Sina Blassnig

Sina Blassnig, MA

Assistentin / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 634 46 91

Room number: AND 3.50

s.blassnig@ikmz.uzh.ch

Curriculum vitae

01/2016 – Present                    Research Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Division: International & Comparative Media Research, University of Zurich
03/2014 – 12/2014 Various Tutorages at the Institute of Mass Communication & Media Research, Divisions: International & Comparative Media Research and Media & Politics, University of Zurich
10/2013 – 09/2015 Student Research Assistant at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Division: Media & Politics, University of Zurich
09/2013 – 03/2016 Master of Arts UZH in Mass Communication and Media Research (major) and Political Science (minor) at the University of Zurich

Master Thesis: Populist Communication in the Self-Presentation of Politicians. A Comparative Analysis of Talk Shows, Facebook, and Twitter in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

03/2013 – 08/2013 Junior Communications Manager at swissnex San Francisco
09/2012 – 12/2012 Communications Intern at the Communications Office of the Government Council, Canton of Zurich
10/2011 – 06/2012 PR Trainee at Weibel Communication AG, Zollikon
08/2010 – 07/2011 Student Project Assistant at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Division: Media & Politics, University of Zurich

NCCR-Project: Mediatization of political interest groups: Changes of organizational structure and communication repertoire, Dr. Erik Jentges and Dr. Matthias Brändli

09/2009 – 06/2012 Bachelor of Arts UZH in Mass Communication and Media Research (major), Political Science, and Theory

Teaching and Research Interests

Political communication, populism, online communication, social media, comparative media research

Dissertation

The Dissertation is part of the project Populist Online Communication in Europe: Self-Representation, Media Representation, and Audience Reconstruction of Political Actors.

Publications

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Contributions at Conferences

Populism as a Trigger for Reader Comments: Populist News Articles Lead to Populist Audience Reactions. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington DC, May 24-28 2019.

Does populist communication make politicians more popular on Facebook and Twitter? A six-country analysis. Annual Conference of the ICA, Washington DC, May 24-28 2019.

Favorable Opportunity Structures for Populist Communication: Comparing Different Types of Politicians and Issues in Social Media, Television and the Press. Annual Conference of the ICA, Washington DC, May 24-28 2019 (presented by N. Ernst).

Mehr Likes durch populistische Kommunikation? Eine Analyse von Facebook-Reaktionen im deutschen und österreichischen Wahlkampf 2017. [More likes through populist communication? An analysis of Facebook reactions in the German and Austrian election campaign 2017]. Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Münster, May 9-11 2019 (presented by A. Staender).

Die Facebook-Resonanz deutscher und österreichischer Parteien im Wahlkampf. [The Facebook response to German and Austrian parties in election campaigns]. Annual Conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SGKM), St. Gallen, April 4-5 2019.

Populism and Social Media Popularity: How Populist Communication Benefits Political Actors on Facebook and Twitter in Six Countries. Conference of the Research Section “Comparative Politics” of the German Political Science Association, Munich, March 21-23 2019.

The effect of populist communication on social media popularity cues: How political leaders use populist key messages on Facebook and Twitter. Presentation at the Bi-Annual Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Lugano, Switzerland, October 31 – November 3 2018.

Populism in Online News. How Politicians, Journalists, and Readers Disseminate Populist Messages during Election Times. Annual Conference of the ICA, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28 2018.

Where Populists Prefer to Spread their Messages. An Analysis of Social Media and Talk Shows in Six Countries. Annual Conference of the ICA, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28 2018 (presented by N. Ernst).

Populisten in den Medien. Eine Framinganalyse der AfD und FPÖ in deutschen und österreichischen Qualitäts- und Boulevardmedien. [Populists in the media. A framing analysis of the AfD and FPÖ in German and Austrian quality and tabloid media]. Annual Meeting of the Communication and Politics Division of the DGPuK, Fribourg, February 8-10 2018 (presented by R. Schwab & J. Haslach).

INVITED TALKS

Trends in der digitalen Kommunikation. Trends, Herausforderungen und Kennzahlen aus Sicht der Forschung. [Trends in digital communication. Trends, challenges and key figures from a research perspective.] Forum Digital Communication, Swiss Federal Chancellery, Bern, Switzerland, August 22 2019.

Activities and Offices

Substitute Member of the Management Committee of COST Action IS1308 on “Populist Political Communication in Europe” URL: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1308

Member of the International Communications Association (ICA), European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), German Communication Association (DGPuK), Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SGKM)

Grants & Awards

2018 

GRC Travel Grant by the University of Zurich for a research stay at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Host researcher: Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

2016

Semester Award by the University of Zurich for outstanding scholarly work for the Master's thesis with the title „Populist Communication in the Self-Presentation of Politicians. A Comparative Analysis of Talk Shows, Facebook, and Twitter in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.“

Teaching

Spring semester 2019: Suvervision of one MA thesis

Fall semester 2018: Populistische Kommunikation im digitalen Zeitalter, Teil 1 [Populist Communication in Digital Times, Part 1], Research Seminar, Bachelor Level, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Spring semester 2018: Politische Kommunikation zwischen Likes, Shares & User Comments [Political Communication Between Likes, Shares & User Comments], Course, Bachelor Level, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Supervision of one MA thesis

Fall semester 2017: lecture (undergraduate level): Grundlagen der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft I und II at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich (co-teaching with F. Esser, B. Fretwurst & N. Ernst)

Fall semester 2016 & Spring Semester 2017: research seminar (undergraduate level): Erfolgreiche Populisten in ganz Europa: Welche Rolle übernehmen die Medien? and supervision of Bachelor theses at Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich (co-teaching with N. Ernst)