Martin J. Riedl is a doctoral student in UT’s School of Journalism. While at Texas, Martin developed an interest in the Texas German language and culture. A native of Austria, Martin has a deep appreciation for German dialects – he was born and raised speaking Mittelbairisch – and he is an experienced interviewer and fieldworker. His curiosity for Texas German allows him to develop a greater understanding of Texan history and culture while pursuing his Doctorate. Riedl received Master’s degrees in media management from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and social sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, and he has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and media management from FH Wien University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. His research interests at the School of Journalism include online political participation and news engagement, reader comments and moderation, the sociology of news work, new media technologies and social media.