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Anita van Hoof is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Science at VU University Amsterdam. Anita studied Communication Science and obtained her PhD in 2000 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Her research focuses on journalism and the impact of news on public opinion. Current research topics are the relation between sources and journalists in the production process of news, participatory journalism and the impact of political news on public opinion during election campaigns. She has published in major communication journals as – amongst others – the Journal of Communication, the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, the European Journal of Communication. With other collegueas from the department (prof. dr. Jan Kleinnijenhuis, dr. Wouter van Atteveldt, dr. Dirk Oegema) they published a series of books for the general public on the impact of news on the vote decision (i.e. ‘De puinhopen van paars’, ‘Nederland Vijfstromenland).


  • Journalism and the role of news sources
  • News patterns in written and audio-visual news
  • Participatory journalism
  • News effects
  • News dynamics
  • Content analysis


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Academic qualification

PhD, Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Nijmegen

1 Aug 19921 Aug 1997

Award Date: 6 Apr 2000

Master, Radboud University Nijmegen

1 Sep 19881 Jul 1992

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992


  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • journalism
  • news effects
  • news sources
  • participatory journalism
  • content analysis
  • NE Print media


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