Stefan Wollnik


  • since July 2018 MEDAS 21 PhD Fellow
  • 2014 – 2017 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Communication at Bielefeld University
  • 2011 – 2014 Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Public Health at Bielefeld University
  • 2008 – 2011 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Health Communication at Bielefeld University

Academic work experience

  • since 2018: Research associate at Duisburg-Essen University
  • 2018: Research associate at Erich-Brost-Institut für internationalen Journalismus (Dortmund)
  • 2012 – 2017: Student assistance and tutoring at Bielefeld University 

Research Focus and Interests

  • Political Communication
  • Health Communication/Public Health
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Digital Transformation
  • Concepts and Theories of Communication Studies and Media Sociology
  • Qualitative Research


  • Wollnik, S. (2021). The societal importance of journalistic health reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa: impressions from science and health journalism organisations, Journal of African Media Studies, 13(2), 139-158. 


  • Wollnik, S. (2021, July 11-15): The importance and challenges of COVID-19 pandemic health reporting in Uganda and South Africa [Paper presentation]. IAMCR 2021, online conference

PhD Project

Health journalism and its social importance in the context of Global Media Assistance: An empirical study on Sub-Saharan Africa (Working Title)

Learn more about the project here.           



Prof. Dr. Jens Loenhoff, Duisburg-Essen University



Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften

Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft

Universität Duisburg -Essen

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