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

Dr Stephen Cushion

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


School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

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Media commentator

Dr Stephen Cushion is a Reader and Director of MA Political Communication at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

In 2002 Stephen completed an MA in Journalism Studies at JOMEC and a PhD at the school. He was then appointed as a lecturer teaching on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He is currently the director of the MA in Political Communication.

Stephen has been involved in many research projects including several Electoral commission funded projects, two BBC Trust impartiality reviews into the reporting of post-devolution Britain, a Nuffield funded research into local newspaper coverage of the general election, three BBC funded reports into 24-hour news, a project about British news coverage of young black men and boys for the department of communities and local government and a European Commission study into the European public sphere. More recently he has secured funding (2012 and 2013) via CUROP to fund Cardiff University undergraduate students and has co-published articles with them (in International Journal of Press/Politics for example).

He has written sole authored books, The Democratic Value of News: Why Public Service Media Matter(2012, Palgrave) and Television Journalism (2012, Sage) and co-edited The Rise of 24-Hour News: Global Perspectives (2010, Peter Lang with Justin Lewis). He is currently writing a book provisionally entitled News and Politics for Routledge.  Stephen has published chapters in a number of edited collections, such as Journalism After September 11 (2002 and 2011, Routledge), Local Journalism and Local Media; Making the Local News (2006, Routledge), Political Communications (2007, Palgrave), Political Journalism in Transition (2013, I.B. Tauris) and From Theory to Practice: How to Assess and Apply Impartiality in News and Current Affairs (2013, University of Chicago Press).

He has also published peer reviewed articles in the European Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Journalism Practice, Journal of Public Affairs, International Journal of Press/Politics, Representation, Javnost: The Public, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, the Journal of Youth Studies and Media & Jornalismo.

Honours and awards

2015: Funding (various sources) to study general election coverage and campaigning

2014: CUROP £1,360 funding

2013: Won Regional Impact Award at Cardiff University

2013: CUROP £2,720 funding

2012: CUROP £1,360 funding

2009-2010: Follow-up review of (Accuracy and impartiality in coverage of the 4 nations)

2008-2009: REACH Media Analysis Project: British news coverage of young black men and boys

2007-2008: Funding for a BBC Trust project on reporting devolution in the four regions

2007: Funding for a European commission project entitled "Eurosphere".

  • Media and citizenship
  • Media and Politics
  • Public service broadcasting and news
  • Internationally comparative studies
  • Mediatization of politics

Specialist areas