Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies

Ph.D. School of Media and Communication, The University of Leeds, The United Kingdom
M.Sc. in Communication Sciences, Major in Media Management, USI Universita’ della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
B.A. Faculty of Education Sciences, Universita di Torino, Italy

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, Office 10
Phone: +41 91 986 36 56

Alessandro Martinisi is Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Media and Communication at The University of Leeds in the UK with a thesis that explores the use of statistics in journalism practice. In 2018 his doctoral thesis received special mention for research excellence.

One strand of his research looks at the use of data in media storytelling and public discourse, with particular emphasis on data-driven journalism, science communication and constructive journalism. Another strand of research looks at possibilities to broaden the field of media criticism through the theoretical lenses of De-Westernization.

Prof. Martinisi helped universities in establishing the learning community as the core of their educational vision. He taught a variety of courses in universities based in Qatar, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Lithuania, and Italy developing a teaching portfolio that includes Political Communication in the Media, Media research methods, Health and Crisis Communication, to mention a few. He was also the recipient of grants awarded by CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico), British Council and Annenberg School of Communication.

He participated as a co-investigator in projects related to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Prior to joining Franklin, he was a postdoctoral researcher and project coordinator for a UK-wide project funded by AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) aiming to investigate how constructive journalism could support Covid-19 pandemic recovery in local and regional areas of the UK. He is a member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and IAMCR (The International Association for Media and Communication Research).

Professional Experience

Visiting Lecturer, Northwestern University in Qatar, Doha.

Lecturer in Media, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Academy for Digital Entertainment, The Netherlands.

Lecturer and Research Fellow, KTU-Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Lithuania.

Postdoctoral researcher and project coordinator, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Communication and Journalism, The United Kingdom.


2023-2024 Courses

COM 201 Fundamentals of Media Studies and Criticism FALL 2023
COM 238 Multi-Media Strategies: Theories and Practice FALL 2023

Areas of Research:

His research focuses on emerging approaches to journalism such as data-driven journalism and constructive journalism, and his publications include "Statistics and the Quest for Quality Journalism: A Study in Quantitative Reporting," and "Overcoming the objectivity of the senses: Enhancing journalism practice through Eastern philosophies." He will bring his cutting-edge research and experiences as a media practitioner to teach a variety of courses including journalism, media strategies, and media production that are informed by theories and research.  



Martinisi, A & Lugo-Ocando J. (2020) Statistics and the quest for Quality Journalism: A study in Quantitative reporting. Anthem Press.


Martinisi, A. (2021). De-Westernising Communication Sciences: An essay in memoriam of Prof. Shelton Gunaratne (1949-2019). The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, 6(2), 13-18.

Weber, J, Warmelink, H., Martinisi, A., Buijtenweg, T., & Mayer, I. S. (2019). Learning Efficacy among Executives and Students of an Organizational Growrg Game, Neo-Simulation and Gaming Toward Active Learning, 129-136, Springer: Singapore.

Martinisi, A., & Lugo-Ocando, J. (2015). Overcoming the objectivity of the senses: Enhancing journalism practice through Eastern philosophies. International Communication Gazette77(5), 439-455.

Book chapters:

Lugo-Ocando J. & Martinisi A (2022). Lies, Damned lies and disinformation in the Global South: examining the enduring legacy of statistics and misinformation, Fake-News and propaganda. In: Wasserman H., Rumors, false news and disinformation in the Global South, Wiley Blackwell.

Martinisi, A. (2017). Understanding Quality of Statistics in News Stories: A Theoretical Approach from the Audience's Perspective. In Handbook of Research on Driving STEM Learning with Educational Technologies (pp. 485-505). IGI Global.

Journal articles:

Martinisi A., (forthcoming 2024) Against the apparatus. Vilém Flusser and the nature of journalism. [submitted] 

Martinisi A. (forthcoming 2024) What the hell is happening? The case of crisis reporting in Italy. A news analysis of 2021-2022 earthquakes and floods. [submitted] 

Ghezzi, P., Giglietto, F., & Martinisi, A. (2023). Political polarization in the frequency British newspapers mention scientists with different views on COVID-19. (Preprint on  

Palatta, F., Macedo, A. C., Marcacci, F., Martinisi, A., de Freitas Pereira Angelo Durço, D., Neto, R. C. B., & Ghezzi, P. (2023, February 9). Reporting on scientific studies in newspaper articles on COVID-19 in Italy and the US: missing citations and information bubbles. (Preprint on 

Conference proceedings:

Martinisi A (2018), Quality of statistics in the news. European Conference in Quality in Official Statistics. Eurostat and European Commission. Krakow, June.

Martinisi, A. (2013). Data Journalism and its role in open government. In: CHALLENGES, SOLUTIONS, KNOWLEDGE MODELS IN E-GOVERNANCE, Technical University Sofia.



2022, Constructive Journalism in times of social change. International Conference on Communication and Media. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (TBC).

2022, Fighting Against the machine: The anatomy of a solutions journalism campaign across local news outlets in the UK. PSA (Political Studies Association) University of York, United Kingdom (TBC).

2019, Journalism and the controversy on “quality statistics”. International Conference on Media and Communication. University of Bonn, Germany.

2016, The journalistic dimension of statistics. Reporting human development and its quantification. International Conference in Applied Statistics, Slovenia.

2014, The identity of the data-journalist between professionalism and professionalization. Statistics in Journalism Practice and Education, University of Sheffield.

2013, What quality in Data Journalism? Assessing quality parameters in data-driven stories. A theoretical framework. 19th International Conference of the Spanish Society of Journalism, Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Era, University Jaume I°, Castelló, June.

2013, The contribution of Data Journalism in representing the dissent. The case study of London riots 2011. 5th annual conference of the Department of Media and Communication of University of Westminster, London.

2013, Balancing risk and innovation in ‘datafying’ the news. 6th International Meeting research in Information and Communication, Journalism and Semantic Web, MediaLab Prado, Madrid.