Our team

The Labs’ goal is to promote and to spread awareness to young people on the globalized information and communication society by facilitating research activities and by disseminating new research insights within this field.

We are a highly educated and specialized team of university professors, researchers and students from the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki engaged with surveys, researches and implementations of innovative approaches in journalism. Our research interest lies in interdisciplinary themes such as Peace Journalism, Crisis Management, European Journalism, Media Literacy, Diversity and the Media. Our laboratory conducts research on and implements programs regarding:…


Professors

Nikos Panagiotou

Nikos Panagiotou is Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and since 2019 he is the Director of the “Peace Journalism Laboratory”. He is DAAD Scholar to Deutsche Welle. He has been a Google Research Scholar, Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Scholar at Sabanci University, Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, RCAP Scholar, APU University, Japan, and Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is the initiator and organizer of “Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy”. He is a member of the advisory board for Networking Knowledge, War and Media Network, Member of the board of Municipal Company of Information, and Communication of Thessaloniki, member of Radicalization Awareness Network of European Union and member of International Relations Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is also the Director of the “Digital Communication Network Southeast Europe Hub”, which is a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organizations and companies, working in the field of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology and innovation.


Christos Frangonikolopoulos

Christos Frangonikolopoulos is Professor of International Relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration Journalism (http://jeanmonnetchair.jour.auth.gr/?page_id=2112). He studied Politics and Government (BA Honors) and International Relations (Ph.D.) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England).  He is the Director of the English-taught Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism (http://media.jour.auth.gr) at the University of Aristotle (http://media.jour.auth.gr). He is the founder of the “Peace Journalism Laboratory” and he was the Director of the Laboratory from 2012-2019.


Senior Researchers

Nayia Kalfeli

Nayia Kalfeli, Doctoral in Peace Journalism (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Scientific Collaborator at the Peace Journalism Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received a BA in Journalism from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MA in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Athens, with a specialization in International Law and Diplomatic Studies. She has collaborated with international and domestic organizations as well as NGOs (UNHCR, Children’s Rights Network, Charter of Idomeni Network etc.), on issues related to refugees and immigrants. She has taught “Peace Journalism”, at a post-graduate level, at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014-2016). Since 2017, she has been working at the Hellenic Open University on the development of digital and educational material for distance learning, at the postgraduate program “Contemporary Journalism Studies”. Her research interests include peace journalism, media literacy, diversity and the media, and the role of the media in crisis management.


Ilias Nikezis

Ilias Nikezis is a Public Affairs Practitioner. He graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy. Additionally to relevant military training in “Public Affairs and Strategic Communications”, he holds a Master of Arts in “Digital Media, Communication and Journalism”, specialized in risk communication and crisis journalism, by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of AUTH. He is a Ph.D. Candidate on the field of media, war and conflict and he is a senior researcher of the International and Peace Journalism Laboratory. He lectures at Aristotle University and he has participated in a number of significant projects. His field of research interest lies in interdisciplinary themes such as Strategic Communication and Public Relations, War Reporting, Tackling Disinformation, Informational Resilience, Peace Journalism, Media Role in Crisis Management, Media Literacy and Media Diversity.


Efi Andreadou

Efi Andreadou is a PhD Candidate, at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a graduate of the Department of Preschool Education of the Democritus University of Thrace and the Postgraduate Program “Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Multicultural Environments”, of the same department. She has developed important initiatives in the design of educational programs and workshops for preschool and school age children, as well as animation programs for students and current teachers. Her main scientific and research interests are audiovisual education, media literacy and information, and especially photojournalism and documentary, innovative approaches to formal and informal learning contexts, and museum pedagogy.


Sophocles P. Geroulis

Sophocles P. Geroulis is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Risk Communication, in the School of Journalism and Mass Media Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he obtained as a valedictorian with distinction his bachelor degree. He has been a Scholar of the Fulbright Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, while working on a series of research projects. He is also the Project Manager of “Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy”. His main interest focuses on Strategic Leadership.


Anna Lampropoulou

Anna Lampropoulou, graduate from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and currently, a postgraduate student in the “MA in Digital Media, Communication, and Journalism” is specializing in Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism. In 2019, she was selected by British Council among 3.000 candidates from all over the world to attend the Future News Worldwide’19 at the Thomson Reuters Headquarters in London, where she represented Greece with scholarship. Focusing on International Relations and Strategic Communication, she has participated in a variety of research programs and trainings. She has also received the first-place award at the Reportage Competition organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management. Since 2014, she has been working as a journalist at various local websites of Thessaloniki and in the last two years she co-produced a weekly radio program about culture and arts.


Spyridoula Markou

Spyridoula Markou is a graduate student from the Department of Primary Education, University of Ioannina. She holds a MA in “Journalism and New Media” at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She works as a researcher in various programmes. Her research interests include the role of the media in crisis management and media literacy. She is a scholar of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Greece. She has spoken about the Bone Marrow Transplant in a series of events. She is a volunteer at the NGO “Doctors of the World” and at the PanHellenic Parents’ Association of Children with Cancer “Floga”.


Efthymios Savvakis

Efthymios Savvakis is a Greek Journalist and PhD candidate at Journalism and Mass Media Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His PhD research is focused on “The Phenomenon Of Celebrity” and how Celebrities affect people in the new media era. He is working as a Journalist – Head of Content – Communications Manager in various Companies, Organizations & Media Groups, both inside and outside Greece.


Anthi Baliou

Anthi Baliou is a PhD Candidate in the field of “Literacy in Digital Mobile Media” at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. At the same time, she works as a Reference Librarian at the Department of Scientific Information and Documentation of the Library of the University of Macedonia. She is a graduate of the Department of Library Science (TEI of Thessaloniki) and holds a Master’s Degree in “Management of Cultural Units” (Hellenic Open University). She has participated in various research projects (EUFactCheck, JRP) on news cross-referencing and media literacy. Her research interests include: Media Literacy, Information Education, Misinformation, Propaganda and False News, Social Influence of the Media and Social Media.


Stella Papasarafianou

Styliani Papasarafianou is PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the realm of the Risk Society, International Relations and the Media. She graduated with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, and completed her (MA) in ‘Culture and Communication’, awarded with a scholarship and getting her Master’s degree with a First Class grading. She speaks english, french and italian. Styliani Papasarafianou has worked as a journalist in various sites including: www.contemporaryjournalism.gr of The School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in the training program “Radio Journalism & Practice IV”, in radio show «RockERTroll» of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Faculty of Economics and Political Science Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and ERT3. She has been a news media editor for the site of Peace Journalism Lab since 2019 and she has been collaborating the last years as a news media editor and film critic with an entertainment, media and technology site named Unboxholics (www.unboxholics.com). Her research interests include issues related to modern risk societies, security, and the effects of the media on Crisis Management.


Elsa Poimenidou

Elsa Poimenidou is a journalist. For the last 22 years she has been reporting on public television in newspapers, news websites and presenting news programs. She is a MA of the postgraduate program “Journalism and New Media” of AUTh. She has participated in research projects, communication campaigns and CIRCOM-certified seminars on journalism through the use of MoJo mobile phones. Her research interests focus on new trends and techniques in television reporting and crisis management.


Maria Troullou

Maria Troullou is a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Media of Aristotle University of Thessaloiki (AUTH), she holds a Master of Art’s in Cultural Studies and New Technologies (Honors, 2008) from the University of Western Macedonia (UOWM) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences, AUTH (2000). She has been a research assistant for 6 years participating in a number of regional, national and European research programs for UOWM (2008-2010) and AUTH (2015-2019). Since 2015, she is the administrative/ communication manager of the post-graduate program “MA in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism” at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of AUTH, while from 2019 she is a project facilitator for the innovation SME, Alchemia-nova Greece IKE.


Erasmia Tsipou

Erasmia Tsipou holds a B.A. in Business Administration in Hellenic Culture. She is a Masters graduate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Journalism and Mass Media on Communication and Culture. Her fields of interest are Mass Media Communication, Journalism, Marketing & Management, Advertising, TV Productions. She has worked as an Editor at the Portal www.in.gr , Manager and PR executive for PEGASUS MEDIA Group in Thessaloniki, Marketing & Communication Director ATLAS TV CHANNEL.


Mustafa Selcuk

Mustafa Selcuk received his BA in Public Administration from Trakya University. He holds Master of Art’s in “Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and South-eastern Europe” at University of Macedonia in 2015. He started his PhD at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2018 he has been accepted as research fellow at Tel Aviv University Moshe Dayan Center in Israel. He speaks fluently Turkish, English, Greek, Bahasa Indonesian and average level Arabic, Farisi, Hebrew languages. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Junior Researchers

Annaoglou-Koutsos Chrysovalantis-Margaritis

Chrysovalantis-Margaritis Annaoglou-Koutsos is a pregraduate student in the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is interested in international relations, reportage on social issues and interviewing. He has participated in conferences simulating the United Nations Organization, such as “Students as Diplomats”, ThessisMUN, RhodesMRC and SimUnesco. In these conferences he participated as a journalist, as a Deputy Head of Press and as the Social Media Organizer. Meanwhile, he has created his own news site called “Infotainmentwise” in which he is writing about international relations, research journalism and he is conducting interviews.


Ioannis Goumakis

Ioannis Goumakis is a graduate student from the Department of History and Archeology, University of Ioannina. He is doing his MA in Political Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He works as a columnist in foreign and domestic Hellenic diplomacy topics, at “Taxydromos” daily newspaper. Skilled in fact-checking, news writing, website building, advertising, Political Campaign Managing and Public Relations. 


Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi

Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi is an undergraduate student of Journalism and Mass Media Communication in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a scholar of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Greece and Cyprus. She has participated as a researcher in research projects, communication campaigns, summer schools and conferences in Greece and abroad. Her main research and academic interests are Strategic Communication and Conflict Analysis. She has worked in the field of social media and public relations in private sector and as journalist in a NATO exercise. Speaker of English, Italian, German and Spanish.


Konstantinos Kougkas

Konstantinos Kougkas is a undergraduate student of the Journalism and Mass Media Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2016. He has taken part in various events and projects both inside and outside university walls, including Exercise Gordian Knot 17, CSIS Practicum for Modern Journalism 2018, NATO Centers of Excellence Tour 2019.


Olympia Salayianni

Olympia Salayianni is an undergraduate student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has participated in research programs and she has involved in actions organized by the International Peace Journalism Laboratory. She has taken part as a journalist and as Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Model United Nations conferences (ThessISMUN, SimUnesCO). She has also worked in the research company Ierax Analytix.


Sklavounakis George

George Sklavounakis is an undergraduate student at the faculty of Journalism & Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has taken part in several research projects, campaigns of information and conferences, both in Greece and abroad. His main scientific and academic interests include social policy, crisis management and cultural studies. He has completed a two-month internship at ERT3 in the TV show ‘Με το 3’, and another 10-month internship at the Thessaloniki Youth Club for UNESCO. He is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Associate Researchers

Leora Kahn

Leora Kahn is the founder and executive director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. She works on global projects with Amnesty International and the United Nations. Leora curated an exhibition on child soldiers in collaboration with the UN’s Office on Children and Armed Conflict. An exhibition on rescuers during genocides, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Holocaust, originated at Yale University, travels worldwide. Leora has been a fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University where she conducts research on rescuers and rescuing behavior. She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist and taught a University of Haifa. She teaches human rights and media at the International Center for Photography in New York. She is a human rights lecturer at the University of Dayton where she founded the moral courage program.


Alaaddin F. Paksoy

Alaaddin F. Paksoy holds B.A. degrees in ʹJournalismʹ and ʹCinema and Televisionʹ from Anadolu University, Turkey. He finished his M.A. degree in 2007 at Stockholm University, Sweden. In November 2012, he completed his PhD in Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. His dissertation focuses on the representation of Turkey’s EU bid in the British media. At the moment, he works as an assistant professor at the Department of Journalism, Anadolu University. His recent articles and books were related to the media discourse about white Turkish supremacy, Turkish-Greek relations, and the rising Euroscepticism in Turkey. Besides, he recently completed a research project focusing on the media representation of Syrian refugees in the Turkish press.


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