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About

I was born in Watermael-Boitsfort (Brussels). I first got a bachelor's degree in applied communications with a specialization in journalism, then a master's in communication research. I started my PhD in October 2014, for which I research the processes of production, circulation, and uses of local news. My research interrests also include media production and media workers in Brussels.

Research projects

As a researcher, I actually take part in two separate research projects. The first one is my doctoral thesis which focuses on local news in Brussels. The other research project is a broad inverstigation on the dynamics and structures (clusters) of the media sector in Brussels.

This research project offers to identify and analyse (or trace) the dynamics of production, circulation and uses of local news in Brussels, using the producers' online persona as a starting point. The theoretical framework chosen -Actor-network theory (ANT)- is seen as robust but open to critiques and will be discussed within the project. By following the actors (journalists as well as politicians, activists, bloggers and citizens) and their actions, it is possible to trace and study the evolving networks of relationships without imposing prior sociological categories of analysis, and to approach the actors involved in local news production as well as their practices and their journalistic identities.
This project offers to give Brussels' public institutions knowledge and analytics by collecting empirical data on the structures and dynamics of the media sector of the city following three axes: media organisations, media workers within and without those organisations (which is my area of focus), and the communities of practice. The project involves three researchers and three promotors from the three universities of Brussels.

Scientific productions & research activities


Coming soon

   2016-2017

[EN] More is to come soon, as I have two presentations (+papers) in Prague in November 2016 (ECREA Pre-conference on local and community media and the journalism Ph.D workshop). I am also working on a paper on local news in Brussels.

   June 2016

[EN] In 2016, David Domingo and I co-authored a chapter on "news network" on the possibilities of using Actor-network theory to study news actors/processes/changes/etc.
This chapter is part of a (literally) huge book on news called "the SAGE Handbook of Digital journalism".
Reference: Domingo, D., and Wiard, V. (2016). News Networks.
In T. Witschge, C. W. Anderson, D. Domingo, and A. Hermida (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of digital journalism. London: Sage.

   26 Mai 2016

[FR] Participation à la Journee des Jeunes Chercheurs en SIC au Geriico de l'universite de Lille.
Biographie: Regarder des series sur Internet. Enquete exploratoire sur les pratiques d'etudiants universitaires à Bruxelles.
Abstract etendu.
Presentation Powerpoint.

   17-18 Mai 2016

[FR]Presentation aux journees doctorales en sciences de l'information et de la communication (SIC) à Liège.
Bibliographie: Wiard, V. (2016). Explorer les reseaux d’acteurs journalistiques à travers une controverse : le cas de "No parking Jeu de Balle !!! ".
Journees doctorales en SIC, Liège, Belgium.
Abstract etendu.
Presentation Powerpoint.

   Mai 2016

[EN] Publication of an article with David Domingo in the online open access journal "Participations: journal of audience and reception studies".
Reference of the paper: Wiard, V. & Domingo, D. (2016). Fragmentation versus convergence: University students in Brussels and the consumption of TV series on the Internet.
Participations. Journal of audience annd reception studies, 13,(1).

   April 2016

[EN] Poster session of the Media Cluster Brussels research project at the Anticipate Symposium organized by Innoviris.
Brussels, Belgium.
Discover the poster.

   10 Novembre 2015

[FR] Publication d'un article en ligne dans la revue "Emulations, revue des jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs en sciences sociales".
Titre de l'article: Regarder des series sur Internet. Enquete exploratoire sur les pratiques d'etudiants universitaires à Bruxelles.

   10-11 September 2015

International conference in Cardiff, Wales.
In recent years, prominent scholars in the field of journalism studies have analysed the production and circulation of local news adopting elements of network theory. These approaches could benefit from Actor-network theory (ANT), which considers social phenomena as network effects. Using (social-)media monitoring and scrapping techniques as well as tools for the visual representation of networks, this paper proposes to map, visualise, and systematically analyse actors involved in local news in Brussels.

   3-4-5 Septembre 2015

[FR] Colloque à l'universite de Laval (Quebec)portant sur le contrat de communication.
Presentation d'une recherche theorique intitulee: "Contrat de communication publique et traductions : entre acteur-reseau et espace public".
Bibliographie: Wiard, V. (2015). Contrat de communication publique et traductions : Entre acteur-reseau et espace public.
Colloque sur le contrat de communication, Quebec. (Conference + article en cours de reviewing).

   8-9-10 June 2015

Conference presentation + paper in Angers, France. Co-authored with Marlen Komorowski and Sylvain Plazy.
Reference: Komorowski, M., Wiard, V., and Plazy, S. (2015). A New Approach to Media Cluster Research: Bringing the Human Factor back into Scope. Cultural and Creative Quarters and Clusters: Developing a Global Perspective, Angers.

   4-5 December 2014

International conference at the VUB, Brussels, Belgium. Invitation, intervention and paper in the conference proceedings.
Title: The hybridity of news consumption in Wallonia (Belgium)
-Focus on Audiences of news users in Wallonia.
-Use of mixed methods: quantitative and qualitative (media diaries and in-depth interviews).
-Theoretical framework: audiences studies, news uses.

   2-3-4 April 2014

International communication Students Congress, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Invitation and Intervention at the ICSC 2014.
Title: Rethinking audiences and interactivity in a digital age: Belgian university students and the consumption of TV series on the Internet.
-Focus on online Audiences, and the circulation and uses of fictional Internet content.
-Use of mixed methods: quantitative, qualitative, & online observation.
-Theoretical framework: online audiences studies, cultural studies.

   2013 - 2015

Project Jounum: Enquête sur les Wallons et les medias d'information. ULB, ReSIC (centre de recherches en sciences de l'information et de la communication).
Participation in the methodology discussions and data collection in the Jounum: enquête sur les Wallons et les medias d'information project under the supervision of Dr. Heinderyckx François, Dr. Domingo David and Dr. Le Cam Florence.
-Belgian media studies.
-Focus on local & regional media.
-Mixed methods: media diaries & interviews.

   2012 - 2018

Weekly participation at the doctoral seminar held at the ULB by the ReSIC.
I first participated as a student (2012-2014 with a paper presentation in 2013) then as a doctoral student (with to more presentations as of 2016).

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Education and Training


2014 - 2018

PhD in Information and Communication
ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles), Brussels, Belgium
Title: Production, circulation and uses of local news in Brussels: an Actor-network theory approach

2015 - 2016

Assistant at the ULB
ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles), Brussels, Belgium
Course COM-B-435: Enjeux numeriques de la communication

2013 - 2014

Master's degree in information and communication (specialisation in research)
ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles), Brussels, Belgium
Focus on the creation and uses of new methodologies in communication research
Classes on the history and evolution of sciences with a focus on information and communication sciences
Degree finished with Grande Disctinction (Magna Cum Laude)


2009 - 2012

Bachelor's degree in applied communication
IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Communication Sociale), Brussels, Belgium.
Major in Print journalism and Information
Classes taken on online press
Diploma obtained with Distinction


September 2011 - February 2012

Erasmus program
Universitát de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Various courses taken in the area of media, including radio information, interactive communication, journalistic English, television studies, and cinema
Courses taken in Spanish (5) and in English (2)


2008 - 2009

WEP exchange program
Year abroad at the Royalton Hartland Central School (Lockport, NY, USA).
All classes taken in English, including English, participation in government, introduction to sociology, introduction to psychology, etc.

2002 - 2008

Secondary studies
Collège saint Hubert, Brussels, Belgium
Orientation: mathematics, art, sciences

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