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Dr. Débora Medeiros

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Journalism Studies

Institute for Media and Communication Studies


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



  • 2014 - 2019 PhD student at the Division of Journalism Studies, 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
  • 2011 - 2013 Master of Arts Media and Political Communication, Freie Universität Berlin. Thesis title: "The Country of What Future? Environmental Reporting by Traditional News Outlets and Citizen Media in Brazil". Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg. With a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • 2006 - 2010 Bachelor of Arts Journalism and Communication Studies at the 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)

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)

PhD project

"Engaged Journalism: Contesting Objectivity through Media Practices during the Alternative Coverage of Brazil’s June Journeys"

Refereed Articles

  • 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). 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., M. Kreutler, M. Alku, B. Barlovac, M. Bastian, S. S. Bodrunova, J. Brinkmann, F. Dingerkus, R. Hájek, S. Knopper, M. Kus, F. Láb, C. Lees, A. Litvinenko, D. Medeiros, D. Orlova, L. Ozolina, A. Paluch, R. N. Radu, S. Stefanikova, H. Veldhoen and R. Zguri (2018). The Ukraine Conflict and the European Media: A Comparative Study of Newspapers in 13 European Countries. Journalism, Prepublished in May.

  • 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, 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, 20, 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

  • 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). Frankfurt: 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). London: 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). Wiesbaden: 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). New York: 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). New York: 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. and 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 2021, online.

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

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