Associated Partner: Spain – Journalism Research Group (GRP)

Brief description of the legal entity

The Journalism Research Group (GRP) created in 2007 operates within the Communication Department of the UPF. A relatively young public university (founded in 1990), it has an excellent record both as regards the quality of teaching and research. The GRP has four main research areas: the history of journalism with particular attention paid to the role of the media during the Spanish political transition from the Franco dictatorship to democracy; newsroom convergence and the implications of this unstoppable tendency as regards productions routines and the quality of information; news documentation and dynamic databases and finally journalistic ethics.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

The Journalism Research Group (GRP) has joined the MediaAcT Consortium as an Associated Partner and is represented by Prof. Salvador Alsius, who is an expert on instruments of media accountability systems. Prof. Alsius has been the main researcher of the group “Ethics and Excellence”, a wider research project about ethics and the media. This project was carried out within the framework of a national R+D plan designed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This project was lead by the Journalism Research Group (GRP) from UPF and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, The Universidad del País Vasco in Bilbao and the Universidad de Sevilla as partners. Regarding the aims of the MediaAcT project, the researchers from GRP contribute their expert knowledge on Spanish journalism and qualitative research methods, and also participate in the comparative field study, conducting the quantitative survey among Spanish journalists.

Short profile of the staff member

Salvador Alsius has a PhD in Journalism as well as undergraduate degrees in Economics and Information Sciences. His main research interest is journalistic ethics. He is the head of Journalism at the Pompeu Fabra University. Alsius has divided his professional life between university teaching and working mainly as a television journalist. He has been Dean of the Catalan Journalists College and has published widely about the Media Ethics on television.

Marcel Mauri i de los Ríos has a PhD in Journalism. He is historian, journalist and lecturer in Journalism History and Journalism Ethics at the Department of Communication at the UPF. He is also a consultant for ethics and communication law at the Open University of Catalonia. In 2007, he carried out predoctoral research at the University of Sorbonne in Paris; in 2010, he carried out postdoctoral research at Columbia University (NYC). He has published about the Media Ethics and History of Journalism.

Ruth Rodríguez Martínez has a PhD in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Her main research interests are specialized journalism and cultural journalism. In 2008, she carried out postdoctoral research in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri; in 2010, she carried out postdoctoral research in Laboratoire du Communication et Politique in CNRS (Paris). She has published about Literature and Journalism and New Media.

Fabiola Alcalá has a PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, an M.A. in Creative Documentary-making from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences from the ITESO University. She is a lecturer in image theory and the history of the documentary at the UPF. Her main research interests are documentary filmmaking and journalistic ethics.

Monica Figueras Maz has a PhD in Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and holds undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Information Sciences from the Autonomous University in Barcelona. Since 1998, she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication at the UPF. Her main research interests include communication and young people and gender studies.

Francesc Salgado has a PhD in Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He has worked as a journalism lecturer since 2004 at the UPF. His main research interests include the ethics of journalism and the history of journalism, particularly Francoism and the Transition.

Carles Singla graduated in Information Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has a PhD in Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona. A full professor in journalism, he is co-director of a Master’s programme in Communication at the IDEC Institute of the UPF. He has worked as a journalist at the Catalan newspaper Avui and the Diari de Barcelona and as a contributor at the El Temps weekly magazine and the Spanish newspaper El País.

Christopher Tulloch has a PhD in Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona as well as an M.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Essex and a B.A. in English from York University. His main research interests are international journalism and global media. As a journalist, he has worked for various national and international media and has been editor for Spain and Portugal of the US-based European Press Survey.

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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