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Dr. Débora Medeiros

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Journalism Studies

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences


CRC 1171 "Affective Societies" - B02

Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838 468436

Office hours

During summer semester 2021: Appointment by arrangement via e-mail



  • 20142019 Division of Journalism Studies PhD, Freie Universität Berlin

Thesis title: "Engaged Journalism: Contesting Objectivity through Media Practices during the Alternative Coverage of Brazil’s June Journeys" with a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • 20112013 Media and Political Communication M.A., Freie Universität Berlin

Thesis title: "The Country of What Future? Environmental Reporting by Traditional News Outlets and Citizen Media in Brazil" supervised by Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg with a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • 20062010 Journalism and Communication Studies B.A., Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

Thesis on the interaction between journalism and informal education during the founding of the Federal University of Ceará’s radio station


International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR)

International Communication Association (ICA)

European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Temporary Working Group Affect, Emotion and Media (Chair)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaften (DGPuK)

Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (ipb)


Instituts-Förderverein IfPuK

Network Affect and Colonialism

Summer term 2020

Winter term 2018/19

Summer term 2018

Winter term 2017/18

Research topics

  • Affect and emotion in journalism
  • Migration
  • Alternative journalism
  • Counter public spheres
  • Social movements
  • Media practices
  • Brazil
  • Environmental journalism

Book project

"Engaged Journalists: Emancipatory Media Production in Times of Crisis" (working title)

Refereed Article

  • Makhashvili, A., Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2022). Challenging Journalistic Authority in the Networked Affective Dynamics of #Chemnitz. Social Media + Society8(4), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051221146185
  • Medeiros, D., & Makhashvili, A. (2022). United in Grief? Emotional Communities around the Far-Right Terror Attack in Hanau on TV and Twitter. Media and Communication, 10(3), 39–49.  https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v10i3.5438

  • Medeiros, D., & Badr, H. (2022). Strengthening Journalism from the Margins: Engaged Journalism in Brazil and Egypt. Digital Journalism, 10(8), 1342–1362. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2022.2078386

  • Lünenborg, M., & Medeiros, D. (2021). Journalism as an Affective Institution: Emotional Labor and the Discourse on Fraud at Der Spiegel. Journalism Studies, 22(12), 1720–1738. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2021.1873820

  • Nobrega Rabello Alves, C., & Medeiros, D. (2021). Towards Cosmopolitanism in German Academia? Shedding Light on Colonial Underpinnings of Communication Research in a Globalized World. Global Media Journal – German Edition, 11(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.49167

  • Lünenborg, M., & Medeiros, D. (2020). Journalism as an Affective Institution: Emotional Labour and the Discourse on Fraud at Der Spiegel. Working Paper SFB 1171 Affective Societies, 03/20. http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/refubium-28985

  • Fengler, S., Kreutler, M., Alku, M., Barlovac, B., Bastian, M., Bodrunova, S. S., Brinkmann, J., Dingerkus, F., Hájek, R., Knopper, S., Kus, M., Láb, F., Lees, C., Litvinenko, A., Medeiros, D., Orlova, D., Ozolina, L., Paluch, A., Radu, R. N., Stefanikova, S., Veldhoen, H., & Zguri, R. (2020). The Ukraine Conflict and the European Media: A Comparative Study of Newspapers in 13 European Countries. Journalism, 21(3), 399–422.

  • Medeiros, D., Bastian, M., & Trilling, D. (2016). Talking with and about Politicians on Twitter: An Analysis of Tweets Containing @-Mentions of Candidates in the Brazilian Presidential Elections. Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública, 6(6), 89–116.

  • Medeiros, D. (2016). Public or State Owned? The Brazilian Company of Communications (EBC) in the Context of the Democratisation of the Media in Brazil. International Journal of Digital Television, 7(1), 99–117.

  • Medeiros, D. (2015). Vilém Flusser in Brazil: Media and the New Human. Flusser Studies, 19(1), 1–19.

  • Medeiros, D. (2015). O começo de uma bela amizade? O papel da mídia cidadã e sua relação com a mídia tradicional na cobertura do meio ambiente no Brasil. Revista Media & Jornalismo, Número Especial - V Seminário CIMJ, 127–151.

Book Chapters

  • Lünenborg, M., & Medeiros, D. (2023). Under Pressure: Journalism as an Affective Institution. In M. Churcher, S. Calkins, J. Böttger, & J. Slaby (Eds.), Affect, Power, and Institutions (pp. 80–101). Routledge.

  • Lünenborg, M., & Medeiros, D. (2023). Zur Bedeutung von Emotionen im Journalismus. In K. Meier & C. Neuberger (Eds.), Journalismusforschung: Stand und Perspektive (pp. 311–336). Nomos.

  • Medeiros, D. & Lünenborg, M. (2021). Redaktionen dekolonisieren! Journalismus für die Einwanderungsgesellschaft. In H. Dilger & M. Warstat (Eds.), Umkämpfte Vielfalt: Affektive Dynamiken institutioneller Diversifizierung (pp. 95–115). Campus Verlag.

  • Srinivas, A., Medeiros, D., & De Jager, T. (2018). Journalism and National Security in Three Bisa Countries: Brazil, India and South Africa. In J. Lidberg & D. Muller (Eds.), In the Name of Security: Secrecy, Surveillance and Journalism (pp. 173–194). Anthem Press.

  • Medeiros, D. (2017). Wie ein Land über seine Zukunft denkt: Die Umweltberichterstattung von Bürgerjournalismus und traditionellen Medien in Brasilien. In M. Lünenborg & S. Sell (Eds.), Politischer Journalismus im Fokus der Journalistik (pp. 215–238). Springer VS.

  • Yagodin, D., Tegelberg, M., Medeiros, D., & Russell, A. (2017). Following the Tweets: What Happened to the IPCC AR5 Synthesis Report on Twitter? In R. Kunelius, E. Eide, M. Tegelberg & D. Yagodin (Eds.), Media and Global Climate Knowledge: Journalism and the IPCC (pp.. 193–211). Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Yagodin, D., Medeiros, D., Ji, L. & Saleh, I. (2017). Emerging Economies and BRICS Climate Policy: The Justifying Role of Media. In R. Kunelius, E. Eide, M. Tegelberg & D. Yagodin (Eds.), Media and Global Climate Knowledge: Journalism and the IPCC (pp. 151–170). Palgrave Macmillan.

Guest Contribution

  • Medeiros, D., & Motta, R. (2020). Ein Blick aus der Bewegungsforschung auf den Rechtsruck in Brasilien. Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 32(4), 619–630.


  • Medeiros, D., & Mysorekar, S. (2022). “Angst, Wut und Trauer – Emotionen in der Berichterstattung”. Workshop, 29 November, Cologne.

  • Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2022). Beyond the Nation as Imagined Community? Competing Emotional Evaluations of Conflicts in TV News and on YouTube. 9th European Communication Conference. 21 October, Aarhus.

  • Medeiros, D., Makhashvili, A., & Lünenborg, M. (2022). Negotiating Journalism's Boundaries within the Networked Affective Publics Around the Far-Right Terror Attak in Hanau. ICA 2022: One World, One Network? 26–30 May, Paris.

  • Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2022). The Affective Publics of #Hanau: Parajournalistic Actors' Emotional Interpretations of the Far-Right Terror Attack in Germany. ICA Preconference 2022. 25 May, Metz.

  • Medeiros, D., & Mysorekar, S. (2022). Angst, Wut und Trauer Emotionen in der Berichterstattung. Workshop, 28 & 29 April, Berlin.

  • Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2021). Contested Order of Emotions: The 2018 Chemnitz Protests on German TV News and on YouTube. 8th European Communication Conference. 6–9 September, online.

  • Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2021). Parajournalism’s Visuality: Affect and Emotion in Discourses Around Migration. ICA 2021: Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice. 27–31 May, online.

  • Medeiros, D. (2021). Moderation Roundtable Discussion: Diversity in the Newsroom and Beyond. Annual Conference of SFB 1171: Diversity Affects – Troubling Institutions. 29 May, online.

  • Medeiros, D., & Lünenborg, M. (2021). Journalism as an Affective Institution. DACH21: #Kommunikation #(R)Evolution: Zum Wandel der Kommunikation in der digitalen Gesellschaft. 7–9 April, online.

  • Lünenborg, M., Medeiros, & D., Makhashvili, A. (2020). Journalismus herausgefordert: Konkurrierende Affektdramaturgien um #Chemnitz. Vorlesungsreihe “Mobility Affects”. 2 December, Freie Universität Berlin.