Daniela Mahl

Daniela Mahl
University of Zurich | UZH · Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung – IKMZ

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Introduction
I am a research assistant/PhD student at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. My research interest include online misinformation and conspiracy theories, digital public spheres, and science communication, especially climate change communication. I am also interested in computational social science, especially automated content analysis.

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Climate change poses a challenge to countries across the world, with news media being an important source of information on the issue. To understand how and how much news media cover climate change, this study compares coverage in ten countries from the Global North and the Global South between 2006 and 2018 (N = 71,674). Based on a panel analysis,...
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In recent years, conspiracy theories have pervaded mainstream discourse. Social media, in particular, reinforce their visibility and propagation. However, most prior studies on the dissemination of conspiracy theories in digital environments have focused on individual cases or conspiracy theories as a generic phenomenon. Our research addresses this...
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Research on conspiracy theories in digital media has grown considerably in recent years. As a result, the field of research has become more multidisciplinary and diverse. To bridge disciplinary boundaries, identify foci of analysis and research gaps, this study provides an interdisciplinary systematic literature review (2007-2020), analyzing curren...
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Conspiracy theories have received an increasing amount of public and scholarly attention. In these accounts, individuals with conspiracy beliefs are sometimes described as a homogeneous and deviant, even pathological group of people supporting elaborate conspiracy theories, informing themselves in “alternative” and social media, and actively dissem...
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Advances in analytical methodologies and an avalanche of digitized data have opened new avenues for (digital) journalism research - and with it, new challenges. One of these challenges concerns the sampling and evaluation of data using (non-validated) search terms in combination with automated content analyses. This challenge has largely been negle...
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In line with the urgency of problems related to climate change, studies on the framing of this issue have flourished in recent years. However, as in framing research overall, a lack of definitions complicates the synthesis of theoretical/empirical insights. This systematic review contrasts trends of framing in climate change communication to those...
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In the study of climate and environmental communication, content analysis—in all its many facets—has been used numerous times and in various ways. This chapter provides an overview of common research designs and (combinations of) methods, showing that a variety of approaches have been applied, ranging from qualitative, to quantitative, to automated...
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Possibilities of applying automated content analysis in journalism research include, for example, machine learning to identify topics in journalistic coverage or measuring news diffusion via automated approaches. But how has the computational method been applied thus far? And what are consequences of the "computational turn" in communication resear...
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Öffentlichkeit ist eine zentrale demokratische Norm: Sie schafft Transparenz über staatliche wie gerichtliche Maßnahmen. Dadurch findet Kontrolle von Herrschaft in jedweder Form im demokratischen Gemeinwesen statt. Zudem soll Öffentlichkeit gesellschaftliche Teilhabe und Teilnahme ermöglichen. Öffentlichkeit ist zudem ein „Medium der kollektiven Se...
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Kurz und knapp: (1) Das ö.-r. Fernsehen ist nach wie vor die wichtigste Quelle, um etwas über Klimawandel und Klimapolitik zu erfahren, gefolgt von Radio, privaten TV-Sendern und sozialen Netzwerken. (2) Die Menschen bewerten die Berichterstattung positiver als in den Jahren zuvor, aber noch immer bewertet nur eine Minderheit die Berichte als unabh...
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Heat waves occurring around the world, outspoken warnings from scientists, international climate ac-tivism, and ensuing political debates on climate protection have ensured that climate change has finally caught the public's attention. This comparative analysis of public opinion during three UN climate summits illustrates the awakening of public aw...
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Climate change-related perceptions and communication are important factors influencing people’s support for climate change policies and individual behavior. Since research on both climate change-related perceptions and communication is biased towards Western countries and standardized research methodologies, this paper investigates perceptions acro...
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News media play an important role for public awareness and perception of climate change – and thus citizens’ behavior. Few studies focus on media coverage in poor and developing countries such as India – the third-largest polluter and an important player in global climate change policies. Further, even these few studies on Indian media coverage spa...

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The UN climate summits are international public events which receive intense media coverage. In our project “Down to Earth”, we analyse how news from the UN climate conferences in Paris (2015), Katowice (2018) and Madrid (2019) reaches and affects citizens. The project consists of two related studies with different methodological approaches: one is an online panel survey, the other combines communication diaries with focus group interviews (only in 2015).