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Mai 2021

„Quelle: Internet“? Digitale Nachrichten- und Informationskompetenzen der deutschen Bevölkerung im Test

For the next Leibniz Media Lunch Talk we welcome Dr. Anna-Katharina Meßmer from Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. In her talk, she will present her study on the digital news literacy of Germans. Dr. Sascha Hölig introduces the event. The lecture will be held in German.

When: Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join us and discuss with us! After the registration you will receive the dial-in data by mail shortly before the event starts.

About the Lecture 

How well do people on the Internet manage to assess the reliability of sources or to recognize, classify and verify information? How well can they recognize and distinguish between PR content, disinformation and opinion pieces? And how competent are people in identifying incomplete news or conflicts of interest among sources and authors? 

Until now, there has been a lack of reliable data on these important digital news skills. For this reason, the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung developed a test that was conducted in the fall of 2020 with a representative sample of the German-speaking population with Internet access in Germany aged 18 and older. The evaluation shows that internet users have basic knowledge, but often lack concrete knowledge and skills.

Download the full study (PDF). 

About the Speaker

Kathy Meßmer leads the project on digital news and information literacy. Previously, she was head of the office of the Research Institute for Social Development (FGW) and, as Lead Strategic Development, was responsible for strategic partner development and sales at the opinion research startup Civey. The sociologist with a PhD is co-initiator of #aufschrei, the first hashtag that won the Grimme Online Award in 2013. In 2008/2009, she supported the SPD party executive committee and Gesine Schwan during her campaign for German president and incorporated her experience as an assistant director into the documentary "Social Democrats - 18 Months Among Comrades" (ARD), directed by Grimme Award winner Lutz Hachmeister. As a researcher, Meßmer was responsible for research projects on political and social issues at the Institute for Media and Communication Policy at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Leibniz Media Lunch Talks 

At the Leibniz Media Lunch Talks, researchers present current topics, interim results from their research projects or doctoral projects in a relaxed atmosphere. You are invited to enjoy your lunch while listening to the talk.


If you would like to participate, please register by using this form. We will then send you the registration data for Zoom shortly before the event.

Poster Kathy Messmer

Infos zur Veranstaltung

Contact person

Dr. Sascha Hölig
Senior Researcher Media Use

Dr. Sascha Hölig

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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