This masters thesis provides an overview of the media coverage of the municipality fusions (“Gemeindefusionen”) that occurred in the southern Austrian province of Styria, from the consolidations in 1969-1970 up to the reforms in 2015. By examin-ing the relevant media accounts of these events, the author analyzes and contrasts the styles of communication between politicians, media and citizens that character-ized the two eras.In the late 60s, Governor Josef Krainer condensed 1000 communities down to 500, a structure which remained basically intact for almost 50 years. In Spring 2011, the Govenor Franz Voves announced a total structural reform of the province of Styria, with the goal of combining 542 villages into 288 counties. Not all members of the Styrian government were pleased about these plans. The people affected were ei-ther completely dissatisfied with the proposed fusions or positively driven by the way of restructuring their counties. There was extensive media coverage criticizing the lack of communication between the so-called “Reform partners” (i.e. Governor Franz Voves and his Deputy Hermann Schützenhöfer) and the people, with many mayors even complaining vociferously about the heads of their own parties. This masters thesis analyzes the styles of communicating, during the period of Governor Josef Krainer and the era of Governor Franz Voves and reflects the political future of both persons. And the summary shows the phenomena of consolidations in the future.The mergers were carried out in a stepwise manner. First, some provinces were po-litically connected, then there were two villages in Upper Styria and in the East of Styria, who are announced as pioneer communities: the fusion of the city of Trofai-ach, Hafning and Gai was accomplished on 1st of January 2013, also the smaller villages of Buch-Geiseldorf and St. Magdalena am Lemberg were politically assem-bled at this date. By January 2015 all municipality fusions have been finished in Styria, accompanied by dozens of news articles.