Julian Maitra


  • social media
  • digital journalism
  • media economics and sociology
  • computational social science (I work mostly with R)
  • journalistic authorship (topic of my Ph.D. thesis)


Since 2022, I have been a senior researcher in the francophone branch at the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Fribourg. In research, I have specialized in the analysis of social media, where I like to combine quantitative with qualitative methods (mixed-methods). I teach media economics, journalism research and quantitative research methods (especially data analysis with R programming) at bachelor level and computational communication science at master level.
Prior to my academic career, I worked for several years as a journalist at Axel Springer in Berlin. There I worked as an editorial data analyst, social media journalist and in the news department of Europe's highest-circulation newspaper, BILD.

Further experience:

  • 2022: Project collaboration in developing and planning the curriculum of the Joint Master Program in Digital Communication and Creative Media Production at the University of Applied Sciences Grisons (FHGR) and the University of Fribourg
  • 2021: Visiting lecturer at DCM, master course "Making sense of web data", University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • 2021: PhD in social science, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.
  • 2015 - 2017: journalist and editorial data analyst, BILD, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013 - 2015: Professional journalism training, Axel Springer Academy, Berlin, Germany
  • 2014: Master in Information, Media, and Technology Management, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2009: Bachelor in Economics, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

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