Selected research publications:

  • Heitmann, Katharina/Grahl, Andrea (2022): Medien in Bremen: Von einer massenmedialen zu einer digitalen lokalen Stadtöffentlichkeit. In: Probst, Lothar/Güldner, Matthias/Klee, Andreas (Hrsg.), Politik und Regieren in Bremen. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 435–454.
  • Hepp, Andreas/Loosen, Wiebke (2019): Experimentally Developing a Relational Platform for Local Journalism. In: Media and Communication 2019, Vol. 7. Download als *.pdf.
  • Roeske, Adrian/Heitmann, Katharina (2019): Nutzer*innenwünsche an eine alternative Nachrichtenplattform. Co-Creation als Methode partizipativer Sozialforschung. In: Marion Brüggemann/Sabine Eder/Angela Tillmann (Hrsg.): Medienbildung für alle – Digitalisierung. Teilhabe. Vielfalt. Schriften zur Medienpädagogik 55. München: kopaed, 161-174. Download als *.pdf.

Background of is part of the project “Tinder die Stadt – Software-related scenarios to overcome the crisis of mediatized public in the city and surrounding area”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Starting points of the project are the creeping loss of relevance of traditional regional media and the lack of compensation through digital offers. Existing offers are not sufficiently used, especially by younger people. Accordingly, new concepts are needed that meet the needs of individual users and the local public as a whole.

Three research institutions from Bremen and Hamburg have joined forces for this project: the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib), the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute in Hamburg.

The experimental app will initially be developed for the state of Bremen and the surrounding districts. For the future, an expansion of the application area is also conceivable. Further information can be found on the website of the research and development project in the “Communicative Figurations” research network ( is a joined project of:

University Bremen
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Institut for Information Management Bremen GmbH
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