Eleonora Benecchi got MA cum laude in Communication Sciences at University of Bologna (Italy). In 2004 she published "Anime, cartoni con l´anima" an in depth analysis of Japanese Animation programming and reception in Italy. From 2004 up to 2007 she was teaching assistant for the course of television and radio communication at the University of Bologna where she was also tutor of Labs activities for the MA "Compass". During these years she was involved in different research project both with University of Bologna and other public and private subjects such as: “Gender representation in the Italian television” (University of Bologna and Ancorpari National Association, 2003); “Social Scheduling of Italian Television” (Studio Vivaldi Comunicazione and Segretariato Sociale RAI, 2003-2005). She then enrolled as a PhD student at the Università della Svizzera italiana, and started a research on the phenomenon of Internet fandom in a socio-economic perspective, under the supervision of prof. Giuseppe Richeri. She also worked as research assistant for “Analysis of Radio and Tv scheduling and contents in Swizerland” (UFCOM, IMeG and University of Fribourg, 2007-2010) and for the research project “Mass Media and Religion” (IMeG, 2008). Since 2012 she is the responsible for the implementation of the national research projects MIKE and JAMES in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Since the start of her PhD, she published scientific articles and book chapters in the field of Internet culture, fandom online and participatory culture in top ranked journal such as Media Culture and Society and New Media and Society. She has completed her PhD and works at the Institute of Media and Journalism (IMEG) of Lugano as a fellow researcher and lecturer. She currently teach the bachelor course Digital Culture and the master course Social Media Management.
Internet Fandom, Radio and television contents production and reception with special regard to online extensions, radio and television programming