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Dr Stephen Cushion

Dr Stephen Cushion

BA (E Anglia), MA (Wales), PhD (Wales), PGCE (Wales)

Position: Reader
Director of MA Political Communication


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74570

Location: Room 1.36, Bute Building


Dr Stephen Cushion is a Reader and Director of MA Political Communication at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Recent/Future Publications

Cushion, Stephen (2015) The Rise of Live and Interpretive Journalism. London: Routledge

Cushion, Stephen, Lewis, Rachel and Rodger, Hugh (2015) Adopting or resisting 24-hour news logic on evening bulletins? the mediatization of UK television news 1991-2012Journalism 

Cushion, Stephen, Richard Thomas and Oliver Ellis (2015) ‘Interpreting UKIP’s “earthquake” in British politics: UK television news coverage of the 2009 and 2014 EU election campaigns’ in Political Quarterly (accepted)

Research Interests

  • Media and citizenship
  • Media and Politics
  • Public service broadcasting and news
  • Internationally comparative studies
  • Mediatization of politics


2015: Funding (various sources) to study general election coverage and campaigning

2014: CUROP £1,360 funding

2013: Won Regional Impact Award at Cardiff University

2013: CUROP £2,720 funding

2012: CUROP £1,360 funding

2009-2010: Follow-up review of (Accuracy and impartiality in coverage of the 4 nations)

2008-2009: REACH Media Analysis Project: British news coverage of young black men and boys

2007-2008: Funding for a BBC Trust project on reporting devolution in the four regions

2007: Funding for a European commission project entitled "Eurosphere".


Stephen teaches the MA modules 'Towards Method', 'Political Communication' and Content Analysis for the 'Putting Research into Action' module as well as the BA module 'Making and Shaping of News'.

Editorial boards

Stephen is on the editorial board of the following peer reviewed journals: Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media, and Journalism Education