Lea Hellmueller

Assistant Professor, Journalism
Phone: +1.806.834.6380
Office: 402
Office Hours: TR 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Email: lea.hellmueller@ttu.edu
Web:  http://
Classes Taught: 
  • JOUR 3310 – News Presentation I
  • JOUR 4301 – Sports, Social Media, & Scandals

Dr. Hellmueller's research agenda focuses on journalism's professional roles and performances in a digital and transnational news environment. Her main interest is to research, teach, and learn more about transnational journalism cultures, the institutionalizing process of new agents in the journalistic field (the quality or quantity of participatory journalism and what forms of participation it entails), comparative media systems, sports and scandals in a digital news environment, as well as how new business models transform journalism (thanks to her years spent in the US academic field).

Dr. Hellmueller is currently the co-investigator of the Journalistic Role Performance Around The Globe Project, heading and coordinating research activities in 25 countries together with principal investigator, Prof. Claudia Mellado (University of Santiago, Chile): www.journalisticperformance.org. An edited book on the project in cooperation with Prof. Mellado and Prof. Donsbach (Dresden University of Technology, Germany) has been submitted to Routledge in July 2013.

Dr. Hellmueller's work, mostly focusing on journalism's professional roles and performances in a digital and transnational news environment, has appeared in academic journals such as Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Communication Research Trends as well as in book chapters published in German and English.

Prior to her current position she was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas – Austin (January-May 2013), visiting researcher at the University of Santiago and Fulbright student and Swiss NSF scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism (2010-2012). Her dissertation—under contract with Palgrave to be published in 2014—was a joint supervision between the Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, her home country. Dr. Hellmueller has taught courses on international media systems and master thesis seminars (University of Fribourg), global communication (University of Missouri, Columbia) and guest-lectured on a variety of topics at UT Austin, the University of Missouri, the University of Fribourg, the Free University of Brussels (Belgium), and Stanford University.

Leadership / awards:
Dr. Hellmueller's dissertation proposal on The Washington DC Media Corps in the 21st Century: Social and Truth-Seeking Relations Among Correspondents and Political Sources - won best paper award in intercultural communication at the World Communication Association conference in Ireland (2009). She was also awarded a one-year Fulbright scholarship in 2010/2011. Furthermore, Dr. Hellmueller was the recipient of the Swiss NSF fellowship for prospective researchers in 2011/2012, a four-weeks research grant from the Chilean Research Council in 2013, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss NSF in 2013.

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