WHO WE ARE
We are professional journalists and researchers in the field of Communication. Our aim is to participate in the political, social and cultural advance of our country, utilizing our tools, within the context of our profession. We consider that information, communication in general and mass media especially are critical drivers to support the basic principles of democratic procedures and we advocate the right of universal access to reliable information. More about our national and international partners you can read here.
We recognize communication professionals and especially journalists as carriers and moderators of information and the citizens as equal partners in the vindication of reliable information. We consider that all play critical and equally important role for the country’s prosperity and sound operation, for justice, mutual trust and, ultimately, for people’s progress.
We believe that Media Literacy is a tool for modern societies to grow, by empowering citizens to assess the function, content, value and tools of the media and of any “information source” that influences individual and collective decisions. We support media literate citizens to be vigilant of stereotypical narratives that frame their understanding of reality through bias and prejudice, paving the way for meaningful and critical evaluation of information and thus allowing for control of reliability, quality, intention and purpose of information.
We are convinced that the ever-evolving media landscape worldwide shapes new meanings of the substance of communication in the 21st century. We participate both as professionals and as active, efficient and creative members of the global community in the exploration, pursuit, re-definition of old and identification of new IC values, data and tools.
- Participating in the development of investigative journalism in Greece through the promotion of important and/or award-winning research, providing relevant information, resources and means. We believe that this will inspire young journalists and will guide users to become more demanding in seeking information.
- Mobilizing readers to develop their skills to assess the news on domestic and international media in order to learn to investigate sources, arguments and intentions of the content they read in print and online information tools and to identify cases of potential fake news.
- Investigating cases of disinformation, targeted content and propaganda and providing guidelines to readers to identify indications of related content in the media.
- Promoting media literacy, as the capability and skills of people to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and create on multiple and multimodal information and communication media.
- Advocating news literacy, by contributing to a framework of civil practice in assessing the role and function of modern mass media, as well as the methods to perceive, understand, evaluate, critically use and create messages.
- Participating and promoting code and ethical issues arising in the exercise of journalism and communication professions in general.
- Promoting the views of Greek and foreign journalists and researchers on any aspects related to both journalism and information and communication in general.
- Updating on the practice of journalism in Universities, international forums, journalistic organizations and conferences.
email: jaj@ jaj.gr
Sissy Alonistiotou, Director
Sissy Alonistiotou is a political scientist and journalist with long experience (1988-today) in the creation and management of weekly and monthly magazines in Greece, with political, social and cultural content. Has worked as editor-in-chief, director and team leader of competent journalists. From 1987 to 1992 she worked as a stuff editor at Tachydromos magazine, Lambrakis Press(Stories, fashion industry, research, interviews) and as a freelancer from1989 to1993 onthe radio stations ANTENNA, SKAI, OH FM. From 1992 to 2014 she worked at X.K. Tegopoulos Publishing S.A: Director for EPSILON magazine (ELEFTHEROTYPIA), chief editor at the newspaper ELEFTHEROTYPIA (Sunday edition), creator of the first gourmet/culture magazine in Greece (Gourmet) and the women’s magazine W/E. Since 2012, she has focused her work on media and news literacy issues and in 2014 she created jaj.gr, the Journalists About Journalism platform, while she continues writing in the KATHIMERINI newspaper.
STANDING EXECUTIVE BOARD
Dr. Nikos S. Panagiotou, Scientific Adviser
Nikos Panagiotou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University. He has received scholarships from the UK Foreign Exchange and Commonwealth Office, Google, University Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), RCAP of APU University (Japan), Beijing Foreign Studies University and transnational scholarships. He has an important research portfolio, significant part being funded by Google (Digital News Initiative). He has scientific and organizational responsibility for the Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy, and reviewer for the journals: St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Journal of International Black Sea University, and Journal of Culture and Society. He has published articles in International and Greek journals and reviews as well as in collective volumes, and has participated in scientific conferences. He is a member of the War and Media Network (2010-today).
Katerina Chrysanthopoulou, Public Relations – Content Manager
Cognitive scientist (MSc), writer and interpreter; she has also studied Computer Science (BA), English Literature (BA), Psychotherapy (Diploma). Her research interests include: text perception and understanding, text visualization, functional literacy, media literacy. She is founder of the translation company www.planitas.gr. As a writer she has published novels and parenting books. She creates education programs on writing and coordinates writing workshops at the Athens College. Linkedin
Maria Kozakou, Editor in chief
Maria Kozakou is a Journalist and New Media Expert. She studied Communication and Mass Media at the Panteion University of Athens, in the direction of Cultural Administration. At Krems Donau Universitat she earned –with distinction- her Master in Arts in Quality Journalism and New Technologies. Her diploma thesis titled “It’s not ERT, it’s Democracy stupid!” has been translated into three languages. Her first work experience was at Mega Channel, but it was very easy to be “captivated” by radio on a journey that began in 1997 on private radio stations and, since 2001, on ERT (Public Broadcaster). From the beginning of the “digital era” she has worked as editor and Editor in Chief on websites like ERT’s radio sites, as website content manager and now she consults companies in Social Media Strategy. She has worked in Communication Offices of big organisations. She was also the Editorial Director at eone.gr. At the same time, she writes in magazines, prints and newspapers, such as Isotimia, Inside, METRO, Office, Architecture, Theatis (cultural magazine), the political magazine KRAMA. She keeps track of developments in communication and journalism and participates in seminars in Greece and abroad on new media tools. She also has extensive experience in project management and in the relations of major Broadcasting Corporations. She writes about current communication phenomena. She has been teaching Radio and New Journalism Principles in Schools of Journalism for the past ten years. Maria loves the sea, gadgets and dogs. You can recognise her voice in commercials, trailers and narrations, as well as the Eurovision Song Contest commentating since 2006, for Radio and TV. She presents a daily morning radio show for the last 20 years.
Vassilis Nedos, responsible for International Programs for Media Literacy Institute & jaj
He was born in Athens in 1977. Historian, European History specialist he studied at EKPA & OU in Athens (BA, Mphil). He worked as a journalist in the newspaper TO VIMA (2000-2008) and since 2008 in the newspaper KATHIMERINI. He is the Diplomatic and Defense correspondent, author and curator of “Security Bulletin” blog of kathimerini.gr. He was a commentator on the tv station Action24 and has been commenting on and presenting issues of his specialties to the SKAI TV station. He writes in the Estonian newspaper Post Imees.
Florents Tselai, Data scientist (https://tselai.com)
Data scientist and engineer who specializes in applying quantitative and machine learning methods to practical business problems. He has consulted many international companies in the areas of predictive analytics, market & investment analysis and general data strategy, in domains as varied as telecoms, retail, advertising, biotechnology and smart grids. Occasionally, he also teaches corporate courses and seminars on software engineering, data analysis and big data systems engineering. He is also the co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Socital. Socital is an Athens and London-based startup that builds and offers data-driven marketing automation & personalized recommendations tools for e-businesses. Until today, Socital has raised more than $2M in funding from international investors and has a growing client-base in Europe and Asia.
Dimitris Triantafyllidis, Senior editor – Russia expert
Dimitris V. Triantafyllidis was born in Thessaloniki. He studied Philosophy at the then State University of Kiev (Ukraine) in USSR, where he presented his Master of Arts thesis. He then studied Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He worked for several years in Private Technical Education and Vocational Training Schools. He then turned to Journalism and worked as staff for major newspapers and television stations. During the last 12 years he has been working at the “Athens 984 FM” radio station, where he started as head of broadcasts for the immigrant communities and then in the International News and Foreign Language Programs section. He has translated from Russian more than 70 books of literature, poetry, politics, philosophy and theology. In 2013 he founded s@mizdat editions, specializing in Russian literature, and in 2014 “Stepa” magazine, a quarterly review of Russian culture. His journalistic and scientific interests range from literature and poetry, philosophy and theology to Geopolitics, with emphasis on Russia. His latest book is titled “Letters from Russia” and is a particular journey to the Russian cities and mainlands, revealing the traditions and historical archetypes of society, and recording meetings with prominent contemporary personalities. He is currently working on a book titled “Modern Russian Democracy: pro et contra”, as well as a volume with interviews with Russian dissidents and thinkers about the state of today’s Russia.
Maria Katsounaki, special adviser
She was born in Athens. She studied Public Law and Political Sciences at the Law School of the University of Athens. She has been working as journalist since 1984, at the beginning with “Ethnos” newspaper and since 1987 with “Kathimerini” newspaper. She has specialized in culture reporting, holding the post of editor-in-chief and head of the “daily culture” division from 1992 to 2007. For ten years she has worked as columnist at “Kathimerini”, while continuing her work on cultural issues. From 2000 until the beginning of 2012, she presented a show about Greek Cinema on ET1 National Television In 2007 she was awarded a prize by the Botsis Foundation for promoting culture in the media.
Elias Maglinis, contributing writer
Elias Maglinis was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. He obtained his BA in English and Politics from the University of Sunderland and his MLitt and Media and Culture from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He worked as an assistant editor and a stuff writer in the book review “Diavazo” (1996-2003). Since 2003 he has been working as a stuff writer in the newspaper “Kathimerini”. During 2012-13 he served as the Opinion Editor of “Kathimerini” and since 2013 he holds the position of Arts and Letters Editor for the Sunday edition of “Kathimerini”. He has published three books of fiction. The short novel “The Interrogation” (2008) has been translated into English and Serbian. His latest novel, “Morning Calm” was awarded with the Best Novel Prize from the Petros Haris Institute of the Academy of Athens. It was also awarded the Prize for Best Novel from the digital book review “O Anagnostis” and from the literary review “Klepsydra”.
Nikos Kyriakidis, Reporter – Researcher
He studied journalism at the “Laboratory of Professional Journalism” with his professors Rosakis, Papayannakis, Zouraris, Filia, Andrianopoulos, Lendakis and others. He began working as an apprentice in the Athenian daily press in 1983 as police and general reporter. Since then he has worked and collaborated with various newspapers (“Avgi”, “Eleftherotypia”, “Kathimerini”), special press magazines and private radio stations. He is a regular member of ESIEA.
Dr George N. Tzogopoulos, Senior Contributor
He is a journalist and media-politics expert, is the Founder of chinaandgreece.com and the author of the books US Foreign Policy in the European Media (IB TAURIS 2012) and The Greek Crisis in the Media (Ashgate 2013) . He is also a regular columnist in Global Times (China) and a commentator in various international media such as ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, CCTV and Al Jazeera. Tzogopoulos co-operates with the European Council on Foreign Relations on the Scorecard project since 2010.
Ioannis Mantzikos, contributor – International relations Researcher
Ioannis Mantzikos is a researcher on extremist groups issues. He has studied at the Political Science Department of the University of Athens and at SOAS in London. He has carried out post-graduate research at King’s College and is a PhD candidate at Free State University in South Africa. He has written the book “Al-Qaeda, the Transformation of Terrorism in Middle East and Africa” (Praeger, 2015) with Denise Baken. His articles have been published on CNN International, Council on Foreign Relations, Africa Arguments, Fair Observer, War on the Rocks, International Policy Digest.
Vaggelis Grigoris, journalist
Vangelis Grigoris studied political sciences in Greece (Athens Law School) and France (Nancy II). He worked as editor and editor-in-chief in the ENA weekly magazine and then in the EPSILON magazine of Eleftherotypia newspaper (Sunday edition). He has collaborated with various media of the Athenian press. He is a regular member of ESIEA.