Jairo Lugo-Ocando is director of executive and graduate education and professor in residence.

Lugo-Ocando previously served as a tenured associate professor and deputy head at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and was the head of the MA Global Journalism program at the University of Sheffield. 

Before entering academe, he served as news editor-in-chief of Venezuela’s Dairio La Verdad and worked as a journalist and freelance writer for several news organizations in Venezuela, USA, Peru, and Colombia.

Lugo-Ocando received his PhD from the University of Sussex and an MA from Lancaster University in media studies and international relations.


  • Poverty, Social Exclusion and the Media
  • Journalism and representation of development
  • Humanitarian communication and public relations
  • The use of statistics and data by journalists and news media


Monographs and books

Harkins S, Lugo-Ocando J (2017). Poor News: Media Discourses of Poverty in Times of Austerity. Discourse, Power and Society. London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International. https://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/poor_news/3-156-48a73405-f28f-4e28-9af5-c897cf2a188d

Lugo-Ocando J (2017). Crime statistics in the news: Journalism, numbers and social deviation. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave/Springer. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137398406

Lugo-Ocando J, Nguyen A (2017). Developing news global journalism and the coverage of “third world” development. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Developing-News-Global-journalism-and-the-coverage-of-Third-World-development/Lugo-Ocando-Nguyen/p/book/9780415621823

Lugo-Ocando J (2014). Blaming the Victim: How Global Journalism Fails Those in Poverty. 1st. London: Pluto Press. https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/B/bo21626177.html

Journal Articles

Lugo-Ocando J, Glück A (2018). Scientific journalism and the use of emotions in news narratives in the post-truth era: A comparative study of the United Kingdom and India. Contratexto. 29, 23-45. DOI: 10.26439/contratexto2018.n029.1863

Ruiz-Mora I, Lugo-Ocando J, Castillo-Esparcia A (2016). Reluctant to talk, reluctant to listen: Public relations professionals and their involvement in CSR programmes in Spain. Public Relations Review. 42(3), 402-407. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2015.11.008,

Alvear FJ, Lugo-Ocando J (2016). When Geopolitics becomes Moral Panic: El Mercurio and the use of international news as propaganda against Salvador Allende’s Chile (1970–1973). Media History. DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2016.1211929,

Harkins S, Lugo-Ocando J (2016). How Malthusian ideology crept into the newsroom: British tabloids and the coverage of the ‘underclass. Critical Discourse Studies. 13(1), 78-93. DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2015.1074594 

Book Chapters

Lugo-Ocando J, Andrade G (2019). Selling the lottery to earn salvation: journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication. In Lawrence M & Tavernor R (Ed.) Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture. Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches. Manchester: Manchester University Press. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526117298/]

Lugo-Ocando J, Lawson B (2017). Poor numbers, poor news: the ideology of poverty statistics in the media. In Nguyen A (Ed.) News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World (62-77) London, UK: Bloomsbury.  https://bloomsbury.com/uk/news-numbers-and-public-opinion-in-a-data-driven-world-9781501330353

Grants and Awards

Co-I – AHRC (2017) – Defining Freedom of the Press: A Cross national examination of press ethics and regulation in ten European countries (Grant Ref: AH/R00644X/1) UK £519,607

Co-I – AHRC (2017) – Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America: A cross-national and multidisciplinary research network. Grant Reference (AH/P00606X/1) UK£ 50.000

PI – The Leverhulme Trust (2017) Visiting Professorship – Professor Federico Subervi: Examining the Media in Latin America: The question of colonialism, post-colonialism and neo-colonialism in the news. (Reference VP1-2017-044). UK£ 22.130.

PI- Harry S Truman Library Institute (2017). Project Proposal: Foreign Aid and journalism in the Global South. US$ 2.500.

PI – The Higher Education Academy (2014). Teaching how to use and communicate statistics to journalism students: Statistics in Journalism Practice and Education: a cross-Atlantic comparison of best practices and approaches. £1,600

PI – Theodore C. Sorensen Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library (2013) – Media Coverage of the Programme Alliance for Progress US$1,800

PI – The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland – Copyright Violation and Creative Industries: The Case of Digital Piracy Networks on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border (2010). UK £2,000

Co-I – CSAFEA (China State Administration of Foreign Experts’ Affairs) – Scholarship: China-UK Language and Culture Exchange Programme (2010). £13,500

PI – The Higher Education Academy, ADM – Teaching Science and Environment to Journalism and Media Students (2010). £1,250

P-I – AHRC (UK) – Collaborative Doctoral Awards – Poverty, Migration and the Media Campaigns in Scotland (2009). £50,000

PI – The Nuffield Foundation (UK) – Uses and representations of statistics in new media coverage of crime (2009). £6,720

PI – Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Catholic. Church owned media and Public Service Broadcasting in Latin America (2007). £2,000

Co-I – News Representations of Asylum Seekers in the Scottish Media and its Implications for Public Policy. TODA Institute – Japan (2006). US$1,400.