News & Journalism Research Group

The world of news and journalism is, like the media in general, in a period of great change. The spread of new information and communication technologies are having an impact on all aspects of the news production process, from the way reporters gather material for their stories, to the way news content is packaged and presented. There are changes too in the channels and outlets for news and in the way the established media organizations are responding to developments in the global market for news output. The News & Journalism Research Group brings together researchers to explore the impact of these changes on newsrooms, to ask questions about the consequences for the occupations connected with news production, to examine news outputs as form and content, and to study the audiences for news in local, national and global contexts.  The group is directed by Julian Matthews

Who we are

Academic Staff:

Jessica Bain, Vincent CampbellScott Davidson, Roger DickinsonAnders Hansen, Julian Matthews, Kaitlynn Mendes, Maria Touri, Ian Sommerville,

Graduate Research / Teaching Assistants:

Andreas Anastasiou Matthew Winston

PhD Students:

Sandra Kaulfuss, Michael Wilson, Elina Fokiceva, Genevieve Bosah, Habeeb Pindiga  (Previous students: Dr.Lawrencia Agyepong, Dr.Rahma Al Foori, Dr. Maiya Al Habsi, Dr. Haida Baba Zain, Dr. Alejandra Castano Echeverri, Dr. Kelechi Onyemaiobi)

Current Projects

i)Feminism and comparative work on mainstream news and blogs (Mendes)

ii)News representations of energy issues (Matthews & Hansen)

iii) Public affairs and lobbying  (Davidson and Sommerville)

iv) Journalism technology and community (Matthews and Campbell)

v) Journalism and professionalism (Matthews and Dickinson)

vii) Suffragettes in the press (Mendes and Kay)

Selected Recent Publications / Projects /Events

Matthews, J. and Al Habsi, M. (2018) Addressing a region?  The Arab imagined audience and newsworthiness in the production of Al Jazeera Arabic. The International Communication Gazette (First Published February 13, 2018, doi: 10.1177/1748048518755210)

Matthews, J. (2017). Maintaining a Politicized Climate of Opinion? Examining how Political Framing and Journalistic Logic Combine to Shape Speaking Opportunities in UK Quality Newspaper Reporting of Climate Change (2000-2010) Public Understanding of Science 26(4): 467-480

Somerville, I. Davidson, S. (2017). Security, democratic legitimacy and the “public interest”: Policing and the “communicative ritual” in deeply divided societies. In Johnston, J and Pieczka, M (Eds). Public Interest Communication: Critical Debates and Global Concepts. Routledge.

Matthews, J. (2016). Media Performance in the Aftermath of Terror: Reporting Templates, Political Ritual and the UK Press Coverage of the London Bombings, 2005. Journalism Theory, Practice and Criticism 17(2):173-189

Sommerville, I. (2016) .The Disloyal Opposition? Journalist Perspectives on Government-Media Relationships in Northern Ireland’s Power-Sharing Democracy' 66th Annual ICA Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June 2016.

Matthews. Call for papers: Special Issue for Journalism Theory, Practice & Criticism:  From aftermath to anniversary:  Exploring the performance of journalism as it recounts the 7/7 London bombings.

Mendes, K. (2015) SlutWalk: Feminism, activism & media. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Campbell, V. (2015) ‘Citizen Journalism and Active Citizenship’, in Price, S. and Sanz Sabido, R. (eds.) Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent, London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Tong, J (2014) 'Environmental Risks in Newspaper Coverage: A Framing Analysis of Investigative Reports on Environmental Problems in 10 Chinese Newspapers', in Environmental Communication, online first.

Tong, J (2014) ‘The defence of journalistic legitimacy in media discourse in China: an analysis of the case of Deng Yujiao’, in Journalism, online first

Campbell, V. (2014) ‘Theorising Citizenship in Citizen Journalism’ Digital Journalism. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2014.937150

Bain, J., Chaban, N., & Kelly, S. (2013) Crumbling Giant, Rising Dragon?: Chinese News Media Cartoon Reflections on the Eurozone Debt Crisis. Communication Politics and Culture, 45(2).

Gong, Q. and Le Billon, P. (2014) Feeding (On) Geopolitical Anxieties: Asian Appetites, News Media Framing and the 2007-2008 Food Crisis, Geopolitics, 19(2), pp.291-321.

Miazhevich, G (2014) Russia Today's Coverage of Euromaidan’, Russian Journal of Communication, 2014, 6:2, 186-191.

Cottle, S. and Matthews, J. (2013). 'U.S TV News and Communicative Architecture: Between Manufacturing Consent and Mediated Democracy'. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 57(4): 562-578

Dickinson, R. (2013) Weber’s sociology of the press and journalism: continuities in contemporary sociologies of journalists. Max Weber Studies 13 (2) 197-215

Hansen, A., & Machin, D.(eds.) (2013). Researching Visual Environmental Communication. Special Issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 7(2), 151-168.

Ong, J. (2013) ‘The importance of place: an analysis of changes in investigative journalism in two Chinese provincial newspapers’, Journalism Practice. 7:1, 1-16.

Gunter, B. and Dickinson, R. (eds) (2013) News media in the Arab world. A study of ten Arab and Muslim countries. London: Bloomsbury.

Dickinson,R., Matthews,J., and Saltzis, K. (2013) Special Issue: New(s) Media Technologies and New(s) Work: Changing Journalistic Practices across Europe. International Communication Gazette. 75 (1).

'Caught in the frame: Frame analysis as contemporary media scholarship' - a one day symposium co-organised by the BSA Media Study Group and the News and Journalism Research Group and hosted at the University of Leicester on 19th September, 2012.

'Breaking news online: A study on the patterns of news story updates in UK websites', Saltzis, K. Paper to be presented at upcoming 'Future of News Conference' at the University of Cardiff, September 2011

‘New Communications and Demonstrations’ was a day symposium hosted at the University of Leicester on 13th July, 2011. The event organised by the British Sociological Association Media Study Group in collaboration with the News and Journalism Research Group at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, brought together scholars from different disciplines with combined interests in the relationship between the media, protest and demonstration.

UK Review of the News Media 2010. Several research group members have been collaborating over the past few months to compile an overview of key developments, events and issues that have emerged during the past year relating to the UK news industry, its outputs and its audiences.

More Information

Interested in doing a PhD?

Members of the research group would be interested in supervising research on a wide range of topics relating to news and journalism. Please follow the links above to individual members' web pages for a list of potential topics.

Interested in getting involved?

Please get in touch with Julian Matthews

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