The Team

The Screencasts in Media Studies project was conducted by a team consisting of staff members and students from the University of Leicester:

Dr Paul Reilly (@PaulJReilly) is a lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. He was awarded the University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship in January 2014 in recognition of his contribution to the enhancement of teaching in the Department of Media and Communication through the development and promotion of digital media technologies and through his sensitivity to responding to student learning needs. He specialises in the study of online political communication, with a specific interest in how social media is used to promote better community relations in divided societies. He has written one book on the role of the internet in conflict transformation in Northern Ireland (Framing the Troubles Online: Northern Irish Groups and Website Strategy, Manchester University Press 2011) and is currently writing his second on the role of social media in promoting positive intercommunity relations in the region (due 2014). His work has been published in a number of journals including Information, Communication & Society, Policy and Internet and Urban Studies. His current research projects include a British Academy funded study of Youtube footage of the union flag protests in Northern Ireland and a study of how social media is used by first responders during crisis situations funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7). He has also organised a knowledge exchange seminar for the Economic Social Research Council and has been an invited speaker at events organised by the Arts Marketing Association (East Midlands) and Royal United Services Institute.

Dr Palitha Edirisingha (@palithaed) is a Lecturer in E-Learning at the Institute of Learning Innovation (formerly Beyond Distance Research Alliance) at the University of Leicester. Palitha’s research interests include learning from mobile technologies; incorporating informal learning from social software technologies into academic learning contexts; and learning technologies for lifelong learning. Palitha was co-investigator of the IMPALA series of projects on podcasting for learning. He currently leads on two Workpackages of an European Commission-funded SCENE ( that explores the use of ICTs ) to develop problem-based learning scenarios.

Caitlin Shayda Jones (@ccaitlinsshayda) is a researcher interested in technology and education, and children and adolescents’ use of and representation in media. She is currently completing an MSc in Media and Communications Research at the University of Leicester.

Miruna Virtopeanu (@MirunaMariaV) is a student passionate about new media, film and television and interested in the study of media audiences. She is currently a 2nd year undergraduate completing a BSc in Communications, Media and Society at the University of Leicester.


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