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Kristina Juraitė

Kristina Juraitė, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Public Communications at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. She is a co-founder of the UNESCO Chair on Media and Information Literacy for Inclusive Knowledge Societies at VMU. Her research interests include media transformations and social change, mediatization and democratization, media and information literacy, participation studies, cultural communication, comparative research and visual culture. She is a member of the UNESCO MIL Allience, MILID Network, the Media Council of Lithuania, other international research networks, professional associations, expert groups and editorial boards.

Auksė Balčytienė

Auksė Balčytienė is a journalism and communications scholar and professor, and media critic.

She was born on May 12th, 1966 in Lithuania. In 1989 she has graduated from Kaunas University of Technology and then pursued graduate and Ph.D. studies at the University of Joensuu in Finland (now: University of Eastern Finland). She defended the Ph.D. dissertation ‘Using Hypertext to Read and Reason’ and received a doctorate in 1996. She has returned to Lithuania in 1996 and became a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas where she taught courses on the impact of new media cognition and communication. She also was working as a consultant and media expert at the Information Program developed and supported through the Open Society Fund Lithuania. She was also closely involved with new training programs and innovative educational projects and was a board member of the Foundation for Educational Change (1999-2000).


In 1998 she became the core founding person of the Department of Journalism (which she headed in 1998-2006) at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy at VMU. Since its establishment, the department activities were aimed not only to educate journalists and communication professionals but also to advance media research in the Baltic countries.

Scholarly interests of Auksė Balčytienė are in media cultures and comparative studies, media policy, media/news literacy, international journalism and globalization, modernization and socio-political change in Central and Eastern Europe, political communication, mediatization, European reporting, European public sphere, media convergence, and effects of digitalization.

She has a broad international network and professional contacts and is regularly teaching at various research and policy centers and academic institutions. She is also an active member of different professional associations (ICA, ECREA, IAMCR, she was a board member of ECREA: European Communication Research Association and Chair of ECREA’s CEE Network). She is an active member of the EMRG: Euromedia Research Group (from 2008).

She is an editorial board member of international refereed journals and academic book series (book series On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics published at Rodopi, and following journals: European Journal of Communication, Digital Journalism, Central European Journal of Communication, Media Transformations: Medijų transformacijos, Informacijos mokslai, Žurnalistikos tyrimai, Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, Javnost: The Public, Media Management Quarterly, Media and Communication).

Auksė Balčytienė has extensive experience in collaborative project design, administration, and coordination. She is leading a number of international media research and journalism education projects (DIGIRES – on countering of disinformation www.digires.lt, MPM with EUI); she has been working with Freedom House analyses. She was closely involved in a number of projects funded through the European Commission (6FP projects: AIM, CINEFOGO); she was the leader/national representative in a number of internationally funded projects (through the European Science Foundation, Nordic Council of Ministers, German Research Foundation, Lithuanian Science and Research Foundation). She has been active in 3 COST projects A20 and A30, and ISO906.

She is active in the training of young scholars and researchers; she is active in various Ph.D. schools and study networks (ECREA PhD Summer School: SuSo, Nordic and Baltic Networks for Ph.D. Studies). She also is a program committee member of two Ph.D. programs at VMU (Communication, and Political Science).

For the period of nine years (2006-2015), she served as Vice-Rector for Public Communication and International Relations at VMU. Currently, she is a Professor of Journalism at the Department of Public Communications at VMU. She gives lectures in Media/Platform Policies, Social Change (MA), Communication Contexts and Cultures, and Mediated Globalization (BA).

She is experienced in review, analysis, and consultancy work: she was an advisory board member in different projects (Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Oxford, 2010-2013), worked as an expert at the Academy of Finland, 2010-2012; She was a member of the Lithuanian Science and Research Council (Humanities/Social Sciences Division, 2008-2010), she also was a member of the Council of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (2008-2011). Currently, she is an expert at the Lithuanian Science Council (from 2008), and Latvian Science Council (from 2015); acts as an expert with the ERC Starting Grants (2015-2019). She is on ECREA Advisory Board.

In 2018 she became chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in MIL for Inclusive Knowledge Societies. In 2021 – elected to Academia Europaea.

Auksė Balčytienė has published widely in international refereed journals and academic books.

Ignas Kalpokas

Ignas Kalpokas holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). In addition to his work at LCC, he also teaches at Vytautas Magnus University and has previously taught at Vilnius University, ISM University of Management and Economics, and the University of Nottingham. He also taught guest lectures at the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2017 and 2018. Ignas is a member of the Political Studies Association and Association for Political Theory as well as Associate Fellow of UK’s Higher Education Academy. His other roles include acting as an expert for the Lithuanian Press, Radio, and Television Foundation and the COST Association.

Donata Bocullo​

Donata Bocullo have a master’s degree in advertising management (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania). In 2009-2013 I studied Art history (BA) and public communication (Qualification studies) at VMU (Kaunas, Lithuania). Fields of scientific interests are: tourism, place marketing, place image formation and communication, European identity formation and communication, creative industries, film industry, visual communication, intercultural communication, new media, media literacy. Since 2017 working as a lecturer at VMU and since 2021 working at Kaunas city museum as a marketing specialist. Currently working on PhD thesis: European identity politics in transition: communicating intercultural identity in the European Capital of Culture program.

Austėja Žostautaitė


Austėja Pečiurienė graduated Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication (2016) and a Master’s degree in Journalism and the Media Industry (2018) at Vytautas Magnus University. Later, worked as a communication and marketing specialist in a network of family clinics and taught a visual communication course and had private assignments. Have amassing a lot of business, image communication, and hands-on marketing knowledge. Currently work only at Vytautas Magnus University with projects related to the media literacy and in the media laboratory of Romas Sakadolskis. Also, manage Instagram and Facebook accounts of the Department of Public Communication and have the lectures.

Martin Maška

Martin Maška  is a Czech-Slovak concept and project writer and documentary film-maker. In 2014, he was elected as an Executive Board member of the EYP – Network of Young Media Makers. He joined European Dialogue in 2017 and works here as a Project and Creative Manager. He’s mainly focusing on topics related to media and arts – quality and responsible production, talent development, engagement with an audience, literacies, innovation, and cooperation across professions and borders.

Denisa Karabová

Denisa Karabová is the chairwoman of the civic association European Dialogue based in Slovakia, where she has been working with young people at the local, national and international levels since 2016. She is a project manager, facilitator of various educational events for young people and a researcher specializing in the topics of media literacy and youth participation. In the past, she also worked as a university teacher in the programme of European studies and policies.

Boris Kolman

Boris Kolman holds a PhD degree in Political sciences program. In the scientific work he focused on monitoring the current extreme right and youth in Slovakia. The subject of his scope is also the area of media literacy. As a member of the European Dialogue, he participated in the structured dialogue projects. He also worked as a tutor of a media literacy project for youth. As an intern, he worked at the Center for European Studies FSV UCM and the Office of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. Working experience also gained in the District Prosecutor’s Office. During his studies, he completed Erasmus + study programs at Tallinn University and Charles University in Prague.

Elizabete Marta Aleidzāne

Elizabete Marta Aleidzāne is a Latvian youth trainer and founder of Medijpratējs – a youth-led movement that aims to explain and promote the concept of as well as the practical application of media and information literacy. Despite planning and hosting trainings and events, she finds time to create graphic designs for Medijpratējs. Since graduating from university in 2021, Marta works in media, her main focus being social and digital media. 

Harutyun (Harry) Tsatryan

Harutyun (Harry) Tsatryan is a media researcher, fact-check specialist and lecturer at Yerevan State University. Obtaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism and political science, he continued his academic career in media studies and got a PhD degree in 2018. Harutyun has experience in media making since 2008. He worked as a journalist for several Armenian leading media companies (Armenpress News Agency, YouthArmenia.am online newspaper, Public TV Company of Armenia, Fact Investigative Platform). He started an internship programme with the European Youth Press in early 2019, later in October of the year of 2019 Harutyun was elected as an Executive Board Member. Harutyun contributed to the world mainstream media during his career, and amongst them are some notable ones: Al Jazeera English, the Washington Post, Poynter Institute. Currently, Harutyun delivers lectures on media, fact-checking, international journalism and political processes, foreign journalism at the Faculty of Journalism of Yerevan State University. Since October 2021, Harutyun has been an associate professor at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Neringa Jurčiukonytė


Neringa keeps the issues of human rights, investigative journalism & media literacy on her radar. You will always find her where innovation meets media and education. She uses her unique background in journalism & sociology to create, apply and maintain the suggestive education methods, empower society & sparkle systematic and lasting social change.

Neringa is Media4Change.co director. She is also a founder of the National Institute for Social Integration (zmogui.lt) and has extensive experience in the field of NGO work, effective campaigning, and nonformal education.

Media4Change is an international movement that examine problems that are outside media agenda. It monitors the portrayal of the most stigmatised groups and aims to make good global practices a source of inspiration for the decision- makers and other members of the movement. Media4Change believes that media is a powerful tool to protect the public interest.

Neringa has managed numerous international projects and training on ethical reporting and investigative journalism. In 2009 Neringa initiated and coordinated the No Hate Speech campaign ‘I Love Panda’ and the ‘Young Journalists Education’ program, which is still ongoing. This program is a system that identifies talented young people, motivates, supports them and provides information to
empower them for high standards in journalism. Moreover, she is initiator and manager of
journalistic programs.

Neringa is an author of a manual for journalists “How to recognise hate speech and How to React Appropriately to it”, 2015 (in Lithuanian, Latvian andEnglish), also a guide for vulnerable groups “How to Effectively Communicate with the Mass Media? A Guide for Vulnerable Groups and Related Organisations”, 2015 (In Lithuanian and English).

Yulia Kazakova

Yulia Kazakova has been a part of the media world since her first professional steps. She studied media and communications in the leading Russian university. She is interested in new technologies and is constantly keeping an eye on how to implement innovations in media. Yulia believes in the power of the community and has been participating in the activities of EYP since 2019. Currently she is acting as an Office Manager to help the organisation be sustainable and develop the network of young journalists and content producers.

Kristina Korsakaitė

Kristina Korsakaite is currently working on obtaining a BA degree in French philology (Vilnius University). Fascinated by words and by the power they hold from a young age, she immersed herself in journalism, translation and transcultural communication during her studies. She has worked in the French Institute in Lithuania. Having been a participant in various projects dealing with media literacy before, now she is teaming up with the best educators in the field in order to bring the best possible experience to future participants. Her fields of interest as a writer are human rights, mental health, art and transcultural communication.

Baiba Holma

Baiba Holma is assistant professor in the Department of Information and Library Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences University of Latvia. Her academical and research interests are connected with media and information literacy as well as information management issues.