Dr François Nel gained his doctorate from City University London, where his research explored the decision-making of journalistic innovators in the newsroom, boardroom and classroom. He specialises in media innovation and leadership development. He is founding director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, convenor of the Digital Editors Network, a Fellow of the European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP) and a 2013 National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. François is the first academic to become an executive member of the World Editors Forum and has worked to support entrepreneurial individuals and forward-thinking organisations worldwide, including News UK, Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, CN Group, Times Media Ltd (South Africa), and the World Editors Forum.
Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis gained her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where her empirical research explored the effects of dialogic argumentation on the critical thinking of young adolescents. Her specialism is statistical analysis. She is a freelance academic and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.
A casual conversation about data in the Barclay Room at Oxford University sparked a partnership that led the two Green Templeton College-affiliated scholars to collaborate on a global study that underpins, amongst others, a new report for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), a string of academic papers- and the establishment of the Innovation Research Group.
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Our projects, including The World News Media Innovation Outlook report and related academic articles, are made possible through collaboration with a variety of academic and industry partners, including: the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA); the Digital Editors Network (DEN); Dr Katja Lehtisaari of the University of Helsinki; Dr Datis Khajeheian of Aalborg University; Dr Aske Kammer of IT University of Copenhagen; Miguel Crespo of University Institute of Lisbon; Dr Alba Silva of University of Santiago de Compostela; Ali Alrowaili and Jacob Waite of the University of Central Lancashire; Dr Oscar Westlund of the University of Gothenburg.
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