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, 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 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
  • 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:

  • Reading on Screen. Supported by funding from the AHRC Reading on Screen
  • 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.

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

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

Journalism Research Group

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




Associate Members and Visiting Fellows JRG



Narrative Research Group

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



  • Bronwen Thomas
    Founder, NRG, and Associate Professor in the Media School



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 – Centre for Excellence In Media Practice (CEMP)

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