After more than two great years, we – Michael, Verena and Nadine – are ending our terms as editors of the blog Communicating Communication. The three of us have finalized or are in the final phase of our PhD projects. This means that it is time for new PhDs and new energy to boost ComCom further.
As of the start of the following academic year, two very enthusiastic PhD students of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) will take on the responsibilities of editing and managing ComCom: Anna Brosius and Maria Altendorf. We are looking back at the past two years with many positive feelings. We are proud of the many inspiring contributions to ComCom both from science and practice and we are sure that Anna and Maria will do their best to secure the quality of the blog in the future.
Of course, we have experienced challenges in the first years of this blog. First and foremost, the scientists among us have experienced a steep learning curve in translating the findings from our scientific “filter bubbles” to real-life implications. However, the more recent blog posts demonstrate a strong development towards practical implications and societal relevance. We are sure that Anna and Maria will further develop this trend, making ComCom an even stronger platform for communication scientists and practitioners. Another challenge, or opportunity, is to engage an even wider, more international and interdisciplinary reader- and authorship. The new wind brought by Anna and Maria will definitely streamline these developments in the right direction.
Finally, it remains to be said that we would like thank all of you who have contributed to ComCom so far. At the end of the day, the success of this blog is determined by your willingness to share your thoughts and research and your enthusiasm in reading and sharing the contributions with others.
To be sure, we are only saying goodbye for now: The three of us will continue blogging for ComCom – but now as more experienced researchers and practitioners in the field of communication.
All the best & happy reading,
Michael Hameleers, Verena Wottrich and Nadine Strauß