Journalism, Media Theory and Practice

Research into digital news media and the future of journalism, the cultural impact of music, television and sport, and the analysis of European cinema are just some of the areas of activity where team members are involved in ground-breaking projects.

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The Journalism, Media and Culture research team combines the expertise of one of the UK’s oldest and most respected journalism centres with leading-edge critical and theoretical work in the wider fields of film, media studies and cultural studies.

The film and media focus of the team’s work is led by Professor Ewa Mazierska, who has published a large number of acclaimed books and articles on European cinema, has guest-edited Kinocultura and is associate editor of Studies in East European Cinema. She has organised a number of high profile national and international conferences on film during recent years. Funders of her work have included the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Polish Film Institute.

The journalism research team have studied the challenges facing journalism and in 2007 received widespread acclaim for their collaborative book, ‘The Future of Journalism in the Advanced Democracies’. The successor volume, ‘The Future of Quality News Journalism: a cross culture analysis’ is being published in Routledge’s Research in Journalism series in 2013.

Its high impact work on digital news media has attracted hundreds of thousands of pounds of external funding in recent years. Its significant studies of the African media and its long established research and consultancy work on the EU and the news media are also major contributors to its reputation.

The fast-growing cultural studies area of the team’s work includes books, journal articles and exhibitions covering the cultural impact of popular music and television, the cultural dimensions of urban spaces and the cultural impact of sport.

To find out more about research in Journalism, Media and Culture at UCLan, contact Dr. George Ogola
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Renowned digital media expert Paul Egglestone was a key player in the externally funded inter-university ‘Bespoke’ project, which in 2011 was the focus of an exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The first part of the project involved the setting-up of a team of community/citizen journalists from areas of digital and social exclusion in Preston, UK. The second part centred on innovative design. The research partners used the news stories and other information gathered from the journalists to design digital technologies that will meet the needs of the area.

This work is world-leading and is potentially transferable, in whole or in part, to other countries, cultures and continents. Currently Paul is Principal Investigator on the leading edge Interactive Newsprint project which is funded by the Digital Economy programme.

Other high-impact externally-funded research by the team in recent years includes: a prestigious contract to supply a 21,000-word confidential report to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which was won against stiff competition by Dr Peter Anderson and a former PhD student, Dr Aileen McLeod; and research on the culture of football support.

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