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 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, 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,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.
Explore some of our specialist Journalism facilities City, University of London. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include: a television studio, four radio studios, two radio broadcast newsrooms, two digital newsrooms and two TV editing and production newsrooms