Rachael Jolley researches and writes on freedom of the media globally as well as on local journalism and democratic deficits. She has recently published on local media innovation during the pandemic with the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University. She is also a guest lecturer at the Reuters Institute and in journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Nottingham Trent universities. She was editor-in-chief of the Sage-published journal Index on Censorship for seven years, where she commissioned a special report on the challenges for local journalism globally. She was a board member of the US Press Freedom Tracker. She started her career as a news reporter on the Eastern Daily Press and has won various journalism awards including the British Society of Magazine Editors' specialist editor of the year.