Ansgard Heinrich

University of Groningen

Ansgard Heinrich is Associate Professor in the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies in Groningen. She specializes in the study of global news media infrastructures and explores how globalization and digital communication tools are changing journalistic practice. Ansgard heads the research project “Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict Reporting in the Digital Age”. The project is funded through an Aspasia Grant from the Dutch Research Council and explores the variety of agents who cover conflict, including journalists, NGO’s, citizens, or activists.


Ansgard’s research is published in leading academic journals such as Journalism Practice, New Media & Society, or Media International Australia. Her

book Network Journalism. Journalistic Practice in Interactive Spheres (Routledge, 2011) received wide international recognition and explores how journalists seize digital reporting tools. Her recent publications investigate foreign reporting practices, the fight against “fake news” or the ethics of digital news production. In Groningen she teaches in international Media and Journalism programmes. She holds a PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has worked in various countries including Australia, Hungary and Germany. Prior to her academic career, she worked as local radio journalist in Germany.




Selection of recent publications:


Heinrich, A. (2019). “How to Build Resilient News Infrastructures? Reflections on Information Provision in Times of ‘Fake News’.” In L. Igor, R. Lada, & T. Benjamin D. (Eds.), Resilience and Hybrid Threats: Security and Integrity for the Digital World (pp. 174-187). (NATO Science for Peace and Security Series; Vol. 55). Amsterdam, Berlin, Washington DC: IOS Press.


Smit, P. H., Broersma, M., & Heinrich, A. (2017). “Witnessing in the New Memory Ecology: Memory Construction of the Syrian Conflict on YouTube”, New media & society 19(2), 289-307.


Joye, S., Heinrich, A., & Woehlert, R. (2016). “50 years of Galtung and Ruge: Reflections on their model of news values and its relevance for the study of journalism and communication today”, CM: Communication and Media 11(36), 5-28.


Heinrich, A. (2014). Best practices in the network journalism sphere. In L. Zion, & D. Craig (Eds.), Ethics for digital journalists: Emerging best practices New York, NY: Routledge.