COVID-19 #DisInfoStudies Seminar

Online event from University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
October 2, 2020


The recent polarization of various political, cultural, and communicative processes around the COVID-19 pandemic demands continuous and urgent work. LabCom and Re/media.Lab (University of Beira Interior, Portugal) and the SOPCOM's (Portuguese Communication Sciences Association) Journalism and Society section are organizing the COVID-19 #DisInfoStudies Seminar, to be held on October 2, through an online platform, focused on the circulation of disinformation and fake news in the context of the pandemic. During the seminar, round tables will be held, followed by an expanded discussion. The phenomena of disinformation on COVID-19 pandemic will be addressed by a multidisciplinary contribution of Communication and Media Scientists, Psychologists and Life Sciences ethics experts.
The two debate sessions can be followed on this site, but also through Facebook. Participation is free and does not require prior registration.
This event has the important support of Media Veritas, a program to combat media illiteracy, journalistic manipulation and disinformation. It is promoted by APImprensa (Portuguese Press Association) in partnership with and financed by the Tides Foundation.
Important note: This event does not replace our previous ECREA pre-conference, that will take place in 2021. The new event will have a specific format and content inviting all participants to take it as one step in a long and productive journey in the area.


10:00 am (Lisbon time)


Edson Tandoc Jr.

(Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Singapore)

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

(Cardiff University, UK)

J. Scott Brennen

(Reuters Institute, UK)

Anabela Gradim

2:00 pm (Lisbon time)


Gustavo Cardoso

(ISCTE, Portugal)

Isabel Babo

(Lusófona University of Porto, Portugal)

João Carlos Correia

(University of Beira Interior, Portugal)

Nuno Sá Teixeira

(University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Inês Amaral

4:00 pm (Lisbon time)


Networking moment for those interested in topics that fall under disinformation studies. To access the Zoom session, click here.


Edson C. Tandoc Jr.

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research focuses on the sociology of message construction in the context of digital journalism. He has conducted studies on the construction of news and social media messages. His studies about influences on journalists have focused on the impact of journalistic roles, new technologies, and audience feedback on the various stages of the news gatekeeping process. This stream of research has led him to study journalism from the perspective of news consumers as well, investigating how readers make sense of critical incidents in journalism and take part in reconsidering journalistic norms; and how changing news consumption patterns facilitate the spread of fake news. His latest projects can be found on the Information Integrity Initiative website:

Gustavo Cardoso

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon

Gustavo Cardoso is Full Professor of Communication Sciences at ISCTE-IUL, associate researcher at College d'Études Mondiales at FMSH in Paris. Member of CIES-IUL and Director of OberCom – Communication Observatory in Lisbon, he was also a visiting professor at IN3, in Barcelona. He currently directs the PhD in Communication Sciences and the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at ISCTE-IUL. Also at ISCTE-IUL, he coordinates MediaLab - Laboratory of Communication Sciences, the Barometer of News and Social Networks and the Portuguese participation in the European Journalism Observatory. He graduated from ISCTE in Organization and Business Management and obtained a master's degree in Sociology in 1996, a doctorate in 2005 and in 2009 he completed a postgraduate course at Harvard Kennedy School. Weekly participates in the podcast "Back to the day in 80 worlds".émico)

Isabel Babo

Lusófona University of Porto / CICANT

Isabel Babo holds habilitation in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho, PhD and DEA in Sociology from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a degree in Philosophy from the University of Porto. She is Professor in the Lusófona University of Porto, director of the PhD course in Communication and Activisms, and she is a researcher at the CICANT - Center for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies. Her research focuses on sociology of the event, sociology of communication and theories of public space and social networking, in whose areas she has published books, studies and conferences on media configuration of events and public problems, events and collective memory, publics and reception, and network activism.

João Carlos Correia

University of Beira Interior, Faculty of Arts and Letters

Holds habilitation and Ph.D in Communication Sciences by University of Beira Interior where he is Associate Professor in the Communication, Philosophy and Politics Department. He is also Editor of Communication Studies journal (indexed in Scopus); leading researcher of Re/medi.Lab – Regional Media Lab & Incubator (2018-2021), and Coordinator of the SOPCOM’s Journalism and Society section (since 2019). His interests are Social Networking, Local and Community Journalism, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory among others. Previously he directed the Citizens' Agenda Project, dedicated to the study of citizenship logic induced by the regional media, an area in which he has published books, studies and conferences. Both projects were directed to local and regional media.

J. Scott Brennen

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

J. Scott Brennen is a communication scholar and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the Oxford Internet Institute. His work investigates how changing media structures, cultures, and technologies are shaping the production and circulation of scientific information and scientific misinformation. He currently leads research for the Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science, and Media, which examines the interplay between scientific misinformation, news coverage, and social media platforms for the public understanding of science and technological innovation.

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Professor in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture. She holds a PhD from Stanford University, USA, and an honorary doctorate from Roskilde University, Denmark. She was named an ICA Fellow in 2020, and will serve as Ander Visiting Professor of Geomedia Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden, for the academic year 2020/21. Her research focuses on journalism and citizenship, and she has authored or edited ten books, close to 70 journal articles and more than 40 book chapters. Recent books include Emotions, Media and Politics (2019, Polity), Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (2019, Polity, with Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik), and Handbook of Journalism Studies, 2nd edition (2020, Routledge, co-edited with Thomas Hanitzsch). Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the AHRC, the Australian Research Council, and the BBC Trust. She recently won funding from the British Academy for the project, “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community journalism start-ups in the UK” (2020-2022). She also serves as Partner Investigator on Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, “Evaluating the challenge of ‘fake news’ and other malinformation (PI: Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; A$431,000 (2020-2023). For further information, see:

Nuno Alexandre De Sá Teixeira

William James Center for Research, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Aveiro

Nuno Teixeira holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Coimbra. He was a doctoral researcher at the Department of General Experimental Psychology at Johannes- Gütenberg University, Mainz, and at the Center for Space Biomedicine at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’. He was a visiting researcher at the Perception and Action Laboratory at the University Paris-Sud XII and at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently an Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Psychology, where he teaches, among others, 'Psychology of Attention and Perception', 'Psychology of Emotion and Motivation' and 'Reasoning and Decision Making'. He is a doctoral researcher at the William James Center of Research, and his scientific interests include multisensory perception, with a particular focus on visuo-vestibular interactions, influence of internal models on visual perception of movement and intuitive physics, perception of events, human factors and cognitive ergonomics, decision making and dual processing models in reasoning and cognition. He is a collaborator at “Ciência Viva na Imprensa Regional” (Live Science at Local Press).


Anabela Gradim / LabCom, University of Beira Interior /
Inês Amaral / University of Coimbra + Journalism and Society SOPCOM’ section /
João Carlos Correia / Re/media.Lab, LabCom, University of Beira Interior + Journalism and Society SOPCOM’ section /
Pedro Jerónimo / Re/media.Lab, LabCom, University of Beira Interior /