Since 2015, Dr Annika Sehl is a Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, leading a project on the digital transformation of public service media in Europe as part of the Google-funded Digital News Project. She is taking a leave of absence from her position as lecturer (Akademische Rätin auf Probe) at the Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund University, Germany. In the winter term 2014/2015 she was an interim professor of communication studies, especially climate- and science communication, at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that, she spent three semesters at the TU Dortmund University filling a vacant professorship for online- and print journalism. In 2011 she received her doctorate on the topic of participatory journalism in daily newspapers from the Faculty of Culture Studies at the TU Dortmund University. She studied for a Diploma in Journalism with Political Science as her minor subject and Economic Policy as an additional subject in Dortmund with an Erasmus semester in Gothenburg. Her research interests are mainly journalism and comparative research.
She has co-authord a book on digital journalism and published in a range of academic outlets including Journalism, FirstMonday, Publizistik or Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft. She is an associate editor of the forthcoming Wiley-ICA The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies.
In addition to her academic experience, Annika Sehl also has practical knowledge and skills in the field of journalism. She trained with the news broadcaster N24 in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and she has also completed various internships and worked as a freelance journalist for media in Germany and abroad. Between 2011 and 2015 she was a member of the jurys for the Grimme Prize, a renowned German TV prize.