Dr Kostas Saltzis

Kostas Saltzis photographLecturer and MA New Media

Society Programme Director

Tel: +44 (0)116 2522818

Email: ks82@le.ac.uk





Personal details

  • BA (Hons), Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1998
  • MSc, Media Management, University of Stirling, 2000
  • PhD, Mass Communication, University of Leicester, 2006

I have a background in news and media both as a journalist and an academic.

Between 1995 and 2000, I worked as a journalist in Greece covering motoring news and international motorsport events. During that time I also got involved in advertising for a daily newspaper in Thessaloniki and worked as a broadcast reporter - under an undergraduate placement scheme - for the Greek public service broadcaster (NET).

I obtained my first degree in Journalism and Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1998) and a Master's degree in Media Management at the University of Stirling (2000). In 2006, I completed my PhD at CMCR, University of Leicester, with a thesis on media convergence and news organisations examining, in particular, the impact of digital technologies on journalists and the management of news production.

In 2002, I began my teaching career as a teaching assistant at CMCR, University of Leicester and in 2004, I took my first full-time post, again at CMCR, lecturing across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including news production, new media and transnational relations.

From 2006 until recently, I was Senior Lecturer in Journalism at De Montfort University in Leicester, where I ran a number of undergraduate and postgraduate core modules and I was involved in the development of a new Master's degree in Journalism.

Since 2006, I have also been a tutor on the Distance Learning Programme in Mass Communication at the University of Leicester.

In 2008, I joined the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester as Lecturer.


I currently coordinate and teach the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules:

  • MS7302 New Media Theories and Concepts
  • MS7303 New Media Cultures
  • MS7003 The Study of Mass Media Audiences
  • MS1001 The Study of Media Audiences
  • MS2007 New Media and The Wired World

Professional activities

  • I am a member of MECCSA and IAMCR
  • I have contributed to European and Greek media news websites


Journal articles and book chapters:

  • Dickinson, R., Matthews, J., & Saltzis, K. (In press, 2013). Studying journalists in changing times: understanding news work as socially-situated practice. International Communication Gazette, 75(1).
  • Gunter B. Saltzis K. & Campbell V. (In Press, 2013) 'The Changing Nature of Party Election Broadcasts: The Growing Influence of Political Marketing', The Journal of Political Marketing.
  • Saltzis, K. (2012). 'Breaking News Online: How news stories are updated and maintained around-the-clock'Journalism Practice, 6 (5-6), pp702-710, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2012.667274
  • Saltzis, K. (2012). Doing journalism online: How UK news organisations have adapted in the age of the internet. In E. Siapera, & A. Veglis (Eds.), The Handbook of Global Online Journalism. Wiley.
  • Saltzis K (2009) ‘News Production: Changing Practices and Roles of Journalists’, In Fioretti, N and Russ-Mohl, S (eds) Merging Media, Converging Newsrooms. Lugano, Switzerland: European Journalism Observatory/Università della Svizzera italiana.
  • Saltzis K & Dickinson R (2008) Inside the changing newsroom: journalists’ responses to media convergence, Aslib Proceedings, 60 (3), pp.216-228, DOI: 10.1108/00012530810879097


  • Saltzis K. (2007) ‘News production in the age of convergence: a study on the changing practices and role of journalists’, In Communication Crossroads: limits and Transgressions- Proceedings of the IV International Conference Communication & Reality, edited by Pere Masip and Josep Rom, Volume I: 385-398. Barcelona: Facultat de Communicacio Blanquerna Universitat Ramon Llull.
  • Gunter B, Saltzis K. & Campbell V. (2006) ‘The Changing Nature of Party Election Broadcasts: The Growing Influence of Political Marketing’, Report prepared for the Nuffield Foundation, Department of Media and Communications, University of Leicester
  • Conference papers

    • Saltzis, K. (2011, September 8) ‘Breaking news online: A study on the patterns of news story updates in UK websites’. In Future of Journalism. Cardiff University.
    • Saltzis, K. (2010, October 13). ‘Breaking news online’. 3rd European Communication Conference ECREA. Hamburg.
    • Saltzis, K. (2008, March 7). ‘News production & convergence’. In Merging Media, Converging Newsrooms Conference. Lucerne University.
    • Saltzis, K. (2008, July 20). ‘How convergence affects the management and the production of news organisations’. In IAMCR, Global Divides Conference. Stockholm.
    • Saltzis K (2008) ‘Managing convergence in the newsroom: The end of single media journalists?’ Conference paper, 2nd European Communication Conference, ECREA, 25-28 November, Barcelona
    • Saltzis K (2007) ‘Media convergence in news organisations’, Doctoral Inaugural Lecture, University of Leicester, 5 December 2007
    • Saltzis K. (2007) ‘News production in the age of convergence: a study on the changing practices and role of journalists’, Conference paper, IV International Conference Communication & Reality, 25-26 May 2007, Barcelona
    • Saltzis K. (2007) ‘From single to multi media news: how convergence affects the management and the production of newspapers’ Conference paper, The Future of Newspapers Conference, Cardiff University, 12-13 September 2007


    My main research interests are in the study of journalism, new media and the management of news organisations.

    My previous research explored transformations in the work environment of journalists in traditional news organisations such as the BBC, Sky News, Financial Times, The Guardian and APTN. It examined the impact of digital media in journalistic routines and working practices, media convergence and the reorganisation of news production through newsroom integration.

    I am also particularly interested in the emergence of new types of journalism in the digital media age such as ‘blogging’ and ‘citizen reporting’ and the relationship between journalists and the audience.

    Other research activity has focused on political communication and the changing nature of party election broadcasts.


    I supervise MA and BSc dissertation students.

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