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Dominik Speck (M.A.)


Research Assistant and Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator

Room C 12, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 2

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Teaching and research focus

  • Public Service Media
  • Media, journalism and transparency
  • Media accountability in global perspective
  • Media in political transitions
  • International reporting on migration and forced displacement


  • Since January 2018: Research Assistant at the Institute of Journalism and Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator
  • Since March 2021 Research assistant in the project NEWSREEL2 - New Teaching Fields for the Next Generation of Journalists, funded by Erasmus+, Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
  • February 2020-January 2020 Visiting Researcher, Media Intelligence Service, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Geneva
  • Since September 2014 freelance journalist, e.g. for media trade service epd medien
  • Since 2021 Member of the preselection jury, Robert Geisendörfer Preis
  • December 2017 Master of Arts in Journalism (Thesis: "Between Professional Autonomy, Public Responsibility and State Interference. Media Accountability in Myanmar's Transitional Media System")
  • October 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Thesis: "Der Rockstar-Finanzminister. Die Berichterstattung über den ehemaligen griechischen Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis in deutschen und französischen Qualitätszeitungen")
  • February 2015-November 2017 Student Assistant at the Institute of Journalism
  • September 2014 to February 2015 Erasmus+ exchange semester at Istanbul Bilgi University
  • September 2013 to August 2014 Editorial trainee at news agency Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd)
  • October 2011 to October 2016 Journalism studies (major) and political science (minor) at TU Dortmund University and Ruhr University Bochum


  • Speck, D. (2022): Öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk und Demokratie in Europa. Ergebnisse der EBU-Studie Public Service Media and Democracy. In: Media Perspektiven 5/2022, 265-276. URL
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., Barthel, S., & Speck, D. (2022): Media accountability: A global perspective. In: Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds): The Global Handbook of Media Accountability, 3-58. Routledge
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., Barthel, S., & Speck, D. (2022): Summary of Country Chapters. In: Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds): The Global Handbook of Media Accountability, 525-558. Routledge
  • Speck, D., Kurkowski, I., & Zayar Hlaing (2022): Myanmar: Potential diversity, unfulfilled hopes. In: Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds): The Global Handbook of Media Accountability, 408-417. Routledge
  • EBU (2021). Democracy and Public Service Media. URL
  • EBU (2021). Trust in Media 2021. URL
  • Fengler, S., Speck, D., Bastian, M. & Pies, J. (2021): Blind Spots. Shedding Light on Media Transparency Research Across World Regions. In: Berger, S., Fengler, S., Owetschkin, D. & Sittmann, J. (Eds): Transparency and Society – Between Promise and Peril, 93-108. Routledge.
  • EBU (2020). Trust in Media 2020. URL
  • Speck, D. (2019): Öffentliche Anteilnahme ermöglichen. Transparenz, Aufsicht und öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk in Deutschland. Expertise im Auftrag des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB). [Enabling Public Participation. Transparency, Supervision and Public Service Broadcasting in Germany.] Expertise commissioned by the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). URL. Also published in in epd medien 24/2020.
  • Fengler, S. & Speck, D. (2019): Journalism and Transparency: A Mass Communications Perspective. In: Berger S. & Owetschkin D. (Eds): Contested Transparencies, Social Movements and the Public Sphere. Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements, 119-149. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Speck, D. (2018): Die Gatekeeper sind weg - Eine Welt ohne Journalismus [The Gatekeepers Are Gone - A World Without Journalism]. In: Steinbrecher, M. & Rager, G. (Eds.): Wenn Maschinen Meinung Machen. Journalismuskrise, Social Bots und der Angriff auf die Demokratie [ When Machines Make Opinion. Journalism Crisis, Social Bots and the Attack on Democracy], 220-231. Westend.
  • Speck, D. (2017): Der Rockstar-Finanzminister [The rock star minister of finance]. In: European Journalism Observatory. URL


  • Speck, D. (2022, confirmed): Rethinking the impact of PSM transparency measures: From effects to politics of disclosure. ECREA 2022 conference, Aarhus, Denmark, October 19-22 .
  • Ferreira Seridório, D., Pereira da Silva, S., Speck, D., & Rothberg, D. (2022, confirmed): Between Conservation and Innovation: A comparative study on guidelines for PSM multiplatform journalism. RIPE@2022, Vienna, September 18-21.
  • Ferreira Seridório, D., & Speck, D. (2022, confirmed): Self-regulation and independence in state-level public broadcasters in Brazil and in Germany. IAMHIST 2022 conference, Kiel, July 12-14.
  • Fengler, S., & Speck. D. (2022): Media Accountability: From Western Concept to Global Models. ICA 2022 Conference, Paris, France, May 28-31.
  • Speck, D. (2021): Enabling visibility: Online transparency practices of German PSM organizations. RIPE@2021 virtual conference, September 28.
  • Speck, D. (2021): No democracy without media: A research perspective. EBU Media Intelligence Service webinar, September 16.
  • Speck, D., & Fernandez Quijada, D. (2021): Trust – it’s complicated. The EBU Net Trust Index: an indicator to contextualize trust in media across Europe. IAMCR Annual Conference (virtual), July 11-15.
  • Speck, D. (2020): Trust in Media 2020. EBU Media Intelligence Service webinar, May 14.
  • Speck, D. (2020): Presentation of the study "How transparent are public service media? Media policy conference of ver.di and DGB, Berlin, February 7.
  • Fengler, S., Speck, D. & Eberwein, T. (2019): De-Westernizing Media Accountability Research. Annual Conference 2019 of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), July 7-11, Madrid.
  • Speck, D. (2018): Media Accountability in Transition: The Myanmar Press Council - A Challenged Media Accountability Instrument. IAMCR Annual Conference, June 20-24, Eugene, OR.

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