Mag. Jana Laura Egelhofer

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Mag. Jana Laura Egelhofer

Universitätsassistentin (Prae-Doc)

Main Research Areas and Interests

  • Fake news and disinformation
  • (Political) Media criticism
  • Media perceptions

 Jana Laura Egelhofer is a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. She works in the Political Communication Research Group, chaired by Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler. Her main research topics include fake news, media criticism by politicians, media perceptions and disinformation.

In her Ph.D. project, Jana Laura Egelhofer investigates how the ‘fake news’ term has been instrumentalized by politicians in order to discredit critical news outlets, how this and other incidents of media criticism affect citizens’ media perceptions.


Jana Laura Egelhofer teaches a Research Practice Seminar (FOPRAX) in the Bachelor Journalism and Communication Studies.

Before starting her Ph.D., Jana Laura Egelhofer completed the Master in Communication Science (with distinction) at the University of Vienna.


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Recent Publications

  • Aaldering, L., Egelhofer, J. L., & Lecheler, S. (2020): Nieuwe uitdagingen voor de ournalistiek in het tijdperk van nepnieuws [New Challenges for Journalism in the Age of Fake New]. In: de Ridder, J., Vliegenthart, R., Zuure, J. (Ed.): Doen, durven of de waarheid? Democratie in digitale tijden [Truth or dare? Democracy in a Digital era]. Amsterdam University Press, 87-103.
  • Egelhofer, J. L., Aaldering, L., Eberl, J. M., Galyga, S., Lecheler, S. (2020). From Novelty to Normalization? How Journalists Use the Term “Fake News” in their Reporting. Journalism Studies, 21 (10), 1323 - 1343.
  • Egelhofer, J. L., & Lecheler, S. (2019). Fake news as a two-dimensional phenomenon: a framework and research agenda. Annals of the International Communication Association, 43(2), 97-116.
  • Egelhofer, J. & Lecheler, S. (2018). Das Fake News-Phänomen - eine Einordnung. Historische Sozialkunde, 4, 3-9.