Our research

The Journalism research group brings together researchers with a broad interest in journalism.  They are specialists in either journalism practice or research, although most have experience in both.

This group meets throughout the year for presentations and discussion of research, pedagogy and current issues in journalism.

The Journalism research group organises a range of activities with members and guest speakers including:

  • seminars with journalist practitioners and scholars to reflect on their work
  • reading group seminars on specific topics/current issues
  • seminars on methods for researching journalism
  • workshops to explore cutting edge developments in journalism
  • opportunities to explore possibilities for collaborative research.

Impact and engagement

The nature of the communicative relationship between citizens, community groups, local authorities, journalists and local news providers is at the forefront of the impact of the Journalism research group. Focusing on the analysis of local media ecologies, the research informs policy and practice in a range of local organisations. This research group collaborates with stakeholders and takes a critical research approach to develop impact through a shared understanding of the factors shaping changes in the practice of local journalism.

Research projects

Explore our past and present research projects here.

Academic team

Dr Julie Firmstone, Dr Mattias Revers and Ian Bucknell

Visit our profiles for more information about our academic team.

PhD researchers

Get in touch with one of our PhD researchers.

Media contacts

If you require a media expert, contact the University of Leeds Press Office by calling +44(0)113 343 4031 or by emailing