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Dr Stephen Cushion

Dr Stephen Cushion

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

Position: Senior Lecturer
Director of MA Political Communication


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74570

Location: Room 1.36, Bute Building


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

Recent/Future Publications

Cushion, Stephen, Hugh Rodger and Lewis, Rachel (2014) ‘Comparing levels of mediatization in television journalism: An analysis of political reporting on US and UK evening news bulletins’ in International Communication Gazette

Blumler, Jay and Cushion, Stephen (2014) ‘Normative Perspectives On Journalism Studies: Stock-Taking and Future Directions’ in Journalism: Theory Practice and Criticism

Cushion, Stephen, Aalberg, Toril and Thomas, Richard (2013) ‘Towards a rolling news logic in fixed time bulletins? A comparative analysis of journalistic interventions in the US, UK and Norway’ in The European Journal of Communication

Cushion, Stephen and Thomas, Richard (2013) ‘The Mediatization of Politics: Interpreting the Value of Live versus Edited Journalistic Interventions in U.K. Television News Bulletins’ in International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol.18 (3): 360-380

Research Interests

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


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'.

External Examiner

Stephen is currently an External examiner for:

The undergraduate BA in Broadcast Journalism at the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds.

The Masters programme in Political and Public Communication at Dublin City University.