Academic journal article Journal of Media Research

The German-Language Press in Romania during the Communist Period. Case Study: The Newspaper Neuer Weg [A History of the German Media in Transylvania during the Communist Period]

Academic journal article Journal of Media Research

The German-Language Press in Romania during the Communist Period. Case Study: The Newspaper Neuer Weg [A History of the German Media in Transylvania during the Communist Period]

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Meda MUCUNDORFEANU The German-language Press in Romania during the Communist Period. Case Study: the Newspaper Neuer Weg [A History of the German Media in Transylvania during the Communist Period] Mittweida Hochschulverlag, 2015

Meda Mucundorfeanu is part of the young generation of researchers in the field of communication, working at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. In 2009 she started teaching at the German Department for Communication Science, PR and Advertising in Cluj-Napoca, her first position being that of a research assistant. Since 2014 she has been a lecturer at the same Department and, since 2010, Meda Mucundorfeanu has also been an associated lecturer at the Faculty of Media of the University of Applied Sciences in Mittweida, Germany.

In order to understand Meda Mucundorfeanu's preoccupation with the history of the German minority in Romania and especially with the history of the German press in Transylvania, we have to take a closer look at her education. She is an alumni of the German High school in Sighisoara, and had close ties with the German population in Romanian during her childhood. She became familiar with the German press in Transylvania through classes she had at school. Her academic background is an interdisciplinary one: she studied communication science and linguistics, both at the Bachelor's and at the Master's level. The author is also a state-certified translator and interpreter in the languages Romanian, German and English. She graduated from a Ph.D programme in the field of History, with the distinction very well in the year 2012. Consequently, her dissertation, published in the form of this book, is an interdisciplinary study of the history of the Germanlanguage media in Romania during a certain period.

The German-language Press in Romania during the Communist Period. Case Study: the Newspaper Neuer Weg (original title in German: deutschsprachige Presse in Rumänien während der kommunistischen Zeit. Fallstudie: die Zeitung Neuer Weg) is the title of Meda Mucundorfeanu's first book, following an extensive list of published papers, some of them in scientific journals in English, German and Romanian.

One cannot address the topic of the 20th century German press in Romania without explaining the general context. For this reason, the author devotes the first chapter of her book to the history of the Germans living in Romania during the given period. Their history is to be regarded as a part of the history of 20th century Europe. …

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