315-337. Available on: journalismstudies.eu/pamplona2011/Ecrea-Cicom-Proceedings.pdf [15.08.2011].
  • Steinbrecher, M.: (2011): Review: Karstens, E. & Schütte, J. (2010): Praxishandbuch Fernsehen. Wie TV-Sender arbeiten [Practical manual on television. How TV broadcasters work ] VS Verlag, Wiesbaden. In: r:k:m-Journal. Available on: www.rkm-journal.de/archives/5540 [20.10.2011].
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2009): Olympische Spiele und Fernsehen. Programmgestalter im Netz olympischer Abhängigkeiten. [Olympic Games and television. Programme designers in the network of olympic dependencies] In: Journalistik Journal 12(2), pp. 34-35.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2009): Olympische Spiele und Fernsehen - Programmgestalter im Netz olympischer Abhängigkeiten [see above] UVK-Verlag, Konstanz.
  • Steinbrecher, M. and Weiske, M. (1994): Die Talkshow – 20 Jahre zwischen Klatsch und News. [The talk show – 20 years between gossip and news] UVK-Verlag, Konstanz.

Lectures / discussions / hosting etc.:

  • Steinbrecher, M. (2017): Participation in the podium discussion on “Digitalisierung und Sportjournalismus – Diskussion der Perspektiven”. [Digitisation and sports journalism – Discussion of perspectives] ARD-Sport-Forum. Frankfurt, 08.11.2017. 
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2017): Lecture on “Digitalisierung und Gesellschaft”. [Digitisation and society]. Digital Transformation Summit. Berlin, 27.09.2017.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2017): Host of “10 Jahre Universitätsallianz Ruhr”. [10 years of the Ruhr University Alliance] Bochum, 13.07.2017.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2016): Host of the 2nd Dortmund Scientific Conference, “Brücken bauen, Verbindungen schaffen, Netze spannen”. [Building bridges, creating connections, expanding networks] Dortmund, 11.11.2016.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2016): Lecture on “Big Data in Sport”. Symposium of WirtschaftsWoche. Munich, 19.9.2016.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Schumann. R. (2016): Lecture “Update – Warum die Datenrevolution uns alle betrifft”. [Update – why the data revolution affects us all] Print Media Academy Heidelberg, 23.06.2016.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2016): Host of the specialist event “Ruhr Futur ZWANZIG16”. [Ruhr’s future in TWENTY16] Mülheim an der Ruhr, 21.06.2016. 
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2015): Lecture “Journalistische Kompetenzen und Weiterbildung” [Journalistic skills and further training]. Landesanstalt für Medien. [State Media Authority] Dusseldorf, 21.07.2015.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Schumann, R. (2014): Lecture “Why the data revolution affects us all”. International Connect Symposium. Berlin, 13.11.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014): “Wie Big Data den Journalismus verändert – und was das für die Ausbildung bedeutet”. [How Big Data is changing journalism – and what that means for training] Keynote speech to the training managers of ARD and ZDF. Chiemsee, 04.11.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014): Lecture “Big Data und die Konsequenzen für den Journalismus”. [Big Data and the consequences for journalism]. Evangelical Journalists’ College, Berlin, 20.09.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014): Keynote speech “Manager, Journalismus und die WM. Wie Big Data alles verändert”. [Managers, journalism and the World Cup. How Big Data changes everything.] Handelsblatt symposium “Banken im Umbruch”. [Banks in upheaval] Munich, 03.09.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014): Keynote speech “Big Data in sports journalism”. Sapphire, Orlando, 04.06.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2014): Lecture “Sportjournalismus – Einflussfaktoren und Perspektiven”. [Sports journalism – influencing factors and perspectives] Cologne Sports College, 16.05.2014.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2013): Lecture “Die Medialisierung des Sports. Kriterien für Qualität im Sportjournalismus”. [Medialisation of sport. Criteria for quality in sports journalism]. TU Dresden, 19.12.2013
  • Sehl, A. & Steinbrecher, M. (2012): Lecture “Between profession and participation. A participatory TV channel is exploring the collaboration between professionals and lay people, Ist International Conference on Journalism Studies: Identity, changes and challenges of the profession in the 21st Century”. Santiago de Chile (Chile), 27-29 June 2012.
  • Sehl, A. & Steinbrecher, M. (2012): Lecture “Der Bürger als Programmmacher – der Journalist als Ratgeber ‚nrwision’ als partizipatives Labor für die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Profis und Laien” [The citizen as programme maker – the journalist as adviser, ‘nrwision’ as participating laboratory for collaboration between professionals and lay people] Conference of specialist groups involved in journalism/journalism research and research into the attitudes and effects on German society by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK, German Association for Publicity and Communication science). Hamburg, 2-4 February 2012.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Sehl, A. (2011): Participation on the TV. An innovative TV broadcaster in NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) tests the collaboration between lay people and professionals. Lecture at the 2nd interdisciplinary conference of the College of Communication & Digital Media (Comdigmed) of the University of Erfurt. 25-26 November 2011.
  • Steinbrecher, M. & Meißner, F. (2011): nrwision – ein relevantes Programm für Partizipation und Qualifizierung. [A programme relevant to participation and qualification]. Lecture to the Media Commission of the NRW Media Authority. Dusseldorf, 14.10.2011.
  • Sehl, A. & Steinbrecher, M. (2011): "nrwision": A television model of the future? How a new and unique participatory television channel in Germany complements the media landscape. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Participatory Communication Research Section. Istanbul (Turkey), 13-17 July 2011.
  • Sehl, A. & Steinbrecher, M. (2011): Audience participation motivated by media politics. First data about a newly introduced participatory TV channel in Germany. ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference 2011 “Diversity of Journalisms: Shaping complex media landscapes”. Pamplona (Spain), 4-5 July 2011.
  • Steinbrecher, M.: (2011): Interaktivität – eine neue Qualitätsdimension im TV-Journalismus? [Interactivity – a new quality dimension in TV journalism?] Keynote speech at the media conference of Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven, in the context of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Media Sector and Journalism course. Wilhelmshaven, 17.6.2011.
  • Steinbrecher, M.: (2011): Qualität erproben: der TV-Lernsender.NRW. [Testing quality: the TV educational broadcaster NRW]. Lecture at the three-state meeting of the Quality in Journalism Initiative. Dusseldorf, 13.1.2011.
  • Steinbrecher, M. (2010): Mediale Netzwerke. [Media networks]. Keynote speech at the 3rd Wednesday of the e-port-dortmund skills centre. 21.7.2010.
  • Steinbrecher, M.: (2010): Qualität im Journalismus. [Quality in journalism] Lecture to the Gesellschaft der Freunde [Society of Friends] of TU Dortmund. 13.7.2010.
  • Steinbrecher, M. et al. (2009): Der TV-Lernsender.NRW. [The TV educational broadcaster NRW]. Presentation to the Central Committee of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Dusseldorf, 10.12.2009.

Awards etc.

  • 1988 Grimme Award (Doppelpunkt: "Mein Sohn ist schwul") [My son is gay].
  • 1989 Jacob Kaiser Award (Doppelpunkt: “Ich hatte die Schnauze voll. Junge Flüchtlinge aus der DDR berichten über Erfahrungen und Erwartungen”) [I was sick and tired of it. Young refugees from the GDR report on their experiences and expectations].   
  • 1989 Journalists’ Award of the German Aids Foundation (Doppelpunkt: Ich bin infiziert – ich brauche Dich) [I’m infected – I need you].
  • 1990 CIVIS Award (Doppelpunkt: "Mein Land, Dein Land – ist Deutschland nur für Deutsche da") [My country, your country  - Is Germany only for Germans?]
  • 1992 Telestar (host of the "aktuelle sportstudio").
  • 1996 TV Sports Journalist of the Year
  • 2000 Football Presenter of the Year
  • 2005 Sports Editor of the Year (for the “aktuelle sportstudio”)
  • 2007 Sport Bild Award [Sports Image Award] for the “aktuelle sportstudio”
  • 2015 GetAbstract International Book Award for Publication “Update – warum die Datenrevolution uns alle betrifft”. [Update – Why the data revolution affects us all.]