World Press Freedom Day 2018
Researcher - University of South Africa
Julie Reid (South Africa) is based at the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and specialising in media studies. She is a project leader for the Media Policy and Democracy Project (MPDP). Reid is a long-time activist for media freedom and communications rights, and sits on the Media Freedom and Diversity sub-committee of the Right2Know Campaign. From 2013 to 2015 she served as the President of the South African Communication Association (SACOMM), and currently heads its focus group on communications advocacy and activism. Reid has published widely on the topics of semiotics, visual studies and media regulation, and writes opinion pieces for various newspapers, magazines and online news media, mostly on media politics and issues of communications rights in South Africa. She is the editor and co-author of the book Looking at media: an introduction to visual studies (Pearson, 2013).