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Lea Stahel

Phd, Postdoctoral student and senior assistant at Department of Sociology, University of Zurich

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I research and teach in the field of digital sociology. One focus is on digital and non-digital (e.g. economic, legal) external influences on journalists in Switzerland. I am interested in predictors of influence (e.g., prominence, minority groups) and consequences on journalistic work (e.g., avoidance, emotional stress). I have investigated this in two surveys (2017 and 2021).

Definition of journalists' safety

I understand this to mean that journalists do not experience any interference with their journalistic autonomy that is perceived as illegitimate, and if they do, they are protected accordingly.

Future plans for research on journalists' safety

1. predictors of external influence on journalists. 2. influence of institutions to protect journalists from external influence.
Research focuses:
Physical, Psychological, Digital, Legal, Financial
Methods used in research:
Surveys, Quantitative content analysis
Countries of research focus:

Areas interested in collaborating with NGOs

digital hostility/threats/external interference

Areas interested in collaborating with other researchers

digital hostility/threats/external interference