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Dr Marina Morani

Dr Marina Morani

Research Associate

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29208 79486
Room 2.35, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS


I am currently a Lecturer and Co-ordinator of the module: Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere (Spring 2022, BA, Year Three).

Previously, I worked as Research Associate on the two-year AHRC-funded research project "Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media (Jan 2020 - Jan 2022) investigating the production and output of dis/misinformation reporting.

I hold a Ph.D. in Journalism from Cardiff University researching alternative media platforms, citizenship advocacy discourse and interculturalism.

Alongside my doctoral research, I have gained solid media research experience, having worked as Research Assistant/Associate on several projects of media content analysis awarded to Cardiff School of Journalism and commissioned by important organisations including BBC Trust, Ofcom and UNHCR.


Ph.D. in Journalism, Cardiff University

M.A. in Communication Sciences. Pathway: Semiotics, University of Bologna 

M.A. Exchange Programme Erasmus+ at Institute of Cognitive Semiotics, Aahrus University

B.A. in Philosophy. Pathway: Ethics, University of Bologna









Lecturer & Module Co-ordinator:

  • Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere (BA), Spring 2022

Guest Lecturer:

  • The Making and Shaping of News (BA)
  • Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (PhD Research Methods)
  • Introduction to Political Communication (MA)
  • Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation (Cardiff Business School)

Teaching Assistant:

  • Media, Racism and Conflict
  • The Making and Shaping of News
  • Doing Media Research: Theories and Methods
  • Media, Power and Society
  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Advertising and the Consumer Society
  • Understanding Journalism Studies 

Research Associate (AHRC-funded project 2020-2022)

Research Associate on the two-year AHRC-funded research project "Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media (2020-2022) investigating the production, output and reception of disinformation reporting led by Professor Stephen Cushion and Dr Maria Kyriakidou at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

The aim of the study is to find editorial solutions to countering disinformation in election, routine and pandemic reporting, identifying the ways in which the legitimacy of journalism can be enhanced according to news users. In collaboration with leading public service media (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) and a commercial news organisation (Sky News), the project will be the most in-depth UK comparative study of its kind. As part of my role as  Research Associate I led the design of  systematic content analyses of broadcast and online news output alongside conducting extensive audience research including focus groups and surveys.

Research Assistant / Associate positions (2015-2019)

  • News Media Content Analysis 2019 (Ofcom-commissioned)
  • Content Analysis of UK 2017 General Election (ESRC-funded)
  • UNHCR Report: Press Coverage of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in EU: A Content Analysis of Five Countries 
  • BBC Trust 2016 Impartiality Report: Follow-up Review (BBC Trust-commissioned)

  • BBC Trust 2015 Impartiality Report (BBC Trust-commissioned)
  • Content Analysis of UK 2015 General Election

Doctoral research: Constructing inter-cultural citizenship through alternative media platforms 

New Italians and digital media: an examination of intercultural media platforms - The research explored issues of access and inclusion in journalism by focusing on a form of alternative media developing in Italy from the early 2000s experimenting with more inclusive, pluralist, and transformative practices and discourses about citizenship and cultural diversity. By combining a quantitative mapping of the alternative media landscape with an in-depth multimodal critical discourse analysis of digital media content and a production study, the work critically explores contemporary fast-evolving news media ecologies, increasingly influenced by digital practices, citizen engagement and demands for change towards more equal, inclusive and diverse media spaces. 


Past projects