This research group explores the uses of digital media within a range of social, political and cultural contexts. We investigate the implications of technological change for media and communication practices, journalism, and cultural processes, and its interactions with social transformations.
We understand digital media as infused with power and with the potential to both disrupt and strengthen existing communicative practices and social relations and we are developing interdisciplinary approaches and dialogue around themes such as:
Group members interface with a wide range of partners, including other Universities, the media, creative and cultural industries, and policy makers. Group members are also involved in a variety of public engagement activities and contribute to policy around these issues.
The work of the group informs, and is informed by, our teaching at all levels, and interacts with, and supports, our Masters programmes in the field of digital media. Group members activities include talks, conferences, consultancies, journal special issues, research proposals and collaborations. If you are interested in collaborating with the group, please get in touch.
Coding for Social Change
30 January 2015
Conference with leading practitioners and experts on ways in which digital technologies are transforming society, with a focus on practices in journalism, citizen engagement and issues concerning restrictions and rights in a digital environment. Speakers included, among others, Alan Rusbridger (Editor, The Guardian) and Jillian C. York (Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation).
Other funded research topics include: pervasive multimedia documentary, user-generated content in a variety of contexts, digital storytelling, online games, memorialisation via social networks, hyperlocal journalism, community-driven arts listings and creative citizenship.
The journal Digital Journalism is edited by Professor Bob Franklin. Digital Journalism is an international, peer reviewed journal published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis, which provides a critical forum for scholarly discussion, analysis and responses to the wide ranging implications of digital technologies, along with economic, political and cultural developments, for the practice and study of journalism.
Since its launch early in 2013, the first issue of Digital Journalism has received more downloads than any other journal by Routledge, and continues to break download records. It has now been extended from 3 to 4 issues a year, a record six months from its launch. You can follow Digital Journalism on Facebook or Professor Bob Franklin on Twitter.
Many of our research projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with other Schools at Cardiff, and members of this Group also contribute to research within the School focusing on ‘Mediatized Conflict’, ‘Risk, Science and Health’, ‘Race, Representation and Cultural Politics’ and ‘Journalism Studies' research.
We also have strong links with colleagues both nationally and internationally and the School attracts Visiting Fellows from all over the world.