Professor Steve Schifferes
Director, Financial Journalism MA, and Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism
T: +44 (0)20 7040 3522
Professor Schifferes, Director of the Financial Journalism MA at City, has a wide-ranging background in business and finance journalism, both for television and online.
Professor Schifferes was economics correspondent for BBC News Online, co-ordinating coverage of the credit crunch, the Asian financial crisis, the Enron scandal, and the launch of the euro. He reported from the USA during the sub-prime crisis, the Iraq war and the Obama election and from Bangalore, Shanghai and Detroit on globalisation and its discontents.
Previously he was a television producer for programmes including On the Record and the Money Programme (BBC) and Weekend World (LWT) as well as a documentary film maker (Breadline Britain, Fortune, and The Making of Modern London for LWT).
Professor Schifferes has lectured around the world on the role of the media in the financial crisis, including Tsinghua and Fudan Universities (China); Mumbai University (India); Columbia and North Carolina (USA); Helsinki (Finland) and Cologne (Germany).
He has also done training and consultancy for the International Labour Organisation in Turin, for BBC News, and for the Oxford Internet Institute summer school at Harvard.
Professor Schifferes was a BBC Reuters Fellow at Oxford University in 2006, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia School of Journalism in 1993-4. He was educated at Harvard and Warwick Universities, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a National Science Foundation Fellow.
ResearchProfessor Schifferes' current research interests include:
- the role and development of online business journalism
- the history of financial journalism
- the public understanding of the financial crisis.
Books and book chapters
- Thurman, N. and Schifferes, S. (2013) "The Future of Personalisation at News Websites: Lessons from a longitudinal study" in Bob Franklin (Ed) The Future of Journalism: Developments and Debates. London: Routledge.
- Forthcoming: Schifferes, S, and R. Roberts (2013 ), Soothsayers of Doom: the Media and Financial Crises, London: British Academy
- Thurman, N., and Schifferes, S. (2012a). 'The Paradox of Personalization: "The Social and Reflexive Turn of Adaptive News" in Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis (eds), The Handbook of Global Online Journalism. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Schifferes, S (2012b), "The Importance of Communicating Post-Crisis Economics" in What's the Use of Economics?: Teaching the Dismal Science After the Crisis edited by Diane Coyle, London: London Publishing Partnership
- Schifferes, S (2011a), "The Financial Crisis and the UK Media," in Anya Schiffrin (ed), Bad News: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century, New York: New Press
- Schifferes, S (2011b), "It's the Economy, Stupid", in Sheila Gunn (ed), So You Want to be a Political Journalist, London: Biteback
- Schifferes, S (2010), "How the BBC Called the Crisis," in Raymond Frenken (ed), Covering the Crisis: The Role of the Media in the Financial Crisis, Brussels: European Journalism Centre
- Schifferes, S (2006), Downloading Democracy: Election News on the Internet, Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, paper 271
- Schifferes, S, (1986),"The Dilemma of British Housing Policy" in Critical Perspectives on Housing, Rachel Bratt, Chester Hartman and Ann Meyerson (eds), Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Journal articles and conference papers
- (forthcoming) Schifferes, S (2012e), "Trust in Financial Journalists", Cardiff Conference on the Future of Journalism, September 2012
- (forthcoming) Schifferes, S, and Newman, N (2012d) " How Journalists use Social Search: Some Empirical Evidence", ICA conference, London, June 2012
- (forthcoming) Goker, A, Markova, M., MacFarlane, A, and Schifferes, S (2012c), "Information Seeking Behaviour of Journalists: A Social Media Perspective"
- Schifferes, S (2012b) Hegemonic News: The BBC and the Financial Crisis," IAMCR annual conference, Durban, South Africa, July 21-23
- Thurman, N, and Schifferes, S (2012a) "The Future of Personalization at News Websites," Journalism Studies, 13:5/6
- Schifferes, S and Coulter, S (2012), "Downloading Disaster: BBC News online and the Financial Crisis," Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism
- Thurman, N., and Schifferes, S. (2011) 'The Future of Personalisation at News Websites: Lessons from a longitudinal study' paper presented to the Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff University, Wales, September 8-9.
- Schifferes, S (2010), "The Media and Financial Crisis: Some Lessons from the BBC", panel discussion at the journalism section of the International Communications Association annual conference, Singapore, June 23.
- Schifferes, S, Ward, S and Lusodi, W (2009), "What's The Story: Online News Consumption in the 2005 General Election, Northern Lights 7(1) pp51-72
- Schifferes, S (2007a), "Downloading Democracy: the audience for online election news," Internet 2.0 conference, Royal Holloway University, Egham Surrey, 1 April
- Schifferes, S (2007b), "Downloading Democracy," paper for the European Political Science Association conference on social movements and the internet, Florence Italy 8 October
- Schifferes, S (2006), and Ward, S, "The UK General Election and the Web: Audiences for Online News", Oxford Internet Institute, Politics and the Internet seminar series, Oxford, February
- Schifferes, S (1994), "Trade Wars: The Next Round", Reuters Forum Journal, 2(2), pp 8-12.
Conferences and conference speeches
- Schifferes, S, "Soothsayers of Doom: The Media and Financial Crises in Historical and Comparative Perspective", City University London, co-sponsored with the British Academy and the Centre for Contemporary British History, Kings College London, 12-13 December
- Schifferes,S (2011a), "The Future of Financial Journalism After the Crisis", at Business As Usual: Wirtschaftjournalismus zwischen den Krisen, Business Journalism Day, organised by Koln Journalism School for Politics and Business, Koln, Germany, 30 March
- Schifferes, S (2011b) "The Future of Financial Journalism in An Age of Austerity", Inaugural Lecture, City University London, 8 February
- Schifferes, S (2011c) "Bankers are Winning the Battle", at The Future of the City of London conference, City University London, London 14 February
- Schifferes,S (2010), "The UK Media and the Financial Crisis," at Facing the Fracture: The Crisis and Economic Journalism, conference organised by the Roosevelt Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, 7 April
- Schifferes, S (2009a), "How the BBC Covered the Financial Crisis," Covering the Crisis, conference organised by the European Journalism Centre, Brussels, 18-19 October
- Schifferes, S (2009b), "Saints or Sinners: The role of the media in the financial crisis," conference organised by the Department of Journalism, City University London and the BBC College of Journalism, London, November
- Schifferes, S (2008), "Talking Ourselves Into Recession?" panel discussion at Policy Exchange, 1 September
- Schifferes, S (moderator) (2002), "Immigration Backlash: Labor Migration in Crisis," The Reuters Forum, Columbia University, New York, 10 April.
Visiting Academic Lecture Series
Mumbai University, July- August 2011: "India and the Global Financial Crisis"
- Sophia College for Women
- KC College of Arts
- HR College of Commerce and Economics
- Lala Lajpatrai College of Commerce and Economics
- UPG College of Management
- RD National College of Arts and Commerce
- SVKM Harkisan Mehta Foundation Institute of Journalism and Mass Communications
- St Xavier's College
- Jal Hind College
China lecture series, May-June 2010: "Covering the Global Financial Crisis: Dilemmas for Journalists"
- Fudan University, Shanghai, 24 May
- Financial Media Institute, Shanghai, 27 May
- Renmin University, Beijing 1 June
- Communications University of China, Beijing, 3 June
- Tsinghua University, Beijing, 4 June
Other one-off guest lectures and seminars
- Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, seminar on the media and the financial crisis (organised by John Lloyd), Oxford, 25 January 2011
- London School of Economics, seminar on the Causes of the Crisis, organised by Polis (Charlie Beckett) and LSE, London November 2010
- University of Helsinki, "The evolution of the global financial crisis," school of communications, Helsinki, Finland 6 December 2010
- University of North Carolina, "Covering the financial crisis: US vs UK", School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 14 April 2009
- Keynote speaker, "Funding Research in an Age of Austerity", Research Into Ageing Annual Grant Holders conference, Birmingham, October 2008
- Visiting lecturer, Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Harvard Law School, July 2007
Consultancy and training
- BBC News, training days on the comprehensive spending review for regional journalists, October-December 2010
- BBC News, improving the coverage of business news: improvements to the College of Journalism website (ongoing)
- Donald Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Business professors seminar, Phoenix, Arizona, January 2010
- International Labor Organisation, Globalisation and Labour Rights, training seminar and consultancy, ILO-ITC, Turin Italy, Aug 2007-2009.
Grants and awards
- European Union, FP7, Integrating Project Award, ITC7, "Social Sensor: developing tools for integrating multi-media social search", 9.6m Euros over three years for 10 institutions; City Award (jointly between Journalism and School of Informatics, Dr Ayse Goker): 934,000 Euros.
- City University London, pump priming grant, £10000, November 2010, for "Online coverage of the financial crisis"
- British Academy, conference grant, £7500, for "Soothsayers of Doom: the media and financial crises in historical and comparative perspective, City University, December 2011
- City University, learning development grant, £3000, for "Developing new ways of teaching numeracy to journalism students", 2011