2018Dr. Tiziano Bonini (University of Siena)
Tiziano Bonini is Assistant Professor in Media Sociology and teaches Mass Communication Theories and Sociology of Communication at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences, University of Siena. He holds a PhD (2008, University of Siena) in Media, Communication and Public Sphere, with a research on the way migrants employ media to “feel at home” and re-connect with their domestic public spheres. Dr. Bonini's research focuses on the relationship between media and society, with a specific focus on radio and digital media; other research issues are public service media; social media studies; audience studies; media, public sphere and migration.
Dr. Bonini has been visiting scholar at London UCL and visiting researcher at the Department of Digital Humanities, at King’s College, London. His articles have been published by The European Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; European Journal of Cultural Studies; Information, Communication & Technology; International Journal of Media Management; First Monday. He edited the volume of the ECREA series "Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of Network Society" (London, Routledge, 2015)
Sari Virta (Tampere University/Jönköping International Business School)
Sari Virta (MSc) is an advanced PhD candidate completing a double
degree in media management, combining communication studies and business
administration, respectively, in the
Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Tampere (Finland), and
Media, Management and Transformation Center at
Business School (Sweden). Her PhD project, titled
Managing Tensions in
Media Content Development, will be finalised in autumn 2018.
Virta’s research concerns creative content development and ambidextrous innovation management in media companies and their collaborative value networks and hybrid organizations in the context of media clusters. Her publications appear in well-regarded outlets in the media management field, including Journalism, Journal of Management & Organization, Journal of Media Business Studies, Journal of Media Innovations, and others. She was also a contributor to the RIPE@2015 book published by Nordicom.
Virta’s previous work experience in the industry is extensive, covering managerial positions, as well as consultation and development. She has worked for such entities as the Finnish public service broadcasting company YLE, where she held several positions in the area of training and development for over a decade.
2017Dr. Julia Roll (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
Julia Roll is an experienced media and communication research analyst. In 2015, she completed her doctorate in Communication Science at the Erfurt University (Germany). In her dissertation, she explored the everyday life practices of smartphone usage, focusing on the change of communication processes in public places.
Based on her work as a research assistant which also includes her work at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany), she has a long track record of successful (international) research in different areas like media change, mediatised interpersonal communication or cultural marketing. Her current research and teaching focus is on cultural marketing, digital media and research methods.
In her work for MEDIT, Julia is dealing with the impact of live-streamed operas in the cinema on the consumption of classic live-operas in the music theatre. By comparing Estonia and Germany, she investigates if and how the brand images of live-operas differ between countries and cultural contexts.