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Gabriel Moreno Esparza

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Northumbria University, Newcastle

At Northumbria University’s Arts department, Gabriel is researching the role of media in supporting a culture of organ donation. He is currently focused on the study of documentaries' observational and emotional components and their potential to generate public empathy towards organ donation in transmedia societies.

Dr Moreno was awarded in September 2009 a PhD by UK-based Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) within the University of Westminster, as result of his investigation about the role of television news in the experiences of immigrant families. In January 2010 he moved to Mexico under the auspices of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology, as full-time member of the research and teaching staff at Universidad de Guadalajara’s Department of Social Communication Studies (DESC). He then joined Jesuit University of Guadalajara’s (ITESO) Department of Sociocultural Studies (DESO) as lecturer and researcher.

Gabriel has been involved since September 2013 in the delivery of under- and post-graduate modules at Northumbria University, such as Digital Journalism, Media Research Methods and Mass Communication Management. His teaching experience in the UK dates back to his role as visiting lecturer from January 2006 to November 2009 at the University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design in Harrow Campus. He has a professional background in journalism, which he practised for 12 years at various news outlets, including Guadalajara’s quality newspapers Siglo 21 and Publico, and as financial and general news correspondent for Reuters’ news bureau in Mexico City.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Journalism, Northumbria University, Newcastle