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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
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am currently a Lecturer and Co-ordinator of the module: Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere (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 doctoral degree in Journalism from JOMEC researching alternative media platforms, citizenship and interculturalism and a M.A. in Communication Sciences from the University of Bologna.

Alongside my PhD research, I have gained solid 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 UNHCR, BBC Trust, and Ofcom.


Ph.D. in Journalism Studies, 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)

Seminar Tutor on the following BA modules:

  • 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

Research Associate on the two-year AHRC-funded research project "Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media (2020-2022) investigating the production and output 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.

Doctoral research: Constructing an inter-cultural discourse through alternative digital media platforms 

New Italians and digital media: an examination of intercultural media platforms - The thesis presents a critical investigation of ‘intercultural digital media’ in Italy as alternative media platforms involving practitioners of diverse ethnic minority backgrounds as well as Italians of single heritage as content producers. Through a focused, in-depth study of digital media content, including mission statements, topic categories and self-representation strategies, as well as the contextual and organisational structures, processes and roles of content producers and editors, the thesis offers an in-depth and all-round examination of content and production practices of a scarcely explored alternative media landscape. Combining Critical Discourse and Multimodal Analysis approaches with Cultural Studies and Digital Citizenship theories, the research explored the potential as well as limitations of constructing an inter-cultural politics of representation through alternative media spaces. 

Past Research Assistant / Associate positions: 

  • 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


Past projects