Special Project Adviser

Professor Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch
The Chair and Professor of Communication at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. His teachings and research focus on journalism research and comparative media studies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of “Communication Theory”, the journalism field’s most renowned journals published by the “International Communication Association” (ICA) in association with “Wiley”. Also in his “Vitae“, he has edited several books on Journalism studies and is the founder and Chair of the “Worlds of Journalism Study” project.


Dr. Lansana Gberie

– Researcher & Expert
An expert on peace and security in Africa, peace building, transitional justice, the politics and history of West African Journalism. He has written two books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles on these issues, including “A Dirty War in West Africa”. He has written for CNN, New African magazine, West Africa and many other publications. He is also featured on the Advisory Board of the  “Sierra Leone Writers Series”


Dr. Terje S. Skjerdal

– Associate Professor & Adjunct Lecturer
Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, Kristiansand, Norway and Adjunct Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His research focuses on Ethiopian and Somali Journalism cultures and on professional conflicts in Ethiopian journalism. His work are featured in academia.edu, and his “Vitae“.


Bernadette Cole (Mrs.)

– Director & Media Researcher
Currently the Director Alumni and International Relations, University of Sierra Leone. She previously served as the Dean of Arts Faculty, Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone and head of Mass Communication Department, FBC. She has published several books and peer reviewed articles on media in Sierra Leone including Mass media, freedom and democracy in Sierra Leone. She also served as the head Independent Media Commission of Sierra Leone.


Gbanabom Hallowell

– Director General & Author
The D.G. (Director General) Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) – Africa’s second public broadcaster. Founder and Executive Director, Save Heritage and Rehabilitate the Environment (SHARE). He has over twenty years experience in the media. Writer, Poet, Musician, Activist, Lecturer and Political Commentator. Author of Drumbeats of War (poems), My Immigrant Blood (poems), and Manscape of the Sierra: New & Collected Poems 1991-2011 and Leoneanthology: Contemporary Short Stories & Poems From Sierra Leone, The Dinning Table. He has led NGOs, social movements, activist organizations and human rights groups such as “Journalists for Human Rights (Sierra Leone)” and teaches Communication, Media & Conflict, Ethics and Literature in Universities in Sierra Leone.


Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

 – Senior Lecturer &  Journalism Researcher
A Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne , UK . He is also the Secretary General for Africa in the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) and author of two books:  ‘Human Rights Journalism’ Palgrave Macmillan (2012).  He  served as  a co-editor  for ‘Expanding Peace Journalism’ Sydney University Press (2012). Also co-edited two issues of journal of International Communication Gazette and Journal of African Media Studies in 2012. His  research and teaching interests encompass media and human rights; media, conflict and development; democracy and media agenda-setting; peace journalism; media representations of conflict and humanitarian intervention; among others.


Dr. Farooq Kperogi

– Assistant Professor & Blogger
An Assistant Professor of Journalism and Citizen Media at Kennesaw State University United States. His research broadly explores the intersection between communication in a global context and the singularities of the communicative practices of marginal groups within this context. His research interest, for instance, is in how minority groups in peripheral, transnational societies deploy their indigenous languages for mass communication. He is featured in “Notes from Atlanta”.