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.

Important questions include:

  • What impacts are new information and communication technologies having on journalism, news outlets and the production of news generally?
  • What are the interconnections between public relations activities, news professionals and news reporting?
  • What role does gender play in the production and reception of news journalism?
  • What are the marked continuities and changes in the news reporting of significant social issues?
  • What is the future of journalism?

The group is directed by Julian Matthews

Who we are

Academic Staff:

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

Graduate Research / Teaching Assistants:

Andreas Anastasiou Matthew Winston

PhD Students:

Abbigail Ajim, 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, disaster and community (Matthews and Campbell)

v) Journalism and professionalism (Matthews and Dickinson)

vii) Suffragettes in the press (Mendes and Kay)

viii) Journalism, social media and Brexit (Clark)

Selected Recent Publications / Projects /Events

Matthews, J. and Cameron, S. (2018). Press Performance Amid Threats of Terror: Exploring Reporting Thresholds and Criticism in Elite Coverage of an Identity Cards Bill.  Journalism Theory Practice and Criticism.  (December 7, 2018. doi.10.1177/1464884918816243)

Mair, J., Clark, T., Fowler, N., Snoddy, R., and Tait, R. (forthcoming, October 2018) Social Media, Journalism and Society, Abramis.

Matthews, J. and Fisher, A.(2018). Reporting the Human Cost of War. In S.J Grattan., Barredo, D. and Turner, B. (eds). Reporting from the Wars 1850-2015: The Origins and Evolution of the War Correspondent. Vernon Press

Boyce Kay, J. and Mendes, K. (in press) ‘Gender, Media and the Production of Historical Memory: Changing Representations of the Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in British Newspapers, 1913-2013’, Media History.

Matthews, J. (2018). Placing Industry in the Frame: Exploring the Mediated Performance of Industry Voices in Climate Change Reporting. Front. Commun. 3(48): 1-14. (doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2018.00048)

Boyce Kay, J. and Mendes, K. (in press 2018) ‘Feminism in the Press and the Feminist Press, 1900-2017’, In M. Conboy & D. Finklestein (eds.) History of Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland 1650-2011, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Matthews, J. and Hansen, A (2018).Fracturing debate? A Review of Research on Media Coverage of ‘Fracking’. Front. Commun. 3(41): 1-11. (doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2018.00041)

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)

Mair, J., Clark, T., Fowler, N., Snoddy, R., and Tait, R. (2017) Brexit, Trump and the Media, Abramis.

Brexit, Trump and the Media - a one day even to stimulate critical public debate on the political, social, and media issues associated with Brexit and Donald Trump at the University of Leicester on the 21st February 2018.

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

Rice, C. and Somerville, I. (2017) ‘Political contest and oppositional voices in post-conflict democracy: The impact of institutional design on government-media relations’ The International Journal of Press/Politics, 20(3) 360-381

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.

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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