1. Graduate Destinations
  2. James Cameron Memorial Lecture
  3. Stern Fellowship
  4. Postgraduate journalism scholarships
  5. Journal
    1. Graduate Destinations
    2. James Cameron Memorial Lecture
    3. Stern Fellowship
    4. Postgraduate journalism scholarships
    5. Journal

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.


The department offers a range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree level

See which course is right for you:

Postgraduate journalism scholarships 2017/18

City, University of London offered two new postgraduate scholarships in 2017.

The Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail Scholarship supports two students and aims to promote diversity by helping students from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds; and/or students who may not be able to afford to undertake a postgraduate degree to start their journalism career.

The Nick Lewis Scholarship offers an exclusive scholarship for our master's in International Journalism. The object of the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust is to advance the education of the public, particularly in the field of journalism through the provision of scholarships, financial aid and support.

Details for 2018 applications will be available in due course.

Portrait of Lis Howell

Professor Lis Howell


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% was judged to be either 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). Within this figure, fully 100% of our research impact was considered 'outstanding' (4*) or 'very considerable' (3*), a success rate that places 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 also was reflected in the overall Grade Point Average (GPA) in the 'environment' category, with 90% of our submission judged to be 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).

Research Clusters

Research in the Department of Journalism is grouped into four areas of interest:

  • Gender and diversity issues in journalism, including related matters of policy and practice (Franks, Howell and Lonsdale)
  • International journalism, including humanitarian news and coverage of conflict (Abubakar, Bromley, Bunce, Cooper, Franks, Harb, Rodgers and Tumber)
  • Journalism in the public interest, including policy and practice related to investigative journalism, freedom of information and other regulatory issues, and journalism ethics (Brock, Brooke, Fell, Harb, Singer and Tumber)
  • New and emerging journalism, including innovative forms, models and production methods (Brock, Felle, Hewett, Schifferes, Singer and Thurman)

Academic staff and graduate students continue to build on their REF 2014 success with a steady stream of high-quality outputs across all five clusters, including books and book chapters, articles in top-tier academic journals, international conference presentations, workshops and symposia, and the delivery of parliamentary evidence.

Department staff and student scholars also actively collaborate with colleagues in Law and Criminology through the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ). Established in 2009, the CLJJ was the first major interdisciplinary centre in the UK to connect research in these three areas, with a particular emphasis on media policy and regulation, and media and human rights.

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



Visiting Professors

  • Barney Jones, Visiting Professor
  • David Lloyd, Visiting Professor
  • Dr Penny Marshall, Visiting Professor



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:

  • Linda Christmas, 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.


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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