Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community

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CsJCC Logo FinalThe 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:

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Research areas

The Centre currently has research strengths in the areas of digital/online cultures and communities and the increasing opportunities for participation that these present. Both research groups hold regular research seminars and the Centre has hosted a number of workshops and symposia, attracting international speakers and audiences.

Narrative Research Group Journalism Research Group
  • Digital writing and reading
  • Factual/real-life narratives
  • Screenwriting
  • Adaptation
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Narratives of nation and empire
  • Comics/sequential art
  • Medical Humanities
  • Book history and publishing
  • Audience research
  • Fans and Online Communities
  • Children’s narratives
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Online news
  • Digital convergence
  • News and globalization
  • Media policy, especially the BBC
  • Citizen journalism
  • Science news
  • News reporting of crisis, conflict and war
  • Videojournalism
  • Young people and the media

Recent funded projects include:

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 our research administrator Jan Lewis.

Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community

Journalism Research Group

  • Dan Jackson
    Associate Professor of Media and Communication and Convenor of JRG





Associate Members and Visiting Fellows JRG

  • Ivan Sigal
    Visiting Fellow (Global Voices and Harvard University)
  • Islam Aboualhuda
    Visiting Researcher (Mansoura University, Egypt)
  • Roman Gerodimos,
    Associate Professor of Global Current Affairs
  • Donald Nordberg
    Associate Professor of Strategy & Corporate Governance 
  • Prof Barry Richards
    Professor Of Public Communication
  • Salvatore Scifo
    Senior Lecturer in Communication & Social Media


Narrative Research Group

  • Julia Round
    Principal Academic in English and Communication, Convenor of NRG



  • Hywel Dix
    Principal Academic in English and Communication
  • Simon Frost
    Principal Academic in English and Communication 
  • Sam Goodman
    Principal Academic in English and Communication 
  • Brad Gyori Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling



Associate Members and Visiting Fellows NRG

  • Craig Batty   Associate Professor, RMIT University (Australia), Visiting Fellow
  • Marianne MartensAssistant Professor, Kent State University, USA, Visiting Fellow
  • Richard Berger Associate Professor, Department of Media Production 

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