Andreas Anastasiou

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Teaching Fellow / Doctoral Candidate




  • PhD Media and Communication, University of Leicester (UK), 2013-2020
  • MA Communications, Media and Public Relations, University of Leicester (UK)
  • BA Economics, American College of Greece

Research Interests:

Journalistic professionalism; news values; comparative journalism cultures; patriotic bias in the news; representing the ‘other’.

PhD Thesis Title:

To be published or not to be? Deciding what’s news in the UK, Sweden, and Greece

Brief Description of Research Project:

Do journalists really apply what researchers call ‘news values’ while selecting the news in practice? Do they really believe that ‘news values’ are the main factors at play when they decide what is news and what is not? Journalists from the UK, Sweden and Greece provide their views, in this comparative investigation, through a quantitative questionnaire survey and qualitative group discussions simulating editorial meetings. Issues of journalistic autonomy and professionalism are also considered, so that light is shed on whether different types of journalists apply different sets of ‘news values’.

The theoretical approach of the study, seeking to bridge micro and macro accounts of news production, draws on Bourdieu’s field theory (as made more journalism-specific by Benson, Willig and others) and examines editorial decision-making via a meso-sociological analytical perspective. The findings (based on an integrated analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data) reveal interesting similarities and differences between journalists in the three countries, allowing for more general theoretical inferences, valid – at least – in a western context.

An indicative such finding is that journalists are ‘trained’ to apply double standards, as they easily publish elite or mainstream views, even when the events they refer to do not satisfy the prevalent criteria of newsworthiness; while, on the contrary, events fulfilling the requirements of accepted ‘news values’ are easy to be left out from the news, if associated with views that question the established socio-political norms.


Lecturing and leading seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate modules, such as:

  • Broadcast Journalism 1 (Radio) (module leader)
  • Broadcast Journalism 2 (Television) (module leader)
  • Digital and Social Media Journalism – Context and Practice
  • Technology and Social Change (module leader)
  • Introduction to Advertising and Media (module leader)
  • Advertising Research Methods (module leader)
  • The Production of News
  • Journalism Studies
  • Journalism Practice
  • Writing for Public Relations
  • Critical Approaches to Consumer Culture
  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in Media & Cultural Studies
  • Media Research Methods
  • Dissertation supervision (undergraduate & postgraduate)
  • Online academic support for the MA in Mass Communication programmes via Distance Learning

Research Groups:

PhD supervisors

Dr Roger Dickinson, Dr Julian Matthews

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