- Online news and journalism
- Citizen journalism
- Civic media
- Public service media and PSBs online
- News reporting of politics and elections
- News reporting of climate change
- Science and technology journalism
- New media history, technology and innovation
- Journalism education
Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Communication, and Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community at Bournemouth University.
I am on the Executive Committee of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), the Editor of MeCCSA’s Newsletter Three-D and the association’s online communications.
My research is primarily concerned with news and social change – understood through online journalism, news innovation, citizens’ voices and news reporting of political change.
Before joining Bournemouth University in 2010, I worked at Teesside University (2008-2010), and as a visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol (2005-2007).
I have a PhD in Journalism Studies from Bournemouth University, funded by the AHRC. The thesis focused on civic engagement and representation of citizen voices on the BBC News website.
Prospective PhD Students
I welcome PhD proposals from prospective students in any of the above areas or generally within the field of journalism studies.
Current PhD Students
Hussain Aldossari – Data journalism practises in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states
Walaa Bajnaid – The Role of Social Media in Enhancing Saudi Women’s Rights
Paul Bradshaw – Data journalism forms, practices and innovation: an investigation into emerging practices in data sourcing, analysis, storytelling and distribution [Practice-led PhD]
Louise Matthews – Tweeting on the Beat: the use of social media by police, their publics, and crime reporters
Confidence Uwazuruwike – Domestic Terrorism in Nigeria: News Reporting of the Boko Haram sect
Completed PhD Students
Membership of research groups and networks
MeCCSA – Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association in the UK.
Actively involved with the MeCCSA Climate Change, Sustainability and the Environment Network, and the MeCCSA Policy Network. Member of the MeCCSA Executive Committee, editor of the Three-D newsletter and communications officer.
ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association.
Affiliated with the Journalism Studies section, the Science and Environmental Communication section, and the Communication and Democracy section.
IAMCR – International Association for Media and Communication Research.
Affiliated with the Journalism Research and Education section, the Environment, Science and Risk Communication working group, and the European Public Broadcasting Policies working group.
Spectacular Environmentalisms: Celebrity and the Mediation of Environmental Change (research network funded by the AHRC).