Prof. dr. Stijn Joye

Associate professor at the research group Center for Journalism Studies of the department of Communication Sciences of Ghent University.

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International news
Mediated distant suffering
Seriality in film
Critical discourse analysis


Stijn Joye is associate professor at the Department of Communication Sciences (UGent) and member of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS), Center for Journalism Studies (CJS), Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and the previous Health, Media & Society (HM&S) research consortium. He was a lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and at Sichuan University.

His areas of research include international news media with a focus on the representation of suffering alongside an interest in issues of domestication and colonial heritage. Another line of research focuses on sequential filmmaking and the practice of artistic imitation in film.

In 2006, Joye was awarded the IAMCR Prize in Memory of Herbert I. Schiller. He is Associate Editor of International Communication Gazette, book review editor of Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, former chair of ECREA’s International & Intercultural Communication section, current vice-chair of ‘TWG Ethics of Mediated Suffering', former treasurer of NeFCA, and vice-chair of NeFCA’s Intercultural Communication & Diversity section. In 2020, Joye joined the FWO Review College 2021-2023. He is currently head of the Study Programme Committee of Communication Sciences at UGent.

Current Research Projects

Past Research Projects

  • Land of the rising sun or yellow threat? A mixed-method study of European news on China’s soft power.
  • (De)constructing humanitarian representations of forcibly displaced people: a mixed-methods and multidimensional research project on the public communication strategies of international refugee organizations.
  • In sickness and in health: a study of health information behaviour and use among Flemish middle-aged and older adults.
  • Reassembling health news: a mixed methods investigation of health news sources in Flanders.
  • The distant audience? A multi-method study about people’s reactions towards mediated distant suffering.