Nel Ruigrok (1972) studied Policy, Communication and Organisation at the Free University of Amsterdam and finished a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization in 2000. She conducted together with Otto Scholten a major content analysis of Dutch newscoverage during the war in Bosnia as part of the NIOD investigation into the atrocities during the fall of Srebrenica.
In 2005 she received her PhD for her dissertation called Journalism of Attachment; Dutch Newspapers during the Bosnian War. From 2005 until 2008 she was assistant professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Amsterdam. From 2008 Nel Ruigrok is an independent researcher in the field of media analysis. Together with Wouter van Atteveldt she founded her own media research company "La Jupe Sauvage"(LJS Media Research). LJS Media Research conducts media analyses for a number of (commercial) organizations.
Together with Otto Scholten she started the Netherlands News Monitor in 2005. The objective of the News monitor is to provide empirical data that can be used for reflection and discussion within society and among journalists about the quality of journalism. The News Monitor does not judge the quality of journalism, but rather provides the objective data needed for a broad discussion about journalistic practices. From 2008 Nel is head of the research conducted by the Netherlands News Monitor (www.nieuwsmonitor.net ).
Nel (together with Wouter van Atteveldt) also offers lectures and courses at national and international universities. Research interests concern political communication in general and especially the role of media during election campaigns, and the role of the media during conflicts.