Emiljano Kaziaj, PhD

Emiljano Kaziaj is a lecturer of Communication and Media at the University of New York Tirana. Dr. Kaziaj has obtained his Ph.D. in Communication Science at Ghent University, Belgium.  His most recent work has appeared in Childhood and Journal of Applied Journalism and Media studies.

His ongoing research focuses on understanding the role of media and journalists in the construction of social realities especially those related to vulnerable groups, such as children.

In his previous work experiences Dr.Kaziaj served as the Advisor to the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth (2016-2017) and Advocacy Manager for World Vision Albania & Kosova (2009-2013).



  • PhD in Communication Science, Ghent University, Belgium (2016)
  • MSc in Public Relations, University of Tirana, Albania (2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Tirana, Albania (2007)


Areas of Expertise:

Media; Children’s rights; News; Policy analysis; Human Rights


Subjects taught at UNYT:

Bachelor: Introduction to Mass Communication and Media; Introduction to Speech Communication; Public Relations; Discourse Analysis; World News in historical perspective; Advanced Research and Writing.

Master, IR: The Culture of Diplomacy 


Peer Reviewed Publications:

*Kaziaj Emiljano (2018). Journalists’ and news editors’ views on children as news subjects in Albanian media: Exploring issues of self-censorship, ethics and newsworthiness, Journal of Applied journalism and media studies, 7 (2), 351-370

*Kaziaj, Emiljano., Van Bauwel, Sofie (2017). The Ignored Audience: A multi-method reception study on children and television news in Albania, Childhood, 4 (2), 230–244.

*Kaziaj, Emiljano (2016). The Adult Gaze’: Exploring the Representation of Children in Television News in Albania, Journal of Children and Media, 10 (4), 426-442.

*Kaziaj, Emiljano (2017). The role of gatekeepers in the social construction of reality in Albanian news media: Impact on the representation of children. In, Hensel, Sai (ed.) Media in Process: Transformation and the Democratic Transition, pp.141-156, Routledge: NY.

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