Meet our founder, Dr. Holly Powell-Jones…
Media & Journalism
Holly has several years’ experience as a professional broadcast journalist, working across television, radio, print and online news platforms. She got her first big break in TV presenting for youth volunteering charity Vinspired at their national awards at the O2 in 2011, before joining the Media Trust to produce content for youth news show 'London 360' (broadcasting on Sky, Virgin and Freeview) and BBC Radio London.
As a reporter and newsreader she has worked on a freelance basis for a number of leading radio stations including Eagle Radio, Premier, Heart and XFM. She remains engaged with the media as a guest and interviewee, and as a lecturer on several journalism courses.
Education & Training
In 2013, Holly took her knowledge of UK Media Law as a qualified journalist and designed training on social media law and ethics for young people in secondary schools. Designed to help prevent and reduce cyber-bullying, sexting, online abuse and hate speech through teaching pupils the basic laws around online communications, this course was awarded a substantial funding grant from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. In the first year of the project, this training was delivered in 45 schools, reaching 9,000 pupils thanks to collaboration with Eagle Radio Ltd.
The project was successfully recommissioned by the OPCC in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with reports into key findings published annually. In 2016-17, the training reached more than 15,500 pupils between the ages of 8 and 18 years old. Holly also expanded her social media law offering to youth workers, teachers, media professionals, businesses and charities, along with a host of other media training options.
Research & Academia
Bringing it all together...
In 2014, Holly was awarded a fully-funded PhD studentship to undertake research at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University of London to develop her experience with young people into a doctoral thesis. Her research investigates children's perceptions of the criminal, legal and social risks of social media misuse, and was completed in December 2018.
Her first publication - a chapter on 'Social Media and Bullying' in Cowie and Myers' book 'School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention' - is out in 2018. She has also presented her research findings at several international academic conferences, from gloriously sunny Hawaii to rainy Cardiff. Read more about Holly's research expertise.
Holly has experience as a module leader on media law courses at MA and undergraduate level at Goldsmiths University of London in the Media and Communications department. She's also worked as a visiting lecturer on courses relating to Criminology, New Media, PR, and Journalism at a host of other universities.
Now, Holly continues to design and deliver media training courses for schools, businesses, charities, journalists, students and academics as an independent freelancer. See clients and experience.
She uses her @OnlineMediaLaw Twitter account to keep up with the latest news and developments in this field.