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

She’s 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 remains engaged with the media as a guest and interviewee speaking about her research, and is a lecturer on several journalism courses. 

See Holly's press and media appearances.

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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 by 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, Holly delivered this training across 45 schools, reaching more than 9,000 pupils in collaboration with Eagle Radio Ltd.

Find out more about this project on the Eagle Radio website.

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 training to youth workers, teachers, media professionals, businesses and charities, and became a lecturer in media law and ethics.

See an overview of Holly’s academic teaching experience.

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Research & Academia

In 2014, Holly was awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship 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 thesis investigates children's perceptions of the criminal, legal and social risks of social media misuse, and was passed with no corrections in December 2018.

Her chapter on 'Social Media and Bullying' in Cowie and Myers' book 'School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention' was published in 2018. She has also presented her research findings at several international 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.

Holly continues to design and deliver media training courses for schools, businesses, charities, journalists, students and researchers as an independent freelancer (See clients and experience) and the @OnlineMediaLaw Twitter account to keep up with the latest news and developments in this area.

Email OnlineMediaLawUK@gmail.com to find out more or to get directly in touch with Holly.