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Journalism and media writing

Explore our work in journalism and media writing, one of our areas of research expertise in Journalism, Communication & Creative 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 funders

We 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

Our members

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Dr Susana Sampaio-Dias

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address susana.sampaio-dias@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Film Media and Communication
  • Faculty Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
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Dr James Dennis

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and Journalism
  • Email Address james.dennis@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Film Media and Communication
  • Faculty Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
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Mrs Catharine Russell

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Catharine.Russell@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Film Media and Communication
  • Faculty Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Discover our areas of expertise

Journalism and media writing is one of our 3 areas of research expertise in Journalism, Communication & Creative Writing – explore the other areas below.

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