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:…


Christos Frangonikolopoulos

Christos Frangonikolopoulos (https://auth.academia.edu/ChristosFrangonikolopoulos) is Professor of International Relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration Journalism (http://jeanmonnetchair.jour.auth.gr/?page_id=2112). He is also 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 is the first of its kind among Greek public Universities (http://media.jour.auth.gr), He studied Politics and Government (BA Honors) and International Relations (Ph.D.) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England).


Nikos Panagiotou

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou is Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University and 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, and RCAP Scholar, APU University, Japan, 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 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.


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. Her 2007 book Darfur: 20 years of War and Genocide has won several awards and an exhibition travels in the US under the auspices of the Holocaust Museum of Houston. 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.


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 worked as a journalist, press officer and translator. 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. In 2012, she conducted a six-month field research in Rwanda, working with the Dutch NGO “Radio La Benevolencija” on media and peace-building. 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). She has participated in domestic and international conferences. 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 member 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.


Ioanna M. Kostopoulou

Ioanna M. Kostopoulou is pursuing her second Master of Arts in European Journalism, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Media Communication and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism by the same university. She has attended, under the Erasmus Programme, Journalism & Communication courses for a semester at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien). She has taken part in various research programmes, seminars and schools such as Greek “Turkish Young Leaders Symposium on Security 2019” (Kavala, Greece), “Journalists Field Safety” Training School (Kilkis, Greece), the communication campaign for the European elections “#pressEU_NextGen” (Thessaloniki, Greece), “Young social media multipliers from Greece” (Brussels, Belgium), NATO internships for crisis Journalism (Thessaloniki, Greece), “CSIS Practicum in Modern Journalism: Reporting on International Affairs” (Washington DC, USA), etc. Ioanna has worked as Press Clipper and Media Monitoring Manager (Print, Social Media, RTV), journalist, and editor in various local media (electronic and printed) in Thessaloniki. Skilled in journalism, communication, photography, news writing, editing, and media relations, she is planning her Ph.D. future in the same field. She is a Research Fellow at the Peace Journalism Laboratory (AUTH) and her research interests include Peace Journalism, Tackling Disinformation, Media Literacy.


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”.


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, while also cooperating with several International Organizations. He is also the Project Manager of “Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy”. His main interest focuses on Strategic Leadership.


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