Marie Fierens holds a PhD in Information and Communication from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She also received a postgraduated diploma in Conflict and development from Ghent University. She first worked on the question of the memory of genocide against the Tutsi that took place in Rwanda in 1994. Her thesis focused on two other African countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire. By adopting a comparative perspective, she traced the development of the profession of newspaper journalist in both states, from the end of the colonial era until today. She works now as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Stremlau. Her postdoctoral project aims at investigating how the expansion of ICTs in the DRC has an impact on the professional identity of the Congolese journalists.
Matti Pohjonen is interested in developing new practice-based methods and theoretical approaches for comparatively understanding new media and digital cultures in the developing world. He currently works as a research coordinator for a project mapping online debates in Ethiopia. He finished his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he also worked as an AHRC-funded Post-Doctorate Research Fellow (2013), Teaching Fellow (2007-2010) and Research Fellow in Digital Culture (2003-2006).
Alisha Patel is a Research Associate at PCMLP, currently working on the MeCoDem project. As part of the Kenya team, she is conducting research on the role of print media in democratic transitions and conflicts, using content analysis as a methodological framework. Other research interests and projects focus on the media and political mobilisation; the intersection of identity politics, political ideologies and hate speech; and the use of data visualization techniques to map spheres of democratic engagement in online spaces.
Toussaint Nothias is a media scholar working as a Researcher for the MeCoDEM project. As part of the Oxford team, he is conducting research on journalistic ethics and practices in Kenya. Toussaint is also a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. His thesis provides a comparative analysis of French and British press coverage of African news. It combines a discourse analysis of media texts (both their linguistic and visual dimensions) with interviews with foreign correspondents in Johannesburg and Nairobi. His research has notably appeared in Ecquid-Novi African Journalism Studies and Visual Communication, and has been presented at many international conferences including ACS Crossroads (2012), ICA (2013) and IAMCR (2014).
Nevena Krivokapić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and is specializing in Media Law. During her studies, she was a member of the Faculty’s winning team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She has been involved in the Price Moot Court Competition for the last two years and now holds a position as a Moot Court Assistant. Nevena currently works at SHARE Foundation as a Legal Researcher on projects with a goal to fight for the public’s interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights within the fields of privacy, free speech, government transparency and efficiency, surveillance and human rights. She previously worked as an Associate at the Stojković & Prekajski law firm in Belgrade in the fields of media law, Internet law and intellectual property, where she mostly dealt with representing clients in cases related to free expression, copyright and the protection of basic human rights.
An attorney-at-law and Jamaica Rhodes Scholar, Kamille is reading for the D.Phil in Law at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. She describes herself as a moot court enthusiast, having participated in various moots as a competitor, judge, coach and organiser. Kamille provides technical support for the Price Media Law Moot Court Regional Rounds and coordinates the International Rounds in Oxford.
Anthony L. Fargo, Ph.D, is Director at the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, Indiana University School of Journalism. He has also been an Associate Professor since 2004. His research focuses on legal issues raised by newsgathering practices and techniques, specifically issues raised by the relationships between reporters and sources. Recent work has focused on problems for journalists caused by weakening of the federal journalist’s privilege and efforts to pass a national shield law in Congress. Other research interests include indecency legislation, the legal liability of the media for intrusive newsgathering, libel, privacy, and general First Amendment protections for expression.
Terrine Friday is a Master of Laws student at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada) and a Research Assistant at the Polis Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include media law and policy, human rights, legal theory, social justice, cultural studies, gender and race, inequalities, and qualitative methods. During her stay Terrine’s research will focus on the relation between media law and policy, constitutionalism and social change in the Middle East and North Africa. Further information can be found on her website, http://www.terrinefriday.com/index.html.
Daniel Haley joins us from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he is a J.D. Candidate in Law. Though interested in media law in general, Daniel is particularly focused on the rise of ‘paid news’ in India (political parties and/or corporations creating treaties with media companies in exchange for favourable coverage), and the evolving relationship between Hollywood and the Chinese entertainment market, especially content restrictions and IP protection.