Gemma is the Impact Fellow for CFOM at the Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield. She started the position in September 2022. She is the Assistant Editor for the European Journal of Communication. She also sits on the Young Lawyers Committee which is part of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
From 2019-2022, she was a University Teacher in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool where she taught on a range of issues including media freedom and human rights. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for CFOM. Her work as a research assistant has involved her working on a number of projects. The first project was commissioned by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and involved ‘Examining the impact of IPSO on Editorial Standards and Complaints’ Handling for the press regulator in the UK.’ She also worked on the ‘Building an African media network with the African Media Initiative’ project.
She gained her PhD from the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in January 2020. Prior to that, she graduated with an MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield in 2017 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of York in 2015. She also achieved a Grade A in her NCTJ Essential Media Law and Regulation exam and her Court Reporting exam. She has had extensive work experience in national magazines and news outlets, such as Radio Times, Closer, heat and Press Association. It was her experience at these publications that influenced her PhD. Gemma’s PhD research focused on the right to privacy of celebrities and how this is balanced with freedom of expression. It explored how celebrities’ privacy rights are protected in law and ethical codes in the UK, with a particular focus on whether anything has changed since the Leveson Inquiry. She adopted a comparative legal analysis for her research, comparing the laws of the UK to the laws of France and the US, alongside using qualitative methods, such as interviews and document analysis. Since then, her work has been published in Communications Law and the Journal of Media Law.
Horton, G. (2019). Politicians’ private lives and scandals: how the law and journalistic cultures offer protection of politicians’ private lives during scandals. In Haller, A. & Michael, H. (Eds.). Scandalogy 2 Cultures of Scandals – Scandals in Culture, Herbert von Halem Vaerlag.