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2017 (DICE)

DIgesting Crises in Europe, DICE 2017

Deconstructing and Constructing Media Texts in Dialogue

The DICE project, 2017 continues the fruitful cooperation from 2013 and 2014, AW4SEE. DICE is a multilateral academic collaboration between institutions of higher education from Germany (Chemnitz), Macedonia (Ohrid, Bitola), Albania (Vlora) and Serbia (Niš). It aims to establish a West-East Dialogue and digest/process crises in Europe through the deconstruction and construction of Media Texts. For this purpose, the project treats various aspects and methods of corpus linguistics and media discourse analysis. It is funded by the DAAD and it includes a workshop, a summer school and a REAL volume on news discourse. read more

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The TU Chemnitz English Department welcomes students and scholars for semesters abroad and our international Master's study program in English. Find more information on exchange opportunities on the website of our International Office. TU Chemnitz students are also encouraged to explore our Erasmus partnerships with South Eastern Europe.


Workshop in Niš, May 2017

The workshop is Niš gathered all the partners to discuss regarding the present project and its future, organisational and teaching aspects of the Summer School. Each participant introduced some key issues of the topic in a short presentation. Several Niš students from a variety of academic disciplines participated. Two workgroups worked on two News volumes:

  • "Deconstructing the News" (Dana, Irena, Bledar, Jovanka)
  • "Constructing the News" (Josef, Vincenzo, Bisera)

News Announcement on the  Website of the University of Niš and English Summary


Summer School in Macedonia, August 2017

In August, we met our project partners (teachers) and their students from Ohrid, Bitola, Skopje, Vlora and Nis at the Congress Center from Skopje University on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The lake connects Albania and Macedonia as the Summer School brought together students from Albania, Serbia and Macedonia. In mixed-group and scaffolded activities, the students discussed the construction and deconstruction of international news. All the teachers presented their topics regarding media discourse analysis in short presentations (see teacher presentations below). They analyzed current media genres like opinion pieces, reports etc., but also from everyday life like blog posts, Facebook etc. It was a successful project because it enabled students to constuct news (e.g. writing news reports) and deconstruct news (e.g. analyzing verbs on blogs&hedges). In a friendly environment, they also learned about each-others' cultures and gave us positive feedback:

"I think that my critical thinking has developed a lot. It made me realize that everything has at least 2 sides to consider. The summer school has also made me more interested in media texts analysis, which was a new area for me."

"I would heartly recommend the students to attend the summer school." "[...] It was amazing how members of international groups supported each other." "[...] honestly, I didn't want this summer school to end."...more student comments



Teacher Presentations


Working with MediaTexts. Deconstructing and Constructing Crises in Europe.

The present volume is the productive result of multilateral academic collaboration between institutions of higher education from Germany (Chemnitz), Macedonia (Ohrid, Bitola), Albania (Vlora) and Serbia (Niš). The collaboration, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), was set up to establish a West-East Dialogue and a better understanding and processing of the crises in Europe through the deconstruction and construction of media texts. The contributions in this volume illustrate how "crises" are constructed by the media discursively, with attention paid to the linguistic elements of media texts, and in some cases accompanying images. The authors in this volume are students and established scholars that come from different but intersecting disciplines. They each focus on different "crises" in different (national) media outlets, offering new perspectives on how social, political and geographical events may be shaped by the media, and how these mediatised portrayals may in turn influence public perspectives on a range of issues.


The book REAL 12 follows the successful series of REAL publications. Research in English and Applied Linguistics (=REAL) is Josef Schmied's book series published in Göttingen, Germany by Cuvillier Verlag, publishing company. This edition Working with Media Texts: Deconstructing and Constructing Crises in Europe contains various articles focusing on media discourse analysis, edited by Josef Schmied and Isabelle van der Bom:


Schmied, J./I. van der Boom. (2017). Preface: From Spin to Fake News: Background to the Cooperation with SE European University Students, v-viii.

Ebermann, D. (2017). "You'd be in jail": Hate Speech during the US Presidential Campaigns 2016, 197-218.

Đorđević, J. (2017). Discursive Strategies in Headlines and Leads in Online Articles: Intention vs. Realization, 99-120.

Dheskali, V. (2017). Hedging and Boosting in Albanian, British and Italian Online News Articles in Europe, 135-164.

Janusheva, V. (2017). “The Ground Shakes Down; the Tourists Leave the City”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Five News Reports on an Earthquake in Macedonia, 77-86.

Kostadinovska-Stojchevska, B. (2017). A Journalistic “Crisis”: Contrastive Approach on Journalistic Writing in Macedonian News Reporting, 71-76.

Lazarevska-Stancevska, J. (2017). A Linguistic Comparison of Headlines in News Media Services, 63-70.

Panajoti, A. & Toska, B. (2017). Action Verbs in Blog Post Headlines, 121-134.

Petrovska, I. (2017). Language in Media Discourse: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison, 87-98.

Schmied, J. (2017). DIgesting Crises in Europe (DICE): Deconstructing and Constructing Media Texts in Dialogue with Students, 1-18.

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