Speakers

Peter Thompson
Thompson is a Senior Lecturer for the Media Studies Programme at Victoria University of Wellington in 2011. He came to New Zealand in 1997, and lectured at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, where he helped establish the postgraduate programmes in international communication. Thompson’s broad area of interest concerns the political economy of media. Much of his published work concerns media policy, particularly in regard to public service media.

Jan Kleinnijenhuis
Kleinnijenhuis is a professor for the Department of Communication Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His main researches have been about news effects, the economic and political news and the content and semantic network analysis,
For this reason, Kleinnijenhuis is an expert in subjects such as the forming of opinion (politicians, media and public) or the influence of newspapers and television on political preference

Henry Silke
Silke has been lecturing for the Department of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Limerick since 2016. However, he was a TEFL teacher for years before and he taught for over 10 years at the same that he gave lectures.
In terms of research, Silke is very interested in looking at ideology and exploring the role of journalism and communications in economics. He also has a special knowledge on Irish media.

Mike Berry
Berry is a lecturer for the Department of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff’s University. He completed his BSC at Bath where he spent two years working as a researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara and then he completed his PhD in Glasgow where he worked with members of the Glasgow Media Group.
Berry’s research interests are focused around the question of how the mass media affects public knowledge and understanding . His research is especially concerned with examining the social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which messages are produced and received.

Steve Schifferes
Schifferes is Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism (retired) for the City University London. He created the MA program in Financial Journalism in 2009 which was the UK’s first course in business and economic journalism. He was a practicing economic journalist at BBC news for 20 years where he covered major economic and financial crisis.
Schifferes’s major research interests include the role of the media in covering financial crises, the problem of financial literacy among news audiences and the role of social media in news gathering.

Chris Roush
Roush is a Walter E. Hussman Distinguished Proffesor for the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the founder and editor in chief of Talking Biz News, a business journalism website which is read by many professionals of the area and has more than one million views per year. Roush has specialized throughout the years in business journalism as a reporter and editor. However, he has developed new areas of expertise such as managing curriculum, mentoring and hiring faculty or creating new academic programs for his University.

Joseph Weber
Weber is an associate professor of journalism for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He spent 22 years reporting and writing for BusinessWeek, starting as a correspondent in Dallas and then running the magazine’s bureaus in Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago. Before that, Weber reported and wrote business journalism for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and Dun’s Business Month in New York City and he was a reporter in general interest journalism for The Home News in New Brunswick, N.J. Weber specialties are finance, economic & multimedia journalism as well as magazine writing.

Laura Basu
Basu is a writer and independent scholar for the Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University and has held academic appointments at Cardiff, Goldsmiths, Amsterdam and Melbourne Universities and the University of Southern California. She is the co-founder of the Amsterdam-based project Good Societies, which aims to develop ideas for new social structures, asking: ‘what would a ‘good’ society look like?’
Basu main areas of research have been around media amnesia as well as austerity policies and economic crisis.

Anya Schiffrin
Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999–2000.
Schiffrin is on the Global Board of the Open Society Foundations and the advistory board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the American Assembly. Schiffrin has specialised in the media in Africa and the extractive sector.

Alyt Damstra
Damstra is a Ph.D student for the Political Communication Department at the University of Amsterdam. Before obtaining a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Government (2013), she also obtained a Bachelor degree in Acting (2006).
Her most recent publication has been this year with a communication research called: “The Economy, the News and the Public: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Economic News on Economic Evaluations and Expectations”.
Her main areas of study have been around economy, economic crisis, as well as ethnics.

Julien Mercille
Mercille is an associate professor for the School of Geography at the University College Dublin. Mercille received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. Before this, he received his MA from the University of Kentucky and he also studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mercille is a columnist for The Sunday Business Post and The Journal.ie. He also appears on television and radio regularly as an expert on current affairs.
Mercille researches and writes about the role of the media in Ireland and elsewhere, and in particular political economy.

Ángel Arrese
Arrese is a professor for the School of Communication at the University of Navarra. Arrese was vice-dean of Investigation as well as Ph.D program Director. He has been teaching at the University of Navarra since 1990 in more than 12 courses related with journalism and marketing. Some of his most popular publications have been: “The Economist Identity”, “Economic and Financial Press” as well as “Time and Media Markets”.
His main areas of research are focused on informative business, specially in marketing, and in economic journalism.

Alfonso Vara-Miguel
Vara is a professor for the School of Communication at the University of Navarra. Vara has taught courses of “Principles of Economics”, “Financial Journalism” and “Media Management”. Since 1998 he is the Director of the Seminar of economic information, a pioneer formation program for economic journalist. He is author of “The foundations of Economic Journalism” (2011) as well as he has been editor of: “Communication in crisis situations”.
His main areas of research have been media management and economic journalism.

José Luis Álvarez
Álvarez is a professor and vice-dean for the School of Economics and Business at the University of Navarra. Álvarez was visiting scholar of the Department of Economics in the Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Álvarez has recently taught courses like “Principles of Macroeconomics” and “Economics and Finance”. His main areas of research has been around Economics (globalization, taxes, prices…) and Politics (corruption, government, immigration…).

Stella Salvatierra
Salvatierra is an associate professor and data scientist for the School of Economics and Business at the University of Navarra. Salvatierra coursed her Ph. D in Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh (2001) after completing his Bachelor in Mathematics at the National University of Tucuman (1988). Some of his most popular publications have been: “Learning Text from the Web: An Application of Classification Methods” or “An approximation of the unconditional error rates of the sample linear discriminant function”.
Her main area of research has been around Statistics (data, methods, classification, error rates).

Yiannis Mylonas
Mylonas is an assistant professor for the Faculty of Media Communications at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Mylonas has also been lecturer at the Film, Media and Communications Department and at the Cultural Studies Department for the Copenhagen University (2007-2014). One of his most popular publications has been: “The rise of Nazism and the Web: Social Media as Platforms of Racist Discourses in the Context of the Greek Economic Crisis”
His main areas of research are the political and economic situation of Greece around history relating it many times with media, specially social media.

Robert S. Wells
Wells is an assistant professor of journalism for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas. Wells is the former deputy bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw 22 reporters who covered real-time business, economics and financial news in the nation’s capital. Right now, he is writing a book about the problems and future of business journalism, to be published in 2019 His main areas of research are in business journalism, media history, data journalism and technology.

Sophie Knowles
Knowles is a lecturer in journalism for the Creative media and journalism at the Middlesex University. The PhD of Knowles was based on a tri-nation longitudinal study of the reporting of three financial crises. She has previously been at Murdoch University, Australia, City University, London, as junior research fellow, and a research associate at the University of Cambridge. Some of her most popular publications have been: “The UK news media and austerity: trends since the global financial crisis” or “Financial capability, the financial crisis, and trust in news media”.
Her main areas of research have been financial crisis, specially about the UK, US and Australia ones, and its relation with the media.

James Breiner
Breiner is assistant professor for the School of Communication at the University of Navarra. Breiner has done teaching and consulting on digital and multimedia journalism in Argentina, Belarus, Bolivia, Chile, China, Colombia, England, Mexico, Peru and Spain. He was co-director of the Master’s Program in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University in China. Breiner has more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper reporter, editor and publisher, most of that with the Baltimore Business Journal and Business First of Columbus.
He has specialized in teaching entrepreneurial journalism, or how to launch and run a selfsustaining digital news operation.