An is the Principal Investigator of the project and is a Professor of Journalism at BU. He is a widely published scholar in news consumption and citizenship, digital journalism, citizen journalism, science journalism (including science-based solutions journalism), data journalism, and media for global developments. His work has appeared in, among others, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, Public Understanding of Science, Media and Communication, International Journal of Media and Culture Politics, Information Research, Journal of Sociology, and First Monday. Prior to academia, he was a science and health journalist in Vietnam.
Andy is Chair of the Executive Board of the Association of British Science Writers. He fuses chemistry and physics – and whatever other elements cross his desk – into words, thanks to a career infused with both fields. He has been a freelance science writer since 2003, working for employers such as Chemistry World and Scientific American. He was news editor for Compound Semiconductor magazine from 2006-2009.
Before that, Andy worked in industrial chemistry, briefly making adhesives and rubber after spending six and a half years working at Tripos Discovery Research, an early-stage contract pharmaceutical research company. He is also Chair of Exeter Community Energy, director of Exeter Empirical and Editor-in-chief of ScienceSeeker.
Nina is the manager in Europe & International coordinator for the Solutions Journalism Network. After having previously lived in Russia, working as a journalist & editor, she’s now based in France and is the author of the book “Nomade des mers, les escales de l’innovation”, a world tour of low-tech solutions to basic needs. She has trained hundreds of journalists and supported newsrooms in multiple countries, from Palestine to Denmark.
Dr Antje Glück
Antje is a Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. She holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and a double MA in Journalism and Arabic Studies from the University of Leipzig in Germany. Antje has worked in various comparative research projects about media representations of terrorism at the University of Leipzig and Free University Berlin. She was also part of the International Center for Violence Research in Bielefeld (Germany) and contributed to the cross-national project Media, Conflict and Democratization (MeCoDEM) based at the University of Leeds. Her studies led her to spend time abroad in Egypt, Spain and France. Parallel, she was working as a freelance journalist since 1998 for various print, radio and television media in Germany, France, Egypt and India.
Toby has been the editorial director at Newsquest – the UK’s leading regional media group – since 2015. Toby began his journalism career in 1990 at the Sunday People when he was just 17. He gained his first editorship at the age of 26 at The Wharf which won Newspaper of the Year under his leadership. Since joining Newsquest in 2002 Toby has edited a number of its award-winning daily titles such as the Dorset Echo and Bournemouth Daily Echo and was named Editor of the Year in 2011. In his current role Toby is leading the editorial strategy and digital transformation in Newsquest’s newsrooms for its 160 local and regional titles across the UK. He is also a board director of the National Council for the Training of Journalists and industry advisor for Bournemouth University.
Prof Dan Jackson
Dan is a Co-Investigator on the project and a Professor of Media and Communication at BU. His research broadly explores the intersections of media, power and social change, including news coverage of politics, political communication, the mediation of sport and the dynamics of civic culture in online environments. He has edited five books and is co-editor of the election analysis reports, published within ten days of major electoral events. Dan is former convenor of the Political Studies Association’s Media and Politics Group and International Liaison for the ICA Sports Communication Special Interest Group.
Dr Alessandro Martinisi
Alessandro is the Postdoctoral Researcher and coordinator for the Cojo Against Covid project. He received the PhD from the School of Media and Communication of The University of Leeds. Alex previously worked as Lecturer in The Netherlands, and as Visiting Lecturer at universities based in Qatar, Italy and Lithuania. He contributed to the development of educational curricula in the area of media research methods, statistics communication and health communication. He also took part as co-investigator in research projects related to journalism, health communication, and Virtual Reality. Before entering academia, Alex served as a Communication Officer for the United Nations and worked as a journalist in Italy. Since 2006 he is member of the National Federation of the Italian Press. His academic publications include topics on data-driven journalism, fake news, and de-westernisation.
Gerri is the Executive Secretary of the Association of British Science Writers. She oversees all activity relating to ABSW events, partnerships, awards and communications. Gerri has held leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years, advising on, developing and implementing strategies for organizational reform and growth. She was CEO of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene until mid-2016 when she rashly gave it all up to create Global Health Film, a UK charity that promotes the power of storytelling to effect change.
Alec is the Revenue Project manager at the Solutions Journalism Network, a project designed to help newsrooms produce solutions journalism and develop revenue streams around that reporting approach. Before joining SJN, he worked as a researcher for the Membership Puzzle Project (MPP), publishing articles about media governance models and engagement strategies. As part of the Membership in News Fund, he coached The Devil Strip (Akron, OH) in their transition towards a cooperative model. Alec is a co-founder of The Bristol Cable, the UK’s pioneering local media cooperative launched in 2014, where he worked as a journalist and operations coordinator until 2018. He also worked as an analyst for NewsGuard, a company reviewing information websites based on their reliability and transparency.
Dr Xin Zhao
Xin is a Co-Investigator on the project and a Lecturer in Marketing Communications at BU. She studies the intersections of media representations, journalism practice, and social justice issues. She has published in journals including Journalism, Asian Journal of Communication, and Media and Communication. She has also taught at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College and Swansea University. Before joining academia, she worked as an intern journalist in several Chinese news institutions, including Xinhua News Agency, China Science Daily, and China Youth.