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 Media School at Bournemouth University. The Centre is also home to the interdisciplinary Civic Media hub, and NewsLab where we fuse staff research with student talent to help reshape the news industry.

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 Associate 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 Mapping changes in local news 2015-2017: More bad news for democracy?
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
  • Book history and publishing
  • Readers and Audiences
  • Fans and Online Communities
  • Children’s narratives
  • 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:

  • Digital Reading International Research Network. Supported by funding from the AHRC (www.digitalreadingnetwork.com)
  • Access Dorset. Supported by BU Fusion Funding (http://www.accessdorsetcentre.org/)
  • ‘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.

  • Reading on Screen. Supported by funding from the AHRC (commencing April 2017)

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

  • Dr Bronwen Thomas
    Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture & Community
  • Dr Einar Thorsen
    Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture & Community

Journalism Research Group


Associate Members



Narrative Research Group



Associate Members

  • Mathew Charles
    Senior Lecturer – TV Journalism
  • María-Josefa Establés
    Visiting Researcher, Universidad de Alcala, Spain
  • Dr Mastoureh Fathi
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Trevor Hearing
    Subject Leader for Film and Television
  • Dr Kip Jones
    Leader of the Performative Social Science (PSS) Group at the Media School and HSC
  • Gloria Khamkar
    PhD Candidate in the Media School
  • Prof Julian McDougall
    Associate Professor In Media & Education
  • Dr Emanuela Patti
    Senior Lecturer In Media Theory, University of London, Institute of Modern Languages Research
  • Dr Mark Readman
    Senior Lecturer In Media Education
  • Dr Chindu Sreedharan
    Academic Lead, International Development, Programme Coordinator for MA Media and Communication
  • Dr Sue Sudbury
    Senior Lecturer, MA Directing and BA Television Production
  • Dr Sue Thomas
    Visiting Fellow in the Media School
  • Dr Shaun Kimber, Independent Scholar
  • Dr Rebecca Mills, PT Lecturer, English
  • Dr Tom Masters, PT Lecturer, English and Creative Writing
  • Dr Megan Henesy, PT Lecturer, English and Communication
  • Dr Victoria Dawson, PT Lecturer, English and Communication


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