Maria José Brites is Assistant professor at the Lusófona University of Porto (ULP) and researcher at Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies (CICANT). She is the Portuguese coordinator of the European project Media In Action - MIA (LC-00644630; http://mediainaction.eu). She had coordinated (in Portugal) the RadioActive project (531245-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-KA3-KA3). She is a member of three research networks (COST IS1401 European Literacy Network - where she coordinates the Digital Literacy Team, COST IS1410 DigitLitEY, and CA15212: Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe) and of two projects (News as Democratic Resources: Cross Cultural Comparative Research and Young children's digital literacy and multimodal practices). She concluded her PhD in Communication Sciences (2013) in the NOVA University of Lisbon and a post-doc (2014-2017) at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS/UMinho), both with grants from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research interests include issues such as Participatory methodologies, Youth, journalism and participation, Audience studies and News and civic literacy. She started the blog https://anlitemedia.com as a way to track these issues. She has worked as a journalist in several newspapers and magazines in Portugal (press card 3182).