Editorial: Accessing and Understanding the Field: Methodological Reflections and Ethnographic Approaches


  • Mira Keßler Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Entering different life and work contexts is fundamental to the practice of ethnographic researchers, journalists, and media development practitioners working in a globalized world. Especially the question of how to get access to their field is something they must find answers for. It is precisely this access that could enable them to get to know, understand and deal with other local contexts. Yet, different barriers, such as language, culture, or power imbalances might be challenging. Thus, possible conflicting perspectives of those from foreign contexts and those local on-site need to be reflected. Furthermore, the so-called “western” perspective and approach of doing things appears to dominate the academic and the professional field of media as well.


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Author Biography

Mira Keßler, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Mira Keßler is a PhD student at the Graduate School MEDAS21 – Media Development Assistance in the 21st century – funded by Volkswagen-Foundation. Her research examines how individuals in journalism training connect with one another in light of their differences. While conducting her research in Europe, India, and Nepal, Mira seeks to contribute to solving problems of practical relevance. Her research interests include journalism training, teaching, (cross-cultural) communication, postcolonialism, de-westernisation, and qualitative methods. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen. Mira also worked as a filmmaker, media educator, and journalist. For more information about the author, please follow this link: https://www.medas21.net/fellows




How to Cite

Keßler, M. (2022). Editorial: Accessing and Understanding the Field: Methodological Reflections and Ethnographic Approaches. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 12(1). Retrieved from https://globalmediajournal.de/index.php/gmj/article/view/237