Research at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture
We’re an international team of scholars who advance research in journalism, media and culture, through relationships with the global academic community, as well as collaborations with creative industries, policy-making bodies, charities and civil society groups.
We analyse media policy, representations and practices, with a focus on current and future challenges.
Our research clusters
Our research is organised around three over-lapping clusters supporting intellectual synergies, grant bids and impact activities.
Journalism and Democracy
This cluster addresses topics such as the impartiality of broadcast news, immigration coverage, and science reporting through the prism of journalism and its associated industries.
Digital Media and Society
This research cluster explores the uses of digital media within a range of social, political and cultural contexts.
Media, Culture and Creativity
This cluster brings together research expertise in music, photography, film and TV and collaborates with creative agencies.
In addition to our clusters, we host the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History, incorporating six major archives of print and broadcast journalism.
Our research benefits from interdisciplinary collaborations with disciplines such as health sciences, psychology, computer sciences, law and medicine.
We also work with other academic schools across Cardiff University to secure joint awards whilst also supporting projects led by other schools.
Our research culture is derived from the cooperative approach of our staff and research students, where personal and professional development is fundamental to our collective success.
A key strength is the dialogue between research and practice-based staff, which helps us to deliver research impact in terms of practice and policy in the wider world.
Over a third of our staff come from outside the UK and this contributes to our local, national and international research activities.
Recent appointments have expanded the number and diversity of staff and introduced a wider range of expertise to our community, including in relation to distinct parts of the world such as Chile, Brazil, Russia and the Philippines.
Our research clusters have provided the critical mass of expertise to launch several major projects.
Alternative Media and Disinformation
Centre for Community Journalism
The Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) has an action-research focus and supports community news publishers by facilitating recognition for hyperlocals from the National Union of Journalists and the BBC.
Clwstwr is an ambitious five-year programme to create new products, services and experiences for screen. Clwstwr will build on South Wales' success in making creative content by putting research and development (R&D) at the core of production.
Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre
The Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre consists of a multi-disciplinary group of researchers exploring the cultural, ethical, legal and social dimensions of coma, vegetative and minimally conscious states.
Data Justice Lab
The Digital Media and Society cluster launched the Data Justice Lab in 2017 to investigate the relationships between datafication and social justice.
The media.cymru programme, led by Cardiff University, brings together 24 media production, broadcast, technology, university and local leadership partners for the first time to supercharge media innovation. The £50 million programme will make the Cardiff Capital Region a global hub for media innovation and production.
Doctoral and post-doctoral research
Our School is home to a diverse cohort of PGR students from the UK, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America and mainland Europe who benefit from institutional support through PhD scholarships tailored to international students and the resources of the Doctoral Academy.
Our overarching PhD/MPhil programme supervises a wide range of topics in Journalism, Media and Culture.
Representology, a journal for research and best practice in how to make the UK’s media more representative of all sections of society, co-founded by Cardiff University.