Dipl. Online Journalist Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer

Researcher / Managing Editor European Journalism Observatory 

Research focus

International media systems and journalism cultures, journalism education, press freedom

Curriculum Vitae

  • Until end of 2021 managing editor of the German website of the European Journalism Observatory, Erich Brost Institute
  • Since October 2019 Research associate at the Institute for Journalism, TU Dortmund University (Management assistant, Public Relations)
  • 2017-2019 Researcher in the project "New skills for the next generation of journalists" (NEWSREEL), funded by Erasmus+, Erich Brost Institute
  • 2010-2019 Lecturer at the Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund University
  • 2014-2015 Head of the journalism education program for high school students at Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS-Medienwerkstatt)
  • 2010-2013 and 2017 Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe, Iserlohn (former Business and Information Technology School - BiTS)
  • 2011 and 2017 teaching assignments at the Institut d'études politiques Toulouse (France) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland) with the Erasmus staff mobility program
  • 2007-2009 Lecturer and research assistant in Media Studies at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Freelance journalist
  • 2006-2007 Online editor at Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2001-2005 Student in the Online-Journalism program, Hochschule Darmstadt – University of Applied Sciences. Degree: “Diplom”
  • 2002-2005 Scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer foundation (“Journalistische Nachwuchsförderung” – program for promoting young journalists)
  • Intern and freelance journalist for several media, e.g. Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany) and  Ouest France (France)


  • Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina / Leihs, Nadia (2021). Module 12. Towards Collaborative Coverage of Migration. In UNESCO (Ed.), Reporting on Migrants and Refugees. Handbook for Journalism Educators. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Von Nordheim, G., Bettels-Schwabbauer, T., Di Salvo, P., Kennedy, P., Kiss, K. R., Kús, M., Pinto Martinho, A., Stefanikova, S. & Telo, D. (2021). The State of Europeanisation: between Clash and Convergence. A comparison of the media coverage of the 2019 European Elections in seven countries. Revista Mediterránea de Comunicación/Mediterranean Journal of Communication, 12(1), 95-113. https://www.doi.org/10.14198/MEDCOM000021
  • Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina / Kennedy, Paula (2020): Reporting on the pandemic: The ethical challenges facing journalists. In: Ethical Space - The International Journal of Communication, 17 (3/4), pp. 12-19.
  • Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina / Torbó, Annamária (2020). Journalism education in Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Romania: A call for change? In: Communicative Space – Political Space, 11th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference, 2018, pp. 37-43. 
  • Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina: Book review of: Nowak, Eva (ed.): Accreditation and assessment of journalism education in Europe: quality evaluation and stakeholder influence (Aktuell. Studien zum Journalismus, Band 15). Publizistik (2020). doi.org/10.1007/s11616-020-00584-6
  • Fengler, Susanne, Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina: Kommunikation der Kommunikationswissenschaft – ein Anfang ist gemacht. In: Aviso -  Informationsdienst der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, No. 2, 2019, pp. 28-29.
  • Bettels-Schwabbauer, Tina / Leihs, Nadia / Polyák, Gábor / Torbó, Annamária / Pinto Martinho, Ana / Crespo, Miguel / Radu, Raluca (2018): New Skills for the Next Generation of Journalists. Research Report. 2018. Available online.
  • Fengler, Susanne / Bettels, Tina / Kreutler, Marcus (2016): Kein Sinn fürs Europäische. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ),  February 27, p. 11. Also available online
  • Fengler, Susanne / Bettels, Tina (2012): Die international vergleichende Perspektive in der Journalistik. In: Dernbach, Beatrice/Loosen, Wiebke (eds.): Didaktik der Journalistik. Best-Practice-Beispiele aus der Journalistenausbildung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2012, pp. 365-391. 
  • Bettels, Tina (2012): Training for future media makers: Anthology presents exemplary journalism strategies (book review). In: Studies in Communication Sciences, 12(1), p. 62. 
  • Bettels, Tina (2012): Lokal international. Kurzporträts des Lokaljournalismus in anderen Ländern. In: Dossier Lokaljournalismus der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Online publication
  • Fengler,  Susanne / Bettels, Tina / Sträter, Andreas / Trilling, Mariella (2011): Die Illusion von Transparenz. In: message - Internationale Zeitschrift für Journalismus, (3), pp.82-85. 
  • Several publications on the website of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO) and in Journalistik Journal


  • 2021, May: Cross-border journalism education: intercultural competences are indispendable. Paper presented at the annual conference of the ‚Journalism and Education‘ Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), virtual conference.
  • 2019, October: Democracy brings us together - How to reinforce trust in the EU through transparency, ethics in politics and respect for European values. Panel discussion at the Civil Society Media Seminar of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Malaga, Spain.
  • 2019, October: Teaching Collaborative Cross-Border Journalism - Insights from the NEWSREEL Project. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), Dortmund. (together with Nadia Leihs).
  • 2019, July: Journalism education vs. media reality in Central and Eastern Europe. Paper presented at the World Journalism Education Congress, Paris, France.
  • 2019, July: Teaching well-tried and new skills for journalists. Paper presented at the World Journalism Education Congress, Paris, France. (together with Nadia Leihs)
  • 2019, Juni: Best practice der Zusammenarbeit von Journalistinnen und Journalisten in Europa. Panel discussion at the "German-Polish media days" in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • 2018, September: Cross-border collaboration in journalism, and how it is conveyed in journalism education in Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Romania - a cross-national analysis. Paper presented at the conference "Journalism across Borders. The Production and 'Produsage' of News in the Era of Transnationalization, Destabilization and Algorithmization" of the Journalism Studies Division and the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Ilmenau, Germany. (together with Nadia Leihs)
  • 2018, May: Journalism education in Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Romania: A call for change? Paper presented at the Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM) in Szeged, Hungary. (together with Annamária Torbó)
  • 2016, November: Is pan-European journalism possible? Is there a European public sphere? Keynote at the conference “Journalism and Adult Education” of the EU project “Let Europe know about Adult Education“, Akademie Klausenhof, Hamminkeln, Germany.
  • 2016, February: Status quo der Journalistenausbildung in Polen, Tschechien und Albanien. Presentation at a doctoral colloquium at the conference „Freiheit und Journalismus“ of the Journalism Studies Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Wilhelmshaven, Germany. 
  • 2014, April: The state of journalism education in Poland, the Czech Republic and Albania 25 years after the collapse of communism. Paper presented at the Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM), Wroclaw, Poland. 
  • 2012, September: Transparency in journalism – in which ways do editorial departments in Europe allow their audience to engage in editorial processes? Results of an international comparative study. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Polish Communication Association, Gdansk, Poland.
  • 2011, June: Transparenz im Journalismus – inwieweit lassen Redaktionen in Europa ihr Publikum an redaktionellen Prozessen teilhaben? Ergebnisse einer vergleichenden Studie. Paper presented at the annual conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Dortmund, Germany.