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 Damian Radcliffe

Damian Radcliffe

Honorary Research Fellow


Damian Radcliffe is a journalist and researcher specialising in online news, hyperlocal and community journalism, as well as wider trends in social media and technology.

Damian is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and in 2012 he was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Damian writes regularly on topics related to journalism and technology for major media outlets such as the BBC, Huffington Post, MediaShift, CBS Interactive (ZDNet) and TheMediaBriefing.

His research presentations have enjoyed over 425,000+ views on LinkedIn’s SlideShare platform. One of the Top 150 most visited websites in the world; Damian’s slides were in LinkedIn’s Top 1% of most viewed content globally in 2013 and 2014.

Damian’s expertise in hyperlocal media and community journalism is manifest in a wide variety of publications, including the first landscape report on the UK's hyperlocal sector; “Here and Now: hyperlocal in the UK” and its recent follow-up “Where are we now? UK hyperlocal media and community journalism in 2015.”

He has also written about this subject for Abramis Academic Publishing, BBC Journalism Academy, Carnegie UK Trust, Centre for Community Journalism,, Nesta, StreetFight and the Online Journalism Blog.

In August 2012, Roy Greenslade on the Guardian website, provided a summary of his essay on hyperlocal media and regulation, which was submitted to the Leveson Inquiry and republished by both the MeejaLaw website and the Journalism Foundation.

More widely, Damian has two decades experience leading new and creative and research initiatives across radio, TV and online, in the public, commercial, non-profit and regulatory sectors.

A life-long digital pioneer, Damian’s work includes launching the BBC's first TV app, leading a multi-award winning partnership between a UK NGO and the BBC's local media services, as well as undertaking a variety of policy roles at the UK communications regulator Ofcom.

Between 2012-14 he led and established the Rassed research programme at Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, exploring the impact of ICT on Society and the potential afforded by digital technologies. During this time his team published 100+ articles, studies, presentations and infographics in both English and Arabic; and their work featured across national, regional and international media.

Although now based in the USA, Damian continues to write and study digital developments in the Middle East, alongside his wider research interests. You can keep abreast of his journalistic and scholarly outputs on his personal website.

Recent Publications

  • Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2015
  • Data Journalism: Inside the global future, by Tom Felle (Editor), John Mair (Editor), Damian Radcliffe (Editor)
  • Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015, Supplementary Report, Richard Fletcher and Damian Radcliffe with David A. L. Levy, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Nic Newman
  • Where are we now? UK hyperlocal media and community journalism in 2015 (Cardiff University and Nesta)
  • Emerging Social Media Platforms in Qatar (Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Qatar) [English, Arabic,]


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