Fabíola Ortiz

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 (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


"Peace Journalism in the Central African Republic: From Concept to Context.” (provisional title)

 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

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


Erich Brost Institute

Dr Dirk-Claas Ulrich
Program Director MEDAS 21

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