Blake DAVIS (FactCheckNI Writer/Researcher Intern) recently graduated from Queens University Belfast, where he earned an MSc (Hons) degree in Political Psychology, with a previous BS degree in Political Science and Communications from Lehigh University in the United States. He is concentrating his efforts on journalism now that he has an interest in world politics, especially that of the UK and more specifically, Northern Ireland. He draws his interest in fact-checking from the outbreak of so-called “fake news” in America. This makes him believe that projects like FackCheckNI are more important than ever all across the globe. His goal is to grow as a journalist and continue to search for the truth, so that citizens can not only be more informed, but more united in their search for a better society.
Jenny HOLLAND (Freelance Journalist) learned the importance of getting your facts right when doing A-levels at Methodist College Belfast in the early 1990’s. She’s done research for newspapers, magazines and academia in the USA, London and Northern Ireland. After studying English at Trinity College Dublin, she worked for three years in the busy metropolitan newsroom of The New York Times, where she learned the adage, “if your mother says she loves you, check it out.” She has a Masters Degree from the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London.
Julie NORMAN is a researcher, writer, consultant, and media trainer with over ten years of experience in conflict areas, and a PhD in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice and a Lecturer of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), with interests in human rights, security, and protracted conflict, and a focus on the Middle East region. Her research highlights the experiences of under-represented groups in conflict, including political prisoners, ex-combatants, youth, women, and refugees.