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New PhD Students in the Media Studies Research Group

The PhD-students Janara Nicoletti from Brazil and Pauline Gidget Estella from the Philippines are visiting Technische Universität Ilmenau.

Janara Nicoletti (photo: Ricardo Ghisi Tobaldini)

Pauline Gidget Estella (photo: private)

Janara Nicoletti studies how labor condition interferes with the quality of information published by the press. The research is part of the Postgraduate Program in Journalism (PPGJOR) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. Janara will stay as a guest researcher in the International Research Group on Crisis Communication (IRGoCC) until July 2018. Her master thesis mapped the social network use policy in Brazil and foreign countries, based on the concepts of public and private and analyzed the tension zone between professional journalists - the public person - and the journalist as an individual with a personal profile in digital social networks. She worked for UFSC as a substitute teacher in its journalism graduation course and as a guest teacher on postgraduate specialization courses on digital marketing. Her past experience also encompasses TV, radio and online reporting and editing.

Pauline Gidget Estella works as an assistant professor in the University of the Philippines and a consultant for journalism curriculum development at the Philippine Department of Education. She teaches communication research, journalism, and English as second language to both Filipinos and international students in her home university. She is also a consultant/trainer for workplace communication in several Philippines-based companies. Estella gained her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines and her Master’s degree in Communication Arts (Academic Achievement awardee) from the same university. In her research, she focuses on journalism education, media studies, and development communication. Her dissertation examines the development of journalism education in Southeast Asia in the internet age.