Eddy Borges-Rey is an associate professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. His area of academic expertise is digital journalism and emerging media, and his teaching includes courses on mobile journalism, data journalism, and social media for journalists, amongst others. Prior to obtaining an MA and PhD in media and communication from the University of Malaga in Spain, Borges-Rey worked as a broadcast journalist, media producer, and PR practitioner for almost 15 years.

Overall, Borges-Rey’s research looks at the interplay between media, technology, and power, particularly around issues in data journalism, critical data, code and algorithm studies, artificial intelligence and automation, mobile journalism, innovation, photojournalism, and data and media literacy.

He is co-editor of the edited collection Data Journalism in the Global South (Palgrave), and the book series Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South. Borges-Rey is also the engagement editor of Journalism Practice. His research has been published in journals such as Digital Journalism (Taylor and Francis), Journalism Practice (Taylor and Francis), Journalism (Sage), and Convergence (Sage), amongst others. He has contributed to field-defining publications such as The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies and the second edition of the Data Journalism Handbook.


  • JOUR 202 Journalism in the digital world
  • JOUR 318 Mobile Journalism
  • JOUR 325 Social media for journalists
  • JOUR 390 Photojournalism and documentary photography


Edited collections

Mutsvairo, B., Bebawi, S. and Borges-Rey, E. (eds). (2020) Data Journalism in the Global South. London: Palgrave.

Mutsvairo, B., Bebawi, S. and Borges-Rey, E. (eds). (Forthcoming) The Routledge companion to journalism in the global south. London: Routledge.


Refereed Journal Articles

Carbonell-Alcocer, A., Romero-Luis, J., Gértrudix-Barrio, M., & Borges-Rey, E. (2022). Educar para un futuro sostenible a través de la Economía Circular: Implicación ciudadana y cambio social. Comunicar: Revista Científica de Comunicación y Educación30(73), 21-32.

Borges-Rey, E. (2022). Book Review: Beyond Journalistic Norms: Role Performance and News in Comparative Perspecti https://doi.org/10.1177/14648849221100133

Bruce Mutsvairo, Eddy Borges-Rey, Saba Bebawi, Mireya Márquez-Ramírez, Claudia Mellado, Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara, Marton Demeter, Michal Głowacki, Hanan Badr, and Daya Thussu. (2021). Ontologies of Journalism in the Global South. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 98 (4): 996-1016. https://doi.org/10.1177/10776990211048883

Borges-Rey, E. (2019). Has the Sociology of Data Journalism Reached its Zenith? Apostles of Certainty – Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt; Data Journalism and the Regeneration of News. Digital Journalism. 7(9): 1305-1310. DOI:10.1080/17512786.2016.1159921

Anderson, B. and Borges-Rey, E. (2019). Encoding the UX: User Interface as a Site of Encounter between Data Journalists and Their Constructed Audiences. Digital Journalism, 7(9): 1253-1269. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2019.1607520.

Borges-Rey, E., Heravi, B. and Uskali, T. (2018). Periodismo de datos iberoamericano: desarrollo, contestación y cambio social. Presentación. Revista ICONO14 Revista científica de Comunicación y Tecnologías emergentes, 16(2), 1-13.

Stalph, F., & Borges-Rey, E. (2018). Data Journalism Sustainability: An outlook on the future of data-driven reporting. Digital Journalism, 6(8), 1078-1089.

Gértrudix, M., Borges-Rey, E., & García, F. (2017). Social Networks and Young People in the Era of Algorithms [in Spanish]. Revista de Pensamiento sobre Comunicación, Tecnología y Sociedad. Nº 107; 62-70.

Hadland, A., Borges-Rey, E., & Cameron, J. (2017). Mobile phones and the news: How UK mainstream news broadcasting is stalling the video revolution. Convergence, 10.1177/1354856517703964

Borges-Rey, E. (2017). Towards an epistemology of data journalism in the devolved nations of the UK: Changes and continuities in materiality, performativity and reflexivity. Journalism, 10.1177/1464884917693864

Borges-Rey, E. (2016). Unravelling data journalism. A study of data journalism practice in British newsrooms. Journalism Practice. Volume 10, Issue 7. 833-843. DOI:10.1080/17512786.2016.1159921

Borges-Rey, E. (2015). News images on Instagram. The paradox of authenticity in hyperreal photo reportage. Digital Journalism. Volume 3, Issue 4. 571-593. DOI:10.1080/21670811.2015.1034526

Borges-Rey, E. (2011). Buhoneros’ Reggaetón: Emerging Venezuelan musical practices through mediations in the informal socio-political ecosystem. International Journal of media & cultural politics. Issue 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/mcp.6.3.295_1

De Aguilera, M., Borges-Rey, E., Martínez, M., Méndiz, A. and Menor, J. (2010). Mobile TV: state of the art [in Sanish]. Icono 14. Revista Científica semestral de Comunicación Audiovisual y Nuevas Tecnologías. Nº 17; I.S.S.N. 1697-8293. http://dx.doi.org/10.7195/ri14.v8i3.240

De Aguilera-Moyano, M., Méndiz-Noguero, A. & Borges-Rey, E. (2010). Young People’s Attitudes towards and Evaluations of Mobile TV. Comunicar 36; I.S.S.N. 1134-3478 http://dx.doi.org/10.3916/C36-2011-02-08

De Aguilera-Moyano, M.; Adell-Pitarch, J.E. & Borges-Rey, E. (2010). Imaginative Appropriations of Music in the New Communicative Scenarios. Comunicar 34; 35-44. I.S.S.N. 1134-3478                                   http://dx.doi.org/10.3916/C34-2010-02-03

Borges-Rey, E. (2010) Collective musical imaginary: Conventions in the process of interpreting the meaning of music [in Spanish]. Icono 14. Revista Científica semestral de Comunicación Audiovisual y Nuevas Tecnologías. Nº 14; 210-231. I.S.S.N. 1697-8293. http://dx.doi.org/10.7195/ri14.v7i3.313

Book chapters

Borges-Rey, E. (2021). Journalism with Machines? From Computational Thinking to Distributed Cognition. In Gray, J. and Bounegru L. The Data Journalism Handbook: Towards a Critical Data Practice. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Borges-Rey, E. (2020). Data Journalism in Latin America: Community, Development and Contestation. In Mutsvairo, B., Bebawi, S. and Borges-Rey, E. (eds). Data Journalism in the Global South. London: Palgrave.

Borges-Rey, E. (2018). Data journalism as platform: Architecture, agents, protocols. In Eldridge II, S. A. and Franklin, B. The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies. London: Routledge.

Borges-Rey, E. (2017). News images on Instagram. The paradox of authenticity in hyperreal photo reportage. In Allan, S. (ed) (2017) Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity. London: Routledge.

Borges-Rey, E. (2016). Data literacy and citizenship: Understanding ‘Big data’ to boost teaching and learning in Science and Mathematics. In Ramirez Montoya, M.S. (ed) (2017) Handbook of Research on Driving STEM Learning with Educational Technologies. Pennsylvania: ICI Global [Peer-reviewed]

Borges-Rey, E. & Ortega, L. (2009). Mobile TV: Experiences and perspectives [in Spanish]. In De Aguilera, M. & Meere, M. (coords.) A telly in your pocket. Mobile TV: contents, formats and audiences. Malaga, Spain: Círculo de Estudios Visuales Ad hoc. ISBN 978-84-613-4049-1

Borges-Rey, E. (2008). Constructing meaning in flamenco-jazz: musical imaginaries as interactive symbolic systems [in Spanish]. In De Aguilera, M., Adell, J. & Sedeño A. (eds.) Communication and Music. Trans disciplinary overview: Technologies and audiences. Barcelona, Spain: UOC PRESS. ISBN 978-84-9788-721-2. 

Awards and Grants

2023-2027 | Qatar National Research Fund | The Future of Digital Citizenship in Qatar: a Socio-Technical Approach| Lead Principal Investigator of subproject 6.

2018 | Development Assistance Committee | What I Know Is: Data Literacy, Open Data and Knowledge-Building Communities | Principal Investigator.

2017 | Development Assistance Committee | Life in Data – East Asia Development | Co-Principal Investigator.

2017-2018| Royal Society of Edinburgh | Research Network: Life in Data: literacy, openness, education policy and creative data innovation in Scotland | Co-Principal Investigator.

2016-2017 | Cherish DE, Digital Economy Crucible | Small grant: eSports Streaming and the Digital Economy: A Study of Twitch.tv. | Co-Investigator.

2015-2016 | Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) | Conference grant: SICSA Conference on Data Science and Civic Innovations: Smart Cities, Open Data and Data Journalism | Co-Investigator.