Martin Löffelholz is Professor in Communication and Media Studies and head of the Department of Media Studies at the Institute of Media and Communication Science of Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany), where he has taught since 1998. Furthermore, he serves as the academic director of the International Crisis Communication Research Group and as the chair of newly founded Network Intercultural and International Communication. From 1997 to 2000, he was the chair of the Journalism Research Division of the German Communication Association.
He has published more than 120 articles and book chapters on journalism education, trends of journalism, journalism theories, crisis and war communication, cross-cultural communication, and political communication. Moreover, he has presented approximately 110 papers (invited or peer-reviewed) at conferences around the globe. Martin Löffelholz has published in English, German, Arabic and Indonesian.
He earned his Ph.D. in communication research and political science from the University of Münster in 1988, after working as an editor on daily newspapers, the German Press Agency (dpa) and as television and radio reporter on Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne). Since 1988, he has worked and taught at several universities in Germany (Münster, Hamburg, Leipzig) and as a visiting professor in Indonesia (2000 and 2001) and the Philippines (2004) mainly in the areas of journalism theories, journalism education, cross-cultural communication and crisis and war communication. Professor Löffelholz has lectured on these topics in Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.A.
Martin Löffelholz, Christian F. Trippe, & Andrea C. Hoffmann (eds.) (2008). Kriegs- und Krisenberichterstattung. Ein Handbuch [Handbook of war and crisis reporting]. UVK-Verlag, Konstanz.
Martin Löffelholz & David Hugh Weaver. (2008). Global journalism research. Theories, methods, findings, future. Malden [u.a.]: Blackwell.
Löffelholz, Martin (2007): Kriegsberichterstattung in der Mediengesellschaft [War reporting in the media society]. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 16-17/2007 vom 16. April 2007, S. 25-31.
Martin Löffelholz (ed.) (2004) Krieg als Medienereignis II. Krisenkommunikation im 21. Jahrhundert. [War as media event II. Crisis Communication in the 21st century.] Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Martin Löffelholz (2004): Communication as a Key Resource of Warfare. Structural Changes in Security Policies, Communication Management and War Coverage at the Beginning of the 21st Century. In: Thomas Hanitzsch/Martin Löffelholz/Ronny Mustamu (eds.): Agents of Peace: Public Communication and Conflict Resolution in an Asian Setting. Jakarta: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, p. 13-35.
Andreas Schwarz is research assistant at the department of Media Studies, Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany. He received a Diploma degree (equivalent to Master) in communication/media studies at the Ilmenau University of Technology in 2004. Currently he is working on his PhD thesis in Ilmenau. He was visiting lecturer at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest (Romania) and Guadalajara University (Mexico) and is member if the International Communication Association (ICA), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) as well as the German Communication Association (DGPuK).
Since 2006, Andreas Schwarz is managing director of the International Research Group on Crisis Commuication (IRGoCC), which was founded by Martin Löffelholz at the department of Media Studies (Ilmenau U of Technology).
His research interests include journalism (news selection, news production, agenda setting, global trends in journalism), public relations (patterns, structures and effects of crisis communication, strategic communication) and cross-cultural communication research. He teaches in the areas of public relations, journalism, media theory, and crisis management.
Andreas Schwarz (2008): Covariation-based causal attributions during organizational crises: Suggestions for extending Situational Crisis Communication Theory (SCCT). In: International Journal of Strategic Communication 2(1), 31-53.
Andreas Schwarz (2008): Wer hat die Krise zu verantworten? Ein rezeptionsorientierter Ansatz der Krisen-Public Relations [Who is responsible for the crisis? A reception-orientied approach to crisis public relations]. In: Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft 56(1), 60-81.
Martin Löffelholz & Andreas Schwarz (2008): Die Krisenkommunikation von Organisationen: Ansätze, Ergebnisse und Perspektiven der Forschung [Organizational Crisis Communication: Theoretical Approaches, Findings and Research Perspectives]. In: T. Nolting & A. Thießen (Hrsg.): Krisenmanagement in der Mediengesellschaft - Potenziale und Perspektiven der Krisenkommunikation. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, S. 21-35.
Andreas Schwarz (2006): The theory of newsworthiness applied to Mexico's press. How the news factors influence foreign news coverage in a transitional country. In: Communications 31(2), S.45-64.
Maria E. Hernández Ramírez & Andreas Schwarz (2008): Journalism Research in Mexico. In: Martin Löffelholz & David Weaver (Hrsg.): Global Journalism Research. Theories, Methods, Findings, Future. Oxford: Blackwell, S.211-224.