Daniela Mahl

Daniela Mahl, MA

Assistentin / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 635 20 37

Room number: AND 3.26

d.mahl@ikmz.uzh.ch

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2020

Research assistant at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

Research project “Science-related conspiracy theories online: Mapping their characteristics, prevalence and distribution internationally and developing contextualized counter-strategies”, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

2019 – 2020

Research and teaching assistant, Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

 

Research associate in the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society“, University of Hamburg, Germany

2016 – 2019

M.A. in “Communication Science” and “Linguistics”, University of Zurich, Switzerland (with distinction)

2013 – 2016

B.A. in “Communication Science” and “Linguistics”, LMU Munich, Germany

Research Interests

  • Online misinformation and conspiracy theories 
  • Polarized public debates and disrupted public spheres
  • Science communication, esp. climate change and environment
  • Computational social science, esp. automated content analysis

Publications

See also ORCID, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

7. Schäfer, M. S., Mahl, D., Füchslin, T., Metag, J., & Zeng, J. (2022). From "Hype Cynics" to "Extreme Believers": Typologizing the Swiss population's COVID-19-related conspiracy beliefs, their corresponding information behavior, and social media use. International Journal of Communication, 16, 2885–2910. (Link)

6. Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S., & Zeng, J. (2022). Conspiracy theories in online environments: An interdisciplinary literature review and agenda for future research. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/14614448221075759 (Link)

5. Hase, V., Mahl, D., & Schäfer, M.S. (2022). Der „Computational Turn“: ein „interdisziplinärer Turn“? Ein systematischer Überblick zur Nutzung der automatisierten Inhaltsanalyse in der Journalismusforschung. Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 70(1-2), 60-78. doi:10.5771/1615-634X-2022-1-2-60 (Link)

4. Hase, V., Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S., & Keller, T. (2021). Climate Change in News Media across the Globe: An Automated Analysis of Issue Attention and Themes in Climate Change Coverage in 10 Countries (2006-2018). Global Environmental Change, 70, 102353. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102353 (Link)

3. Mahl, D., Zeng, J., & Schäfer, M.S. (2021). From “Nasa Lies” to “Reptilian Eyes”: Mapping Communication About 10 Conspiracy Theories, Their Communities, and Main Propagators on Twitter. Social Media + Society, 7(2), 1-12. doi:10.1177/20563051211017482 (Link)

2. Mahl, D., Guenther, L., Schäfer, M.S., Meyer, C., & Siegen, D. (2020). “We are a bit blind about it”: A qualitative analysis of climate change-related perceptions and communication across South African communities. Environmental Communication, 14(6), 802-815. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1736116 (Link)

1. Keller, T., Hase, V., Jagadish, T., Mahl, D., & Schäfer, M.S. (2020). News media coverage of climate change in India 1997-2016: Using automated content analysis to assess themes and topics. Environmental Communication, 14(2), 219-235. doi:10.1080/17524032.2019.1643383 (Link)

Chapters for Handbooks

1. Mahl, D., & Guenther, L. (in press). Environmental & climate change coverage – print, TV, online. In F. Oehmer, S. H. Kessler, E. Humprecht, K. Sommer, & L. Castro Herrero (eds.), Handbook of Standardized Content Analysis: Applied Designs to Research Fields of Communication Science. VS Springer.

Proceedings & Chapters for Edited Books

1. Karidi, M., Meyen, M., & Mahl, D. (2018). Scandals in the Era of Commercial Media Logic. In A. Haller, H. Michael, & M. Kraus (eds.), Scandology: An Interdisciplinary Field (p. 115-134). Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag.

Reports and Other Publications

3. Mahl, D., & Jarren, O. (2020). Öffentlichkeit. Serie Grundbegriffe der Kommunikations- und Medienethik. Communicatio Socialis, 53(2), 223-229. doi:10.5771/0010-3497-2020-2-223 (Link)

2. Guenther, L., Mahl, D., De Silva-Schmidt, F., & Brüggemann, M. (2020). Klimawandel und Klimapolitik: Vom Nischenthema auf die öffentliche Agenda. Media Perspektiven, 5/2020, 287-296. (Link)

1. Mahl, D., Brüggemann, M., Guenther, L., & De Silva-Schmidt, F. (2020). Public opinion at a tipping point: Germany’s path to engaging with climate change. Down to Earth Working Paper (preprint). doi:10.25592/uhhfdm.905 (Link)

Presentations

Conference Presentations

15. Mahl, D., Zeng, J., & Schäfer, M.S. (2022). Platformization of conspiracism: Introducing a theoretical framework for investigating conspiracy theories on "alternative" platforms using a case study of BitChute and Gab. Paper accepted for presentation at AoIR2022, 2-5 November 2022, Dublin, Ireland.

14. Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S., & Zeng, J. (2022). Conspiracy theories in online environments: An interdisciplinary systematic literature review and agenda for future research. Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 26-30 May 2022, Paris, France.

13. Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S., Füchslin, T., Metag, J., & Zeng, J. (2022). Typologizing the Swiss Populations’ COVID-19-Related Conspiracy Beliefs and their Corresponding Information Behavior and Media Use. Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 26-30 May 2022, Paris, France.

12. Guenther, L., Jörges, S., Mahl, D., & Brüggemann, M. (2022). Framing Climate Change: A Systematic Review Based on 25 Years of Literature. Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 26-30 May 2022, Paris, France.

11. Guenther, L., Jörges, S., Mahl, D., & Brüggemann, M. (2022). Framing Climate Change: A Systematic Review Based on 25 Years of Literature. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Science Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), 10-11 February 2022, Illmenau, Germany. (virtual conference)

10. Mahl, D., von Nordheim, G., & Guenther, L. (2021). Noise pollution – How search term validation affects datasets and results of automated content analyses. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Methods Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), September 30-October 1, 2021, Vienna, Austria. (virtual conference)

9. Hase, V., Mahl, D., & Schäfer, M.S. (2021). Increasing Interdisciplinarity or Deepening Disciplinary Differences? A Systematic Review of “Text as Data” Approaches in Journalism Studies. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Methods Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), September 30-October 1, 2021, Vienna, Austria. (virtual conference)

8. Hase, V., Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S. & Keller, T. (2021). The Climate Crisis in News Media Across the Globe: An Automated Analysis of Issue Attention and Themes in Climate Change Coverage across Ten Countries. Paper presented at the 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 27-31 May 2021, Denver, USA. (virtual conference)

7. Guenther, L., Joubert, M., Dudek, J., Mahl, D., & Costas, R. (2021). Comparing journalistic and social media uptake of articles published by The Conversation Africa. Paper presented at the 16th International Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference, 24-27 May 2021, Aberdeen, UK. (virtual conference)

6. Hase, V., Mahl, D., Keller, T., & Schäfer, M.S. (2021). A crisis that strikes all of society. A cross-national and longitudinal study of the “societalization” of climate change coverage. Paper presented at the Dreiländertagung für Kommunikationswissenschaft, 7-9 April 2021, Zurich, Switzerland. (virtual conference)

5. Mahl, D., Hase, V., Schäfer, M.S., & Keller, T. (2020). A “societal turn” in climate change coverage? How the media portray climate change as a threat affecting all parts of society. Paper presented at the 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 16-17 November 2020, Zurich, Switzerland. (virtual conference)

4. Hase, V., Mahl, D., Schäfer, M.S., & Keller, T. (2020). Erweitert, nicht ersetzt: Wie Verfahren der automatisierten Inhaltsanalyse manuelle Inhaltsanalysen unterstützen und erweitern können. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Journalism Studies Division of the DGPuK, 24-25 September 2020, Hamburg, Germany. (virtual conference)

3. Guenther, L., Mahl, D., Brüggemann, M., & De Silva-Schmidt, F. (2020). Die Rolle der Mediennutzung bei der Erklärung aktuellen und intentionalen klimafreundlichen Verhaltens: Ein Test zweier sich ergänzender Analyseverfahren. Paper presented at the 65. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), 10-12 March 2020, Munich, Germany.

2. Keller, T., Schäfer, M.S., Mahl, D., & Klinger, U. (2019). Social bots in science communication: Bot prevalence and activity about ten science-related issues on Twitter. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, 24-28 May 2019, Washington D.C., USA.

1. Karidi, M., Mahl, D., & Meyen, M. (2016). Scandals as a Core Element of Commercial Media Logic: A Content Analysis on Changes in German Journalism (1984-2014). Paper presented at the 1st International Conference in Scandalogy, 7-8 April 2016, Bamberg, Germany.

Invited Talks

1. Mahl, D. (2021). Verschwörungstheorien – Eine gesellschaftliche Herausforderung jenseits der Pandemie. Invited talk at Realgymnasium Rämibühl, Zurich, Switzerland, 8 October 2021. 

Media Articles & Interviews

4. NZZ (2022). «Elon Musk hat die Meinungsfreiheit im Internet falsch verstanden». Link

3. Hase, V., & Mahl, D. (2021). Coverage of Climate Change Across the Global North and South. Climate Matters | The Climate Debate Watch Blog. Link

2. Público (2021). "As pessoas estão mais inclinadas para acreditar em teorias da conspiração". E Trump só semeou mais desconfiança. Link

1. NZZ (2021). Mit Falschinformationen versucht eine anonyme Quelle zurzeit gezielt, das Vertrauen in die Impfung von Pfizer/Biontech zu untergraben. Link

Awards & Grants

  • Grant for Organization of Computational Methods Working Group (with, amongst others, V. Hase, T. Gessler, I. Bantel, D. Vogler, L. Kobilke, A. Staender, N. Pfiffner), 2021
  • Semester Award by the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich, for outstanding academic achievement in master’s research, 2019

Teaching Experience

(University of Hamburg, University of Zurich)

  • MA research seminar, University of Zurich: “Conspiracy theories in digital media” (one semester)
  • BA/MA seminar, University of Hamburg: "Disrupted public spheres: Polarized debates in times of mis- and disinformation" (one semester)
  • BA seminar, University of Hamburg: “German media system” (one semester)

External Activities & Service to Profession​