The Centre for Journalism is committed to forms of research that engage with historical and contemporary issues in journalism, locally and regionally, nationally and internationally.

We undertake research that critiques journalism theoretically and practically and seek to examine the central importance of journalism in facilitating an engaged democratic society.

A significant feature of our research environment is the dialogue between research and practice-based staff. This facilitates the design and development of research outcomes that have ‘real world’ impact in terms of both media policy and journalistic professional practice.

World-leading experts

The Centre hosts a regular research seminar series, featuring current research from Centre staff and postgraduates, and leading journalism researchers from across the country.

Dr Ben Cocking giving a lecture with Think a Kent banner in the background

New perspectives

Dr Ben Cocking explores the field of travel journalism as an academic discipline

Our research expertise

Staff in the Centre have research expertise across a number of areas including:

  • journalism history
  • political journalism
  • reporting conflict
  • digital media publishing
  • travel journalism
  • propaganda and hate broadcasting
  • media coverage of Africa
  • media coverage of the Middle East
  • radio
  • media law and ethics
  • censorship.