Advisory Board

Dr. Scott Maier, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, USA

Scott Maier is Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. One of his research focus lies on media accuracy. Maier has taken part in a larger investigation of media quality and profitability conducted by Philip Meyer at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Maier’s research interests also include newsroom numeracy, diffusion of new technology and managing newsrooms for technological change. He teaches writing, reporting, research, and information gathering courses. Maier’s 20-year long career as a newspaper and wire-service reporter includes covering the city hall, the state legislature, Latin America, and a variety of other news beats. He was founder of CAR Northwest, an industry-academic partnership providing training in computer-assisted reporting to newsrooms and journalism classrooms.

Dr. Thomas Schiller, chief editor of Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd)

Thomas Schiller is chief editor of the German news agency Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) since 1999. The epd is an independent news agency supported by the Protestant Church. One of the main focuses of epd lies on the coverage of important developments in the media. The section epd medien is concerned with media ethics, media policy and news about TV, radio, press and the internet. Before 1999, Thomas Schiller worked for the largest German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) in Erfurt, Munich and Paris. His professional experiences include studies of journalism at the University of Dortmund and an editorial traineeship at the newspaper Westfälische Rundschau and the Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR).

Dr. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, Lawyer and a Research Fellow at ELIAMEP

Dr. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou is the coordinator of a second FP7 media-related project "European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems" (MEDIADEM). She has a long standing record of research in EU cultural and media policies and proven expertise in the management of research consortia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and obtained a DEA in European and Community Law from the University of Paris I, as well as a Master of Research in Law from the European University Institute. Her PhD thesis, defended successfully at the European University Institute, pertained to the legal mandate and implementation of Article 151(4) of the Treaty establishing the European Community (cultural mainstreaming). Psychogiopoulou has been involved in a number of research and policy development projects regarding EU law and practice, cultural diversity, cultural mainstreaming, cultural and audiovisual cooperation for development, political and civil rights, and cultural rights. In October 2006, she joined ELIAMEP and worked as a research fellow for JURISTRAS, an FP6 research project, which comparatively explored processes of human rights litigation before the European Court of Human Rights and the effects of its judgments on national legislative reform and policy-making. She has also held research and management positions at the Academy of European Law (Florence, Italy), the European University Institute (Department of Law, Florence, Italy), the Directorate General Education and Culture (Unit C1-Culture and Intercultural Dialogue) of the European Commission and UNESCO (Division of cultural expressions and creative industries). From November 2008 to June 2009, she coordinated the preparation of a study commissioned by the European Parliament on "Collecting societies and cultural diversity in the music sector". Her recent publications include "The Integration of Cultural Considerations in EU Law and Policies" (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2008) and "The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of Marginalised Individuals and Minorities in National Context" (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2010), co-edited with Dr. Dia Anagnostou.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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