Dr Julian Matthews

journalism research; media academic; media sociologist;


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BSc Social Science (Hons), BCHE, 1996

MA in Mass Communication, University of Leicester, 1997

PhD Social Science, Brunel University, 2003

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018

Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications
Telephone:+44 (0)116 2522582
Email: jpm29@leicester.ac.uk


Personal details

I am a long-standing member of the Department of Media and Communication (now School of Media, Communication and Sociology) at Leicester. Before joining (in 2008), I had taught in higher education for ten years, running undergraduate core modules on media theory, research methods and a vast range of option modules including topics on journalism, risk and conflicts.  At postgraduate level, I had coordinated courses on Media and Terrorism and tutored on CMCR’s Distance Learning Programme at Leicester. In that time, I also became a founding editor of the international journal, Sociology Compass and an original member, (now convenor), of the British Sociological Association Media Study Group.

Recently, I have become a Stream Coordinator for the British Sociological Association (Culture, Media, Sport and Food), a mentor on the IAMCR’s Emerging Scholars Programme and a member of the Peer Review College for the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Programme. I have also taken up positions of visiting professor at the University Grenoble and Rhodes University.


I coordinate the following modules:

  • MS7090 Theoretical Concepts in Journalism Studies
  • MS7095 Comparative Journalism Studies
  • MS7079 Journalism and Culture
  • MS7099 Extended Report
  • MS3024 Reporting Panics Risks and Fears: Journalism in an Age of Anxiety
  • MS3025 Online Journalism Theory and Practice
  • MS2010 Journalism Studies
  • MS7002 Mass Communication Theory
  • MS7030 Critical Approaches to Consumer Culture


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My research interests focus on the sociology of journalism and news making.  I am one of few scholars who has conducted ethnographic research into the production of news. I have also written about various forms of news media (and their democratic potential) that are found in the UK and the US news ecologies. Additionally, I share an interest in how the media report conflict and risk.  I have studied and written about the construction of environmental issues (energy issues and climate change, most recently) and elsewhere have published on the conflict and the risk associated with the reporting of immigration, terrorism and war. My recent books include ‘Producing Serious News for Citizen Children…’ (Edwin Mellon) and ‘The Cultural Intermediaries Reader’  (Sage).

Professional activities

As a media sociologist, I am also involved in several external roles.



I continue to supervise various PhD students (and projects), some of the past and present are listed below:

  • Dr.Mokhtar Elareshi –  The role of satellite TV channels as news sources in the lives of young people
  • Dr.Maya Al Habsi - A news production study of Al Jazeera Arabic
  • Dr.Haida Baba Zain- TV news and building national identity in Malaysia.
  • Dr.Lawrencia Agyepong - Celebrity political endorsement in Ghanaian reporting
  • Dr.Kelechi Onyermaobi - Press reporting of Nigeria's general elections
  • Dr Genevieve Bosah - Digital technologies, journalistic practices and news production in Nigeria
  • Andreas Anastasiou - Journalistic professionalism in practice across Europe
  • Michael Wilson – State – media relations as shaping the US reporting of immigration Issues
  • Elina Fokiceva - The appropriation of drones by the UK media organisations
  • Habeeb Pindiga - The propaganda model and the Nigerian press
  • Fitaha Aini - Alternative media and identity in Indonesia
  • Agboola Odesanya - Media coverage of climate change Issues in Nigeria
  • Tahani Alharthi -Consumption of beauty ideals in Saudi Arabia
  • Kerstin Tschernigg - Online environmental activism


I am interested to hear from prospective research students who wish to undertake research related to the following interests:

  • Journalists, professionalism and the production of news media
  • News reporting of conflicts or risks (energy, climate change, terrorism, immigration, protest etc)
  • Young people and news

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Contact Details

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
E: mcs-enquiries@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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