New Cudlipp archive initiative launched
Monday, March 17, 2008
The Hugh Cudlipp Archive Research Initiative: The Cudlipp Papers on Popular Journalism
Bob Franklin, Professor of Journalism Studies is launching a new research initiative focused on the Hugh Cudlipp archive based at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
The collection provides an extraordinarily valuable research resource for scholars of journalism studies, especially for those interested in the study of popular journalism.
Donated to the University by Lady Jodie Cudlipp, the archive provides a rich treasury of documents including 3000 personal and professional letters to Ministers, MPs, journalists, writers and editors, hundreds of examples of Cudlipp’s own editorial and other work, as well as articles and books about this distinguished journalist and editor whose career included appointments as a reporter on the Penarth Times, Editor of the Sunday Pictorial, managing Editor of the Sunday Express and Editorial Director of the Daily Mirror.
Additionally, the archive includes drafts of a substantial body of unpublished work, documents reporting his close friendship with Cecil King, as well as cuttings concerning the Daily Mirror, the Spycatcher case, the Liberace libel trial, video scrap books, photographs, reports and other documents.
Bob Franklin invites inquiries from potential students and journalists who would like to work with him exploring the archive as part of a Doctoral programme of study commencing in October 2008.
These new opportunities for study will form part of an ongoing programme of Doctoral level research centred on this important archive which will unravel over the coming years. A further intention is to publish a series of research papers online titled The Cudlipp Papers on Popular Journalism.
Possible topics for Doctoral research include: Hugh Cudlipp’s contribution to contemporary UK journalism; The development of UK Popular Journalism; Hugh Cudlipp, Cecil King and the IPC; Hugh Cudlipp, Journalism Ethics and Regulation; The Daily Mirror and Investigative Journalism.
The School is actively seeking financial support from relevant Research Councils to help fund Doctoral bursaries but there is currently no guarantee of funding so students would need to secure their own funds or make individual bids to Research Councils.
Interested students should contact Professor Franklin via email (FranklinB1@cf.ac.uk) with a brief outline of their study proposal, or by telephone to discuss projects more informally (+44(0) 29 2087 9308).