- 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
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, and Professor of Journalism and Communication.
I am Chair of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), and formerly the Editor of MeCCSA’s Newsletter Three-D.
My research is primarily concerned with news and social change – understood through online journalism, news innovation, citizens’ voices and news reporting of political change.
Currently I am co-directing Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) with Dr Chindu Sreedharan, a GCRF funded research and capacity building project by Bournemouth University and UNESCO in New Delhi. This is a 20-month study to map the journalistic challenges of reporting rape and sexual violence across India. See @MAARnews for details.
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 was previously Head of Research for the School of Journalism, English and Communication, and Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community at Bournemouth University.
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
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
Hua Li – Democracy in the News: Comparative analysis of newspaper reporting in Hong Kong and Mainland China from 2014 to 2018
Completed PhD Students
Minh Tran – Representation of global science controversies in Vietnamese media
Amal Almoualed – The influence of Twitter on journalism practices in Saudi Arabia
Walaa Bajnaid – The Role of Social Media in Enhancing Saudi Women’s Rights
Confidence Uwazuruwike (2018) Domestic Terrorism in Nigeria: News Reporting of the Boko Haram sect
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.
Member of the Media Reform Coalition Steering Group.
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).