Pieter Maeseele is Associate Research Professor at the University of Antwerp. His research and teaching are situated on the nexus between media studies and political communication. He examines the role and performance of different formats, genres and styles of journalism and popular culture in terms of democratic debate, diversity and pluralism. These include professional journalism by legacy media (present and past); independent, digital news start-ups; news satire and comedy; and long-form television drama. He is vice-chair of the Antwerp Media in Society Centre and the IAMCR Environment, Science & Risk Communication WG.