Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos

Curriculum Vitae


PhD fellow at the MEDAS 21 – ‘Global Media Assistance: Applied Research, Improved Practice in the 21 Century’ (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund) and research associate at the Institute of Communication Science in Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. She holds a MA at the Erasmus Mundus Journalism with Specialism in War and Conflict – Aarhus University (Denmark) and Swansea University (United Kingdom). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fabíola Ortiz has worked as a journalist for ten years reporting on human rights, development and international affairs in the Global South. She received the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize at the 2018 UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association) Awards and 2017 AMAN Prize – Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies. She was a 2017 grantee of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation about the reporting on reintegration of former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2015 was a fellow at Dag Hammarskjöld UN Fund for Journalists. Her PhD research focuses on an exploratory study of radio stations in the Central African Republic and their role in promoting peace.


  • Erasmus Mundus Master Journalism Program for Media and Globalization with the Specialism of War and Conflict, Aarhus University (Denmark), Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) and Swansea University (United Kingdom)
  • BA Journalism, School of Social Communication at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil
  • BA History, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil

Language skills

  • Portuguese (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (intermediate)
  • German (basic)

Research Focus and Interests

  • Media development/assistance in (post)conflict societies; media systems in Africa; media and peace; media in conflicts; journalism culture; peacebuilding; peace journalism; human rights journalism, communication for development/for social change

PhD Project


"Journalism and Peacebuilding: Challenges and Approaches to International Media Sector Development – a case study of radio projects in Central African Republic"


Learn more about the project here.



Prof. Dr. Jens Loenhoff, University Duisburg-Essen


  • Santos, F. O. dos. (2022). Journalism in Times of Pandemic: Ethical and Responsible Reporting in Transitional Societies. In J. Lynch & C. Rice (Eds.), Responsible Journalism in Conflicted Societies—Trust and Public Service Across New and Old Divides (1st ed., pp. 123–137). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003178217-11
  • Santos, F.O. dos (2021). Myths and Misconceptions on Covid-19: ‘Congo Check’ and ‘Talato’ Verification Experiences. Frontiers in Communication - Political Communication and Society. doi:10.3389/fcomm.2021.627214 
  • Santos, F.O. dos (2021). Fighting Disinfodemic in Central Africa: Fact-checkers Experience Against Covid-19 Fake News. In F. R. Cádima & I. Ferreira (Eds.), Perspectivas Multidisciplinares da Comunicação em Contexto de Pandemia, Vol. 1 (pp. 144–164). Coleção ICNOVA. https://doi.org/10.34619/n8sz-0v13
  • Santos, F.O. dos (2020). From a ‘culture of fear’ to a ‘culture of hope’: Media as agent for social change in times of pandemic. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 17(3/4), 84-95.
  • Santos, F. O. dos & Brasil, A. (2020). Broadcasting the Covid-19 Pandemic in Central Africa: A Content Analysis of a United Nations Peacekeeping Radio. Radiofonias – Revista de Estudos em Mídia Sonora, 11(2) 89-128. https://periodicos.ufop.br:8082/pp/index.php/radiofonias/article/view/4356


  • Santos, F. O. dos & Schönbächler, V.  (2021, July 11-15). Influencing Factors of ‘Local’ Conflict Journalism and Implications for Media Development – A Critical Appraisal [Paper presentation]. IAMCR 2021, online conference
  • Santos, F. O. dos (2021, April 20). Developing the Media Sector in the Central African Republic [Paper presentation]. Conference ‘Assistance or Hinderance? Policies, Practices, Coordination and Impacts of Foreign Media Intervention in Conflict-Affected Societies’. Hosted by the Center of Freedom of the Media (CFOM) and Research Group on UN Media and Peace Processes (RUNMAPP), Sheffield University, online conference.
  • Santos, F. O. dos (2020, November 6). Sustainable Journalism and Peacebuilding: Elesongo Radio Program in Central African Republic [Paper presentation]. 1st EC4SC Online Conference „Participatory Publics“, ,University of Leipzig online conference.
  • Santos, F. O. dos (2020, September 16). Journalism in Times of Pandemic: Ethical and Responsible Reporting in Transitional Societies [Paper presentation] Conference ‘Responsible Journalism and Communication in conflicted & divided societies’, Coventry University, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, online conference.
  • Santos, F. O. dos (2019, September): Promoting Peace: The Role of Radio Journalism in Conflict Prevention [Paper presentation]. ECREA Radio Research Conference, Siena.
  • Santos, F. O. dos (2019, June): Peace Journalism In The Central African Republic: From Concept To Context [Paper presentation]. Workshop at the Development Studies Association Conference, DSA2019, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
  • Santos, F.O. dos (2019, April): The Role of Radio Stations in Conflict Prevention, a case study of DR Congo and Central African Republic [Paper presentation]. International Conference on Journalism, PR and Media Trends, Moscow.

Grants and Awards

  • Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize at the 2018 UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association) Awards, 2018
  • Award Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies AMAN 2017
  • Grantee of the inaugural Reporting Right Livelihood Award Foundation Fellowship 2017
  • Fellow at the Access to Energy Journalism Fellowship, collaborative journalism project with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, 2016
  • Fellow Dag Hammarskjöld United Nations Fund for Journalists, 2015



Email: fabiola.ortiz-dos-santos@uni-due.de