Javier Díaz Noci. Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain), I studied Journalism at the University of the Basque Country (1982-1987), where I presented my PhD dissertation in History, under the supervision of Prof Joseba Agirreazkuenaga, on the history of the Basque-language press. I studied Law at the same University (1992-1996), and got also a Diploma in Advance Legal Studies (1996-1998), equal to a Master in Law. After teaching as a lecturer at my alma mater, I moved to Barcelona in 2008, to the Pompeu Fabra University, where I am a professor on Communication. I have been visiting researcher at the universities of Reno, Nevada (USA, 1997), Oxford (Basque Visiting Scholar, 1998-1999) and Federal University of Bahia (Brazil, 2005 and 2008). I have taught several courses on newswriting, online journalism and qualitative research methods, specially applied to online communication. My main research interests are three: history of journalism (specially Basque-language press and Spanish-language networks on Early Modern history), online journalism and online news, and copyright and news reporting. I am a fluent speaker of Spanish, Basque, Catalan, English, Portuguese and Italian, and can read in French. I am the first scholar on communication of the Catalan universities according to the H-Index, out of only three colleagues on the field.
These words by Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) define perfectly what I do think about society and university: 'That applies not only to the university but to the world. Government, the economy, schools, everything in society, is not for the benefit of the privileged minorities. We can look after ourselves. It is for the benefit of the ordinary run of people [...]. Any society worth living in is one designed for them, not for the rich, the clever, the exceptional, although any society worth living in must provide room and scope for such minorities. But the world is not made for our personal benefit, nor are we in the world for our personal benefit. A world that claims that is its the purpose is not a good, and ought not to be a lasting, world.' (from a lecture given in 1993, and appearing in On History, London, Little, Brown and Co, p. 12.)