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Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Position: Director of Research Development and Environment


Twitter: @KarinWahlJ

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 79414

Location: Room 1.32, Bute Building


Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is the author of three books, Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; co-authored with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle), Journalists and the Public (Hampton Press, 2007) and Citizens or Consumers? (Open University Press, 2005; co-authored with Justin Lewis and Sanna Inthorn), and is currently writing Emotions, Media and Public Participation for Polity Press.

She is editor of the Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge 2009, with Thomas Hanitzsch) andMediated Citizenship (Routledge, 2007). She has published 40 articles in more than 20 different international, peer-reviewed journals, and has also written 20 book chapters. She is a frequent media commentator on topics relating to citizenship and the media.

She is currently serving as associate editor of Communication Theory and is also a member of the editorial collective for the JOMEC Journal. She has been elected as Board Member at Large for the International Communication Association, 2012-2014.

Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the AHRC and the British Academy, among other organisations. Most recently, she has been Principal UK Investigator on a €4 million European Commission funded project on the European Public Sphere (EUROSPHERE) and has carried out research for the charity Public Concern at Work on the media representation of whistleblowers.


Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen's interview on the Mediascope programme on Tuesday 6th. March 2012 about personalisation algorithms. Goto 13 mins 30 seconds.

Mediascope's Podcast 6th March 2012

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen's talk for the Reuters Seminar Series, Oxford.

Emotions and Journalism: the relationship between practices of emotional story-telling and objectivity in award-winning journalism

Research Interests

Professor Wahl-Jorgensen is interested in the relationship between citizenship, democracy and the media. Her work focuses on how citizens are represented in and participate through news forms and genres, including vox pop interviews, letters to the editor, disaster coverage and user-generated content. Her current research deals with how emotion affects practices and experiences of mediated public participation.

Links to Research Projects

Teaching, Service and other Information

Professor Wahl-Jorgensen teaches on the undergraduate module "Politics and Journalism" and and the MA module "Introduction to Journalism Studies" (MA Political Communication) as well as on the school’s PhD seminars.

Other Roles

Director MA Journalism, Media and Communications

For further information: Visit Dr Wahl-Jorgensen’s site