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Dr. Saskia Sell

Saskia Sell 2023
Image Credit: Tim Gassauer

Journalism Studies

Research Associate

Senior Lecturer

Garystr. 55
Room 273
14195 Berlin

Office hours

By appointment via mail.

Work Experience

  • since February 2020 part-time Research Associate supporting the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CeMIL), FU Berlin
  • since June 2018 Research Fellow at the Margherita-von-Brentano-Center, FU Berlin (Research Project on Witnessing in Digital Publics)
  • since April 2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate and Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, FU Berlin (Research-oriented Teaching, Media Lab and Journalism Practice Teaching)
  • April 2016 - March 2017 Lecturer at the Division of Journalism Studies, FU Berlin (Media Lab and Journalism Practice Teaching)
  • April 2012 - September 2016 Research Associate at the Division of Journalism Studies, FU Berlin (Research, Teaching, Webmaster)
  • April 2011 - August 2012 Research Associate at the International Journalism Center, FU Berlin (Internationalization, MA Program Development)
  • September 2011 - April 2012 Research Associate at the International Journalism Center, FU Berlin (Project Leadership internXchange)
  • September 2010 - August 2011 Research Associate at the Division of Journalism Studies, FU Berlin (Research, Teaching, Webmaster)
  • March 2009 - September 2010 Student Assistant at the Division of Journalism Studies, FU Berlin (Research Project: Media Representation of Women in Top-Level Positions)
  • 2003 - 2008 Freelance Online Journalist and Editor (Cultural Journalism: Reviews and Reports, Photojournalism, Content Management Workshops), Translator (German-English, English-German)


  • 2012 - 2016: PhD in Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2004 - 2010 MA Studies in English/American Studies and Media and Communication Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2008 Summerschool gameslab, HTW Berlin
  • 2008 Summerschool Media Philosophy, HU Berlin

Work and Study Abroad

  • 2017 Visiting Lecturer at CEU San Pablo University, Madrid (ERASMUS+)
  • 2014 Visiting Researcher at the Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, Universitetet i Oslo (CIC-funded)
  • 2007 Humboldt-Fellow at the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York University)
  • 2007 Professional Photojournalism Training with Prof. Kathy Willens (NYU/Associated Press)
  • 2005 - 2006 European Union Fellow at the University of Warwick/Coventry

Memberships and Associations

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • Reporters without Borders (German Section)
  • Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW, Education and Science Union)
  • Förderverein IfPuK (Alumni Club)
  • Netzwerk Qualitative Methoden (Qualitative Research Network)

You're welcome to follow me on Twitter: @_scs (personal account with professional perspectives), @pukberlin (institutional account) and @TagungsTweet (collection of information, media and communication studies conference hashtags)

Seminars and Workshops

(for a complete list of my seminars, workshops and summerschool classes see German profile page)

University Teaching Qualification:

Saskia Sell finished her University Teaching Certificate at BZHL (Berlin Centre for Higher Education) in 2013. Her Press Freedom BA Seminar was evaluated as one of their most innovative Best Practice Teaching Projects. She also took a further training class on Mobile Video Production for Higher Education with Branka Pavlovic at CeDiS (Center for Digital Systems) in 2019.

Research Areas

  • Freedom of Communication

  • Political Theory: Media and Democracy

  • ICT and Society | Internet Research

  • Media and Communications Theory

  • Crossmedia Journalism

  • Media Witnessing

(for a complete list of my publications and conference presentations see German profile page)