Journalism and Democracy Research Group

We conduct research into the swiftly changing practices of journalism at a time of uncertainty and profound technological transformations. We examine the news media’s role in relation to politics, democracy and citizenship in local, national and international settings, as well as developing cutting edge, practice-based research. Our research draws on a wide range of methods, including content analysis, ethnographic work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and discourse analysis.

Aims

Our group aims to engage with a range of research questions relating to journalism and democracy, including but not limited to:

  • What are the economic, practical, ethical and technological challenges and opportunities confronting journalists and the media industries?
  • How have the emergence of social media and the rise of user-generated content changed what it means to be a journalist?
  • How have the media performed when reporting elections and political crises?
  • What is the role of journalism in a democracy?
  • How do the media report on and reflect social diversity?
  • How do citizens engage through the news media, and how does technological change shape their ability to do so?
  • What are the main dangers facing journalists around the world?

Major funded research topics include: 

  • the impartiality of BBC coverage
  • the reporting of general elections
  • digital storytelling
  • listener online engagement
  • reporting of the Welsh Assembly elections. 

Funding bodies include the BBC, the ESRC, the AHRC, the European Commission and ITC and Broadcasting Standards Commission. In addition, members of the group are involved in major projects focused on issues such as the reporting of war, immigration and scientific controversies.

In addition to major funded research projects, members of the group have served as research consultants and advisers to significant public inquiries into different areas of journalists’ work, including the Phillis inquiry into public trust in media and government, the Neil inquiry concerning journalists’ professional practices following the Hutton inquiry and the Hansard Society study of the reporting of Parliament and strategies for raising the media profile of the House

Lead researcher

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Director of Research Development and Environment

Email:
wahl-jorgensenk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 79414

Team

Dr Cynthia Carter

Senior Lecturer

Email:
cartercl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6172

Dr Stephen Cushion

Reader

Email:
cushionsa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74570

Dr Inaki Garcia-Blanco

Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

Email:
garcia-blancoi@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 76077
Ian Hargreaves

Professor Ian Hargreaves CBE

Professor of Digital Economy

Email:
hargreavesi@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74633

Timothy Holmes

Senior Lecturer

Email:
holmesta@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74572
John Jewell

Dr John Jewell

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Email:
jewellj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 75331

Professor Jenny Kitzinger

Director of Research: Impact and Engagment and Co-Director of the Cardiff-York Coma and Disorders of Conciousness Research Centre

Email:
kitzingerj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74571

Professor Justin Lewis

Professor of Communication and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Email:
lewisj2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76341

Dr Kerry Moore

Lecturer

Email:
moorek4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76199

Nick Mosdell

Deputy Director MA International Public Relations and Global Communications Management

Email:
mosdelln1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 70102

Glyn Mottershead

Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)

Email:
mottersheadgg@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76183

Dr Andy Williams

Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

Email:
williamsa28@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 70088