I am a digital media/journalism researcher and tutor with 12 years' practice-based experience in media and communications - as newspaper journalist and magazine editor and writer in Bulgaria, and as digital content producer in Scotland, working both in house and client side in the Higher Education, Marketing and Advertising, and Information Technology sectors.
My research interests lie at the intersection of journalism and design, with a specific focus on how User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design, interactive storytelling formats, and other forms of audience engagement affect journalistic epistemology and the way journalists relate to their audiences and the public. My ESRC-funded PhD explores pioneer journalism encoding practices around the world.
I have taught a range of modules at all university levels at the University of Stirling and Bangor University (Wales) in (digital) media and journalism, covering topics such as:
- Media theory and practice
- Journalism ethics
- Media convergence
- Participatory culture, citizen journalism and UGC
- Networked production
- Innovative storytelling formats
- The use of ICTs in promotional practices
- Digital sourcing tools in investigative and data journalism
- Surveillance in digital capitalist society
- History of advertising
- Theories of creativity and the creative process in digital marketing and advertising
- Programmatic advertising and the use of big data in consumer profiling
- Data privacy
I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in Media, International Journalism, Digital Media and Society, and Media Management on topics such as online fan communities, data privacy, the Internet of Things (IoT), AI applications, social media platform affordances, marketing and brand communications, media framing and media representation, journalism discourse, online teaching and learning, and investigative journalism.
I have presented my research at numerous academic conferences and graduate colloquia, including ones organised by ICA, ECREA, and MeCCSA. I am a peer reviewer for Convergence, Digital Journalism, and Journalism Studies, and have served the Media and Communications PGR/ECR community as Editor-in-chief and Guest Editor of Networking Knowledge - Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. I am also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers Scotland and co-organiser of MisinfoconX Unconference (CodeBase Stirling, January 2019), which sought to engage the Scotland media community in the fight against mis/disinformation. A data/media literacy advocate, I have delivered workshops at Scottish primary schools through initiatives such as Media Club and Rewrite the Headlines.
I am a member of ICA, ECREA, MeCCSA, ACM SIGCHI, and Ofcom's Making Sense of Media Network.