medewerkers BCJS nieuw


  • De Cock Rozane
  • rozaneProf . dr. Rozane De Cock (PhD, Social Sciences, KU Leuven, 2007) is Tenure-Track Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences KU Leuven. She holds a MA in Communication Sciences and a MA Post-graduate teacher training (KU Leuven). Since 2013 she is director of BCJS (Brussels Center for Journalism Studies). She is responsible for courses at KU Leuven campus Leuven (News Production and News Reception; Qualitative Methods of Communication Research) and courses (Communication sciences: an introduction and News and News Effects) at the master in journalism studies/applied languages KU Leuven Campus Brussels. Research interests: news research (news production and news reception), content analysis, quantitative and qualitative research, innovative research designs, internet use and problematic internet use, coverage of the courts, crime news and justice. Between 2001-2007 she worked as a tutor, teaching assistant and ombudsperson for students and academic staff at the Centre for Student Support and Learning Development (CSO/CSSLD) of the faculty of Social Sciences (KU Leuven) and she was a researcher at the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research.
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  • de Smaele Hedwig
  • Hedwigfotosite.JPGprof. dr. Hedwig de Smaele is program director of the master in Journalism, KU Leuven, Campus Brussels. She has teaching experience in journalism, research methods, new media, Russian language and culture, communication theory, political communication and media policy. Her research interests lie in the extension of these topics. Her PhD (2001) looked into Russian media transition (1917-2000). As a postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (Belgium), she studied  the audiovisual policy in the enlarged European Union. The focus on cultural diversity in Europe is also the core of the present research project on ‘cultural values in the news’ (2012-2015).  Areas of interest are Russia, Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Europe in general. Topics of interest are media transition, democratization and media, political communication, media law and policy, journalism production and content, journalism culture, media diversity, normative media theory, comparative research. Hedwig acts as a referee for journals such as European Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, Press & Politics, Journal of Southeastern Europe, Journal of International Communication.
  • research output H. de Smaele; contact: hedwig.desmaele@kuleuven.


  • Lams Lutgard
  • lut-lamsprof. dr. Lutgard Lams is an Associate Professor in Pragmatics, Media Discourse Analysis and Intercultural Communication at the Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven Campus Brussel. She obtained her M.A. in Germanic Philology from KU Leuven, M.A. in Literary Theory from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the UA (University of Antwerp) with a dissertation on the Pragmatics of the Hong Kong handover coverage in Chinese/Taiwanese press narratives. Her research interests include political communication strategies (including electoral campaigning) and the pragmatics of language and ideology in media discourse within and about the Chinese region. Her foremost interest is the study of representation practices about the Self and the Other in the media, identity politics, and official discourse in the Chinese/Taiwanese context.
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  • Mertens Stefan
  • stefanfotosite.jpgDr. Stefan Mertens investigates social and cultural diversity with a special focus on the relation between communication media and diversity. He recently finished a project funded by the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen on the representation of Islam in the European print media. He is also the Flemish partner in the International “Worlds of Journalism” project that investigates the journalistic culture of journalists all over the world. In earlier research projects he investigated the representation of cultures in the media coverage of international soccer championships, the digital divide among youngsters in Brussels, the cultural differences in Europe in dealing with online risks for children and the opportunities for social employment in the region of Turnhout.
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  • Verschooten Chris
  • chrisProf. dr. Chris Verschooten (PhD, 2006) teaches international journalism in the Journalism Master programme at KU Leuven Campus Brussels. Her PhD dealt with the representation of Dalits in Indian print media. Her research areas include Dalits and media, women and media in India, alternative journalism and poverty and critical journalism.


      Former BCJS member

  • Du Pont Koenraad
  • koen-2Dr. Koenraad Du Pont holds a PhD in Italian literature (KU Leuven, 2007) and an MA in International Politics (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2004). His doctoral thesis was on the war diaries (1915-1918) of the Florentine painter, writer and activist Ardengo Soffici. He published articles on Italian First World War diaries and memoirs, the culture of Italy’s historical avant-garde, trench journalism, travel journalism and commemorative journalism. Koenraad’s research interests lie in literary journalism, journalism history and international journalism, in particular regarding their affinities with discourse studies, memory studies and intercultural communication.
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