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Professor Bob Franklin

Professor Bob Franklin

MA (Hull), PhD (Hull)

Position: Professor of Journalism Studies


Twitter: @ProfBobFranklin

Facebook: Journalism Studies

Telephone: +44(0)29 208 79308

Location: Room 0.62A, Bute Building

Research Interests

Bob Franklin researches, writes and teaches about journalism studies, political communications and the “packaging of politics”, the sociology of news media, local and regional news media (especially local newspapers), “Newszak” and recent developments in tabloid journalism, television policy and the role of media in the (social) policy process.

He has also published widely in the field of social policy focused on children and young people. Much of his work is policy oriented and has contributed to national developments, especially the development of a parliamentary communications policy.

His research has been funded by the major social science funding bodies as well as the media industries. In September 2007 he organized the international conference the Future of Newspapers followed by the conferences the Future of Journalism in 2009, 2011 and September 2013. Full details of 2013's conference can be found here along with the video of Professor Robert G Picard's Plenary.

Bob is the Editor of Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Digital Journalism.

Information about the journals and the Future of Journalism conference can be found on while updates from Bob himself can be found on Twitter.


Recent modules offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels include:

  • Journalism and Political Communication
  • Understanding Journalism
  • Tabloid Journalism
  • Manufacturing Consent
  • The Media and Social Policy
  • State Communications and the Communications State

Click for the module outline Understanding Journalism Studies (MC 1578) - Spring 2015