International Journalism and Global Media

This learning community begins by taking a historical perspective on the media coverage of global political events from the US War of Independence in 1776 to the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2022-). From here, this LC examines the international news production chain, studies the typology of foreign news reporters and takes a closer look at the inner workings of the international desk. From here the program considers sourcing practices such as in the case of the role of news agencies, media cartography and considers professional and ethical dilemmas of international journalism such as those surrounding war reporting.

From this theoretical base the learning community then proceeds to four case studies (Islam, Africa, Israel-Palestine and Spain) before considering the Global Media agenda and themes such as the South-South communication model, the concept of transnational journalism and the consequent “death” of international journalism. The LC concludes by looking at the future of international reporting.

Snapshot of activity formats: Cross-campus student-led podcasts, cross campus student projects (e.g. media stereotyping of partner countries), external stakeholder expert lectures (foreign correspondents, war reporters etc).
Learning Community Activities
Past Events
  • Event Foreign Reporting with guest speaker and Q&A with Stefan Blommaert (15th November 2021) – hosted by VUB.
    Modality: Hybrid, UPF students were present in class and connected from their class, VUB students were present in their own class with the guest speaker, and CY students participated online.
    Event news link UPF: 
  • First edition of EUTOPIA LU ‘International Journalism and Global Media’, coordinated by C. Tulloch (UPF) - More info coming soon
  • Student-led podcast series on International Journalism - When? spring 2022 – More info coming soon
  • Cross-campus lectures series on 'Foreign Reporting and Correspondence' - When? Nov-Dec ’21 – More info coming soon
How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (
Learning Community Members
Lead: Christopher D. Tulloch (UPF). Email:

Christopher D. Tulloch is an associate professor at the Department of Communication of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (UPF) He has a PhD in Journalism from the UPF as well as an M.A. in Japanese Studies from the Universities of Essex/Dokkyo and a B.A. in English and European Literature from York University. His main research interests are international journalism, foreign correspondents, global news flow, press and political transitions, climate change communication, media and peace studies, media ethics and international sports communication. He has published recently in Media, Culture and Society, Journalism StudiesJournalism and Mass Communication Educator and Journal of Communication Inquiry among others. Director of the MA in International Political Journalism at the UPF (2010-2020) he is currently Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (United Nations) in Costa Rica.

Partner: Martina Temmerman (VUB). Email:

Martina Temmerman holds a PhD in Linguistics. She is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Applied Linguistics) of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. She is the Director of the Master’s programme in Journalism and the Fellowship Coordinator of the faculty. She is the Coordinator of the journalism internships in Flanders and Brussels. She teaches Discourse Analysis and Journalistic Writing Classes. One of her courses is part of the Community Engaged Research and Learning initiative of the VUB and applies community engagement practices. Her research interests include the discourse analysis of political and media communication, the language of journalism and the use of social media in journalism.

Partner: Ike Picone (VUB). Email:

Dr. Ike Picone is an associate professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School. He heads the research unit on Journalism, Trust and Participation research group imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology). He teaches on the subjects of journalism and democracy, journalism practice and journalism trends and technologies. The thread within his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. He is particularly interested in disruptions at the crossroad of journalism, technological innovations and democracy. He is the Chairholder of the Roularta Research Chair in Personalisation, Trust and Sustainable Media and leads the research on media participation in the Flemish Knowledge Centre on Cultural and Media Participation. He is part of the international team working on the yearly Digital News Report of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. His expertise has been acknowledged amongst others through his membership of the Flemish Council for Journalism and the temporary expert group on Fake News of former Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo (2019).

Partner: Axel Boursier (CY). Email:

Axel Boursier is a young researcher (PhD in 2017, Associate Professor in 2019) that already participated as a post-doctoral fellow in collective research on online hate speech in the CREM, Centre de recherche sur les médiations at Université de Lorraine, a well-known research centre in this field in France. His postdoctoral position was part of the Open Language and Knowledge project for Citizens (OLKi), carried out within the IMPACT/Lorraine University of Excellence (LUE) framework, under the direction of Pr. Angeliki Monnier (Crem), Dr. Irina Illina and Dr. Dominique Fohr (Loria). He also collaborated in the M-Phasis, Migration et discours haineux dans les médias sociaux. Une perspective cross-culturelle, ANR, DFG (Germany). This project gave him the opportunity to work on digital corpus and to collaborate with computer science experts from Inria. He participated in the development of a French and German algorithm to detect hate speech. His inclusion in the project led him to co-direct a book on Hate speech at Palgrave that will be published in 2021. He was also a fellow of the “International Rutherford Fellowship” at the University of Warwick under the direction of Pr. Johannes Angermuller. During this time he conducted a project on Europe representation in European media coverage. His PhD thesis by considering the literature of writers from East and Central Europe, who choose to write their books directly in French,  seeks to understand the way how an exile can generate new relationships in this space.