Alena Birrer

Alena Birrer, MA

Assistentin / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 635 21 61

Room number: AND 3.80

a.birrer@ikmz.uzh.ch

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Academia

2020–present

Research Assistant at IKMZ, Media & Internet Governance Division (Prof. Dr. Natascha Just).

2017–2020

Student Research Assistant and Tutor for various projects and courses at the IKMZ, Media & Politics Division (Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren) and Media & Internet Governance Division (Prof. Dr. Natascha Just).

2016–2020

Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Research (major) and Political Science (minor) at UZH.

2019

Student Research Assistant at IKMZ for reserach project on Diverse News Recommendations led by Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein and Dr. Juliane Lischka.

2018–2019

Student Research Assistant at IKMZ for SNF-funded research project led by Dr. Matthias Hofer: Media Use and Well-Being of Older Adults.

2018 Student Research Assistant in project commissioned by the Canton of St. Gallen, led by Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren and Dr. Stephan Rösli.

2012–2016

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Research (major), Psychology (minor) and Political Science (minor) at UZH.

Media Industry

2014–2019

Assistant to the Editor in Chief of Tele Züri

 

RESEARCH

 

Diverse News Recommendations. Student Research Assistant in project led by Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein and Dr. Juliane Lischka, 2019.

Public Service Media Organisations as Media Commons? Student Research Assistant for Dr. Corinne Schweizers Book Publication (Nomos), 2019.

Media-Use and Well-Being of Older Adults. Student Research Assistant in project funded by an Ambizione Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation, led by Dr. Matthias Hofer, 2018-2019.

Media and Communication Policy on the Cantonal Level and Governmental Communication in the digital Age. Student Research Assistant in project commissioned by the Canton of St. Gallen, led by Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren and Dr. Stephan Rösli, 2018.

 

TEACHING

 

Identität und Privatheit im Wandel (Identity and Privacy in Transition). Research Seminar (BA, 14x90min) and BA-Colloquium (4x120min) held at UZH fall 2022/spring 2023 and fall 2020/spring 2021.

Kommunikationsfreiheiten im Wandel (Freedom of Communication in Transition). Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in fall 2021.

Vorratsdatenspeicherung – Hintergründe und aktuelle Debatten (Data Retention – Background and Current Debates). Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in spring 2022.

Current Issues of Media and Communication Policy. Student Teaching Assistant for Research Seminar (BA, 13x90min) and BA-Colloquium (5x120min) led by Dr. Corinne Schweizer at UZH in 2019/2020.

Media Politics and Media Economy. Student Teaching Assistant for Lecture (BA, 13x90min) by Prof. Dr. Natascha Just at UZH in fall 2019.

Digital Communication Order: Media or Communication Policy? Tutor for Seminar (MA, 14x90min) led by Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren at UZH in fall 2018.

Governmental Communication - Necessity and Dilemma. Tutor for Seminar (MA, 14x90min) led by Prof. Dr Otfried Jarren at UZH in fall 2017.

 

TALKS

 

Media-Concentration and Opinion-Power Control – An International Comparison (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Danya He, MSc). 72nd Annual ICA Conference, Paris, France, May 26–31, 2022.

Daily TV Use and Meaning in Life among Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Selective and Compensatory TV Use (together with Dr. Matthias Hofer, Dr. Allison Eden and Dr. Alexander Seifert). 72nd Annual ICA Conference (online), May 26–31, 2022.

Media-Concentration Control in Times of Platformization – Findings From a Cross-National Study (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Danya He, MSc). Quello-Center, Michigan State University (online), February 4, 2022.

Rechtsrahmen und Indikatoren medialer Konzentrations- und Meinungsmachtkontrolle im internationalen Vergleich (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Danya He, MSc). Workshop of the Bavarian Media Authority (BLM) and Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) "Vielfalt sichern – neue Regeln für ein hybrides Mediensystem", Munich, Germany, September 24, 2021.

The Value of Diverse News Recommendations (together with Prof. Dr. Juliane Lischka, Lucien Heitz, MA, Dr. Suzanne Tolmeijer, Dr. Bibek Paudel, Laura Laugwitz, MA and Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein). Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, September 23–24, 2021.

Diverse News Recommendations and Democracy (together with Lucien Heitz, MA, Prof. Dr. Juliane Lischka, Dr. Suzanne Tolmeijer, Dr. Bibek Paudel and Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein). “Robots, recommenders and responsibility” Symposium, University of Amsterdam (online), April 23, 2021.

Die Macht populistischer Botschaften – Hintergründe, Prozesse und Folgen. Annual SACM Conference, Winterthur, November 20, 2020.

The Value of Diverse News Recommendations (together with Prof. Dr. Juliane Lischka, Lucien Heitz, MA, Dr. Suzanne Tolmeijer, Dr. Bibek Paudel and Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein). Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, September 12–13, 2019.