research work

Research experience

A.   Participation in research projects

  • Ongoing Research Project: Greek Research Partner in the European Interdisciplinary Project under the title “Generations and online media in Europe: the relation of generations with radio, music and social networks” (2009-2011) with the participation of researchers from 11 countries. Coordination: Paula Cordeiro, Professor/Researcher, Institute of Social and Political Science (ISCSP), Technical University of Lisbon (UTL)
  • Ongoing Research Project: Greek Research Partner in the Research Project under the title “Worlds of Journalism” with the participation of researchers from 22 countries. Coordination: Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. The research is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) & the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
  • Ongoing Research Project: Greek Research Partner in the “Global Media Monitoring Project 2009/2010 (GMMP”), regarding the study of gender presentation in the media conducted in over 125 countries.
  • 2002-2006: Greek Research Partner in the working group of the European Concerted Research Action “COST Action A20” under the title “The impact of the Internet on the mass media in Europe”. Projects: a.) Primary research in Greece with the method of content analysis of print and online newspaper editions (in collaboration with Dr. Eugenia Siapera), b.) Primary research with the method of structured questionnaires addressed to Greek journalists
  • 2005-2006: Researcher in the working group of the Research Program “Archimedes ΙΙ” financed by the EU and the Greek Ministry of Education under the title “Political Communication and Political Marketing in the Digital Era”. Projects: a.) The use of SMS in political communication, b.) The use of new technologies by Greek political candidates
  • 2005: Greek Research Partner (in collaboration with Ass. Prof. Dr. Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock) in the Research Project under the title “Globalization and pluralism: the function of public television in the European audiovisual market”. Coordination: Prof. Mercedes Medina, School of Communication at the University of Navarra

Research results

B.   Publications

  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “New media in the service of broadcast journalism” (2010) in “Broadcast Journalism”, Open Education School, Anadolu University, Turkey
  • E. Nezih Orhon & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Greek Media’s Coverage on Turkey’s Accession to the EU and Turkish Media’s Striking Back” (2009) in Savaş Arslan, Volkan Aytar, Defne Karaosmanoğlu and Süheyla Kırca Schroeder (eds). “Media, Culture and Identity in Europe”, Istanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou (in progress). Review of the book Baron, Naomi S. 2008. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World. Oxford University Press, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), International online-only peer-reviewed academic journal
  • Anna Panagiotarea & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou (2006). “Greek journalists in the digital era: innovators or laggards?” in Nikos Leandros (ed.) “The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe”, Suffolk: Abramis, pp. 337-350
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou & Eugenia Siapera (2005). “Greece: identical contents, lack of sophistication” in Richard van der Wurff & Edmund Lauf (eds.) “Print and online newspapers in Europe. A comparative analysis in 16 countries”, Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 145-158
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou (2005). “Time, Internet and Journalism” in Christos Fragkonikolopoulos (ed.) “Mass Media, Society & Politics”, Athens: Sideris Publications, pp. 687-710

C.   Edited Work

  • Yorgos Passadeos & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou (eds.) (2006). “Mass Media Research: International Approaches”, Athens: ATINER

D.   Translation Work

  • Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock & Alexis Baltzis (eds.) (2006). “New Directions in the European Mass Media”, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press

E.    Papers delivered to conferences

  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Women and News Media in Global Perspective: Reflections on the Global Media Monitoring Project 2009. The Greek case”, International Conference “Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change”, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Braga, Portugal, 18-22 July 2010
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Citizens discuss about citizenship and nationality: the construction of online public debate on political status of foreigners living in Greece”, International Conference “Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics”, Center for Lifelong Learning, Center for Political Analysis and the European Studies Department (Babeş-Bolyai University), the Science and Technology Studies Unit and the Department of Sociology (University of York), Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Rumania, 25-27 June 2010
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Journalists on the Blog: the online discourse of news professionals”, International Conference “New Media and Interactivity”, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, 28-30 April 2010
  • E. Nezih Orhon & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Challenging Hollywood Hegemony: The Rise of Turkish Films”, International Conference “What is Film? Change & Continuity in the 21st Century”, University of Oregon, Turnbull Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, 6-7 November 2009
  • E. Nezih Orhon & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Greek Media’s Coverage on Turkey’s Accession to the EU and Turkish Media’s Striking Back”, International Conference “Beyond Boundaries: Media, Culture and Identity in Europe”, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2-3 October 2009
  • Anna Panagiotarea & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Crisis equals crisis: How did the panic spread by the Greek media accelerate the economy crisis in the country”, International Conference “Journalism in Crisis”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Westminster & “British Journalism Review”, London, 19 & 20 May 2009
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Journalists in the digital era: caught in the Web?”, International Conference “Equal Opportunities and Communication Rights: Representation, Participation & the European Democratic Deficit”, ECREA, Brussels, 11 & 12 October 2007
  • Anna Panagiotarea & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Newspapers and young audiences: a relationship of participation or rejection?”, International Conference “The future of newspapers”, Centre for Journalism Studies, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, 12 & 13 September 2007
  • Anna Panagiotarea & Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Greek journalists in the digital era: innovators or laggards?”, International Conference “The impact of the Internet on the mass media”, COST Action A20 & Panteion University of Athens, Delphi, Greece, 26-28 April 2006
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “Politics via SMS: Message sent?”, International Conference “Political Marketing & Democracy”, Higher Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia, 31 March-4 April 2005
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “The development of online newspapers in Greece”, Presentation in the Meeting of the Research Group of COST Action A20, Dublin University, Ireland, 10-12 March 2004
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “The claim of qualifications for online journalists: technologists or actors of the ‘electronic’ public sphere?”, International Conference “The Media and Communications in the Emerging European Knowledge Society”, International University of Bremen & European Sociological Assication-Research Network for the Media, Bremen, Germany, 24-25 January 2003
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “The presence of online newspapers in Greece”, Presentation in the Meeting of the Research Group of COST Action A20, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 4-6 December 2003
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “The factor of time on the Internet and its impact on journalistic practice”, International Conference “Intercultural Communication”, IAMCR – International Association for Media and Communication Research, Barcelona, Spain, 21-26 July 2002
  • Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, “The impact of the Internet on the role of journalists”, International Conference “The impact of the Internet on the mass media”, COST Action A20, Tromso, Norway, 21 & 22 June 2002

F.    Participation in Conferences (without paper)

  • International Conference “Communication & Mass Media”, ATINER, Athens, Greece, 22-24 May 2006
  • European Conference, “50 Years of Communication Research: Past & Future”, The University of Amsterdam, The European Communication Association (ECA), The European Consortium for Communication Research (ECCR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24-26 November 2005
  • Conference “Image & Speech in the Media”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 4 November 2005
  • Conference “Communication: European perspective and the role of journalists”, European Parliament-Greek Office & European Commission-Greek Delegation, Thessaloniki, Greece, 11 February 2005
  • Conference “Advertising and Harassment: SPAM and Television”, Center of International and European Law, Thessaloniki, Greece, 4 February 2005
  • International conference “New Directions in European Media”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & European Sociological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, 5-7 November 2004
  • International conference “Sociology: Lessons of freedom”, Association of Greek Sociologists-Thessaloniki Branch, National Center of Social Studies, Law Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & International Sociological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, 8-10 November 2002
  • International conference “Towards the European Constitution and the recent review of the Greek Constitution: Thoughts, Tendencies and Perspectives”, Center of International and European Law, Thessaloniki, Greece, 28 & 29 November 2001
  • International conference “Digital Challenge: Mass Media & Democracy”, Department of Communication and Mass Media, National & Kapodestrean University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 10-12 May 2001

G.   Participation in Conference Review & Organizational Committees

  • Peer-reviewer for PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (March 2011), “Media coverage and the election ‘race’”
    • Reviewer in the Section “Communication Technology (CTEC)” for the Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Denver, Colorado, 4-7 August 2010
    • Member of the Organizational & Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Participatory Journalism: Blog and New Media”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki-Athens, Greece, 20 & 21 October 2008
    • Member of the Organizational Committee of the International Conference “Culture of the Media/Culture in the Media”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki-Athens, Greece, 3-5 November 2006
    • Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Communication & Mass Media”, ATINER, Athens, Greece, 22-24 May 2006
    • Member of the Organizational Committee of the International Conference “New Directions in European Media”, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & European Sociological Association, Thessaloniki, Greece, 5-7 November 2004

H. Major accomplishments

  • Research work in the European Concerted Research Action “COST Action A20” under the title “The impact of the Internet on the mass media in Europe”. It was an extremely beneficial experience in matters of networking with researchers from 16 different countries and of working under a trans-European approach. The applicant has developed research and managerial skills through the collaboration with a large and advanced research team and has gained experience in research team working as well as in carrying out independent research. As a member of the newspaper working group, she published one of her studies (Dimitrakopoulou & Siapera, 2005).
  • Coordinator and trainer of the Greek student team which is participating on behalf of the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the EU-funded project “Digital Bridges” [http://www.digitalbridges.eu]. The applicant has the opportunity to collaborate with the research team which is comprised by partners from Turkey, France and Rumania and to train a group of young journalists in issues of cultural dialogue and peace journalism. The project aims at giving an innovative dimension to the cultural dialogue between Turkey and EU, by using the online media and by setting-up a transnational multimedia cyber-platform enabling young journalists, cultural operators, artists and public opinion to dialogue on culture-related themes and events and promoting e-journalism.
  • Ongoing research work under the title “Citizens discuss about citizenship and nationality: the construction of online public debate on political status of foreigners living in Greece”. The applicant is studying the formation and the development of online debate, as it is practiced by citizens concerning the sensitive issues of nationality and citizenship. The reason for this debate was the action of the current Greek government of the social-democrat party to put under online deliberation[1] the legislative initiative regarding “The political participation of expatriates and foreigners who live legitimately and for long term in Greece” before introducing it as a Bill for discussion and voting in the Greek Parliament. The current research uses this deliberation as a case study to explore the construction and cultivation of nationalism on the Internet, focusing especially on the means of presentation and promotion of national identities, but also of the radical phenomena of nationalistic bulge. The research stands out as the first case study of online deliberation in Greece combined with the field of nationalistic and hate speech online and is the work that has given the applicant the motivation to suggest the present research Marie-Curie proposal. Her preliminary findings were presented at the International Conference “Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics” in Rumania.

[1] The current elected government of the socialist party in Greece initiated in the end of 2009 the institution of open government, as a promised policy to ensure meritocracy and transparency in the selection procedure of administration officials as well as public debate”. As platform of the public debate, a special website is formed where the online discussion is taking place (www.opengov.gr).

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