Gemma Horton

Department of Journalism Studies

PhD Student

University Teacher at the University of Liverpool

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Gemma Horton
Department of Journalism Studies

Gemma started her PhD studies in the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2016. Prior to that, she graduated with a bachelor of laws degree from the University of York in 2015 before completing an MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield. She has previously completed work experience at various celebrity magazine titles and this experience has influenced her PhD thesis.

In September 2019, Gemma was appointed as a University Teacher in Media and Human Rights/Conflict in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool.

Research interests

PhD title: Privacy versus freedom of speech: the treatment of celebrities in Europe and the United States of America

Gemma's PhD focuses on celebrities' right to privacy. It sets out to explore how celebrities' privacy rights are protected through the law and codes and conducts. She is comparing the law of the United Kingdom to the law of the United States and France. She aims to examine if law and case law are being consistently applied throughout these jurisdictions by examining recent case studies and conducting interviews with industry and legal experts.

As of 2017, Gemma has been a teaching assistant on the JNL6210 Research Methods module. Gemma is also a teaching assistant on the JNL6027 Journalism, Globalisation and Development module alongside the JNL114 Ethical Issues in Journalism module, JNL6014 Ethics and Regulation, JNL120 Essential Journalism and JNL6075 Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives.

Gemma also co-organised the 1st Communication, Media and Journalism Research Group PGR/ECR Conference with colleague Jake Mason. The conference involved receiving and processing abstract proposals, designing conference programmes and organising for a keynote speaker to attend.

Gemma has also acted as a research assistant on projects for the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), including: ‘Examining the Impact of IPSO on Editorial Standards and Complaints’ Handling for the press regulator in the UK’ and ‘Building an African media network with the African Media Initiative.’ While working as a research assistant, she has conducted interviews, engaged in quantitative and qualitative research, and analysed newspaper articles.

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