Drefs, Ines

In her dissertation Dr Ines Drefs analysed Professional Journalism in the Social Web with a special focus on International Public Broadcasting (Deutsche Welle). She was especially interested in journalistic handling of user comments and its democratic potential. She finished her doctorate in March 2019. Meanwhile, Dr Drefs holds a postdoc position at Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism. An up-to-date staff page can be found here: https://brost.ifj.tu-dortmund.de/institut/team/dr-ines-drefs/

Her research interest focuses on Media Assistance, Journalism Cultures, Media and Democratization, and (Online) Deliberation.

Ines is an alumna of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in “Journalism and Media within Globalization: The European Perspective” of Aarhus University in Denmark, University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and University of Hamburg in Germany. Her Master’s thesis focused on Journalism Trainers’ Role Perception in the Context of Development Media.

Ines completed her B.A. in communications and social sciences at University of Erfurt, Germany, and Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea. In her Bachelor’s thesis she analyzed to what extent Ethnic Soap Operas can cause Changes in Stereotypical Perception.


“Research Colloquium”, Tutorial (M.A., Erasmus Mundus Journalism), winter term 2013/14, Institute for Media and Communication, University of Hamburg.

“Das Mediensystem in der Bundesrepublik” [Germany’s media system]. Seminar (B.A., Media and communication studies), winter term 2012/13, Institute for Media and Communication, University of Hamburg.


Drefs, Ines; Thomass, Barbara. 2017. “Policy Brief: Communication and conflict in transitional societies – Integrating media and communication in development cooperation”. MeCoDEM Working Papers. Download here

Drefs, Ines; Thomass, Barbara. 2016. “Media Development From A New Angle”. DW Akademie Guest Post. http://www.dw.com/en/media-development-from-a-new-angle/a-36230886

Drefs, Ines; Thomass, Barbara. 2016. “Policy Brief: Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies”. MeCoDEM Working Papers. Download here

Drefs, Ines; Thomass, Barbara. 2015. “Literature review: research findings about organisations engaging in media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance.” MeCoDEM Working Papers. Download here

Drefs, Ines. 2014. “Ten Years That Shook the Media World: Big Questions and Big Trends in International Media Developments (Book Review).” Digital Journalism 2 (1): 121–23. doi:10.1080/21670811.2013.820062 .


Drefs, Ines. 2017. “Moderne Medienentwicklungszusammenarbeit – Perspektiven aus Empirie und Praxis” [Modern media development cooperation – from an empirical and from a practical angle] , Guest lecture at seminar “Entwicklungskommunikation – Kommunikation für sozialen Wandel” [Communication for development – Communication for social change] (Dr. Kefa Hamidi), University of Leipzig, May 18 in Leipzig, Germany.

Drefs, Ines. 2016. “Facing ethical dilemmas: Journalists and media development actors in conflict societies”. FoME Symposium, November 4 in Berlin, Germany.

Drefs, Ines. 2016. “Funding Trends”. World Forum for Media Development (GFMD), September 22 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Drefs, Ines & Thomass, Barbara. 2016. “Development Cooperation in Conflict Societies: The Role of Media Assistance Organisations”. 24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), July 27 in Poznan, Poland.

Drefs, Ines. 2016. “Democratic Relevance of Social Web Commentary: Citizens’ Response to Journalistic News Coverage”. 24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), July 25 in Poznan, Poland.

Drefs, Ines. 2015. “International Media Development in Conflict Societies.” Faculty of Political Science (FPN) Workshop “Media, Conflict and Democratisation”, University of Belgrade, December 4 in Belgrade, Serbia

Drefs, Ines. 2015. “Journalists in Touch with the Audience. Insights from a Case Study in International Broadcasting.” Training Workshop “Ombudsmen in Tunisia”, Erich Brost Institute, June 3 in Tunis, Tunisia.

Drefs, Ines. 2014. “Democratic Relevance of Journalism in the Social Web: Journalistic Handling of User Communication.” 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA), November 15 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Drefs, Ines. 2014. “Overtrolled and underliked? Journalismus im Umgang mit
Social Web-Kommentaren” [Overtrolled and underliked? Journalism handling social web comments]. HSS Fachforum Medien “Journalismus zwischen den Wogen der Datenflut”, September 1 in Hamburg, Germany. http://www.hss.de/stipendium/themen/themen-2014/entern-oder-kentern.html

Drefs, Ines. 2014. “Journalistic Social Web Communication: A Theoretical and Methodological Proposal for Analyzing Democratic Potential.”  International Communication Association (ICA), 64th Annual Conference, May 24 in Seattle, USA. http://tinyurl.com/knexxle.

Drefs, Ines. 2013. “Professional Social Web Usage – Analyzing Journalism Practice in a Digital Environment.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), 2013 Conference, June 28 in Dublin, Ireland. http://www.iamcr2013dublin.org/conf-pres/author/1179.

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