Holly Powell-Jones PhD


Media & Journalism

Holly has several years’ experience as a professional broadcast journalist, working across television, radio, print and online news platforms.

She had 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 community news show 'London 360' (broadcasting on Sky, Virgin and Freeview) and BBC Radio London.

She worked as a reporter and newsreader on a freelance basis for a number of leading commercial radio stations including Eagle Radio, Premier, Heart and XFM. She stays involved in media as a guest, often speaking about her research, and as a journalism lecturer and tutor. 

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Education & Training

In 2013, Holly used her knowledge of UK media law as a journalist to design training on social media law for children in schools - tackling issues like cyber-bullying, sexting, online abuse and hate speech through education on UK legislation and real life case studies.

This was awarded substantial funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and run via Eagle Radio Ltd.

In 2016-17, more than 15,000 pupils aged 8-18 years old directly received this training.

Holly extended this training to youth workers, teachers, journalists, businesses and charities, and became a lecturer in media law and ethics.

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In 2014, Holly was awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship to undertake research at City University of London (Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism). Her thesis investigates children's perceptions of the criminal, legal and social risks of social media misuse.

She has presented her research findings at several international conferences, from gloriously sunny Hawaii to rainy Cardiff. Her chapter on 'Social Media and Bullying' in 'School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention' was published in 2018.  

Holly has experience as a module leader on media law and criminology courses at MA and undergraduate level. She's also a lecturer on courses relating to Criminology, New Media, PR, and Journalism at a host of London universities. Click here for research and academic work.