Thomas Hanitzsch is Chair and Professor of Communication at LMU Munich where he is currently Research Director in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research. A former journalist, his teaching and research focuses on global journalism cultures, war coverage, celebrity news and comparative methodology. He was Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory (2012-2015) and has chaired the Journalism Studies Sections at the International Communication Association (2004-2006) and European Communication Research and Education Association (2010-2014). His most recent books include "Worlds of Journalism: Journalistic Cultures Around the Globe" (Columbia University Press, 2019) and the "Handbook of Journalism Studies: Second Edition" (Routledge, 2019). Thomas is leading the Worlds of Journalism Study, a multinational and collaborative endeavor to trace journalism cultures and investigate the profession’s transformation around the world (see www.worldsofjournalism.org).