Dr. Alba Sabaté Gauxachs
Researcher, Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture
Alba Sabaté Gauxachs is a journalist and professor at Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. She is also a doctoral candidate at the same institution, through a grant from the European Social Funds and is working on a dissertation on literary digital journalism and interreligious dialogue. She holds two master’s degrees: one in religion and communication and the other in advanced journalism.
Alba is a researcher at the Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture, which is an interdisciplinary centre for research and dissemination in the field of communication and religion. In the Observatory, she is involved in international projects that address among other issues: interreligious and intercultural dialogue, migration and technology, women and their visibility, youth, visual culture and the freedom of expression, missionaries and oral history, religious sites and the creation of community. She is also the coordinator of the master’s degree in international journalism programme at the same school.
Since June 2019, she is member of the Global Board of Directors of the World Association for Christian Communication. She was also a visiting researcher at Boston College in 2018 through a grant from the institution “Societat Econòmica Barcelonesa d’Amics del País” and served as coordinator for m4social.org project, carried out jointly by Barcelona’s City Council, Mobile World Capital Foundation and Taula d’Entitats del Tercer Sector, the principal federation of social entities in Catalonia.
Her motto is: “If you want, you can.”
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Media and Religions Story-Dating
If communication is a key to dialogue, this project aims to help the role of communication professionals in interreligious dialogue. The Media and Religions Story-Dating project wants to improve the coverage of interreligious issues in media from the city of Barcelona to solve the misunderstandings that non-rigorous articles could cause. The project is integrated by three workshops that will help religious communities to learn about media and journalists to learn about interreligious issues. The main challenge was the third meeting. It was an encounter in which, in a speed-dating format, communities explained themselves to be attractive to journalists and journalists had the challenge to have a story to publish.