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Dr. Jakob Ohme

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Senior Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute

Postdoc Researcher at the Division Digitalization and Participation


Hardenbergstraße 32
10623 Berlin

Jakob Ohme is a Senior Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. There he is a part of the resarch group "News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse".  He is an associated Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and Fellow at the Digital Communication Methods Lab at University of Amsterdam.

His research interests center around the impact of digital and mobile communication processes on political behavior and news flows, generational differences in media use and political socialization, and the development of new methodological approaches in political communication and journalism research.

Prior to his work in Berlin, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam and was an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark, where he also earned his PhD degree in 2017. He holds an MA from the Department of Media and Communication at the Technische Universität Dresden.

Research fields:

  • Media effects of digital and mobile communication on political behavior

  • Political participation, campaigns and election, young voters

  • Media exposure on digital platforms

  • Digital methods of communication research

Ohme, J., Hameleers, M., Brosius, A., & Van der Meer, T. (2021). Attenuating the Crisis: The Relationship between Media Use, Prosocial Political Participation, and Holding Misinformation Beliefs during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 31(sup1), 285–298. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2021.1924735

Ohme, J. (2021). Algorithmic Social Media Use and its Relationship to attitude Reinforcement and issue-specific political participation – The Case of the 2015 European Immigration Movements. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 18(1), 36–54. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2020.1805085

Andersen, K., Ohme, J., Bjarnøe, C., Bordacconi, M. J., Albaek, E., & De Vreese, C. H. (2021). Generational Gaps in Political Media Use and Civic Engagement. Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003111498

Ohme, J., Vanden Abeele, M. M. P., Van Gaeveren, K., Durnez, W., & De Marez, L. (2020). Staying Informed and Bridging “Social Distance”: Smartphone News Use and Mobile Messaging Behaviors of Flemish Adults during the First Weeks of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 6, 237802312095019. https://doi.org/10.1177/2378023120950190

Ohme, J., & Mothes, C. (2020). What Affects First- and Second-Level Selective Exposure to Journalistic News? A Social Media Online Experiment. Journalism Studies, 21(9), 1220–1242. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2020.1735490

Ohme, J., Marquart, F., & Kristensen, L. M. (2020). School Lessons, Social Media and Political Events in a Get-out-the-vote Campaign: Successful Drivers of Political Engagement among Youth? Journal of Youth Studies, 23(7), 886–908. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2019.1645311

Ohme, J., & De Vreese, C. H. (2020). Traditional and “New Media” Forms and Political Socialization. In J. Bulck (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology (1st ed.). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119011071

Ohme, J., Araujo, T., de Vreese, C. H., & Piotrowski, J. T. (2020). Mobile Data Donations: Assessing Self-report Accuracy and Sample Biases with the iOS Screen Time Function. Mobile Media & Communication, 21. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050157920959106

Ohme, J. (2020). Mobile but Not Mobilized? Differential Gains from Mobile News Consumption for Citizens’ Political Knowledge and Campaign Participation. Digital Journalism, 8(1), 103–125. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2019.1697625

Marquart, F., Ohme, J., & Möller, J. (2020). Following Politicians on Social Media: Effects for Political Information, Peer Communication, and Youth Engagement. Media and Communication, 8(2), 12. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i2.2764

Ohme, J. (2019). When Digital Natives enter the Electorate: Political Social Media use Among First-time Voters and its Effects on Campaign Participation. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 16(2), 119–136. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2019.1613279

Ohme, J. (2019). Updating Citizenship? The Effects of Digital Media Use on Citizenship Understanding and Political Participation. Information, Communication & Society, 22(13), 1903–1928. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1469657

Mothes, C., & Ohme, J. (2019). Partisan Selective Exposure in Times of Political and Technological Upheaval: A Social Media Field Experiment. Media and Communication, 7(3), 42. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i3.2183

Ohme, J., de Vreese, C. H., & Albaek, E. (2018). The Uncertain First-time Voter: Effects of Political Media Exposure on Young Citizens’ Formation of Vote choice in a digital media environment. New Media & Society, 20(9), 3243–3265. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817745017

Ohme, J., de Vreese, C. H., & Albaek, E. (2018). The Uncertain First-time Voter: Effects of Political Media Exposure on Young Citizens’ Formation of Vote Choice in a Digital Media Environment. New Media & Society, 20(9), 3243–3265. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817745017

Ohme, J., de Vreese, C. H., & Albæk, E. (2018). From Theory to Practice: How to Apply van Deth’s Conceptual Map in Empirical Political Participation Research. Acta Politica, 53(3), 367–390. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41269-017-0056-y

Ohme, J., Albaek, E., & de Vreese, C. H. (2016). Exposure Research Going Mobile: A Smartphone-Based Measurement of Media Exposure to Political Information in a Convergent Media Environment. Communication Methods and Measures, 10(2–3), 135–148. https://doi.org/10.1080/19312458.2016.1150972

Ohme, J. (2014). The Acceptance of Mobile Government from a Citizens’ Perspective: Identifying Perceived Risks and Perceived Benefits. Mobile Media & Communication, 2(3), 298–317. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050157914533696