Dr Julie Firmstone
- Position: Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School
- Areas of expertise: News, journalism, political communication; particularly local journalism, local news and public engagement, editorial journalism/opinions, representations of the EU.
- Email: J.A.Firmstone@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 5874
- Location: 1.01 Clothworkers North
- Website: Twitter
My research addresses a range of issues in the fields of the sociology of news and political communication. I analyse news, journalism and political communication with a focus on local democracy, the communication of European politics, and newspapers editorial opinions. My most recent projects and publications are focussed on three areas:
- Changes in the local news media and the role of local journalism in engaging citizens in local democracy.
- How the communication of the politics of the EU is shaped by journalistic practices, the performances of politicians, and representations of the public in television news
- Defining the genre of editorial journalism and analysing the editorial opinions of the British press during the EU referendum and General Election 2017.
I am Co-Investigator on an AHRC funded project Defining Freedom of the Press: A Cross-national examination of press ethics and regulation in ten European countries which began in June 2018. I will be a Visiting Fellow in Autumn 2018 at NODE (The Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era), Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden.
Previously I have researched and written about political and editorial journalism, the European public sphere, civil society and the EU's democratic deficit, and representations of minorities in the news. I explored these themes in several research projects (see below) and in my PhD (2007) which examined the editorial opinions of British newspapers on the issue of European Integration. I began my career by contributing to a variety of research projects exploring the audience's uses of new communications technologies (when the internet was just emerging!), the audience's attitude towards violence on television, and have written a book about audience perceptions of media violence.
As convener of the School's Journalism research group, I welcome enquiries about the group's activities and about becoming a member.
I am currently on research leave.
- Deputy Head of School
- PhD The Editorial Opinions of the British Press on European Intergration
- BA Communications and Management
I am currently on research leave 2018-19.
Research groups and institutes
- Political Communication