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Professor Steve Schifferes

Professor of Financial Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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About

Background

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.

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

Publications

Books (3)

  1. Schifferes, S.A., Basu, L. and Knowles, S. (Eds.), (2017). The Media and Austerity: Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  2. Schifferes, S.A. and Roberts, R. (2015). The Media and Financial Crises: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-02279-9.
  3. Schifferes, S.A. (2006). Downloading Democracy: Election News on the Internet. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Chapters (9)

  1. Schifferes, S.A., Thurman, N., Fletcher, R., Hunt, S. and Schapals, A. (2016). Giving computers a nose for news: exploring the limits of story detection and verification. The Future of Journalism London: Routledge.
  2. Schifferes, S.A., Thurman, , Newman, N., Goker, A., Corney, D. and Martin, C. (2015). Identifying and verifying news through social media: developing a user-centred tool for professional journalists. In Franklin, B. (Ed.), The Future of Journalism in an age of Digital Media and economic uncertainty Routlege.
  3. Schifferes, S.A. (2015). Why the public doesn't trust the financial press. The Media and Financial Crises: Comparative and Historical Perspectives (pp. 153–168). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-02279-9.
  4. Schifferes, S.A. and Knowles, A. (2015). The British Media and the 'first crisis of globalisation'. The Media and Financial Crises: Comparative and Historical Perspectives (pp. 42–58). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-02279-9.
  5. Thurman, N. and Schifferes, S.A. (2012). The Paradox of Personalization: The Social and Reflexive Turn of Adaptive News. In Siapera, E. and Veglis, A. (Eds.), The Handbook of Global Online Journalism London: Wiley-Blackwell..
  6. Schifferes, S.A. (2011). It's the Economy, Stupid. In Gunn, S. (Ed.), So You Want to be a Political Journalist London: Biteback.
  7. Schifferes, S.A. (2011). The Financial Crisis and the UK Media. In Schiffrin, A. (Ed.), Bad News: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century New York: New Press.
  8. Schifferes, S.A. (2010). How the BBC Called the Crisis. In Frenken, R. (Ed.), Covering the Crisis: The Role of the Media in the Financial Crisis Brussels: European Journalism Centrre.
  9. Schifferes, S.A. (1986). The Dilemma of British Housing Policy. In Bratt, R., Hartman, C. and Meyerson, A. (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Housing Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (26)

  1. Schifferes, S.A. and Knowles, S. (2016). Trust in Financial Media. IAMCR 27-30 July, Leicester, UK.
  2. Schifferes, S.A. and Knowles, S. (2016). The UK Media and Austerity: A Longitudinal Study. IAMCR 27-31 July, Leicester, UK.
  3. Thurman, N.J. (2016). Artificial intelligence, social media, and newsgathering. Communicating with Machines: The Rising Power of Digital Interlocutors in Our Lives 14 June, Fukuoka, Japan.
  4. Thurman, N.J. and Schifferes, S. (2016). Risks and opportunities in automated newsgathering: First findings from the frontline. 66th ICA Annual Conference 9-13 June, Fukuoka, Japan.
  5. Thurman, N.J. and Schifferes, S. (2016). Inside the black box of algorithmic news detection: Plus ça change? 66th ICA Annual Conference 9-13 June, Fukuoka, Japan.
  6. Schifferes, S.A. and Moeller, S. (2016). Mergers and Acquisitions Journalism Panel. Mergers and Acquistions: Journalism Panel 11 May, Cass Business School London.
  7. Schifferes, S.A., Basu, and Knowles, S. (2016). Beyond the Crisis: The Media and Austerity. Beyond the Crisis: The Media and Austerity 10 May, City Universityi London.
  8. Thurman, N.J. (2015). Evaluating the Truthmeter: Improving automated social media contributor credibility assessments within the context of journalism. 11th Dubrovnik Media Days Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media 30-31 October, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  9. Thurman, N.J. (2015). Auto-detection of news on Twitter: Tuning and testing the SocialSensor app. 11th Dubrovnik Media Days Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media 30-31 October, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  10. Schifferes, S.A., Hunt, S., Thurman, , Newman, N., Fletcher, R. and Corney, D. (2015). Auto-detection of news on Twitter;Tuning and Testing the Social Senor app. 11th Dubrovnik Media Days conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Medfia 30-31 October, Dubrovnik Croatia.
  11. Schifferes, S.A., Fletcher, R. and Thurman, N. (2015). Evaluating the Truthmeter: improving automated social media contributor credibility. 11th Dubrovnik Media Days conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Meidia 30-31 October, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  12. Thurman, N.J., Schifferes, S., Fletcher, R., Hunt, S., Schapals, K. and Newman, N. (2015). Giving computers a nose for news: Exploring the limits of story detection and verification. Future of Journalism 2015 10-11 September, Cardiff University, Cardiff.
  13. Schifferes, S.A. (2012). The credibility of the financial press: a comparative analysis of public attitudes. IAMCR annual conference, 21-23 July, Durban, South Africa.
  14. Schifferes, S.A. (2011). Soothsayers of Doom: The Media and Financial Crises in Historical and Comparative Perspective. 12-13 December, City University London, co-sponsored with the British Academy and the Centre for Contemporary British History, Kings College London.
  15. Thurman, N. and Schifferes, S.A. (2011). The Future of Personalisation at News Websites: Lessons from a longitudinal study. paper presented to the Future of Journalism Conference 8-9 September, Cardiff University, Wales.
  16. Schifferes, S.A. (2011). The Future of Financial Journalism After the Crisis. Business Journalism Day, Business As Usual: Wirtschaftjournalismus zwischen den Krisen 30 March, Koln Journalism School for Politics and Business, Koln, Germany.
  17. Schifferes, S.A. (2011). Bankers are Winning the Battle. The Future of the City of London conference 14 February, City University London.
  18. Schifferes, S.A. (2010). The Media and Financial Crisis: Some Lessons from the BBC. panel discussion at the journalism section of the International Communications Association annual conference 23 June, Singapore.
  19. Schifferes, S.A. (2010). The UK Media and the Financial Crisis. Facing the Fracture: The Crisis and Economic Journalism 7 April, Roosevelt Institute and the School of Internationaland Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York.
  20. Schifferes, S.A. (2009). Saints or Sinners: The role of the media in the financial crisis. November, Department of Journalism, City University London and the BBC College of Journalism, London.
  21. Schifferes, S.A. (2009). How the BBC Covered the Financial Crisis. Covering the Crisis 18-19 October, European Journalism Centre, Brussels.
  22. Schifferes, S.A. (2008). Talking Ourselves Into Recession? 1 September, Policy Exchange.
  23. Schifferes, S.A. (2007). Downloading Democracy. European Political Science Association conference on social movements and the internet, 8 October, Florence Italy.
  24. Schifferes, S.A. (2007). Downloading Democracy: the audience for online election news. Internet 2.0 conference 1 April, Royal Holloway University, Egham Surrey.
  25. Schifferes, S.A. and Ward, S. (2006). The UK General Election and the Web: Audiences for Online News. Oxford Internet Institute, Politics and the Internet seminar series February, Oxford.
  26. Schifferes, S.A. (2002). Immigration Backlash: Labor Migration in Crisis. 10 April, The Reuters Forum, Columbia University, New York.

Journal Articles (6)

  1. Thurman, N., Schifferes, S., Fletcher, R., Newman, N., Hunt, S. and Schapals, A.K. (2016). Giving Computers a Nose for News. Digital Journalism, 4(7), pp. 838–848. doi:10.1080/21670811.2016.1149436.
  2. Thurman, N.J., Schifferes, S., Newman, N., Corney, D., Goker, A. and Martin, C. (2014). Identifying and verifying news through social media: Developing a user-centred tool for professional journalists. Digital Journalism .
  3. Schifferes, S. and Coulter, S. (2013). Downloading disaster: BBC news online coverage of the global financial crisis. Journalism, 14(2), pp. 228–252. doi:10.1177/1464884912460171.
  4. Thurman, N.J. and Schifferes, S. (2012). The Future of Personalisation at News Websites: Lessons from a Longitudinal Study. Journalism Studies . doi:10.1080/1461670X.2012.664341.

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  5. Schifferes, S.A., Ward, S. and Lusodi, W. (2009). What's The Story: Online News Consumption in the 2005 General Election. Northern Lights, 7(1), pp. 51–72.
  6. Schifferes, S.A. (1994). Trade Wars: The Next Round. Reuters Forum Journal, 2(2), pp. 8–12.

Other Activities

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (8)

  1. The Future of Financial Journalism in An Age of Austerity. City University London (2011). Inaugural Lecture
  2. India and the Global Financial Crisis. Mumbai University (2011). July-August 2011
    • 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
  3. China lecture series: "Covering the Global Financial Crisis: Dilemmas for Journalists". China (2010). • 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
  4. the media and the financial crisis. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (2011). (organised by John Lloyd), Oxford
  5. Causes of the Crisis. London School of Economics (2010). organised by Polis (Charlie Beckett) and LSE, London
  6. The evolution of the global financial crisis. School of communications, University of Helsinki (2010).
  7. Covering the financial crisis: US vs UK. School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2009).
  8. Funding Research in an Age of Austerity. Research Into Ageing Annual Grant Holders conference, Birmingham (2008).

Other (4)

  1. Consultancy and training: BBC News, training days on the comprehensive spending review for regional journalists, October-December 2010
  2. Consultancy and training: BBC News, improving the coverage of business news: improvements to the College of Journalism website (ongoing)
  3. Consultancy and training: Donald Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Business professors seminar, Phoenix, Arizona, January 2010
  4. Consultancy and training: International Labor Organisation, Globalisation and Labour Rights, training seminar and consultancy, ILO-ITC, Turin Italy, Aug 2007-2009.

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