Journalism and media writing
The impact of journalism and media on society is growing. From 'fake news' to conversations around the influence of social media, the common understanding of politics, social justice, human rights and civic engagement is changing. And there's an increasing need to study, follow and understand the relationship between media, citizens and stakeholders.
Our research covers media, politics and society across analytical, theoretical and methodological approaches. Political groups use our research to understand how digital media can foster new relationships with citizens, news organisations use our research to learn about digital innovations in journalism, and policy makers and stakeholders use our research to understand mechanisms of soft-censorship in journalism practices.
Research covers the following topics
- Political communication
- Journalism and human rights
- Press freedom
- Digital news and new forms of storytelling
- Digital activism and citizenship
- News production, representation and reception
- Journalism education and pedagogy
We use quantitative research methods such as surveys, content and statistical analysis of new coverage in legacy media and social media platforms and audiences. Qualitative research techniques include ethnography, interviews, discourse and visual analysis, and framing analysis to explore the production and consumption of media. Our staff are also frequently invited to present their research to universities and professional bodies countrywide and overseas.
Collaborations and fundersWe are active members of a number of professional academic associations, with extensive networks across journalism studies and political communication.
Among the researchers in this area, James Dennis is currently the Co-Convenor of the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group, the leading research group for the study of political communication in the UK, while Susana Sampaio-Dias has worked for a number of years as ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) administrator, and is a consultant for the Journalists Association of Guinea-Bissau.
Recent funders of our research include the British Council and the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), and the Born Free Foundation.
Recent project highlights include
This project explores the relationship between social media and democratic citizenship in Britain, arguing that Facebook and Twitter create new opportunities for cognitive engagement, discursive participation, and political mobilisation.
This ongoing project examines how the 2017 UK general election was reported to younger audiences by BuzzFeed and VICE. We argue that they challenged the traditional values and norms of news making during this general election.
This project examines how Momentum uses Facebook and Twitter within its campaigning, by exploring this social media-enabled activism at the national and local level.
This project examined the potential of journalism in contributing to human rights protection, awareness and debate. It looks at how journalism can ignore, silence or misrepresent human rights issues, or in extreme situations, incite hatred, genocide and crimes against humanity.
This project encompasses environment and conservation activities and training with journalists in Guinea-Bissau. This research project is supported by several organisations, including the Born Free Foundation, Chester Zoo and FCT.
This ongoing research project investigates the transitionary phase between being a journalism practitioner and becoming a journalism educator at Higher Education level.
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