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Thurman Neil

Prof. Dr. Neil Thurman

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: A015
Phone: +49 89 2180-9449

Website: Research Unit

Further Information

I am Professor of Communication with an emphasis on Computational Journalism in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. I hold a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) for a project on 'Algorithmic News'.

Previously I was a Reader (Associate Professor) at City University London where, between 2006 - 2015, I lead an Erasmus Mundus Master's in Journalism, Media and Globalisation. I was appointed as City University's first lecturer in Electronic Publishing in 1997 and directed their successful Master's in Electronic Publishing until 2004.

My research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where I won 'best paper' over four consecutive years.

I am a referee for a range of international academic journals, publishers, and research boards; an external examiner for bachelor and post-graduate degree programmes in journalism; and have lectured around the world including in China, Ukraine, and Korea.

My professional career in interactive publishing began at Interactive Learning Productions where I published a number of award-winning interactive multimedia CD-Roms. At Yorkshire International Thomson Multimedia and Granada Learning I worked on new media projects with clients including: The British Library, The Science and Natural History Museums, Whitbread plc, The Home Office, The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food and Getty Images.

Full Time:

Since 2015 Professor of Communication with a specialism in Computational Journalism, Department of Communication Studies and Media Research
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

2015 - 2020 VolkswagenStiftung Freigeist Research Fellow

1997 - 2015 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader, Department of Journalism, City University London

1995 - 1997 Design and Production Manager, Yorkshire International Thomson Multimedia, Newcastle, England

1993 - 1995 Content Coordinator, Research Team Leader, and Senior Project Manager, Interactive Learning Productions, Newcastle, England

1992 - 1993 Visiting Lecturer, Communication and Image Studies, University of Kent, England

Part Time / Honorary:

2012 - 2013 Adjunct Professor, School of Communication, IE University, Madrid, Spain

2009 Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley

2004 - 2005 Visiting Scholar, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Computational journalism
  • Audience measurement / media consumption
  • Digital media practice
  • Ethnographic and qualitative methods
  • Media economics and innovation

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