About

about-silvia

I am journalist and political communication researcher. I study how digital technologies are reconfiguring the news media ecology, borrowing tools from network science and using digital data.

As a PhD candidate at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) I am member of eGovernance: Electronic Administration and Democracy research group of Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. Here I am  working on the publicly funded project Opinionet leaded by professor Ana S. Cardenal.

I has been research fellow at DiMeNet research group at Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and 2016.  I have collaborated with the research group Democracy, Elections and Citizenship of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). We studied attitudes towards protest on Twitter and press thanks to a public grant by the Catalan Government.

I got a  M.Sc. in Political Analysis (UOC) in 2013 and a Post Degree in Political Communication (UAB) in 2005. I completed my undergraduate studies in  Journalism at UAB in 2004.

Besides the research studies related above,  I have worked on several projects to assess the effects of media on gender equality. The study and documentary ‚”2 out of 10”, Women in Business News” (2011-2013) is the most recent example within this research strand.

Furthermore, I devoted 10 years to my professional career as a communication strategist (off line and on line media) and speechwriter in the political sphere. During that period, I conceived public messages to enhance corporations and clients’ reputation among political elites while spin-doctoring for improving journalist’s frames when reporting on those organizations. During this time, I worked as new media trainer for journalists at the Catalan Association of Journalist and I taught Interpretative Journalist Genres for undergraduates at Journalism School of Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013) working as Associate Professor.