Dr Verica Rupar
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75461
Location: Room 0.61a, Bute Building
Verica Rupar’s teaching and research interests are in comparative journalism studies. She has researched and written on the epistemology of journalism, journalism in transition countries, , the development of journalism form and style in historical contexts, excellence in journalism, media and diversity, inclusive journalism and on the intersections between journalism, politics, culture and society.
Her publications include Journalism and meaning-making (Hampton Press, 2010), Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand (co-edited with Sean Phelan and martin Hirst, AUT Media 2012), Reporting on ethnicity (European Commission 2012) and Reporting religion (European Commission 2012).
Verica is one of the editors of the upcoming JOMEC Journal and is editorial board member of Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies and Journalism Education.
Verica is an academic leader for the research part of the European Commission funded project “Ethical Journalism Initiative: A Campaign to fight racism and discrimination through freedom of expression and the highest professional standards of journalism”.
The project focuses on journalistic sector of media to identify the ways journalists in Denmark, Slovakia, Lithuania, Italy, the UK, Hungary, Greece, France and Germany approach and report on ethnicity and religion in the light of the European Union framework for the protection of fundamental rights.
It is a joint project of the International Federation of Journalists, Article 19 and Media Diversity Institute. Ethical Journalism Initiative website
- Information Gathering and Analysis I
- Information Gathering and Analysis II
- Great Journalists
- Political Communication
(2012) Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand. Co-edited with Martin Hirst and Sean Phelan. Auckland: AUT Media
(2010) Journalism and Meaning-making: Reading the Newspaper, (Ed.), Claskill: Hampton Press
(2012) Journalism and journalism studies in Aoteraoa New Zealand (co-authored with Phelan, S., and Hirst, M.). In Hirst, M., Phelan, S. and Rupar, V. (eds.), Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand. Auckland: AUT Media
(Forthcoming) Inclusive journalism and rebuilding democracy (co-authored with Milica Pesic). In Sakr, N. and Basyouni, H. Rebuilding Egyptian Media for Democratic Future.
(2010) “Journalism and meaning-making: mapping the field of study” in Rupar,V. (Ed.) Journalism and Meaning-making: Reading the Newspaper, (Ed.), Claskill: Hampton Press, pp.1-12
(2010) “Journalism and social change: A hundred years of the New Zealand daily The Dominion (Post)” in Rupar, V. (Ed.) Journalism and Meaning-making: Reading the Newspaper, , Claskill: Hampton Press, pp.73-89
(2007) “Journalism, political change and front-page design” in Broersma Marcel (Ed) Form and Style in Journalism. European Newspapers and the Representation of News, 1880-2005 Leuven: Peeters, pp.199-219
(2012). Getting the facts right: Reporting ethnicity. Brussels: European Commission
(2012). Getting the facts right: Reporting religion. Brussels: European Commission
(2005) Co-edited (with Tony Schirato and Melanie Swalwell) New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Special Issue “Asian Media Arts Practice in/and Aotearoa New Zealand”, Vol. 9, No. 1
(Under review). Journalism and political culture in transition democracy
(Under review). ‘Shadow publics’ in the news coverage of socio-political issues (co-authored with Kurian, P., Munshi, D. and Fraser, R.)
(2010) “Journalism, environment and community structure”. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies 12(1)
(2010) Co-authored with Ebbe Grunwald “Capturing meaning-making in journalism”. Journalistika 2
(2009) Co-authored with Ebbe Grunwald "Journalism curiosity and storytelling frame: A comparative study of Australian and Danish newspapers". Journalism Practice, Vol. 3, No. 4.pp. 392 - 403
(2007) “Newspaper’s production of common sense: the ‘greenie madness’ or why should we read editorials?” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism Vol. 8, No. 5
(2006) “Reflections on journalism and objectivity: an episode, ideal or obstacle?” The New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, available at www.nzmediastudies.org.nz
(2006) “How did you find that out? The transparency of the newsgathering process and the meaning of news: a case study of New Zealand journalism”, Journalism Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 141-158
(2006) Shirato, T, Swalwell, M, Rupar, V, ‘Editorial’, New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-3
(2002) “Keeping Our Options Closed: The dominance of the conflict story-telling frame in media coverage of the Royal Commission’s Report on Genetic Modification in New Zealand”, Political Science, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 59-67
(2010) Review of Harris, Roy J., Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism. Jhistory, H-Net Reviews. March, 2010. URL: Behind the Profession's Top Prize
(2010) Book review of Sage Series - Journalism Studies: Key texts – Journalism Studies , 11(5)
Verica supervises students working in the fields of:
- Comparative journalism studies
- News, politics and power
- Inclusive journalism
- Media and diversity issues
PhD supervision (current thesis): Al Jazeera and public dialogue, War discourse in news and documentaries, News and politics in South Korea and Diasporas in the global city.
MA supervision (2011/12 dissertations): the media coverage of Russia in the British press, professional norms and values of journalists in Norway, and a diverse range of practice based journalistic projects such as immigration in Italy, British far right politics, marginalized groups in Mumbai, digital religion, Japanese animation, gap years, women in Indian cinema
Verica Rupar joined Cardiff University in August 2008. She holds a PhD from Waikato University. She taught journalism at University of Belgrade, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Tasmania.
Verica has lived and worked in Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia and the UK and this international experience has generated and influenced her research and writing. She has published academic journal articles, book chapters and edited collections about the sociology of journalism, journalism history and journalism practice in different countries and in comparative contexts.
Verica is also interested in journalism education. She serves as an academic consultant for the London-based Media Diversity Institute and is involved in the development of an inclusive journalism curriculum at universities in Morocco, Egypt and Indonesia.
Before moving to academia, Verica worked as a journalist - reporter, political correspondent, political editor, commentator, foreign correspondent and deputy editor-in-chief of Politika, one of the oldest daily newspapers in Central Europe. Her professional career includes a short stint as a fundraiser and campaigner for Greenpeace and as a press officer for the Green Party parliamentary team in New Zealand.