The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community brings together the Journalism Research Group and the Narrative Research Group, both based in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. The Centre is also home to the interdisciplinary Civic Media hub.
Researchers affiliated to the Centre represent a diverse array of interests and expertise, spanning the fields of journalism, narrative, media and cultural theory. Several collaborative projects – both internal and external – involve colleagues and research students in the pursuit of topics that effectively blend academic and professional concerns.
The Centre provides an organisational structure for these activities, including funding bids, publications, seminars, workshops, and conferences. It also aims to ensure that the development of research proceeds in a strategically informed way, providing support for individual researchers and encouraging new initiatives. The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community was launched in 2009, originally as the Centre for Journalism and Communication Research, before adopting its new title in 2014. Its founding Director was Professor Stuart Allan (2009-2014), and the current Director is Professor Bronwen Thomas.
The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community also publishes research, reports and working papers.
The most recent publication is UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign, edited by Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, and Darren Lilleker. Previously we have published:
- Mapping changes in local news 2015-2017: More bad news for democracy?, by Gordon Neil Ramsay (KCL), Des Freedman (Goldsmiths), Daniel Jackson, and Einar Thorsen (both BU).
- US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign, edited by Darren Lilleker, Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson and Anastasia Veneti,
- EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign, edited by Daniel Jackson, Einar Thorsen (both BU) and Dominic Wring (Loughborough University)
- UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign, edited by Daniel Jackson and Einar Thorsen
- India Election 2014: First Reflections, edited by Einar Thorsen and Chindu Sreedharan
- Journalism: New Challenges, edited by Karen Fowler-Watt and Stuart Allan
Recent funded projects include:
- Reading on Screen. Supported by funding from the AHRC.
- Digital Reading International Research Network. Supported by funding from the AHRC.
- Access Dorset. Supported by BU Fusion Funding
- ‘The Mediation Of The 3.11 Disaster And Its Consequences’. Supported by funding from the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee. The project started on July 1st 2014 and will last until September 1st 2015, and is carried out by Dr Jamie Matthews.
- Shelley's Heart, led by Dr Brad Gyori. Explore the practice-led research project Shelley's Heart, a location aware story that links digital scenes to the site where Mary Shelley is buried.
The research groups welcome proposals from prospective PhD students in any of the above areas or generally within the fields of journalism, culture and community. For further information or to make an application, please contact the Doctoral College.