Research round-up

Posted on 12th July 2016

Lecturers in the Media Department have continued to be busy with research activities. Here’s a quick round-up of some recent developments.

In June BA Journalism programme leader Ato Erzan-Essien presented a paper at the conference of the Association for Journalism Education in London based upon his current research into practical approaches to teaching journalism regulation and ethics to first-year undergraduate students.

Also in June Senior Lecturer in Journalism Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova presented a paper at the annual International Communication Association conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Her paper was based on research she conducted recently in Russia on the role and struggles of the independent press in that part of the world, and was entitled ‘Fighting Putin and the Kremlin's grip: the battles of Russian independent media’. Vera is currently turning that study into a book entitled Russia's Liberal Media: Handcuffed but Free, and is also co-authoring Global Journalism: An Introduction to be published next year.

Senior Lecturer in Journalism Dr Simon Roberts has also recently presented research findings based on international fieldwork – in his case, a trip to Patagonia. Simon presented a paper at this year’s Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association conference in Canterbury entitled ‘Negotiating identity politics via networked communication: a case study of the Welsh-speaking population in Patagonia, Argentina’, as well as a paper at this year’s Conflict, Trauma and the Media conference in Liverpool entitled ‘From conflict to compromise: contemporary Welsh identity in Argentina’.

Meanwhile Sports Journalism programme leader David Randles has published a number of articles this year on the website The Conversation, the most recent being an article in June on Manchester United - as well as an article on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for Vice Sports.

Music Journalism programme leader Simon Morrison chaired a panel at June's European Beat Studies Network conference in Manchester, and has recently completed a new article for the journal Popular Music, as well as a book on revolutions in club culture.

Commercial Music Production and Music Production & Promotion programme leader Jim Mason has this year presented a conference paper at the Open University in Milton Keynes on the complexities of the media profiles songwriter and music producers.

Digital Photography programme leader Lynne Connolly has meanwhile this summer presented a paper on her pedagogic practice at the Association for Photography in Higher Education annual conference in Plymouth.

Fresh back from his recent trip to Moscow, Reader in Media Dr Mark Duffett appeared on a panel at the annual Fan Studies Network conference in Norwich in June.

And in May Head of Media Dr Alec Charles chaired a panel on the future of print at the annual Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium in York. Alec has also recently published an article looking at the social media and blogging coverage of the recent EU referendum, and is currently putting the finishing touches to a new book on journalism.