- Hellmueller, L., Hase, V. and Lindner, P. (2022). Terrorist Organizations in the News: A Computational Approach to Measure Media Attention Toward Terrorism. Mass Communication and Society, 25(1), pp. 134–157. doi:10.1080/15205436.2021.1936068.
- Hellmueller, L., Lischka, J.A. and Humprecht, E. (2021). Shaping (non)-discursive social media spaces: Cross-national typologies of news organizations’ heavy commenters. New Media & Society, 23(11), pp. 3249–3267. doi:10.1177/1461444820946454.
- Waheed, M. and Hellmueller, L. (2021). Testing normative journalism models in the United States and Malaysia. Journal of Media and Communication Research (SEARCH), 13(2), pp. 87–100.
- Raemy, P., Hellmueller, L. and Beck, D. (2021). Journalists’ contributions to political life in Switzerland: Professional role conceptions and perceptions of role enactment. Journalism, 22(3), pp. 767–786. doi:10.1177/1464884918802542.
- Hellmueller, L. and Arias, V.S. (2020). Decisión 2016: Comparative Analysis of Journalistic Role Performance on Spanish- and English-language TV Networks. Journalism Practice, 14(4), pp. 447–464. doi:10.1080/17512786.2019.1625718.
- Eko, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2020). One meta-media event, two forms of censorship: The Charlie Hebdo affair in the United Kingdom and Turkey. Global Media and Communication, 16(1), pp. 75–101. doi:10.1177/1742766519899118.
- Humprecht, E., Hellmueller, L. and Lischka, J.A. (2020). Hostile Emotions in News Comments: A Cross-National Analysis of Facebook Discussions. Social Media + Society, 6(1), pp. 205630512091248–205630512091248. doi:10.1177/2056305120912481.
- Raemy, P., Beck, D. and Hellmueller, L. (2019). Swiss Journalists’ Role Performance. Journalism Studies, 20(6), pp. 765–782. doi:10.1080/1461670x.2018.1423631.
- Hellmueller, L. and Zhang, X. (2019). Shifting toward a humanized perspective? Visual framing analysis of the coverage of refugees onCNNandSpiegel Onlinebefore and after the iconic photo publication of Alan Kurdi. Visual Communication pp. 147035721983279–147035721983279. doi:10.1177/1470357219832790.
- Eko, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2018). To republish or not to republish: The “Je Suis Charlie” Mohammed cartoon and journalistic paradigms in a global context. International Communication Gazette, 80(3), pp. 207–229. doi:10.1177/1748048517727220.
- Almutairi, N., Alhabash, S., Hellmueller, L. and Willis, E. (2018). The Effects of Twitter Users’ Gender and Weight on Viral Behavioral Intentions Toward Obesity-Related News. Journal of Health Communication, 23(3), pp. 233–243. doi:10.1080/10810730.2018.1423648.
- Mellado, C., Hellmueller, L., Márquez-Ramírez, M., Humanes, M.L., Sparks, C., Stepinska, A. … Wang, H. (2017). The Hybridization of Journalistic Cultures: A Comparative Study of Journalistic Role Performance. Journal of Communication, 67(6), pp. 944–967. doi:10.1111/jcom.12339.
- Zhang, X. and Hellmueller, L. (2017). Visual framing of the European refugee crisis in Der Spiegel and CNN International: Global journalism in news photographs. International Communication Gazette, 79(5), pp. 483–510. doi:10.1177/1748048516688134.
- Hellmueller, L., Cheema, S.E. and Zhang, X. (2017). The Networks of Global Journalism. Journalism Studies, 18(1), pp. 45–64. doi:10.1080/1461670x.2016.1215254.
- Hellmueller, L. (2017). Gatekeeping beyond geographical borders: Developing an analytical model of transnational journalism cultures. International Communication Gazette, 79(1), pp. 3–25. doi:10.1177/1748048516656304.
- Izawan, M., Waheed, M. and Hellmueller, L. (2017). The Impact of Digital Media Platforms on the Ethnic-Based Political System in Malaysia. Communication Research Trends, 36(3).
- Hellmueller, L., Mellado, C., Blumell, L. and Huemmer, J. (2016). The Contextualization of the Watchdog and Civic Journalistic Roles: Reevaluating Journalistic Role Performance in U.S. Newspapers. Palabra Clave - Revista de Comunicación, 19(4), pp. 1072–1100. doi:10.5294/pacla.2016.19.4.6.
- Hellmueller, L. and Mellado, C. (2016). Watchdogs in Chile and the US: Comparing the Networks of Sources and Journalistic Role Performances. International Journal of Communication, 10.
- Arias, S. and Hellmueller, L. (2016). Hispanics-and-Latinos and the U.S. Media: New Issues for Future Research. Communication Research Trends, 35(2).
- Zhang, X. and Hellmueller, L. (2016). Transnational coverage of the ISIS threat: a global perspective? International Journal of Communication, 10.
- Hellmueller, L. and Li, Y. (2015). Contest Over Content. Journalism Practice, 9(5), pp. 617–633. doi:10.1080/17512786.2014.987553.
- Mellado, C. and Hellmueller, L. (2015). Professional roles and news construction: a media sociology conceptualization of journalists’ role conception and performance. Communication & Society, 28(3), pp. 1–11. doi:10.15581/003.28.3.1-11.
- Buhmann, A., Hellmueller, L. and Bosshart, L. (2015). Popular culture and communication practice. Communication Research Trends, 16(4).
- Tandoc, E.C., Hellmueller, L. and Vos, T.P. (2013). MIND THE GAP. Journalism Practice, 7(5), pp. 539–554. doi:10.1080/17512786.2012.726503.
- Hellmueller, L., Vos, T.P. and Poepsel, M.A. (2013). SHIFTING JOURNALISTIC CAPITAL? Journalism Studies, 14(3), pp. 287–304. doi:10.1080/1461670x.2012.697686.
- Hellmueller, L. and Aeschbacher, N. (2010). Factual entertainment and reality TV. Communication Research Trends, 29(4).
- Bosshart, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2009). Pervasive entertainment, ubiquitous entertainment. Communication Research Trends, 28(2).
London EC1V 0HB
Lea Hellmueller is an Academic (Lecturer/Assistant Professor) at City, University of London. Before joining City in 2022, She was Assistant Professor at the University of Houston and Texas Tech University, and visiting professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2017. She is also a former Fulbright researcher, recipient of two Swiss NSF fellowships and was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in 2019.
Fluent in multiple languages, Dr Hellmueller researches the role of media and journalism in a globalizing world, focusing on questions such as immigration, inequality, inequity, and digitization. She grew up in Switzerland and prior to joining academia worked as a journalist in Switzerland, South Africa, and the United States.
Lea Hellmueller is the author of The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century (Palgrave) and co-editor of Journalistic Role Performance: Concepts, Contexts, and Methods (Routledge). She is currently on the editorial boards of Journalism Practice and International Communication Gazette, serves as the Research Chair for the International Communication Division at AEJMC and as the North America Regional Lead for the Global Risk Journalism Hub.
2019: Faculty Research Award. Mass Communication & Society Research (MCS) Award from AEJMC
2018: Honorary Mention; Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year ICA / Journalism Studies Division:
Article: Mellado, C., Hellmueller, L., Marquez, M., Humanes, M., Sparks, C., et al. The Hybridization of Journalistic Cultures: A Comparative
Study of Journalistic Role Performance. Journal of Communication.
2018: Outstanding Research Award. School of Communication, University of Houston
2016: First Place Teaching Contest. International Communication Division Teaching Contest, AEJMC, 2016
2016: Top Faculty Paper. Third place in the 2016 Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition of the International Communication Division (ICD)
of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
2016: Top Paper Award, International Communication Association 2016, Fukuoka (Japan) (Global Communication and Social Change Division)
Grants and Fellowships
2020: Research Progress Grant, University of Houston, Early Career (Principal Investigator)
2018: Swiss NSF (SNF) Short-Term Visiting Researcher Grant for Research Project on Media and Terrorism, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
2015-18 Swiss NSF (SNF) Grant on Journalistic Role Performance in Switzerland (International Collaborator)
2013 Recipient of 2013 Swiss NSF (SNF) Early Postdoctoral Fellowship
2011 Recipient of Swiss NSF (SNF) Fellowship for Prospective Researcher
2010 Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship
- Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Department of Media and Communication Research, Dissertation co-supervision with University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, Switzerland / USA
- Postdoc, University of Texas at Austin, United States, Jan – Jun 2013
- Research Chair, International Communication Division, AEJMC, AEJMC, Aug 2021 – Aug 2022
- Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Sep – Dec 2019
- Visiting Professor, University of Zurich, Aug 2017 – Jan 2018
- Visiting Researcher, Universidad Panamericana, Jul – Aug 2017
- Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Sep 2016 – Jan 2022
- Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Sep 2013 – Jul 2016
English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), French (can read, write, speak and understand spoken), German (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), Spanish - Latin American (can read, write, speak and understand spoken) and Swiss German; Alemannic; Alsatian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).
Publications by category
- Mellado, C., Hellmueller, L. and Donsbach, W. (2016). Journalistic Role Performance Concepts, Contexts, and Methods. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-66768-1.
- Hellmüller, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2015). The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century The Source-Correspondent Relationship. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-349-48548-2.
- Raemy, P. and Hellmueller, L. (2021). Exploring Journalistic Cultures. In Dimitrova, D. (Ed.), Global Journalism Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Eko, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2019). The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack and European Journalistic Solidarity. The Charlie Hebdo Affair and Comparative Journalistic Cultures Human Rights Versus Religious Rites Springer Nature. ISBN 978-3-030-18079-9.
- Hellmueller, L., Cheema, S. and Zhang, X. (2019). The Networks of Global Journalism: Global news construction through the collaboration of startups with freelancers. In Vultee, F. and Wilkins, L. (Eds.), What Journalists Are Owed: How Structures, Systems and Audiences Enable News Work Today Routledge.
- Blumell, L. and Hellmueller, L. (2019). Celebrity Journalism. International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies Wiley.
- Hellmueller, L. and Li, Y. (2017). Constructing news with audiences: Longitudinal study of CNN’s integration of participatory journalism in its newscasts. In Franklin, B. and Eldridge, S. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies Routledge.
- Mellado, C., Hellmueller, L. and Weaver, D.H. (2016). Journalistic Role Performance: A New Research Agenda in a Digital and Global Media Environment. In Mellado, C., Hellmueller, L. and Donsbach, W. (Eds.), Journalistic Role Performance Concepts, Contexts, and Methods Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-66768-1.
- Hellmueller, L. (2015). Media structures and journalists’ truth-justification. In Vos, T.P. and Heindercyckx, F. (Eds.), Gatekeeping in Transition Routledge.
- Hellmueller, L. and Konow Lund, M. Transnational Journalism. International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies
- Hellmueller, L. and Mellado, C. Journalistic Role Performance and the Networked Media Agenda: A Comparison between the United States and Chile. In Guo, L. and McCombs, M. (Eds.), The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting Routledge.
Journal articles (27)
Editorial activity (2)
- Journalism Practice, Editoral Board, Jan 2021 – Jan 2025.
- International Communication Gazette, Editorial Advisory Board, Jan 2021 – Jan 2025.