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.
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 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.
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 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 Eurovision Song Contest commentating since 2006, for Radio and TV. She presents a daily morning radio show for the last 18 years.
Senior contributor – International relations Researcher
Ioannis Mantzikos is a PhD Candidate at the University of Free State in South Africa, specializing in radical threats south of Sahara. Prior to Free State, he spent two years as a visiting research student at King’s College London and concluded his M.A. Thesis at SOAS University of London. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Politics from the University of Athens. He is currently a Research Associate at the Think Tank for Research on Islam in Africa in Israel and an external assistant at Shield Analysis LLC in Virginia United States. He was also a Research Director at the Hellenic African Chamber for Development in Athens Greece and an Editorial Assistant for Pespectives on Terrorism. He has spent the last two years researching for a book on Al-Qaeda’s transformation in the Middle East and North Africa with Professor Denise Baken of George Mason University while he is also contributing for leading Greek and worldwide mediav outlets such as CNN, Estia Newspaper, at NEA and others.
Public Relations – Content Manager
Katerina Chrysanthopoulou is a 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.
Senior editor – Russia expert
Senior editor-Digital content
Senior editor – Special advisor