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Jairo Lugo-Ocando

Associate Professor in Journalism Studies, University of Leeds

Jairo Lugo-Ocando teaches both theory and practice in journalism and media. He is an Associate Professor of Journalism Studies in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds (UK): He is also a visiting lecturer in the International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (New York, USA) since 2009 and since 2010, a visiting professor of the Doctoral Programme in Media & Communication at the Universidad de Malaga (Spain). In 2009 he was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Venezuela and in 2012 he was a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore. His research looks the intersection between journalism, development and poverty/social exclusion. His latest book 'Blaming the Victim. How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty' (Pluto, 2015) and his new book ‘Developing News: Global Journalism and Coverage of the 'Third World' (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017) deal with the central themes of this network. Before becoming an academic he worked as a political correspondent and news editor and producer for several media outlets in Latin America and the USA. He is currently a consultant on media issues for the Al-Jazeera program The Listening Post (i.e. and a weekly commentator for the program Al Dia for the Latin American radio network Union Radio. He is also shares his academic time with an active engagement with journalism practice writing weekly columns and opinion piece for a diversity of media outlets in Latin America.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Journalism Studies, University of Leeds


  • 2006 
    University of Sussex, UK, PhD in Media Studies