Prof Julie Reid is based at the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and specialises in media studies. Her research interests include the topics of media and communications policy and regulation, and she is a project leader for the Media Policy and Democracy Project (MPDP) – an inter-university collaborative research initiative aimed at promoting participatory media policy-making in the public interest. Julie is an activist for media freedom and communications rights, and former President of the South African Communications Association (SACOMM). Julie has published widely on the topics of media regulation, media politics and issues of communications rights in South Africa. She is the editor and co-author of the books Looking at media: an introduction to visual studies (Pearson, 2013), New concepts in media diversity. A view from South Africa (Unisa Press, 2020) and the co-author of Tell Our Story. Multiplying voices in the news media (Wits University Press, 2020).