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.
Research Focus and Interests
"Journalism and Peacebuilding: Challenges and Approaches to International Media Sector Development – a case study of radio projects in Central African Republic"
An exploratory study on how media development projects in the CAR, namely radio stations, may help foster dialogue, democratic values, reconciliation and the idea of a just peacebuilding in the public debate through news reporting.
Prof. Dr. Jens Loenhoff, University Duisburg-Essen
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