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Yr Athro Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Yr Athro Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Director of Research Development and Environment

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I have written three books; Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; co-authored with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle), Journalists and the Public (Hampton Press, 2007) and Citizens or Consumers? (Open University Press, 2005; co-authored with Justin Lewis and Sanna Inthorn)I am currently completing Emotions, Media and Politics for Polity Press.

I edited the Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge 2009, with Thomas Hanitzsch) and Mediated Citizenship (Routledge, 2007). I have published 45 articles in more than 20 different international, peer-reviewed journals, and has also written 30 book chapters. I am also a frequent media commentator on topics relating to citizenship and the media, and have written extensively for The Conversation.

I have served as associate editor of Communication Theory and am also a member of the editorial collective for the JOMEC Journal. I am currently Chair of the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association, and was Board Member at Large for the association from 2012 to 2014. I serve on the editorial boards of journals including Communication Theory, Annals of the International Communication Association, Journalism Studies and Social Media & Society.

Since 2012, I have been subject chair for the indexing and abstracting database SCOPUS, in the areas of Languages, Linguistics, Communication, Media, and Journalism, and also serve on the Content Selection Advisory Board for SCOPUS.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the AHRC, the BBC Trust and the British Academy, among other organisations. In 2012-2013, I led the content analysis research for the BBC Trust's impartiality review on Breadth of Opinion. More recently, I have been co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded "Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society" project, and principal UK investigator on the Helsingin Sanomat-funded project, “The NSA Files: Surveillance, Leaks and the New Landscape of Legitimacy.” Previously, I was Principal UK Investigator on a €4 million European Commission funded project on the European Public Sphere (EUROSPHERE) and have carried out research for the charity Public Concern at Work on the media representation of whistleblowers.

I am Director of the Journalism and Democracy research group.

Keynotes and plenaries

  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Emotions, History and the Media, University of Adelaide, Australia, September 22, 2016.
  • Special plenary session invited speaker, World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, July 14, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker at event on “Media Perceptions on the EU: From Enlargement to the UK Referendum Views from New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” Europe House in the Auckland University of Technology, July 13, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker, conference on “Emotion and the Public Sphere,” Navarra, Spain, October 29-31, 2015.
  • Opening plenary speaker, Conference on Emotions and Politics, Bournemouth University, July 9-10, 2015.
  • Keynote panel speaker, 2014 Conference of the Association of Danish Media Researchers (SMID), October 30-31, Nyborg, Denmark
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 MECCSA conference, Bournemouth University, January.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Journalism and Professionalization, University of Poznan, Poland, November 29, 2013.
  • Keynote speaker, 2013 Journalism Conference, Orebro University, Sweden, November 4-5.
  • “Changing technologies, changing paradigms of journalistic practice: Emotionality, authenticity and the challenge to objectivity.” Keynote at the Technology, Media and Journalism Conference, Saarland University, Germany, March 22-23, 2013.
  • "The Silence of the Leveson Inquiry: Ethical and Regulatory Challenges of the New Media Environment." Keynote speech at the Media Policy Post-Leveson conference, Bournemouth University, February 8, 2013.
  • “Back to the future: Scholarly predictions about the future of journalism.” Keynote speech delivered at the Euromedia Conference, Ghent University, Belgium, November 19, 2011.
  • Keynote at the first meeting of the Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, November 19-20, 2009.
  • Keynote at the 3rd Annual PhD Conference on “Politics and Policies of Communications and Cultures:  National, Transnational and Global Perspectives” at the University of Leeds, June 12, 2009.
  • Keynote to the International Conference on Media, Citizenship and Everyday Life at University of Beira Interior, Portugal, November 22-23, 2006.
  • Keynote for the 2005 Scandinavian Doctoral Seminars held at Tampere, Finland, in September.

Other Roles

Director of Research Development and Environment in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

For further information: Visit Dr Wahl-Jorgensen’s academia.edu site



  • 2000: PhD (Communication), Stanford University, USA
  • 1995: BA, double major in Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, USA























I teach on the undergraduate module "Media and Democracy" and and the MA module "Introduction to Journalism Studies" as well as on the school’s PhD seminars.

I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, and welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy.

I am interested in the relationship between citizenship, democracy and the media - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. My current work focuses on the role of emotion in journalism and political life. I am also involved in research projects around digital citizenship and surveillance society. I have carried out extensive work on how citizens are represented in and participate through news forms and genres, including vox pop interviews, letters to the editor, disaster coverage and user-generated content. I am now turning to investigating how journalists experience and adapt to dramatic transformations in their profession, and how these experiences and adaptations are shaped by organisational cultures and resources.

Links to Research Projects


I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, and welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy.