Dr. Christos Frangonikolopoulos

Christos Frangonikolopoulos is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair Holder on European Integration Journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University. He studied Politics and Government (BA Honors) and International Relations (PhD) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England). He has worked as a diplomatic newspaper correspondent (1995-2003) and advisor to the Greek Parliament (1997-2003).

He combines a significant research output with practical experience. His research interests and teaching have an interdisciplinary character, combining International Relations, European Integration with Global/European and Peace Journalism. In Greece, he is the author of the book The Global Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (I. Sideris, 2007) and co-author of the following books: Global Politics (Kallipos, 2015), Greek Media and Foreign Policy (Ι. Sideris, 2011), An Introduction to Cosmopolitan Democracy (I. Sideris, 2010). He is also co-editor of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Changing the World? (London, Intellect 2011). In Greece and abroad he has published in journals such as Global Society, The Round Table, Nordicom, Etudes Helleniques, Greek Review of Political Science, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Global Discourse, Bridges, Journal of International Electronic Governance, New Perspectives on European Society and Politics, Journalism, South East Europe and Black Sea Studies and Media Dialogues. 

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou [npanagiotou@jour.auth.grnpanagiotou@gapps.auth.gr] is Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University. He has been a Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK, Socrates Scholar at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, RCAP Scholar from APU University Japan, Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has an extensive research work which is currently funded from Google (DNI Initiative fund). He is a peer-reviewer at St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, b) Journal of Culture and Society c) International Journal of Communication. He is a member of the advisory board for Networking Knowledge, Member of the board ofMunicipal Company of Information, and Communication of Thessaloniki, member of Radicalization Awareness Network of European Union and member of International Relations Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. His research interests are upon: International Journalism, Audience Studies, Mass Media Literacy Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt studied Business and Economic Science at the University of Siegen and completed his PhD at the University of Cologne. He is professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn Rhine Sieg and Head of the Academic Department of DWA. His research focus lies on international media systems, innovation and media management. He teaches at universities and institutes of higher learning in Germany and abroad.


Dr. Almuth Schellpeper

Almuth Schellpeper completed a Master’s Degree in Media Science at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Development Management at the University of the Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. She worked several years as a radio and TV journalist before she went into training and teaching journalists and media students both in and outside Germany. The main focus of her research lies on journalism cultures, and innovation and digital change in the media society.


Veronique Mistiaen

Veronique Mistiaen is an award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, who has worked as an editor, foreign correspondent and reporter over the past 25 years.

She writes about social and humanitarian issues, global development and the environment for leading media outlets in the UK and internationally, including The Guardian, the Economist, Newsweek, the Times, Vice, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and more.

She likes to listen to the under-represented, particularly women, telling their stories of survival, resistance, environmental activism and economic empowerment. And she likes to explore solutions rather than merely exposing problems.

She is also a university lecturer and runs training in journalism skills, constructive journalism and on reporting diversity in areas of ethnic and religious tensions, such as the Middle East and North Africa.

She is bilingual English/French and has a master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley, USA, and degrees in Criminology and Communication from U. of Louvain, Belgium.

Dr. Sherri Hope Culver

Sherri serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Sherri is a 3-term past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and currently serves on the board of directors. Sherri worked in the media business as a producer and public television executive for over 25 years and currently consults for children’s media companies, such as YouTube Kids and Nickelodeon. She regularly presents internationally on media literacy and children’s media topics. Sherri is co-executive editor of the UNESCO 2016 yearbook on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue and served as co-editor of the yearbooks from 2013-2015


Dr. Andreas Veglis

Dr. Andreas Veglis is a Professor, Head of the Media Informatics Lab at the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics Hand Communications, and PhD in Computer Science, all from Aristotle University. He successfully completed his doctoral dissertation on computer architecture in 1995. He is the co-editor of “The Handbook of Global Online Journalism” (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338552.html). He is also member of the editorial board in nine peer review scientific journals in the area of journalism and mass communications. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, he has published 60 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 91 papers in international and national Conferences. His current research interests include media technology, web 2.0/3.0 tools in media / new media, course support environments, data journalism, open data, social media content verification, Internet censorship, cross media publishing and others. Professor Veglis has been involved in 25 national and international research projects.

Dr. George Pleios

George Pleios is a Professor at the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Previously he has worked at the University of Ioannina (1990 – 1993) and at the University of Crete (1994 – 2001). Since 2003 he is Director of the Laboratory for Social Research in Mass Media. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at the Department of Journalism, Fredrick University (Cyprus), at the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria), at the Institute of Journalism “Taras Shevchentko”, National University of Ukraine and he has given lectures as invited speaker in the ELTE University of Budapest (Hungary), in the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon (Portugal) and in the Cyprus University of Technology.

He is  Vice President of the Hellenic Sociological Association (HSA), member of the Supervisory Board of the European Centre for Press Freedom and Media Freedom (ECPMF). Since November 2016 he is board member the GreekNational Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).

Eugenia Siapera

Eugenia Siapera holds degrees from the London School of Economics and European University Institute. She is Associate Professor in Digital and Social Media at the School of Communications at Dublin City University in Ireland, where she also chairs the MA in Social Media Communications. Eugenia is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism and is currently involved in several research projects in the area of online hate speech, digital journalism, and digital memory, funded by the Irish Research Council and H2020. Her work has appeared in several journals and she recently published the second edition of her book Understanding New Media (Sage, 2018). 

Vlasis Vlasidis

Vlasis Vlasidis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Macedonia, Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece.

In 2001 he was given the Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He has held the position of Head of the Documentation Department of Macedonian Press Agency (1995-2004),) and Director of the Research Center of the Museum for the Macedonian Struggle, Thessaloniki, Greece (2001-2004).  His main research interests are Media Studies, Mass Communication, New Media, Media History in Greece and the Balkans, Propaganda, News Agencies, Cold War, Cold War Propaganda, Cultural Industries, Migration and Media.

Dr. Theodora A. Maniou

Theodora A. Maniou holds a BA in Journalism (Aristotle University, Greece), an MA in Communication’s Policy Studies (CITY University of London, UK) and a PhD in Journalism (Aristotle University, Greece). She is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism (Frederick University, Cyprus) and, at the same time, she is a columnist in print and web media organisations in Cyprus. She has worked as a journalist since 1994 in broadcast, print and web media. She is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists and the Macedonia -Thrace Union of Journalists (Greece).


Tena Perišin

Tena Perišin is an Associate Professor of television journalism at the Journalism Department at the Faculty of Political Sciences,  University of Zagreb. Tena Perišin completed her Masters Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and defended her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. She also attended the Masters studies program at the Harvard University (USA) in 1984/1985, and was recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (USA) in 1994/1995.

She has been an active television journalist, reporter and senior producer at the public service –  Croatian Radio Television (HRT). From 2002. has been teaching tv journalism and production at the University of Zagreb. She has launched Student TV at the faculty and was in charge of  EU Projects (CARDS, EU IPA INFO, Erasmus+) Tena Perisin has been successful in coordinating large projects at HRT (news production digitalization project and launching of the News Channel).

Dejan Pralica

Dejan Pralica, PhD (1978, Novi Sad, Serbia) Associate Professor at the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. He teaches Radio journalism, Media discourse analysis  and Nonverbal communication. He received his PhD at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade (Journalism, 2010). He has published two monographs “Radio discourse” and “Who did media choose, and what the parties offered” (co-author with Dubravka Valic Nedeljkovic), many papers in international journals and proceedings, four of which are on the “Thomson Reuters” list. Areas of interest: radio journalism, public media, discourse analysis and nonverbal communication.



Gordana Vilović

Gordana Vilović, PhD, is Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Production at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She is an author and co-author of six books that deal with journalism, journalism ethics, media history and journalism education. She has published more than 40 scientific and other articles. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the Faculty of Political Science. She also teaches a course on the doctorate level (information and communication science) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. During 1990s she organized and led trainings and workshops for young journalists from Southeastern Europe. Contact: gordana.vilovic@fpzg.hr ; gordana.vilovic@zg.t-com.hr

Ino Afentouli

Ino Afentouli currently serves as Program Officer for Greece, Partnerships, Cooperative Security and Open Door policies, regional coordinator for South Caucasus and Program Officer for Moldova at NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. Her main tasks include the elaboration and implementation of the organization’s communication strategy towards the areas under her responsibility (information activities/campaigns, high level meetings, supervision of Information Centres and Information Corners, coaching in implementing reforms, reaching out to civil society and following public opinion trends).

Before joining NATO, from 1986 to 2001, D.I. Afentouli had extensive experience as a foreign policy and European affairs journalist and columnist. Her experience included serving as European Affairs Editor at the Athens News Agency (1997-2001), editor-in-chief of the Greek edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit reports ( 1996-1999), diplomatic correspondent for STAR Channel (1995-1996) and Messimvrini Daily, (1995-1996), political correspondent at Kathimerini Daily (1989-1994), and Foreign Affairs editor, Athens Municipal Radio (1986-1989). D.I Afentouli studied Law at Athens University (BA) and earned an MA degree in Political Communication at the University of Paris-I (Sorbonne). She was a member of the European Association of Journalists and served as Secretary General of the European Network of Women Journalists (1994-98). She is the author of four books (“A journey in Greek foreign policy”, Athens, Potamos, 2005/“EMU: The day after”, Athens, Dromeas, 1999/ “The Europe we want”, Athens, I. Sideris, 1997/“May ’68: Twenty years after”, Athens, Odysseas, 1988) and of numerous articles on international relations and foreign policy.

Petra Kovačević

Petra Kovačević is a research and teaching assistant at the Journalism and Media Production Department at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She teaches all modules related to television journalism. Petra completed her MA in Journalism (FPZG) and MA in International Journalism (Cardiff University). She is currently a PhD candidate (Cardiff University), thesis on constructive journalism. Petra is a certified mobile journalism trainer and an active freelance broadcast journalist, with experience of working both at the Croatian Radiotelevision and at the BBC.

Dr. Sofia Theodosiadou

Dr. Sofia Theodosiadou is an Adjunct Lecturer of Communication and Media studies at the School of Journalism and Media Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Kozani, Greece) and at the Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) of Western Macedonia (Kastoria, Greece) and of Ionian Islands (Cephalonia, Greece) at the Departments of Communication and Public Relations since 2002. She has also been working as a radio and magazine journalist in Athens and Thessaloniki. She has been a full trainee at the BBC World Service, London, UK as an EU scholar. In May 2013 she has been included in the academic guide Who’s who in Research: Media Studies of Intellect Publications (ISBN 9781841504971). She has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. Her research interests are upon: radio, new media and journalism, identity of journalists, media literacy, music and politics and children media.

Siomos Thomas

Dr. Siomos Thomas has been Project and Developing Manager for  the POPULISMUS  Observatory  on Populist Discourse and Democracy (http://observatory.populismus.gr) and remains web administrator and active member of the POPULISMUS research team. He worked (for almost 30 years) as  journalist for nationwide newspaper, public radio and public tv. His interests are focusing to the role and importance of the communication and media in discourses such as populist. He participate in collective papers appearing in journals such as Critical Discourse Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Greek Review of Political Science etcHis research interests are discourse analysis, comparative approach between new and traditional media, mediatization, postdemocracy, political communication, cybernetics and systemic theory, Ontology of the New Technologies, post humanism, etc. At the moment he is Developing Team Leader for a project funded by Google Digital News Initiativehttp://auth.academia.edu/ThomasSiomos

Prodromos Monastiridis

Dr Prodromos Monastiridis holds a BA in Marketing, a MA in Marketing, a MPhil in New Product Development and a PhD in innovation, marketing and non profit cultural organizations. He is Head of the Marketing, Fundraising and Sales Department in Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Ηis academic fields include among others marketing, innovation, event management. 


Eylem Yanardağoğlu

Eylem Yanardağoğlu is an associate professor at the  New Media department at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She received her PhD at City University Sociology department in London in 2008 where she studied the relationship between citizenship and media in Turkey.   She has previously taught online journalism, tactical and participatory media, new media research methods, global communication and sociology of news. She currently teaches  communication and  new  media theories on undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Having published extensively on the state of  media and journalism in Turkey,  her current research focus on  digital transformation of news consumption and production in Turkey, Greece and Britain. She collaborates with global organizations such a Facebook, BBC Academy, ICANN in organizing various workshops, seminars and training.

Sissy Alonistiotou

Sissy Alonistiotou studied Political Sciences at the Law School of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. After her graduation and until 1986 she attended courses in electronic journalism at the “Art et Archeologie” Department at Paris I University of Sorbonne. Since 1988 she works exclusively as a journalist. She worked as a permanent/staff editor of TAHYDROMOS and on the radio stations ANTENNA,SKAI,OH FM. Since 1992 she has worked exclusively for ELEFTHEROTYPIA and SUNDAY ELEFTHEROTYPIA newspapers, assuming positions of administrative and journalistic responsibility. She has established, created and directed TAXIDEVO travel magazine, E-Gourmet/culture magazine and WE women’s magazine. As Editor-in-Chief of the ” SUNDAY ELEFTHEROTYPIA” newspaper she was chief content manager of the socio-political magazine EPSILON from the first day of its creation (1992) and later on she became Director of EPSILON. Since 2014 she writes in KATHIMERINI daily newspaper. She has been working with News & Media Literacy since 2012 and has established, created and directs the Journalists About Journalism Project (www.jaj.gr).

Katerina Chrysanthopoulou

Katerina Chrysanthopoulou is a Cognitive Scientist (MSc), PhD student in Media & News Literacy at Aristotle University, Writer and Interpreter (www.planitas.gr). She holds university degrees in Computer Science and English Literature and Diploma in Psychotherapy. She is founding member of Media Literacy Institute.

Her research interests include: understanding concepts in written and multimedia discourse, digital media, media information & news literacy, functional literacy, reading on electronic media, development of narrative and descriptive skills, creative reading methods, machine learning systems. She has worked as a researcher with the Athens University of Economics and Business, the Institute for Language and Speech Processing and the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has designed and delivered educational programs for MLI and for the Hellenic American College of Athens, the Ionian University, the General Secretariat for Vocational Training and the Stories Media Lab (https://www.facebook.com/StoriesMediaLab/). As a writer she has published novels and studies (http://www.biblionet.gr/main.asp?page=results&key=cattery+chrisanthopoulou).

Apostolos Staikos

Apostolos Staikos is a journalist and has been working for euronews since 2012. He has also worked for ET 3 (Hellenic Television 3) based in Thessaloniki and for NET (New Hellenic Television) based in Athens. He has studied Ancient History and Archaeology (University of Wales, Lampeter – BA), Politics and the Mass Media (University of Liverpool – MA) and Television Journalism (University of Nottingham Trent, MA). He lives in Athens.

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