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Spin, smoke-filled rooms, and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers: the slow demise of town hall transparency.
(Peter Lang, 2011-06-16)
If there is one realm of public life in which the provincial press has long justified the mantle 'fourth estate' it is in fulfilling its time-honoured role as principal scrutinizer (and critic) of local government. For ...
Finishing the "unfinished" story.
Discussion threads published beneath articles on news websites have only lately become the subject of serious scholarship. While early research preoccupied itself with the hostile nature of comments posted on such forums, ...
Blot on the landscape: how Brighton and Hove kept the progressive dream alive.
(Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 2015-05-19)
The distinctive three-marginal nature of Brighton and Hove had made it a focus of Labour’s ‘ground-war’ in the months running up to 7 May 2015. Given the city’s status as Britain’s leading Green stronghold (until 48 hours ...
Break-point for Brexit? How UKIP's image of 'hate' set race discourse reeling back decades.
(Bournemouth University. Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 2016-06-30)
This article argues that the Grassroots Out "Breaking Point" poster was the crystallisation of a moral panic narrative framed around negative stereotypes of foreigners that had echoes of similarly racialized moral panics ...
Framing families: 'deserving' vs 'undeserving' households and neighbourhoods as glimpsed through juvenile panic stories in the online press.
Highly dramatized narratives about children have become a staple of late-modern popular discourse - from media-stoked horror stories about child abuse and abduction to more conventional moral panics, often mobilized by ...
Claims-makers versus counter claims-makers: new sites of civic conflict in the construction and contestation of moral panic narratives through online newspaper discussion-threads.
Technological, cultural and economic forces are transforming political communication, posing challenges and opportunities for politicians and media organisations, while at the same time many governments and civil society ...
Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
Was there ever a more hollow and impotent piece of legislation than the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act? Trumpeted by the Conservative-led coalition as a way of stopping opportunist prime ministers ever again calling snap ...
Armchair auditing and the great town hall transparency swindle.
(Peter Lang, 2014-05-05)
Britain's coalition government has preached an awful lot about local trans- parency. Within weeks of the Conservatives entering their uneasy alliance with the Liberal Democrats in May 2010, the new administration's Pooterish ...
Latest 'Essential Public Affairs' sees huge changes.
(Hold the Front Page, 2017-04-04)
This blog post summarises the changes to the fifth edition of "Essential Public Affairs for Journalists" by James Morrison.
Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail.
(Bournemouth University. Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, 2017-06-19)
This article argues that, in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terror attacks, a concerted attempt was made by Theresa May and her senior ministers to re-frame the coming contest as a 'khaki election', which ...