Dzieciolowski, Krzysztof

Dzieciolowski, Krzysztof
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Journalism in Poland after 1989, Partisanship and politicisation of the free press in a post communist society
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Inaki Garcia Blanco, Prof Richard Sambrook
Supervising school:
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies,
Primary funding source:
ESRC DTP Studentship

I intend to examine what has shaped journalism and its relation to liberal democracy since the collapse of communism in Poland. In particular, I will examine the impact of the pre-democratic past on the shape of the current media and assess the prospects for non-partisan media given the lingering effects of that past. I will structure my thesis around answers to the following research questions:

  • What is the legacy of communism in the media?
  • In what ways do the old divisions within the pre-1989 anti-communist opposition affect the shape of the press today?
  • What is the role of pre-1989 dissidents turned journalists in the Polish media today?
  • What role does the Smolensk plane crash play in shaping journalism in Poland?
  • What are the prospects for a non-partisan journalism in Poland?
  • Are “Media tożsamościowe” –  the media of identity – a market strategy of survival at times when journalists seek new business models?

Gormley, Anna

Start date:
October 2016
Research Topic:
The democratic image A study of photography as collaboration for INGOs
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Stuart Allan
Supervising school:
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research explores how new modes of collaborative photographic representation have the power to disentangle passed ethical and aesthetic criticisms that have haunted humanitarian photography since it’s inception. I am exploring how collaborative photography projects can be seen to create an arena for more responsive and responsible civic engagement. I am currently focusing on collaborative photography and INGOs. A collaborative project is defined here as one which consciously subverts the normative practice of photographer as sole author of the image and instead invite those that are the subject of the project to participate in the creation and dissemination of their image. Do these projects offer a potential pathway to a more informed and activated public?

Previous literature on photography and NGOs is scarce. A large proportion of humanitarian Photography theory still followed today centres around photography’s truth claims as a document focusing on the photographer as author (Susan Sontag, John Tag, Victor Burgin, Rosalind Krauss, Allan Sekula, Roland Barthes, John Berger, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord and many more advancing work of Birmingham School of Cultural Studies.). Susan Sontag’s ‘On Photography’ being the best known of these, setting the critical ‘iconoclastic’ framework for which photography is widely judged upon. Today there is the rumbling of a new approach to photographic theory (Harriman and Lucaites, Ariella Azoulay, Fred Ritchin, David Campbell, Susie Linfield, David Levi-Strauss, Margaret Olin, W J T Mitchell to name but a few) have made very important steps towards reframing photography and its democratic potential in the digital age. My research aims to make a contribution to these discussions as it explores the opportunities for a once distant ‘other’ to respond, create and manipulate their representation through digital media.

Pudner, Matthew

Matthew Pudner
Start date:
October 2015
Research Topic:
The End Of The Campaign: Regional Press And Citizen Action In South Wales 1985-2015
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Andy Williams
Supervising school:
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

I propose to quantify the extent of the decline of the South Wales local press – identifying trends in circulation and employment as well as comparative trends in consumption of new media forms. I will present this data in comparison with interviews recording the experiences of people involved in local political, economic and cultural campaigns. I will examine how local press functioned in these networks as a public platform that influenced outcomes.

My intent is to show how changes in the way local press is produced, distributed and consumed over that thirty year period have affected local democracy and community engagement.

Rorison, Isobel

Isobel Rorison
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Big Health Data and Journalism
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Joanna Redden
Supervising school:
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies,
Primary funding source:
ESRC

Health reporting is one of the more complex areas of journalism, requiring coverage of economic, political, and resource-allocation stories as well as medicine and disease, and increasingly data science.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) generates one of the most comprehensive, longitudinal, person-level datasets in the world. The sharing of NHS data internally across government, and externally with private organizations, raises questions for citizens about how their data is being used beyond its primary purpose in healthcare. With comprehensive data collections come concentrations of power. Citizens need to be equipped to debate data issues, and hold to account those who control the data. In this context citizens need journalists to convey accurate, intelligible and comprehensive information about the uses of big data in health so that they can respond effectively.

The aim of my research is to:

  • Clarify the big data practices being applied to health data
  • Identify the approaches which may lead to harmful or discriminatory practices
  • Contribute to the understanding of the role of big data practices in policy making
  • Equip journalists with a blue-print for understanding the risks and opportunities of big health data.

Understanding a rapidly changing news and entertainment media and its relationship to democratic society is a vital task for social science. The measured excellence and critical mass of the research at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies provides an excellent environment for Doctoral students to develop, and the pathway has an important and distinctive contribution to make in preparing the next generation of the best social scientists.

The Journalism and Democracy pathway draws upon a breadth and depth of scholarship, which includes such areas as:

  • citizen journalism;
  • children’s information and communication rights;
  • global media monitoring that examines representations of women in the news;
  • community journalism in Wales;
  • digital media;
  • emotionality in the news;
  • impartiality in the news;
  • environmental news;
  • global war, conflict and crises;
  • journalism, democracy and citizenship;
  • journalism and human rights;
  • journalism safety;
  • news and the financial crisis;
  • news reporting of politics in Wales, UK, and EU;
  • photojournalism;
  • racism, race and religion in the media;
  • the role of media in ‘right to die’ debates;
  • science journalism;
  • social media and political activism; and
  • challenges facing the media and creative industries in Wales and across the UK.

Students on the ‘1+3’ route complete the specialist module Critical Approaches to Journalism and Democracy as part of the broad interdisciplinary Social Science Research Methods Masters programme. We also offer, as part of both the ‘1+3’ and ‘+3’ routes, additional opportunities to extend training in respect quantitative and qualitative approaches in journalism research, including: survey design, questionnaires, content analysis, critical discourse analysis, framing analysis, ideological textual analysis, ethnography, audience reception analysis, in-depth interviews, focus groups, historical and archival research, policy analysis, critical textual analysis, visual analysis, and theory development. Our established bi-annual international Future of Journalism conference will provides students with an important platform for their research and with the opportunity to network with an international group of established scholars in the field.