Dr. Judith Kretzschmar

Dr. Judith Kretzschmar

Research Fellow

Institute of Communication and Media Studies
Nikolaistraße 27-29, Room 3.02
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 35843
Fax: +49 341 97 - 31135750


Research Assistant at the Centre for Journalism and Democracy at Leipzig University (JoDem), focusing on journalism competence and trust research.

Born in Erfurt, trained as a library assistant, A-levels for second chance education. Magister in communication and media studies and theatre studies at Leipzig University. Academic researcher in the DFG (German Research Fund) research project "Programme history of GDR television" and ass. Professor at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at Leipzig University (Department Media Science/Media Culture). Ph.D. degree with thesis about "Heimat" in GDR television. This resulted in a current project: "Unknown Images. Saxon local television in the post-reunification period". She is also on the board of the Research Center for the History of Transformation at Leipzig University and a member of the researcher’s "Study Group of Broadcasting and History" and the "Center for Science and Research | Media".

Professional career

  • since 04/2019
  • 04/2021 - 08/2021
  • 08/2019 - 08/2021
  • since 06/2017
  • since 06/2016
  • 10/2015 - 10/2016
  • 06/2009 - 05/2010
  • 04/2009 - 02/2019
  • 01/2009 - 03/2021
  • 04/2008 - 03/2009
  • 03/2005 - 03/2008
  • 11/2003 - 07/2004
  • 10/2003 - 08/2007


  • 10/2012
  • 09/2003
  • Journalismuskompetenz und Vertrauensforschung
  • Kultur- und Transformationsforschung; Systemwandel in Ostdeutschland
  • Sächsisches Lokalfernsehen in der frühen Nachwendezeit
  • zeitgeschichtliche Forschung, Oral-History
  • gesellschaftliche, politische und historische Dimensionen des individuellen und audiovisuell vermittelten Heimatbegriffs
  • Theorie, Geschichte und Analyse audiovisueller Medien, insbesondere Film und Fernsehen
  • Center for Journalism and Democracy
    Beiler, Markus
    Duration: 04/2019 – ongoing
    Funded by: SMWK Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Institut für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft; Allgemeine Didaktik und Schulpädagogik des Sekundarbereichs; Politisches System Deutschlands und Politik in Europa; Journalismusforschung; Medienkompetenz und Aneignungsforschung; Politische Bildung und Bildungssysteme
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  • Heimat today - or: Everyone has his / her Nest in his / her Head. Transformations into United Germany in the Mirror of Saxon Local Television Programmes (1990-1995), and their Current Relevance
    Steinmetz, Rüdiger
    Duration: 08/2019 – 01/2023
    Funded by: Andere öffentliche Bereiche
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
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  • Evaluation of the institutions and measures to commemorate the Peaceful Revolution of fall 1989 in Leipzig
    Brunner, Detlev
    Duration: 11/2023 – 08/2024
    Funded by: Andere öffentliche Bereiche
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Institut für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft; Geschichte des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts
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more projects

  • Steinmetz, R.; Kretzschmar, J.
    Abbruch, Umbruch, Aufbruch: Programme des sächsischen Lokalfernsehens in der Nachwendezeit 1990–1995.
    In: Krüger, U.; Borchers, N. (Eds.)
    Transformation der Medien - Medien der Transformation. Frankfurt/M.: Westend . 2021.
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  • Kretzschmar, J.; Steinmetz, R.
    The Great Transformation in Germany of 1989/90 from the View of Local Television (1990-1995).
    VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture. 2022. 11 (22). pp. 36–48.
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more publications

  • Media Theories. Text Reading and its Application on Everyday Problems

  • What We See and What We Understand - The Power of Audiovisual Information and of Presentation Formats

  • Film Theory - Text and Contexts

  • Access to Film and Television Analysis

  • Digital Storytelling - Trans- and crossmedia storyworlds

  • Hybride Genres in Cinema and Television

  • Media Analysis

  • Media History

  • Theories of Film Aesthetics

  • Theory and Practice of Film Montage

  • Film History from the Beginnings until Today

  • Heimatfilm