December 15, 2018
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The Project Team

Vivienne Francis, Project Director

Vivienne Francis, Project Media Consultant

Vivienne comes to the project with a successful track record in initiating collaborations and successfully attracting funding,

Her recent projects include: Cascade, a new entrant TV training scheme funded by Creative Skillset; a Home Office funded multi-media project targeting young Somali women; and a knowledge-exchange partnership between a University and Transport for London.

Vivienne has over 15 years experience as a journalist and TV producer. She is a Senior Lecturer in  Journalism at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She sits on the committee for the Association for Journalism Education. 


Veronica Otero, Project Assistant

Before joining the Refugee Journalism project, Veronica has worked at the Business and Innovation department at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), coordinating community engagement projects.

Prior to this Veronica has worked for over 10 years in the voluntary sector. She has been involved with many environmental and social justice campaigns, providing support and advocacy services to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, which included refugee and migrant people in various contexts and countries.

Veronica graduated with a first class honours from BA Hons in Photojournalism and Documentary photography from London College of Communication. Her documentary work focuses on culture, identity, environment, health and human rights.

“I’m committed to continuing this support through the Refugee Journalism Project.”



Emma Dijlali, Contributor

Emma is a writer and researcher currently based in London. Much of her work concerns issues in migration, displacement and diasporic experiences.





Brittany O’Neal, Contributor

A freelance journalist and final year undergraduate at LCC. I am currently volunteering on a small Greek island near the Turkish border for a non-profit organisation called Echo100plus. Working on the ground to support refugees that have fled war-torn countries including Syria and Iraq can often be a challenge – but a very rewarding one.




Patrick Kingsley

Patrick KingsleyPatrick is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent for the New York Times. He joined the Times in 2017, and is a former foreign correspondent of the year.

Following a stint as the paper’s Turkey bureau chief, he now works on longterm reporting projects across Europe.

He has reported from more than 30 countries, and is currently working on a series about Hungary.




Lin Taylor

Lin is London-based multi-platform journalist/producer at the Thomson Reuters Foundation covering humanitarian crises, conflicts, refugees, women’s rights, climate change, land conflicts/property rights, human trafficking and modern slavery, and other under-reported stories for the Reuters news wire.

She recently co-produced a project called  The Smuggling Game, which was shortlisted for the Innovation Award at the 2018 European Press Prize.


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