Nadia Leihs (M.A.)


Curriculum Vitae

  • October 2017 to August 2020 – Researcher for Erasmus+ project "Newsreel - New skills for the next generation of journalists"
  • September 2017 to August 2020 – certificate programm “Didactics in Higher Education”, ‘Center for Higher Education, TU Dortmund
  • October 2014 to December 2017 – coordinator for the Erich Brost Institute's project “Ombudsmen in Tunisia”
  • February 2013 to March 2015 – Project Consultant for the Orient-Institute Beirut’s (OIB) project “Media Culture in Transformation" in Cairo
  • November 2012 to November 2014 – Research Fellow at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
  • November 2011 to July 2012 – Field Research in Cairo, Egypt (sponsored by a scholarship of the DAAD)
  • June 2010 to June 2011 – Teaching Assignment, University Dortmund, Planning Education in Iraq (pliq)
  • since April 2010 – Ph.D. Candidate at the University Erfurt, Seminar of Communication Studies
  • 2009 – Certificate „German as a foreign language“, University Kassel
  • June 2008 to March 2011 – Instructor for Input (occupational safety education), Dortmund
  • 2008 – Diploma in History, Political Science and Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • September 2007 to April 2008 – Research Trip to Jordan (sponsored by a scholarship of the Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung)
  • 2000 to 2002 Journalistic Trainee Program at the taz, die tageszeitung, Bochum and Berlin
  • 1997 to 1998 Voluntary Ecological Year with the BUNDjugend Rheinland-Pfalz (Youth Department of the Environmental NGO BUND), Bad Kreuznach
  • 1997 – Graduation, Elisabeth-Langgässer-Gymnasium, Alzey
  • since 1996 freelance journalist, i.a. Allgemeine Zeitung (Alzey/Bad Kreuznach), Öffentlicher Anzeiger (Bad Kreuznach), Ruhrnachrichten (Dortmund), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Köln/Dortmund), Radio Bremen, taz, die tageszeitung (Berlin/Bochum), Jordan Times (Amman), EJO, Straßen.NRW

Main research topics

qualitative social research, gender and equality, political and social transformations, history of journalism, Arab media systems, newsroom research


  • with Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tabea Grzeszyk and Altaf Ullah Khan: Cross-border journalism education. Intercultural understanding is key. In: Rothenberger, Liane, Martin Löffelholz and David Weaver (Hg.): The Palgrave Handbook of Cross-Border Journalism (forthcoming)
  • with Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer: Towards collaborative coverage of migration. In: UNESCO Model Curriculum Media and Migration (forthcoming)
  • Restrictions for independent media accountability in Egypt. Challenges and Future Directions. In: Fengler, Susanne, Isabella Kurkowski and Monika Lengauer (Hg.): Media Accountability in the MENA region. Pilot Study, pp 33-48. Dortmund, 2021. DOI: 10.17877/DE290R-21921. Online
  • with Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer: Collaborative Journalism. Ten E-Learning moduls. Dortmund and Pécs, 2019. Online
  • with Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer et. al.: Newsreel. New Skills for the Next Generation of Journalists. Research Report. Dortmund and Pécs, 2018, Online
  • with Amirouche Nedjaa (ed.): Handbuch für Medien-Ombudsleute [in Arabic]. Dortmund and Tunis, 2016, Online
  • Review „Hamidi, Kefa: Zwischen Information und Mission. Journalisten in Afghanistan: Berufliche Merkmale, Einstellungen und Leistungen“. In: Publizistik November 2016, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 481–483. Wiesbaden, 2016, Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/s11616-016-0290-8. Online
  • with Hend Aly: Public Debate or Power Play? Reflections on Egypt's 2012 constitution in the transitional period. In: Hanan Badr: Media Culture in Transformation. Political communication, Social Networking and Transition in Egypt. 2016. Orient-Institut Studies 4. Bonn, 2016, Max Weber Foundation. Online
  • Persisting Powers, Financial Shackles and Political Polarisation. The Egyptian Media System in Transition. In: Nadja-Christina Schneider and Carola Richter (ed.) New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World. Baden-Baden, 2015, Nomos.
  • with Maria Röder-Tzellos: Political Communication Research in the Middle East. In: Gianpietro Mazzoleni (Ed.): The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. 1–8. New York, 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118541555.wbiepc211.
  • The Delay in the Transition of the Egyptian Media System. Distractions, Old Habits, Crossing the Lines. In: Schmidt, Christoph (ed.): The Arab World. The Role of Media in the Arab World's Transformation Process. Symposium Proceedings Deutsche Welle Media Dialogue. International Media Studies Band 4. Bonn, 2012, Vistas.
  • Die Situation der Frauen in Jordanien. Parallelgesellschaften zwischen religiöser Rückbesinnung und wirtschaftlichem Modernisierungszwang. Düsseldorf, 2008, Heinz Kühn Foundation. Online


  • September 6th, 2019: A Case Study. Mada Masr - A Progressive Voice in Egypt and Beyond. Vortrag bei Konferenz "Regime-Critical Media and Arab Diaspora. Challenges and Opportunities post-Arab Spring", Universität Kopenhagen.
  • July 9th, 2019: Teaching Well-tried and New Skills for Journalists (mit Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer). Vortrag beim 5th World Journalism Education Congress in Paris.
  • September 28th, 2018: Cross-border collaboration in journalism, and how it is conveyed in journalism education in Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Romania – a cross-national analysis (mit Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer). Vortrag bei Konferenz “Journalism across borders. The Production and ‘Produsage’ of News in the Era of Transnationalization, Destabilization and Algorithmization”, Technische Universität Ilmenau.
  • December 9th, 2016: Analysing State Media Houses in Egypt. Paper presented during the conference „Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt“, Freie Universität Berlin, 08-10 December 2016
  • December 11th, 2015: The Egyptian Media in Transition. Reform Movements, Resistances and Other Obstacles. Paper presented during the workshop „Media and the Politics of Transformation in the Arab world and Asia, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • March 2nd, 2015: Inside the newsrooms: Change and processes in the newspapers after the Revolution. Paper presented during the conference „Media Culture Transformation“ in Cairo.
  • April 29th, 2014: Introduction to the opening of the exhibition „No Pictures Please! Kritischer Journalismus in Ägypten seit den Umbrüchen 2013“ im Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost Studien der Universität Marburg
  • November 29th, 2013: Persisting Powers, Fragmentation and Trust. Transforming the Egyptian Media System. Paper presented at the conference „New Media Configurations - Changing Societies? Current Research Perspectives on South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa“ in Berlin.
  • October 12th, 2012: Egypt 2012. Mapping an evolving media scene. Paper presented during the conference „Egypt Research Exchange Symposium: Asking Questions in Revolutionary Times“ in Kairo.
  • May 16th, 2012: There were more important things: The delay in the transition of the Egyptian media system. Paper presented during the Deutsche Welle Akademie's Media Dialogue „The Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process“ in Bonn.