Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler

Professor of Communication Science

Research interests

  • Political Communication
  • Digital Journalism
  • Technology and Politics
  • Emotions
  • Framing
  • News Processing
  • Experimental Research

Sophie Lecheler is Professor of Communication Science with a focus on Political Communication at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna.

She previously worked at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam as an Associate Professor. Sophie holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, and master's degrees from the University of Munich (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK). She also previously worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Her work has been published in a wide range of international journals, such as Communication Research, Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Journalism Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Psychology, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journalism, Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, and the International Journal of Press/Politics. For an overview of all her publications, see here.

Literatur für die Abschlussprüfung – MA Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Diese Literatur gilt für StudentInnen im deutschsprachigen Masterstudium.

Literature for the final exam – MSc Communication Science
This topic list is relevant for students of the english-speaking Communication Science master program.

Office hours winter term 2023/24

Tuesday, 13-14h, @office Kolingasse, 6.53 
Consultation hours are by appointment only.

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Dienstags, 13-14 Uhr, Kolingasse, Raum 6.53

Kolingasse 14, 1090 Wien

Zi. 6.53
T: +43-1-4277-493 75
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Peer reviewed Journals

  • Chu, X., Vliegenthart, R., Otto, L., Lecheler, S., De Vreese, C., & Kruikemeier, S. (2024). Do Online Ads Sway Voters? Understanding the Persuasiveness of Online Political Ads. Political Communication, 41(2), 290–314. doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2023.2276104
  • Chu, X., Otto, L., Vliegenthart, R., Lecheler, S., de Vreese, C., & Kruikemeier, S. (2023). On or off topic? Understanding the effects of issue-related political targeted ads. Information, Communication & Society, 1–27. doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2023.2265978
  • Lecheler, S., Gattermann, K., & Aaldering, L. (2023). Disinformation and the Brussels bubble: EU correspondents’ concerns and competences in a digital age. Journalism, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/14648849231188259
  • Bos, L., Laura Egelhofer, J., & Lecheler, S. (2023). Short but Critical?: How “Fake News” and “Anti Elitist” Media Attacks Undermine Perceived Message Credibility on Social Media. Communication Research, 00936502231178432. https://doi.org/10.1177/00936502231178432
  • Mellado, C., Márquez-Ramírez, M., Van Leuven, S., Jackson, D., Mothes, C., Arcila-Calderón, C., Berthaut, J., Blanchett, N., Boudana, S., Chen, K. Y. N., Davydov, S., De Maio, M., Fahmy, N., Ferrero, M., Garcés, M., Hagen, L., Hallin, D. C., Humanes, M. L., Himma-Kadakas, M., … Viveros Aguilar, D. (2023). Comparing Journalistic Role Performance Across Thematic Beats: A 37-Country Study. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 10776990231173890. https://doi.org/10.1177/10776990231173890
  • Mellado, C., Blanchett, N., Stępińska, A., Mothes, C., Lecheler, S., Blanco-Herrero, D., Chen, Y.-N. K., Cohen, A., Davydov, S., Maio, M. D., Dingerkus, F., Garcés-Prettel, M., Gousset, C., Hallin, D. C., Humanes, L., Himma-Kadakas, M., Kozman, C., Lee, M., Lin, C. I.-H., … Zhao, X. (2023). Does News Platform Matter? Comparing Online Journalistic Role Performance to Newspaper, Radio, and Television, Digital Journalism, DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2023.2191332
  • Schäfer, S., Aaldering, L., & Lecheler, S. (2023). “Give Me a Break!” Prevalence and Predictors of Intentional News Avoidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Mass Communication and Society, 26(4), 671–694. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2022.2125406
  • Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S. & Vliegenthart, R. (2022). What is holding us back? We should be looking ahead! Considerations about open science practices in Journalism Studies. Digital Journalism, DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2022.2116722
  • Matthes, J., Hirsch, M., Stubenvoll, M., Binder, A., Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S., & Otto, L. (2022). Understanding the democratic role of perceived online political micro-targeting: longitudinal effects on trust in democracy and political interest, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2021.2016542
  • Jaidka, K., Zhou, A., Lelkes, Y., Egelhofer, J. L., & Lecheler, S. (2022). Beyond Anonymity: Network Affordances, Under Deindivuation, Improve Social Media Discussion Quality. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 27(1).
  • Egelhofer, J. L., Aaldering, L., & Lecheler, S. (2021). Delegitimizing the Media? Mapping Politicians’ Media Criticism on Social Media. Journal of Language and Politics. https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.20081.ege
  •  de Bruin, K., Goutier, N., de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., & Lecheler, S. (2021). From "Cool Observer" to "Emotional Participant": The Practice of Immersive Journalism, Journalism Studies, ONLINE FIRST. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2021.1956364.
  • Boyer, M. M., Aaldering, L., & Lecheler, S. (2020). Motivated Reasoning in Identity Politics: Group Status as a Moderator of Political Motivations. Political Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0032321720964667.
  • Aaldering, L., Egelhofer, J. L., & Lecheler, S. (2020). Nieuwe uitdagingen voor de journalistiek in het tijdperk van nepnieuws. Doen, durven of de waarheid?, 87-103.
  • Lecheler, S. (2020). Dan, Viorela: Integrative framing analysis: framing health through words and visuals. Publizistik, 65, 663–664. DOI:10.1007/s11616-020-00604-5.
  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., & Lecheler, S. (2020). The Advancement of methods in the Field of Journalism Studies. Journalism Studies, ONLINE FIRST.
  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S. & Lecheler, S. (2020). Meeting the digital demand through a multi-perspective methodological approach. Journalism Studies, 21, 7, 857-862. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1752290.
  • de Bruin, K., de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., & Lecheler, S. (2020). A first-person promise? A content analysis of immersive journalism. Journalism. DOI: 10.1177/1464884920922006.
  • Egelhofer, J. L., Aaldering, L., Eberl, J. M., Galyga, S., & Lecheler, S. (2020). From Noveltyto Normalization? How Journalists Use the Term “Fake News” in their Reporting. Journalism Studies, DOI:10.1080/146167X.2020.1745667.
  • Lecheler, S.(2020).The emotional turn in journalism needs to be about audience perceptions, Digital Journalism, DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2019.1708766.
  • Otto, L., Lecheler, S. & Schuck, A.R.T. (2020). Is context the key? The (non-)differential effects of mediated incivility in three European countries. Political Communication, 37, 88-107, DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2019.1663324.
  • Boomgaarden, H., Matthes, J. & Lecheler, S. (2019). Setting the agenda for research on media and migration: state-of-the-art and directions for future research, Mass Communication and Society, 22, 691-707, DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2019.1688059.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1080/23808985.2019.1602782.
  • Lecheler, S. (2019). Framing effects in political communication. In S. Maisel (Ed.). Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. New York: Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0269.
  • Metz, M., Kruikemeier, S., & Lecheler, S. (2019). Personalization of politics on Facebook: examining the content and effects of professional, emotional and private self- personalization. Information, Communication & Society, 1-18.
  • Van 't Riet, J., Schaap, G., Kleemans, M., Veiling, H., & Lecheler, S. (2019). On different sides: investigating the persuasive effects of anger expression in political news messages. Political Psychology, 40 (4), 837-857, DOI: 10.1111 /pops.12554.
  • Bartholomé, G., Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C. (2018). Towards A typology of conflict frames: Substantiveness and interventionism in political conflict news. Journalism Studies, 19(12), 1689-1711.
  • Kruikemeier, S. & Lecheler, S. (2018). News consumer perceptions of new journalistic sourcing techniques. Journalism Studies, 19(5), 632-649.
  • van Leuven, S., Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S. & Hermans, L. (2018). Online and Newsworthy: Have online sources changed journalism? Digital Journalism, 6(7), 798-806.
  • Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S. & Boyer, M. M. (2018). Learning from news on different media platforms: An eye-tracking experiment. Political Communication, 35(1), 75-96.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2017). News media, knowledge, and political interest: Evidence of a dual role from a field experiment. Journal of Communication, 67(4), 545- 564.
  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S., Smit, G., & van der Nat, R. (2017). When does an infographic say more than a thousand words? Audience evaluations of news visualizations. Journalism Studies, 19(9), 1-19.
  • Lecheler, S., & Kruikemeier, S. (2016). Re-evaluating journalistic routines in a digital age: A review of research on the use of online sources. New Media & Society, 18(1), 156-171.
  • Bos, L., Lecheler, S., & Vliegenthart, R., (2016). It’s the frame that matters: Immigration and media framing effects in the Netherlands. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 55, 97-108.
  • Feinholdt, A., Schuck, A.R.T., Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2016). Shifting frames: Conditional indirect effects of contested issues on perceived effectiveness through multiple emotions. Journal of Media Psychology, 29(2), 81-91, DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000165.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2016). How long do news framing effects last? A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Communication Yearbook 40, 3-30.
  • Kruikemeier, S. & Lecheler, S. (2016). Re-evaluating journalistic routines in a digital age: A review of research on the use of online sources. New Media & Society, 18(1), 156-171.
  • Lecheler, S., Wurff, van der R.& de Swert, K. (2016). News Quality and Public Opinion: The Impact of Deliberative Quality of News Media on Citizens' Argument Repertoire. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, IJPOR. 30(2), 233-256, DOI: 10.1093/ijpor/edw024.
  • Lecheler, S., Nelson, T. E., Schuck, A. R., & de Vreese, C.H. (2015). Value poaching: Framing the same values for competing political ends. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2881–2902.
  • Bartholomé, G., Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C. H. (2015). Manufacturing conflict? How journalists intervene in the conflict frame building process. International Journal of Press/Politics, 20(4), 438-457.
  • Bos, L., Lecheler, S. & Vliegenthart, R. (2015). The mediating role of emotions: News framing effects and opinions about immigration. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(4), 812-838.
  • Hänggli, R., Keer, M., Lecheler, S. & Schuck, A.R.T. (2015). The effects of repetitive news framing on political opinions over time. Communication Monographs, 82(3), 339-358.
  • Lecheler, S. (2013). Reporting for Europe: How Brussels correspondents shape the EU communication deficit. Latvian Interests in the EU, 3, 31-37.
  • Lecheler, S., Schuck, A.R.T., & de Vreese, C.H. (2013). Dealing with feelings: Cognitive and affective framing effects. Communications – European Journal of Communication Research, 38(2), 189-209.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2013) What a difference a day makes? The effects of repetitive and competitive news framing over time. Communication Research, 40(2), 147-175.
  • Baden, C. & Lecheler, S. (2012). Fleeting, fading, or far-reaching? A knowledge-based model of the persistence of framing effects. Communication Theory, 22, 359-382.
  • Konohovs, A. & Lecheler, S. (2012). Latvian Journalism and the European Union: A Brussels and Riga Perspective. Media Transformation, 8, 152-177.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2012). News framing and public opinion: A mediation analysis. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 89(2), 185-204.
  • Martins, A.; Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2012). Information flow and communication deficit: Perceptions of Brussels-based correspondents and EU officials. Journal of European Integration, 34(4), 305-322.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2011) Getting Real: The Duration of Framing Effects. Journal of Communication, 61, 959–983.
  • Hinrichsen, M. & Lecheler, S., (2010). Role conceptions of Brussels correspondents from new member states. Javnost-The Public, 17, 73-86.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2010). Framing Serbia. The effects of news framing on public support for EU enlargement. European Political Science Review, 2.73-93.
  • Lecheler, S., de Vreese, C.H. & Slothuus, R. (2009). Issue Importance as a moderator of framing effects. Communication Research, 36(3), 400-425.
  • Lecheler, S. (2008). EU membership and the press. An analysis of the Brussels correspondents from the new member states. Journalism, 9(4), 443-464.

Book Chapters

  • Egelhofer, J. & Lecheler, S. (2021). Consumption of misinformation and disinformation. In: H. Tumber & S. Waisbord (eds.). The Routledge Companio to Media Misinformation and Populism. Routledge.
  • Aaldering, L., Egelhofer, J. L., & Lecheler, S. (2020).Nieuwe uitdagingen voor de journalistiek in het tijdperk van nepnieuws [New Challenges for Journalism in the Age of Fake News]. In: de Ridder, J., Vliegenthart, R., & Zuure, J. (eds.): Doen, durven of de waarheid?Democratie in digitale tijden [Truth or dare? Democracy in a Digital era]. Amsterdam University Press, 87-103.
  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., & Lecheler, S. (2019). The use and verification of online sources in the news production process. In J. E. Katz & K. K. Mays (Eds.), Journalism and truth in an age of social media Journalism (pp. 167-181). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Boyer, M. M., Kruikemeier, S. & Lecheler, S. (2019). Learning From News on Different Media Platforms: An Eye-Tracking Experiment. In L. Bode & E. K. Vraga (eds.). Studying Politics Across Media. Routledge.
  • Lecheler, S. (2018). Down the rabbit hole: Integrating emotions into news framing effectsresearch. In D’Angelo, P. (ed.). Doing News Framing Analysis II (pp. 111-129). Routledge.
  • de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., Lecheler, S., Smit, G., &; Van der Nat, R. (2018). Audience uses and evaluations of news visualizations: when does an infographic say more than a thousand words. In A. Nguyen (Ed.), News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World (pp. 191-208). New York/London: Bloomsbury Publishing USA.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2017). Framing theory. In Mazzoleni et al. (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of political communication (pp. 404-412). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2012). News framing research: An overview and account of new developments. In H. A. Semetko & M. Scammell (eds.). The Sage Handbook of Political Communication (pp. 292-306). London: Sage.
  • Lecheler, S., & de Vreese, C. H. (2011). Wie “langlebig” sind Framing Effekte? In: M. Suckfüll, H. Schramm, & C. Wünsch (eds.). Rezeption und Wirkung in zeitlicher Perspektive (pp. 185-198). Baden-Baden: Nomos.


  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2021). Journal of Media Psychology. DOI: 10.4324/9871315208077.
  • Lecheler, S. & de Vreese, C.H. (2018). News Framing Effects. Routledge, London. 
  • Lecheler, S. (2010). Framing Politics. PhD Dissertation, University of Amsterdam.