City’s Department of Journalism is an internationally distinguished, research-driven environment for the study of journalism.
Our academics conduct research into important topics such as journalistic products and practices related to science, crime, intelligence, humanitarian, crisis and international reporting; and the impact of issues related to gender, diversity, innovation, freedom of information and media ethics.
The department is ranked in the top twenty in the UK for overall research and seventh for research power, a measure based on both quality and volume.
In our debut submission to the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise in 2014, an overwhelming majority of our publications were judged to be either 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).
A full 100% of our research impact submissions were rated at either 3* or 4*, a success rate that places the department in the UK top 12. Our submission to REF2021 features our success in instigating changes in broadcast news.
These have seen a dramatic increase in the number of women used as on-air experts, as well as our ground-breaking work to help improve reporting on humanitarian crises around the world.
City journalism scholars serve on numerous editorial boards, routinely present their work at leading international conferences and regularly publish in top-tier academic journals such as:
- Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism (co-edited by City Journalism’s Howard Tumber)
- Journalism Studies
- Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
- International Journal of Press/Politics
among many others.
Our PhD students also are active scholars and integral to our research community; alumni hold prestigious academic and industry positions around the world.
City Journalism also is home to the European Journalism Observatory, a network of 13 independent, non-profit media research institutes in 11 countries. The EJO seeks to bridge journalism research and practice across Europe, as well as to foster professionalism and press freedom.