Dr. Felix Frey

Dr. Felix Frey

Research Fellow

Empirical Communication and Media Research
Nikolaistraße 27-29, Room 2.01
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35745
Fax: +49 341 97-35719


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Empirical Communication and Media Research with focus on methodology and methods (Prof. A. Bartsch). My research and teaching focuses on modalities of media use and media reception, communicative practices in the context of social and media change as well as research methodology and methods, in particular methods of theory development.

Professional career

  • 04/2008 - 03/2014
    Research Associate, Institute of Communication and Media Studies, Leipzig University
  • 06/2014 - 03/2017
    Research Associate and Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich
  • since 04/2017
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Communiation and Media Studies, Leipzig University
  • 04/2021 - 10/2021
    Interim professor for Communication and Media Studies with a Focus on Innovative Methods, University of Bremen


  • 10/2001 - 12/2007
    MA Communication and Cultural Studies, Leipzig University
  • 04/2008 - 12/2015
    PhD in Communication, with a thesis conceptualizing and empirically validating an "experiential mode" of media reception

My first research focus is generally in the fields of media use and media reception. In particular, I am interested in modalities/strategies of media reception and media use as well as in communicative practices in the context of social and media change, also from a historical perspective. A further focus is the methodology and methodology of social and communication research, in particular empirical and non-empirical methods of theory development.

  • Strategies of media use - inner structure, measurement and social-structural distribution
    Frey, Felix
    Duration: 07/2023 – 06/2026
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Empirische Kommunikations- und Medienforschung
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more projects

  • Krämer, B.; Frey, F. (Eds.)
    How we use the media. Strategies, modes, and styles
    Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020.
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  • Kapidzic, S.; Neuberger, C.; Frey, F.; Stieglitz, S.; Mirbabaie, M.
    How News Websites Refer to Twitter: A Content Analysis of Twitter Sources in Journalism
    Journalism Studies. 2022. 23 (10). pp. 1247–1268.
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  • Kapidzic, S.; Frey, F.; Neuberger, C.; Stieglitz, S.; Mirbabaie, M.
    Crisis Communication on Twitter: Differences Between User Types in Top Tweets About the 2015 “Refugee Crisis” in Germany
    International Journal of Communication. 2023. pp. 735–754.
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  • Frey, F.; Kohler, S.; Nitschke, P.; Stehle, H.
    Die Habilitation in der Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft. Eine inhaltsanalytische Bestandsaufnahme
    Publizistik. Vierteljahreshefte für Kommunikationsforschung. 2023. pp. 491–517.
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more publications

  • Publikationspreis: Zeitschriftenpreis 2017 für die besten Aufsätze des Vorjahres in Publizistik, Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft und SCM (2. Preis)
    Frey, Felix (Empirische Kommunikations- und Medienforschung)
    awarded in 2017 by DGPuK.
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more awards

  • Wissenschaftliche Tagung
    Statistische Zugänge zu Sprache. Tagung des Zentrums für quantitative empirische Sozialforschung Leipzig (QuanteL)
    Empirische Kommunikations- und Medienforschung
    Event Organiser: Bartsch, Anne; Frey, Felix
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  • Preconference
    Crafting Theory. Methods of Theory Building in Communication
    Empirische Kommunikations- und Medienforschung
    Event Organiser: Frey, Felix; Krämer, Benjamin
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One part of my teaching consists of introductory and advanced courses on theories of media use, reception and effects. Additionally, I regularly run research courses on BA and MA levels that are closely connected to my own current research projects. The second part consists of courses in social research methods (survey methods, [online/social media] content analysis, statistics). Here, I take an applied approach but also aim at enabling students to use these methods reflectively.