Stephan Russ-Mohl


As the thematic section of this edition focuses on political communication, it must be mentioned that the Media Professor ("der Medienprofessor") has taken care of it, and this is certainly a precious gift to our readers. For many years Roger Blum, former director of the Institute of Communication Science at the University of Bern, served as the Media Professor in Switzerland, a title assigned to him by journalists and other insiders, making it appear as though he happened to be the single chairholder in our field of research throughout the entire country. Of course, in a multilingual nation where communication studies are flourishing, he was not, in fact, the only one. Yet no other researcher was connected with journalists and the Swiss political establishment in a similar fashion. Being also a former top editor of Tages-Anzeiger, one of the two quality papers based in Zurich und thus weil respected among political journalists, for decades Blum was the primary source of information on the intricacies of the Swiss political system with its concordant democracy, sophisticated federalism and frequent voter ballots. 



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