Franz Ronneberger

Franz Ronneberger (* 15. March 1913 in Auma, Germany; † 30. March 1999 in Nuremberg, Germany) was a communication scientist and was from 1964 to 1980 owner of the chair for politics and communication science of the University of attaining Nuremberg.


after the conclusion of the Abitur in the year 1932 at the upper six-form high school Pössneck became Franz Ronneberger a scholarship of the study donation of the German people assigns, which he began at the Kieler university with the study of the jurisprudence. After some terms it expanded its study on the political sciences and changed 1935 to the Ludwig Maximilians university Munich, where it attained a doctorate to 1938 with „very well . it joins 1937 the NSDAP . Already during its study 1932 Ronneberger engages itself in the National Socialist German student federation (NSDStB).

During study and the work of the international exchange at the university, academic as directors/conductors, he was cared for with the switching of foreign scholarships involved and v.a. Southeast-European students. In the course its it undertook also several expanded journeys and stays into these countries, which put the foundation-stone for its later and lifelong work also within the range South-east Europe research. 1939 moved to Ronneberger to Vienna, where he created a press information centre of the Foreign Office, in the structure of a sociological research institute was involved and also a training place at the university for world trade in Vienna accepted.

The conditions of the countries of South-east Europe, above all however their ethnical, social, economic and political structures, remained further its large interest, which drew the conclusion of its studies in the Habilitation 1944 research in South-east Europe by the example of the development of Bulgaria, state-scientific with the topic of ways. With the end 2. World war however ended its lehr, research and publication activity for the first time, because he lost his Habilitation after war shank and like all realm-German professors one relieved of his service.

„South-east Europe is not area, which holds the conditions of its own order closed in itself, but its whole strength and meaning in the addition of a larger, by which German Reich stabilized order lies. “ - SS-Untersturmführer Franz Karl Konrad Ronneberger (NSDAP), boss of the intelligence service „of the South-east Europe company “(SOEG) and lecturer of the southeast donation „of the Central European economic congress “, 1941

1948 began Ronneberger a place in meals with the West German general newspaper (WAZ), where he and was recognized fast for his appearing daily Portraits from politics, economics and culture. Starting from 1952 Ronneberger continued parallel to it its dozentische activity at the administrative and Wirtschaftsakademie Bochum, where he took up also again his research. 1958 left Ronneberger the WAZ and habilitierte 1960 again at the university in Münster. 1964 accepted Ronneberger a Professur for politics and communication sciences at the University of attaining Nuremberg . For the first time at a German university became thereby the designation communication science part chair and institute name.

In the communication science Ronneberger took care of from the outset thereby the examination of a theory of the mass communication as well as a theory of the communication politics, which 1992 in the publication of a comprehensive theory ended to that publicly relation. An emphasis of its Nürnberger research was the study of journalistic and massenkommunikativer organizations.

Nürnberger research

in the Nürnberger research went it to Ronneberger around directing the view not longer on the journalists than individual placing but rather the large organizations and institutions of the mass communication into the foreground the influence on the public to take and communication on a large scale operate. A number of these investigations found doctor work their results at home and abroad as diploma - and. Among other things Ronneberger at investigations researched also, those the career/development of unsalaried employees, the autonomy of district editorship leaders or consumer behavior and television pointed out. The book published by it „Sozialisation by mass communication “was concerned in this connection with humans as a social and personales nature. But particularly in the communication politics there was theoretical-empirical problems, which employed Ronneberger and which could be employed it with problems of the self-check of media, with development of communication areas and new media as well as constitutional questions of the press.

When consultant and advisor, member of science companies and publishers of scientific magazines and series of publications were and also as lobbyist for the science Ronneberger to last most estimated and inquired, which reflects itself in an impressing list of its work and its activities. In the following only examples are mentioned:

  • Initial member of the sociological research center University of Nuremberg
  • member of the board of directors of the institute for free occupations University of Nuremberg
  • member of the special research range South-east Europe research University of Munich
  • member of the South-east Europe company Munich
  • member of the Dt. Society for Eastern Europe customer
  • member of the association for studies for central and Eastern European partnership Bonn
  • member of the Dt. Combination for political science
  • member of the reform commission of the Dt. Civil service association
  • member and first chairmen of the Dt. Society for journalism and communication science member of the board and *Gründungs of the working group for communication research Munich
  • member that internationally public relation Association
  • of chairmen of the combination for the promotion of the PR-research
  • member Second Channel of German Television of the television advice
  • member of the Freiwilligen self-check of pictorials magazines
  • of chairmen of the society for human sciences
  • member of the culture adviser of the city Nuremberg u.v.m.


in the frontier between the scholarly stylists of sociological one-man operations and in the Teamwork the specialists of the today's time investigating the field, one can probably arrange Ronnebergers work after the literature at the best one. Ronnebergers generation, which survived the national socialism and the Second World War, pulled the connecting line between two generations of science understanding and functions. The achievement consists of living older social sciences such as sociology and political science and letting these flow into new sciences like the sociological discipline and communication sciences.

So Ronnebergers work is not free from cognitive contradictions and wants also no exemplary firmness to the day to put, but gives rather incentive for scientific discussions and beginning for new theories and problem solutions of a following generation of scientists, who understand themselves with pride as successors and mediators of its theories. Ronnebergers scientific authority is not justified on a loud and representation fallen in love of its scientific realizations, but be based rather on the methodical Dignität its work and its interdisciplinary oriented scientist life, brought in the acknowledgment and general confidence of most different science communities which for him and why it to today of many beside Albert Oeckl and Carl dog living into the number of the so-called. German „PR-Popes “one arranges.

Franz Ronnebergers partly problematic opinions, how e.g. the fact that media are only one language pipe of the powerful ones and social criticism a Gräuel, which was responsible for “revolution ideologies” and therefore primarily for the “suffering time of mankind” became in connection with his National Socialist past never correctly lit and also it expressed itself never. Only after his death critically over it one reflected. To reread into “the spiral of the silence” of Wolfgang Duchkowitsch and other one.


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