July 17, 2012


Professor Jackie Harrison

Chair of CFOM, Cofounder of CFOM

Jackie Harrison is Professor of Public Communication and Head of the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Her current research examines three aspects of the factual media: its architecture and culture; the mediation of civil society and social identity and issues of freedom and standards.

With regard to issues of freedom and standards and her research for CFOM she is concerned with different legal and policy regimes, self regulation and codes of conduct and the concomitant risks of direct (and indirect) censorship; the failures and abuses of news media freedom and declining news standards across the world; the difference between journalism and partisan journalism, investigative news journalism and attack journalism; agenda-setting and modern forms of spin and news manipulation; the blurring of the distinctions between factual reporting and unsubstantiated opinion; the use of user generated content and the wider use of inter-activity between news media and audience or readers and more recently the significance of convergence between conventional press news, TV broadcast news and internet video news.

Jackie has also served as an expert advisor for both the European Commission, The Taiwanese government and for Chinese media companies on the role and future of news and news journalism, the development of media infrastructure and the use of media capital and newsroom convergence.

She has undertaken six funded research projects for the television industry, acted as a consultant to information and communication firms, broadcasters and public sector bodies, was an expert witness on a judicial review of Irish radio licences and have served on several professional journalism committees. She also serves on the editorial board of the community newspaper The Maltby News.

Visit Jackie’s University of Sheffield staff page.


William Horsley

International Director of CFOM, Cofounder of CFOM

William Horsley is co-founder and international director of the CFOM. He has a leading role in promoting CFOM’s global mission to strengthen international protections for free and independent media and freedom of expression through research and analysis, journalism teaching, topical public events and seminars, advocacy, policy advice to governments and media, and engagement with inter-governmental organisations such as UNESCO (the UN’s agency with a mandate for freedom of expression and media development) and the Council of Europe.

William holds a BA and MA in Japanese Studies from Oxford University. From 1971 he had a distinguished 35-year career as a BBC radio and TV reporter, foreign correspondent, programme maker and presenter, including on Newsnight and Europe Direct. He now contributes to UK and international media as a freelance journalist, broadcaster and blogger, with work published and broadcast by BBC programmes, BBC Academy blog, Open Democracy, Standpoint magazine, Al Jazeera, CNN International and others.

Recent publications and international consultancy work by William include four reports for the Council of Europe assessing the state of media freedom across the continent since 2009. He is the author of the OSCE’s Safety of Journalists Guidebook (2nd edition April 2014) and other publications. William is vice-president and UK chairman of the Association of European Journalists and an executive committee member of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. He is on the board of Reporters Without Borders’ London bureau and the advisory board of Index on Censorship.

In 2014-15 William was an independent member of the Council of Europe’s expert committee on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists. The resulting Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on the protection of journalism and the safety of journalist and other media actors was adopted in April 2016.

William has played a central role in many initiatives with CFOM, including projects with UNESCO to extend protection to journalists worldwide. More information about this work can be found on his International Director’s Blog.


Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

omar-al-ghazzi-200sqOmar joined the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2015. His academic career began at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received a BA with distinction in communication arts, with an emphasis on radio, TV and film, and a minor in political science. After his graduation in 2003 he started working for the Al-Hayat Arabic daily website. He now is an Assistant Professor at LSE, at the Department of Media and Communications.

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Professor Kalina Bontcheva

Kalina Bontcheva is a Professor of Text Analytics at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.  She is the holder of a prestigious EPSRC-funded career acceleration fellowship, working on text analysis and summarisation of social media.

Her main interests are social media mining and summarisation, news analysis and summarization, and their data journalism and media applications. She is particularly passionate about developing socio-technical approaches to combating misinformation and preserving media trustworthiness in the digital age.

Prof. Kalina Bontcheva conceived and lead the PHEME project (http://pheme.eu), which (in January 2014) was amongst the first to study computational methods for detecting and tracking of misinformation in social media. Bontcheva coined the term pheme to describe memes which are enhanced with truthfulness information. Since 2014, we have published numerous papers on this topic in high profile journals and conferences. We also created a public dataset of tweets annotated for misinformation, veracity, and rumour stance, as part of the RumourEval’2017 shared evaluation task. Prof. Bontcheva and her team were contracted in 2015 by Nesta to carry out real-time analysis of political engagement on social media for the 2015 UK general elections. In 2016 and 2017 we also undertook joint projects with Buzzfeed UK: first on analysing political discourse on Twitter around the UK EU membership referendum and then on analysing Twitter abuse towards politicians during the 2017 UK general election campaign. Kalina is also a deputy-coordinator of the SoBigData H2020 project, which is studying societal debates in the digital age, spanning news, online media, fake news, and social networks.


Dr Dmitry Chernobrov

dmitry-chernobrov-200sqDmitry joined the department as lecturer in 2015 after gaining a PhD in international relations at the University of St Andrews. His doctoral research put forward a psychosocial theory of public perception of international crises. In his work Dmitry shows how instead of describing the event, public interpretation of international crises is largely shaped by self-conceptions, inner insecurities, and memories within collective identity contexts. The project involved interview and media material, and focused on the public understanding of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Russia and the UK.

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 Silvia Chocarro Marcesse

Silvia Chocarro Marcesse is a consultant on freedom of expression and media development issues for international organizations and NGOs. She is currently consulting for IFEX and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). From 2013 to 2017 she was the US Correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI) – Spanish Service –where she covered the latest US elections. From 2009 to 2013, she worked at UNESCO where she participated in the development of the UN Plan of Action on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. This work was the basis for her PhD dissertation entitled The Promotion of the Safety of Journalists: the Role of the United Nations from 1945 to 2014. After obtaining her PhD in 2016, she has continued to write about journalist safety, for example for the CFOM blog.  In a career that has spanned more than 15 years, Silvia has managed media development projects; has worked as a freelance journalist in Spain, Mexico and the Balkans and has been a guest lecturer and a trainer. Silvia is also the editor of Women in the Communication World: Voices and Insights from Women (Icaria Editorial, 2007) and has contributed to nearly a dozen publications.


Chrysi Dagoula

Social media and Events Co-ordinator, CFOM

Chrysi has recently finished her PhD at the Department of Journalism Studies. Her research focuses on the journalistic use of Twitter and its implications Public Sphere concept and the rejuvenation of Democracy. This research reflects her broader academic interests on the developments in digital journalism and in digital political communication, especially regarding the effect of social media, as well as the diachronic relationships between the involved concepts (journalism and democracy within the public sphere theory). Her expertise also includes digital and social media research. Simultaneously, she is working as a teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield (Department of Journalism Studies), preparing and teaching on a variety of modules. Her educational background includes a BA with distinction in Mass Communication and Media Arts (Journalism) from Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh, a BA in History and Archaeology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MA in Journalism and New Media from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Dr Emma Heywood

Emma is Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication at the University of Sheffield. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2017, having previously worked at Coventry University and the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the role of the media and conflict-affected areas. She has examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers and also audience perceptions of this reporting. She discusses this in her book, European Foreign Conflict Reporting: A Comparative Analysis of Public News Providers, published by Routledge. In 2016, Emma was awarded British Academy funding for her current project, which investigates the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the West Bank.

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David Holmes

david-holmes-200David read Law at the London School of Economics before joining the Sheffield Morning Telegraph newspaper as an editor after which he worked for BBC Radio. He subsequently worked as a senior bi-media editor in BBC radio and television. David co-ordinates and monitors social media relating to violations of media freedom and pluralism for CFOM and has developed a social media strategy both for CFOM and for the Department of Journalism Studies.  He is also a member of CFOM’s curriculum development strategy team.



Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones is an author and commentator on politics and the media. He was a BBC industrial and political correspondent for thirty years and has written extensively on issues affecting the standards and practice of journalism.

Nick began his career as a journalist in 1960, and after working on local evening newspapers in Portsmouth and Oxford, he became a parliamentary and political reporter for The Times in 1968 and joined the BBC in 1972. In 1986 Nick was named Industrial Reporter of the Year by the Industrial Society for his reporting of the 1984-85 miners’ strike for BBC Radio News. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 and appointed an honorary visiting professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism in 2011.

His books include Strikes and the Media (1986), Soundbites and Spin Doctors (1995), Sultans of Spin (1999), Trading Information: Leaks, Lies and Tip-offs (2006) and The Lost Tribe: Whatever Happened to Fleet Street’s Industrial Correspondents (2011).  His five books on general elections: Election 92, Campaign 1997, Campaign 2001, Campaign 2010: The Making of the Prime Minister, and The Election A-Z (2015).

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Dr Irini Katsirea

Co-Director of Research, CFOM

irini200sqDr Irini Katsirea is Reader in International Media Law at the University of Sheffield. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2015. Before her appointment at the University of Sheffield, Irini was Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, London. She has served as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is a member of the Athens Bar. She holds a First Examination in Law from the Free University of Berlin, an LLM in European and International Trade Law from the University of Leicester and a PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Professor Marie Kinsey

marie-kinsey-200sqMarie is a former award winning financial journalist who has worked for the BBC, Radio London and Capital Radio. She was Deputy Financial Editor at IRN/LBC, Thames TV as co-presenter and reporter on The City Programme Thames TV then moved back to LBC to present The Business Programme. In 1991 she became one of the BBC’s first regional bi-media business and industry correspondents. She also worked on other BBC business programmes on Radio 4 and 5 live including Wake up to Money and Financial World Tonight. Since moving to the University of Sheffield Marie has specialised in Journalism Education and Training (and developing online resources – MOOCS) and was the Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also a member of CFOM’s curriculum development strategy team.

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Dr. Diana Maynard

Dr. Diana Maynard is a Senior Researcher in the Dept of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, where she has been working in Natural Language Processing since January 2000. She leads the development of linguistic analysis tools in the GATE toolkit, and has worked on a number of projects relating to social media analytics over the last 10 years. In particular, she develops tools for the automatic analysis of sentiment and emotion, including hate speech and abuse, and is currently working on a variety of projects addressing the automatic analysis of news media, social media and the correlation between the two, for example examining Brexit discussions and the recent UK elections. She recently led the Sheffield team’s work on the Decarbonet project, investigating the correlation between social media communication and behaviour around climate change, developing tools to analyse large volumes of tweets on environmental topics, and on the COMRADES project, developing tools for social media communication during disasters. She is particularly interested in the intersection of language, communication and behaviour, looking at how people and organisations communicate about and respond to news in both traditional and modern forms.

She is on the advisory board for a variety of start-up companies, national and international projects, and is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Natural Language Engineering.

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Sacha Meuter

DW Sacha MeuterSacha Meuter has explored the normative framework of UN media using the tools of interdisciplinary socio-legal studies. He has worked within several research institutions, at the law faculty of the University of Fribourg, at the University of Glasgow under the direction of Prof. Nicholas Tsagourias, and with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford.

Sacha Meuter has been collaborating as legal advisor and researcher with Fondation Hirondelle for the last ten years. Fondation Hirondelle is the only organization with such a long experience developing media in partnership with UN peace operations. In this quality, Sacha Meuter has notably participated in the evolution of the legal architecture of UN radio stations in DRC and South Sudan, both set up in partnership with Fondation Hirondelle. He has been working with the UN missions in those countries and the UN headquarters in New York.


Dr Petar Milin

Petar Milin joined the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in August 2016. His academic career began in Serbia where he received BA and MA in Psychology at the University of Novi Sad, and PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Belgrade. In 2006 and 2007 he was a Research Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.Over the years he collaborated widely with colleagues in Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Finland, UK) as well as in US, Canada and Australia.

His primary research interests are concentrated in areas concerned with human language behaviour and communication. His work combines experimentation with computational simulation and advanced data modelling. A range of secondary research interests relate to understanding probabilistic phenomena in language, including problems that arise in characterizing text quantification, stylometry and authorship, vocabulary richness and similar issues.

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Dr Stef Pukallus

Co-Director of Research, CFOM

Stef’s research interests are two-fold: (1) She specialises in how the European Community has developed and publicly communicated civil values and policies since 1951 in an attempt to stimulate and facilitate the emergence of a European civil society; (2) She is also interested in comparative approaches to media freedom and how it is politically, culturally, legally, socially and institutionally challenged across the world. With Jackie Harrison she currently undertakes research into the Politics of Impunity and into the scope, implementation and relevance of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity as regards local contexts.


Dr Lada Trifonova Price

Director of Education, CFOM

lada-price-200sqLada is a lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a former journalist – she has worked as a reporter, radio presenter and foreign correspondent for the Bulgarian section of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Washington DC. After five years working in the United States Lada joined the Department of Journalism Studies as a part-time postgraduate student in 2007. She was awarded a PhD in 2013 and appointed University Teaching Associate in 2014. Lada is interested in post-communist media landscape transformation and changing journalistic culture in Eastern Europe. So far her work has examined journalists’ perceptions and understanding of media change in Bulgaria. Her current research interests are focused around two themes: 1) the increasing migration of journalists from traditional media outlets to online blogs, community forums and websites, due to deteriorating media freedom in post-EU-accession countries such as Bulgaria and Romania; 2) the scope of civic participation of journalists during times of recent social upheaval and changes in traditional journalistic roles brought on by the growing popularity of social media and the spread of digital technology. Through her work at CFOM, Lada is also interested in the effect of political interference, violence and impunity on journalistic practice.

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Professor Karl Taylor

Karl graduated from Staffordshire University with BA Economics, then gained his MA Economics from Staffordshire and PhD in Economics from the Open University under joint supervision with Cardiff University. He worked at the University of Leicester from 2001 to 2005, where he was initially a Lecturer before being promoted to a Senior Lecturer. Karl was initially appointed to a Readership in September 2005 at the University of Sheffield and was subsequently promoted to a Personal Chair in January 2009.

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Sara Torsner

JSRN Co-ordinator, CFOM

Sara began her PhD studies with the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2015. Her PhD focuses on the design and structure of Journalism Safety Trends data sets, which identify hostile environments inimical to free journalism at the national and regional level. The project is a collaboration between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Centre for Freedom of the Media. Since completing her MA in political science at Uppsala University in Sweden, Sara has worked as a freelancing journalist and with engagements for press freedom organizations.

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Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

Nicholas Tsagourias is Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield. He joined the University in 2012 from the University of Glasgow where he was Professor of International Law and Security. He completed his law studies at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, obtaining an LL.M. from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D from the University of Nottingham.

His research interests are in the fields of international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, collective security law, peacekeeping, United Nations Law, international and European constitutional theory and law and he is widely published in these fields.

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Professor Herman Wasserman

Herman Wasserman is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and worked as a journalist before starting an academic career. He has held positions at the universities of Stellenbosch, Sheffield, Newcastle and Rhodes. He has published widely on media in Africa, media and conflict and media ethics. His books include the monograph Tabloid Journalism in South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010) and the edited collections Chinese Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (with Xiaoling Zhang and Winston Mano, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016),  Media Ethics and Justice in a Global Age  (with Shakuntala Rao, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Reporting China in Africa (Routledge, 2014), Press Freedom in Africa: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2013), Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa (Routledge, 2011), Media Ethics Beyond Borders (with Stephen J. Ward, Routledge, 2010), Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation (edited with Anthea Garman, HSRC Press, 2017) and Media, Geopolitics, and Power: A View from the Global South (University of Illinois Press, 2018).

He has held a Fulbright research fellowship at Indiana University in the US, and has twice been elected a fellow of the media ethics colloquia hosted by the University of Missouri. He is a recipient of the Georg Foster Award for his research achievements from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Herman edits the academic journal African Journalism Studies.

Visit Herman’s University of Cape Town page.


Professor Lorna Woods

Lorna Woods was formerly a practising solicitor in an ICT practice in the City of London, she has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, and she has published widely in this area.  She is a recognised expert in the field having participated in a range of commissioned studies (such as the Hans Bredow Study on Co-regulation in the Media and the Rand Study on Internet Self-Regulation); and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications with regards to plurality of provision of content and media ownership.

Professor Woods  was one of the co-directors of the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law (http://www.cfom.org.uk/2011/02/impunity-and-the-rule-of-law/). She is currently the legal expert in in an FP7 funded project on cloud computing.

She has taught EU law, copyright, media law, freedom of expression/privacy and data protection at a number of UK universities and was, until recently, a Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London. She has supervised and examined PhDs in the fields of e-commerce, media regulation and copyright and freedom of expression.

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