Dr Stephen Cushion BA (E Anglia), MA (Wales), PhD (Wales), PGCE (Wales)

Dr Stephen Cushion

BA (E Anglia), MA (Wales), PhD (Wales), PGCE (Wales)

Reader

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Email:
cushionsa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74570
Location:
1.36, Bute Building
Media commentator

Dr Stephen Cushion is a Reader at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. He is part of the school's REF 2021 committee and is leading a potential REF impact case study.

He has written three sole authored books, News and Poitics: The Rise of Live and interpretive Journalism, The Democratic Value of News: Why Public Service Media Matter (2012, Palgrave) and Television Journalism (2012, Sage), one co-authored book, Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage (2018, Polity Press, with Richard Thomas) and co-edited The Future of 24-Hour News: New Directions, New Chalenges (2016, Peter Lang, with Richard Sambrook) and The Rise of 24-Hour News: Global Perspectives (2010, Peter Lang with Justin Lewis). Overall, Stephen has also published over 30 journal articles and almost 20 book chapters on issues related to news, politics and journalism. He is on the editorial board of several leading academic journals, including Journalism StudiesJournalism PracticeJournalism: Theory, Practice and CriticismJournalism Education and Journal of Applied Journalism and Media

Stephen has been PI on three BBC Trust Impartiality Reviews and Co-I on one. The first two (in 2008 and 2010) led to a 4* rated REF impact case study (receiving the regional impact award from Cardiff University). He was also PI on an ESRC funded project, Television News, impartaility and the 2017 UK general election campaign.

Stephen has successfully supervised many MA dissertations and PhD dissertations to completion, acted as an internal and external PhD examiner and chaired vivas. In 2017, he became JOMEC’s director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

Stephen regularly presents research at international and UK conferences, and has co-organised major academic conferences, such as the 2015 Future of Journalism conference, which included co-editing a special edition of three journals based on selected papers.

He welcomes PhD proposals in the area of political communication and journalism studies, particularly topics related to election reporitng, the mediatization of politics, and the impact of 24-hour news culture, or issues about journalistic balance, objectivity and impartaility, as well as broader inquires about media ownership and public service broadcasting, and internationally comparative news studies. 

Stephen has recently supervised the following students to completion:

Afful, Ebo (2017) Journalism, Election Campaigns and Democracy in Ghana.

Kilby, Allaina (2014) Satire for sanity: An examination of media representation and audience engagement with The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity

Fitzgerald, Patrick (2014) Legitimising dissent? British and American newspaper coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

Reardon, Sally (2013) Accounting for News: A discourse analysis of the talk of television journalists.

Employment

Employment-present: Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and MA in Political Communication at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Jan 2012-August 2015: Senior Lecturer and Director of the MA in Political Communication at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Jan 2006-2012: Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

May 2005-June 2005: Research Assistant at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies for a project on local and regional press coverage of the 2005 general election. This involved developing an appropriate methodological framework for the content analysis, coding many 100s of articles, inputting them into SPSS, generating the results and co-authoring the findings.

May 2003-June 2003: Research Assistant at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies for a project on the way the Welsh media reported the 2003 National Assembly for Wales election.

Education 

2002-2006 Doctor of Philosophy, ‘Protesting their apathy: Young People, News Media and Citizenship’ at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, October 2006

2001-2002 MA in Journalism Studies (distinction): Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.

1998-2001 BA Hons. Film and Media (2:1) University of East Anglia, Norwich.

2008  Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCTUL). The aim of the qualification is to enable participants to become more competent, confident and reflective university teachers, capable of critically evaluating and developing their own teaching and learning approach in order to facilitate high quality student learning.

Honours and awards

2017: Principal Investigator, ESRC Award, Television News, impartaility and the 2017 UK general election campaign. (£42, 765)

2016: Principal Investigator on a BBC Trust project on Nations Impartiality Review and devolution in the UK. (£70,704)

2015-2016: Principal Investigator on a BBC Trust project on Impartiality Review about reporting of statistics. (£70,285)

2015-2016: Principal Investigator on a BBC Trust project on Nations Impartiality Review and devolution in the UK. (£79,269)

2015: Principal Investigator University ESRC initiator fund to support research about the 2015 General Election (£3000)

2015: JOMEC Impact and Engagement and seedcorn Funding (£2000) to support research about the 2015 General Election

2015: Principal Investigator on a Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) project (£1,360) about how Buzzfeed reported the 2015 UK general election

2014: Principal Investigator on a Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) project (£1,360) about television news reporting of the 2014 EU Elections

2013:  Regional impact award at Cardiff University (a JOMEC impact REF submission) for the Follow up review of Accuracy and impartiality in coverage of the 4 nations funded by the BBC Trust. This included a £1,000 award towards research

2009-2010: Principal Investigator on a BBC Trust project on Nations Impartiality Review and devolution in the UK. (£69,372)

2008-2010: Co- Investigator (with Kerry Moore and John Jewell) on a project for the Department for Communities and Local Government on British media coverage of young black men and boys (£38,665)

2007-2008: Co-Investigator (with Justin Lewis) on a BBC Trust project on Nations Impartiality Review and devolution in the UK (£63,487)

2007-2008: Co-Investigator on a European commission project entitled ‘Eurosphere’ on the European public sphere (£173,229). I joined this project after funding had been secured to help develop a methodological framework for the analysis of print and broadcast news across 15 European countries. This involved managing a large team of researchers and training them in relevant research methods.

I coordinate the following modules

MA - Introudction to Political Communication (Autumn)

PhD - Method workshop (Autumn)

BA - The Making and Shaping of News (Spring)

PhD - Issues in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (Spring)

Stephen welcomes PhD proposals in the area of political communication and journalism studies, particularly topics related to election reporitng, the mediatization of politics and 24-hour news, balance, objectivity and impartaility, media ownership and public service broadcasting, and internationally comparative news studies. 

He welcomes PhD proposals in the area of political communication and journalism studies, particularly topics related to election reporitng, the mediatization of politics, and the impact of 24-hour news culture, or issues about journalistic balance, objectivity and impartaility, as well as broader inquires about media ownership and public service broadcasting, and internationally comparative news studies. 

Stephen has recently supervised the following students to completion:

Afful, Ebo (2017) Journalism, Election Campaigns and Democracy in Ghana.

Kilby, Allaina (2014) Satire for sanity: An examination of media representation and audience engagement with The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity

Fitzgerald, Patrick (2014) Legitimising dissent? British and American newspaper coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

Reardon, Sally (2013) Accounting for News: A discourse analysis of the talk of television journalists.

He currently supervises the following students:

Steven Buckley ‘EMOTIONALLY CHARGED: TO WHAT EXTENT DOES FOX NEWS UTILISE EMOTION WHEN REPORTING ON NEWS FEATURES?’

Gong, Shunlin 'TO DISCUSS AND COMPARE THE ROLE OF SEX IN BRITISH AND CHINESE TELEVISION ADVERTISING'

Petra Kovacevic  ‘READING BETWEEN THE LINES AND SEEING BEYOND THE WORDS: WHO IS A CONSTRUCTIVE JOURNALIST?’

Moza Al-Rawahi ‘THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON POLITICAL COGNITIONS AND BEHAVIOUR: A CASE STUDY OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN’

Binakuromo Ogbebor ‘MEDIA REPRESENTATION OF THE NEWS OF THE WORLD PHONE HACKING SCANDAL’

Areas of expertise