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Title: Dr
First Name: James
Surname: Morrison
Position: Reader in Journalism
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263120
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5305-9266

Duties and Responsibilities

Publishing research, applying for research grants, delivering conference papers, supervising PhD, Masters and BA dissertation students, module leadership, lecturing, pastoral support, quality assurance

Academic Background

April 2014 – PhD in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

June 2006 – Postgraduate Certificate in Education (post-compulsory), University of Brighton

April 1997 – National Certificate Examination (NCE) in Journalism, National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

June 1995 – Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism Studies and NCTJ Pre-entry Certificate, University of Wales, College of Cardiff

June 1993 – BA Honours degree in Archaeology (class 2.1), University of York

Research Interests

Media effects and audience reception

Moral panics, risk anxieties and issues of social trust

News media representations of children/teenagers and marginalised groups (including poor communities, benefit claimants and migrants/immigrants)

Transformation/consolidation of media discourse and news narratives through journalist-audience interactions in the virtual public sphere

Transformation of news audiences into citizen journalists and citizen sources

Political spin, media management and issues of transparency and accountability at local, national and international level

Evolution of the Fourth Estate and public-interest journalism in the digital age

Current Research

Representations of children/teenagers and ‘deserving’ versus ‘undeserving’ families and communities in online and print newspapers

Juvenile panics, declining social trust and the problematisation of ‘familiar strangers’ in and around our social circles

Comparative news media representations of economic migrants across European Union member states

Funding

Funding stream: Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher - £5,000

Project title: Locating Scotland’s diaspora: a route map to overseas audiences and contributors for online magazine Positively Scottish

Project duration: October 2016-January 2017

Role: Principal investigator 

Details of project: The project involved using a combination of social media mapping techniques and manual research methods to locate the hotspots of the contemporary Scottish overseas diaspora. Freedom of Information requests to electoral registration officers were used to access lists of overseas electors based in Scotland. This information was cross-referenced with the locations of Scottish communities and communities of interest in Scotland identified through the location indicators mined from lists of followers of key Twitter accounts focusing on Scottish themes, subjects and issues. The aim was to provide a new start-up online magazine, Positively Scottish, with a raw database and work-in-progress location map that can be used for targeting its future editorial content and sourcing contributions for citizen journalists and other overseas-based sources interested in subject areas covered by the site. This database could also potentially be used to attract appropriate sponsors and advertisers as part of the company's drive to expand sustainably.

Professional Memberships

Senior examiner and member of the NCTJ Public Affairs Exam Board

Member of the Association of Journalism Educators (AGE)

Member of the Media and Politics Group (MPG) of the Political Studies Association

Member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and University and College Union (UCU)

External / Professional Roles

Senior examiner and member of the NCTJ Public Affairs Exam Board

External examiner for BA Journalism, University of Chester

Publications

Books

Morrison, J. (2017) Essential Public Affairs for Journalists, 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Morrison, J. (2016) Familiar strangers, juvenile panics and the British press: the decline of social trust. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morrison, J. (2015) Journalism: the essentials of writing and reporting. London: Robert Hale Publishing.

Morrison, J. (2015) Essential public affairs for journalists, 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Morrison, J. (2009) Public affairs for journalists. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

Morrison, J. (2015) ‘Blot on the landscape: how Brighton and Hove kept the progressive dream alive’, in D. Jackson and E. Thorsen (eds) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Bournemouth: Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University.

Morrison, J. (2014) ‘Armchair auditing and the great town-hall conspiracy swindle’, in A. Charles and (eds) The End of Journalism: Industry, Technology and Politics. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Morrison, J. (2013) ‘Claims-makers versus counter claims-makers: new sites of civic empowerment in the construction, affirmation and contestation of more moral panic narratives through online newspaper discussion-threads’, in R. Scullion, R. Gerodimos, D. Jackson, and D. Lilleker (eds), The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment. London, New York: Routledge.

Morrison, J. (2011) ‘Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers’, in A. Charles and G. Stewart (eds), The End of Journalism: News in the Twenty-first Century. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Journal articles

Morrison, J. (2017) ‘Chilling at the grassroots? The impact of the Leveson Inquiry on journalist-source relations and the reporting of the powerful at local level’, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.

Morrison, J. (2016) ‘Finishing the “unfinished” story: online newspaper discussion threads as journalistic texts’, Digital Journalism.

Conference papers

Morrison, J. (December 2016) A manufactured leadership crisis? How the press and Corbyn's critics constructed a mythical 'snap election' threat in the wake of the Brexit vote. Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group annual conference, London School of Economics.

Morrison, J. (March 2016) Framing families: ‘deserving’ vs ‘undeserving’ households and neighbourhoods as glimpsed through juvenile panic stories in the online press, Political Studies Association annual conference, Hilton Metropole, Brighton.

Morrison, J. (November 2014) Chilling at the grassroots? The impact of the Leveson Inquiry on journalist-source relations and the reporting of the powerful at local level, MeCCSA Policy Network Conference: Local and Regional Journalism after Leveson, University of Chester.

Morrison, J. (November 2011) Claims-makers versus counter claims-makers: new sites of civic empowerment in the construction, affirmation and contestation of more moral panic narratives through online newspaper discussion-threads, PSA Media and Politics Group annual conference, Bournemouth University.

Morrison, J. (March 2010) Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers, PSA annual conference, Edinburgh.

Media Coverage

www.halebooks.wordpress.com (6 July 2015) – Blog by James Morrison to promote publication of Journalism: the essentials of writing and reporting. 

www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk (16 October 2014) – preview story on MeCCSA Policy Network Conference at University of Chester.

The Guardian (16 October 2014) – Roy Greenslade’s media blog promoting Chilling at the grassroots? paper at MeCCSA Policy Network Conference at University of Chester.

Journalism Education 2, 2 (November 2013). Review of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists (3rd edition) by Tor Clark.

Proposed Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity (24 January 2011), House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee: First Report of Session 2010-11. Citations and mention in acknowledgements of findings of Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers.

Press Gazette (25 April 2010) – ‘Hush-hush system let Doncaster scandal go unreported’ by James Morrison. Comment piece to promote Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers.

The Guardian (15 April 2010) - Roy Greenslade’s media blog on the findings of Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers.

North Devon Journal (15 March 2009) – News story focusing on publication of Public Affairs for Journalists by former Journal reporter.

Press Gazette (18 May 2005) – ‘My first editor: James Morrison on Colin Davison’ column.