Laia Castro Herrero

Laia Castro Herrero

                     
   
                                     Photo: John Flury

I am a senior research and teaching associate at the Department of Communication & Media Research at University of Zurich and a lecturer at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya - Barcelona. 

I do empirical work on political communication, comparative media research & public opinion, with a particular focus on cross-cutting exposure and communication across political lines. 

I hold a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Fribourg, and studied Political Science at University Pompeu Fabra (BA) and Political Communication and Marketing at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (MA). For more than seven years I have also worked as a political advisor and assistant at several Catalan institutions. 

You can also see my cv in here and visit my profiles at Google Scholar, UniZurich and Github.

Peer-reviewed publications

2021 Does a crisis change news habits? A comparative study of the effects of COVID-19 on news media use in 17 European countries
Accepted for publication in Digital Journalism
(June 2021)
(with Van Aelst, P., Toth, F., de Vreese, CH, Štětka, Aalberg, T., Cardenal, AS, Corbu, N., V. Esser, F., Hopmann, DN, Koc-Michalska, K., Matthes, J., Schemer, C., Sheafer, T., Splendore, S., Stanyer, J., Stępińska, A., Strömback, J., Theocharis, Y., & )

2021 What News Users Perceive as ‘Alternative Media’ Varies Between Countries: How Media Fragmentation and Polarization Matter
Accepted for publication in Digital Journalism
(May 2021)
(with Steppat, D., Esser, F.)

2021 Don’t blame the media! The role of politicians and parties in fragmenting the online political debate
(with Heiberger, R., Majó-Vazquez, S., Nielsen, R.K., Esser, F.)

2021 Navigating high-choice European political information environments: A comparative analysis of news user profiles and political knowledge 
(with Strömback, J., Esser, F., Van Aelst, P., de Vreese, CH, Aalberg, T., Cardenal, AS, Corbu, N., Hopmann, DN, Koc-Michalska, K., Matthes, J., Schemer, C., Sheafer, T., Splendore, S., Stanyer, J., Stępińska, A., Theocharis, Y., & Štětka, V.)

2021 Measuring Partisan Media Bias Cross-Nationally 

2021 Selective Exposure in 
Different Political Information Environments 
How Media Fragmentation and Polarization Shape Congruent News Use 
(with Steppat, D., Esser, F.)

2021 Up in the Air? The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in the Western Balkans
(with Jusik, T., Puppis, M., Marko, D.)(eds.)

2021 Challenges and Prospects of Public Service Broadcasting in the Western Balkans
(with Marko, D., Jusik, T., Puppis, M.) 
Chapter in edited volume published at Central European University Press

2020 News Media Performance Evaluated by National Audiences: 
How Media Environments and User Preferences Matter
(with Steppat, D., Esser, F.)

2020 Whose Media Are Hostile? 
The Spillover Effect of Interpersonal Discussions on Media Bias Perceptions
(with Hopmann, D.N., Nir, L.)


(with Nir, L., Skovsgaard, M.)
Political Communication
Winner of the Best Paper Award for the ICA Political Communication division (2017)

(with Hopmann, D.N., Engesser, S.)
East European Politics & Societies 

(with Büchel, F., Humprecht, E., Engesser, S., Brüggemann, M.)
The International Journal of Press/Politics

(with Brüggemann, M., Engesser, S., Büchel, F., Humprecht, E.)
Journal of Communication

My coauthors

Davor Marko

Teaching

Fall semester 2019 Seminar "Medien, Politik und öffentliche Meinung" (BA Degree, University of Zurich)

Spring semester 2018 Seminar with Prof. Frank Esser "Internationale Mediensysteme - Aktuelle Trends" (BA Degree, University of Zurich)

Spring semester 2018 Research seminar with Dr. Edda Humprecht and Dr. Ben Fretwurst "Fake News, Bots & Trolls: Politische Kommunikation im Netz" (Master Degree, University of Zurich)

Fall semester 2017 Lecture with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Comparing Media Landscapes" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Spring semester 2017 Seminar with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Media Industries: Between Culture and Commerce" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Fall semester 2016 Lecture with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Comparing Media Landscapes" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Spring semester 2016 Seminar with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Journalism in the 21st Century: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Fall semester 2015 Lecture with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Comparing Media Landscapes" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Spring semester 2015 Lecture with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Media Systems & Media Structures" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Fall semester 2014 Seminar with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Mr. Gates Isn't Calling the Shots Anymore: The Influence of News Organizations and Routines on Journalism" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Spring semester 2014 
Lecture with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Media Systems & Media Structures" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Fall semester 2013 Seminar with Prof. Manuel Puppis "Media Crisis - Policy Solutions?" (Master Degree, University of Fribourg)

Activities and Memberships

Member of ICA
Member of ECREA
Member of SGKM
Member of GISME

Reviewer for the Journal of Politics, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Electoral Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, Media and Communication, Studies in Communication Sciences, the Political Communication Section of ECREA, ICA and SGKM.




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