Reader in Global Journalism and Media at University of Liverpool , UK
Global journalism comparative research Central and Eastern Europe young people and news online comments journalists' safety
Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova is the author of Global Journalism: An Introduction (with Michael Bromley, Palgrave, 2018), Russia’s Liberal Media: Handcuffed but Free (Routledge, 2018), Discussing Trump’s America Online: Digital Commenting in China, Mexico and Russia (Palgrave, 2023) and Young People, Media and Politics in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2023). She is Principal Investigator for Bulgaria and Co-Investigator for Ukraine in the Worlds of Journalism Study, Central and Eastern Europe Regional Coordinator (with Alice Němcová Tejkalová) and chair of the Journalists’ Safety Working Group. She is also the Journalism Safety Research Network Co-Lead for Central and Eastern Europe. Vera is the Project Lead of safetyofjournalists.org. She started working on safety issues in 2014 by conducting ethnographic work at Russia’s deadliest newspaper - Novaya Gazeta - whose editor won the Nobel Peace Prize. She then initiated the inclusion of journalists' safety questions in the biggest cross-national representative survey of journalists - the Worlds of Journalism, covering 120 countries. Under her leadership, the team developed a holistic theoretical framework with four dimensions: physical, psychological, digital and financial safety. She now leads the design of a global index on journalists' safety based on the representative survey results and external data.