Public evening lecture by Professor em. Dr. Hartmut Lenk (University of Helsinki, Department of Languages / German Studies)
as part of the 3rd international FI-DACH conference
Television news, especially public service broadcasting, is the most trusted source of information among the population in Finland and Germany (Newman et al. 2023). The presentation will first give a brief overview of TV news in the current media landscapes of Germany and Finland. The subsequent methodological part will briefly explain the principles of a media cultural linguistic approach as a holistic study of media communication and media culture and the concept of text type profiles of TV news.
In a comparison of the main public news programs in Germany (ARD-Tagesschau at 8 p.m., ZDF-Heute-Nachrichten at 7 p.m.) and Finland (Yle-Uutiset at 8:30 p.m.) and one news program from each country on a privately operated channel (RTL-Aktuell at 6:45 p.m. and Seitsemän uutiset from MTV3), the focus is on the repertoire and frequencies of the text types that occur. Editorial decisions on the use of media affordances are described as cultural practices: Medial forms (such as the concrete design of text types) are both an expression and a place of origin of journalistic cultures, which can have an influence on the attribution of meaning in the reception of multimodal news texts - 14 broadcasts each, namely the weeks of January 23-29, 2023 and December 4-10, 2023, serve as the basis for the analysis, in which similarities and differences in the text type profiles are to be worked out.
Hartmut Lenk studied German, English and education at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1976 to 1980 and received his doctorate there in 1987 in the field of German language. From 1988 to 2014, he worked as a (university) lecturer for German at the University of Helsinki, where he was awarded a university lectureship (dosentti) in 2004. After taking up a temporary professorship in German Studies in 2014, he was appointed full professor of German Linguistics at the University of Helsinki in 2017, a position he held until his retirement in 2021. His research interests in the field of contrastive media linguistics include questions of text (variety) linguistics, in name research anthroponyms and their forms of use in German and other languages as well as Berolinisms as unofficial place and building names, and in the field of German as a foreign language primarily questions of text comprehension by native and foreign language speakers. Lenk has also conducted research on phraseologisms in popular German songs, especially in rock music lyrics, and on the history of German studies in Finland.
Moderator: Professor Dr. Marko Pantermöller (Greifswald)