Prof. univ. dr. habil. Raluca-Nicoleta RADU

Director – Department of Journalism
Department of Journalism, FJSC, and SPARTA research center

Meetings – by e-mail appointment, in Iuliu Maniu 1-3 or in the historical building of the University of Bucharest

Raluca Radu is a media academic at the University of Bucharest since 2002. She has a PhD in Communication Studies (University of Bucharest, FJSC, 2009), Masters in Communication Studies (University of Bucharest, FJSC, 2001) and Bachelor in Journalism (University of Bucharest, FJSC, 2000). Radu had several three months grants for studying and researching abroad in Sweden (MidSweden University, Erasmus, 2001), Denmark (Aarchus School of Business, CIRIUS, 2003) and Switzerland (Universita della Svizzera italiana, Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014). Since 2016, she is a PhD coordinator in Communication Studies.
    Photo: Teo Ungureanu

After receiving her PhD title, in 2009, she becomes the Editor of the Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, one of the most prestigious titles in the Romanian field, and academic manager in the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies. She will be the Director of the Distance Learning Department, the Scientific Secretary, Vice-Dean of the FJSC, and Director of the Journalism Department (now, at the second mandate).

She was part of several national and international research projects. Now, Prof. Radu is part of the following research teams:

  • Digital News Report, the largest international, multiannual research study on digital audiences  (role - rapporteur for Romania, since 2017) 
  • NewsReel/ Erasmus +, a project interested in creating four new courses, of media management, digital ethics, collaborative journalism and data journalism and visualization (role - director of the FJSC team, 2017-2020)
  • Journalistic Role Performance, 2nd wave, the only international comparative study that combines the analysis of journalistic products with interviews with members of the analyzed newsrooms (role - principal investigator for Romania, since 2018)
  • COMPACT - COST, a multidisciplinary project that brings together over 100 researchers interested in studying conspiracy theories (role – team member).

Research and teaching interests

Mass communication ethics, media economics, cultural industries, comparative studies, neo-institutionalism, behavioral economics.


  • Elements of media economics (Masters, first year, FJSC),
  • Mass-media and cultural industries (Masters, second year, FJSC) ,
  • Ethics and self-regulation (Masters, first year, FJSC),
  • Media ethics (Bachelor, second year, FJSC),
  • Introduction to media systems (Bachelor, first year, FJSC),
  • Cultural industries (Doctoral School, FJSC),
  • Media management and marketing de media (Masters, first year, Faculty of Orthodox Theology),
  • Mass culture. Theories, concepts, historical evolutions (Masters, first year, Faculty of History)

Main publications (last five years)

  • Radu, R. N. (2019). Externalities and Journalism. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Fengler, S., Kreutler, M., Alku, M., Barlovac, B., Bastian, M., Bodrunova, S. S., ... & Kus, M. (2018). The Ukraine conflict and the European media: A comparative study of newspapers in 13 European countries. Journalism, 1464884918774311.
  • Coman, M., Popa, D. A., & Radu, R. N. (2017). Romania: Unexpected pressures for accountability. In The European Handbook of Media Accountability (pp. 207-215). Routledge.
  • Radu, R. N. (2016). Sanctioning journalistic misconduct: An application of cumulative prospect theory to journalistic self-regulation issues. Journalism17(8), 1095-1112.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Alsius, S., Baisnée, O., Bichler, K., Dobek-Ostrowska, B., ... & Heikkilä, H. (2015). How effective is media self-regulation? Results from a comparative survey of European journalists. European journal of communication30(3), 249-266.
  • Radu, R. N. (coord.) (2015) Deontologia comunicării publice [Public Communication Ethics], Iași, Polirom. 

The Google Scholar profile, with a complete list of publications, may be found here.