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  4. James Cameron Memorial Lecture and Award
    1. Centre for English
    2. Graduate Destinations
    3. Journal
    4. James Cameron Memorial Lecture and Award

Department of Journalism

REF 2014

Department of Journalism celebrates outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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City's Department of Journalism is regarded as a leader in its field, with an unrivalled record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism in both traditional and emerging journalist roles.

Ranked 1st in London and 7th in the UK for Journalism in the Guardian University Guide 2017, City boasts an internationally renowned and research-driven environment for the study and practice of journalism; offering the opportunity to study in one of the world’s media capitals.

About the department

What's it like studying at City? James Harding (Director of news and current affairs at the BBC), Nicole Young (CBS 60 Minutes) and Radhika Sanghani (Telegraph Graduate Scheme) talk about their experiences.


REF 2014 results, City University London is ranked as the 2nd strongest Sociology Department in London for research

The Department of Journalism is an internationally renowned, research-driven environment for the study and practice of journalism.

The department is ranked in the top twenty in the UK, and seventh for research power (a measure based on both research quality and research volume), according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Of research submitted to the REF 2014, 77% of our research was judged to be either 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). This included 100% of our research impact being considered 'outstanding' (4*) or 'very considerable' (3*) ranking the Department in the top 12 in the UK for impact. The Department's emphasis on providing a world-class setting for staff and students to carry out research was reflected in the overall Grade Point Average (GPA) in the 'environment' category where 90% was judged to be 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).

Research clusters

Currently research in Journalism is organised across seven research clusters:

  • New forms and models of journalism (Brock, Schifferes and Singer)
  • Investigative Journalism, freedom of information and journalism ethics (Bromley, Brooke, Felle, Leigh and Tumber )
  • International communications, conflict and humanitarian disasters (Abubakar, Bromley, Bunce, Franks, Harb, Rodgers and Tumber)
  • Women and journalism (Franks, Howell, Lonsdale and Singer)
  • Policy and regulation (Brock, Brooke, Greenslade, and Tumber)
  • Journalism production and new media (Brock, Bromley, Schifferes, Singer and Thurman)
  • The Centre for English

In Journalism, research collaboration in relation to media policy and regulation and media and human rights has been significantly enhanced (via co-supervision of PhD students and joint seminars) with colleagues in Law and Criminology through the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ).

Led by co-directors from Journalism, Law and Criminology, it is the first major interdisciplinary centre in the UK to develop a research relationship between law, justice and journalism in society.

Established in 2009 with substantial seed-funding from the University following a competitive process, the CLJJ harnesses and maximises opportunities for research collaboration and knowledge transfer between the three disciplines.

PhD student Judith Townend on her journalism research at City

Judith Townend, a PhD student with the CLJJ, talks about her research into how defamation and privacy laws affect the work of journalists.

Academic staff

Head of Department

Course Directors

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Visiting Professors

In alphabetical order:

  • Christopher Hird, Honorary Visiting Professor
  • David Lloyd, Visiting Professor
  • Penny Marshall, Visiting Professor
  • Donald Nordberg, Visiting Professor


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In alphabetical order:

  • Dr Azzam Al Dakhil, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Dr Adrianne Blue, Honorary Senior Fellow
  • Martin Moore, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Dominic Ponsford, Honorary Visiting Fellow


In alphabetical order:

  • Rod Allen, Emeritus Fellow
  • Linda Christmas, Emeritus Fellow
  • Robert Jones, Emeritus Fellow
  • Professor Hugh Stephenson, Professor Emeritus
Journalism research staff explore a wide range of topics, with a focus on issues relevant to practitioners and audiences.

Portrait of George Brock

Professor George Brock


Newsrooms and studios

Facilities in the Department of Journalism have been completely updated and enhanced as part of a £12m development project in 2014.

Read about the new accommodation and facilities which were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include:

  • a television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • 4 radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • 2 radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • 2 digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • 2 TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production

Portrait of Jane Singer

Professor Jane Singer

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