Professor Bob Franklin
MA (Hull), PhD (Hull)
Professor of Journalism Studies
I joined the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies as Professor of Journalism Studies in February 2005. I was formerly Professor of Media Communications and Director of Research in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield: I previously held teaching and research posts at the Universities of York, Northumbria, Keele, Leeds and Sheffield.
I am the founding Editor of Journalism Studies (since 2000), Journalism Practice (2007) and Digital Journalism (2013) which are published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis. I also edit the book series Journalism Studies; Theory and Practice for Routlege, Taylor and Francis and in 2016 launched a new book series titled Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism. I have authored or (co) edited 25 books including Packaging Politics: Political Communication in Britain's Media Democracy and Newszak and News Media. More recent book length Studies include The Future of Journalism: In An Age of Digital Media and Economic Uncertainty (2016) and in (October) 2016 The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (with Scott Eldridge II).
In 2007 I organised and launched the series of biennial 'Future of Journalism' Conferences hosted by Cardiff University. I am also a member of the Editorial Boards of Brazilian Journalism Review, Communication Issues, The Journal of Political Marketing, Social Semiotics, Public Relations Inquiry as well as Fifth Estate Online and Spin Watch.
Recent modules offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels include:
- Journalism and Political Communication
- Understanding Journalism
- Tabloid Journalism
- Manufacturing Consent
- The Media and Social Policy
- State Communications and the Communications State
Bob Franklin researches, writes and teaches about journalism studies, political communications and the “packaging of politics”, the sociology of news media, local and regional news media (especially local newspapers), “Newszak” and recent developments in tabloid journalism, television policy and the role of media in the (social) policy process.
He has also published widely in the field of social policy focused on children and young people. Much of his work is policy oriented and has contributed to national developments, especially the development of a parliamentary communications policy.
His research has been funded by the major social science funding bodies as well as the media industries. In September 2007 he organized the international conference the Future of Newspapers followed by the conferences the Future of Journalism in 2009, 2011 and September 2013. Full details of 2013's conference can be found here along with the video of Professor Robert G Picard's Plenary.