Andreas Anastasiou

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Teaching Fellow / Doctoral Candidate




  • PhD Media and Communication, University of Leicester (UK), 2013-2019
  • 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 Working Title:

Selecting the news: a cross-national comparison of values, factors and criteria

Brief Description of Research Project:

This research project is a comparative study of relationships between micro and macro factors at play during the process of news selection, as these are observed in three countries of varying journalistic cultures, media environments and socio-political context: the United Kingdom, Sweden and Greece (Hallin and Mancini, 2004). Within each of the observed countries, analysis is conducted at an inter-organisational level, in order for norms and trends prevalent in their journalistic fields to be identified and explained (Benson, 2005).

The empirical data required for a meso-sociological analysis, that is for identifying and explaining power factors (internal or external to the newsroom) influencing the process of news selection, is collected through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods (O'Cathain et al., 2007; Plano Clark and Badiee, 2010; Bryman, 2012): a survey via questionnaire (Rea and Parker, 2005) and focused group discussions respectively (Kitzinger, 1993), the participants in both being professional journalists in the three countries.

The research design involves a particular innovation, as in the focus groups there is a ‘news selection game’ played by the participants (Buckalew, 1969; Eldridge, 1993; Philo, 1993), where regular editorial meetings are simulated. The quantitative component of the mixed methods methodological approach is used for the establishment of patterns or correlations of factors and the extent of prevalence that can attributed to anecdotal accounts. The qualitative one offers explanations with respect to the direction of causal relationships; it also allows a deeper view into the dynamics of (not-easy-to-describe or not-easy-to-confess) relationships of journalists with their sources and other social actors.


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

  • 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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