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 a vibrant 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.
The Centre has staff 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
- media law and ethics
Research programmes at the Centre for Journalism
Research programmes are best suited to students who have a clear and original idea of a topic that they would like to investigate in detail.
There are two types of programme:
- The MA by Research entails producing a 40,000 word thesis;
- The PhD programme demand a high level of research and analysis resulting in dissertations of 80,000 words
All first-year research students attend a Methodologies and Research Skills seminar. Through the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Centre provides training in methods of using sources and can assist in funding applications.