Having worked for over 25 years selling forklifts and packaging equipment, Richard was a relatively late entrant to Higher Education. Finding that many of the experiences from industrial sales are highly transferrable to academic study and research, he is an enthusiastic advocate for widening access. As a multidisciplinary researcher, he interested in quantifying trends and patterns in the ways that economic, business, financial and political issues are covered by news outputs ranging from TV and radio to online blogging and social media. One of his main areas of interest is political communication and the coverage of elections. He has published many journal articles and is the co-author of a recent book published by Polity called “Reporting Elections: rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage”. He is the co-editor of JournalismKX – an online forum where scholars and journalists discuss how they can collaborate to address the key issues facing the news industry.

He is the Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism, Media and Globalisation. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is the department’s Academic Integrity Officer.

He is a regular contributor to Wisden Cricket monthly magazine reflecting his lifelong love of cricket. He has also written for magazines covering subjects as diverse as trucking and blues music, and regularly appears on BBC Radio Wales to discuss news, politics and elections.

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Communications
  • Election coverage
  • Economic, Business and Financial journalism
  • News coverage of poverty, wealth and inequality
  • Research methods specialist
  • Freelance feature writing


  1. The economic recovery on TV news. In The Media and Austerity: Comparative perspectives.. (pp. 63-79). Abingdon: Routledge.
  2. (Eds.). Problems, partnerships and putting things right: Enhancing modern journalism with key collaborations.
  3. & Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
  4. & Newspapers, Impartiality and Television News. Journalism Studies 19(2), 162-181.
  5. & Talking up a storm? Using language to activate adherents and demobilize detractors of European Commission policy frames. Journal of European Public Policy 24(7), 931-950.

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  • MS-309 Online Journalism

    This module offers a comprehensive guide to the practices, techniques and skills used in the research, development and production of journalism in an online environment. It aims to increase both students¿ employability and their self-employability by showing them how to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities offered by online journalism.

  • MS-310 Dissertation Preparation

    This course introduces the practice of dissertation writing and research approaches for the study of media forms. texts and systems and their contribution to social life. It begins to explore the breadth of media studies through attention to the ways in which media matter. In what ways, and how significant are the media in the formation of individual identities and in the practices of everyday life? In the more public world, to what extent are media key to providing knowledge and enabling the debate necessary to the practices of democracy? The course enables students to build on their own experiences of media as consumers and users. But it also encourages critical attention to how the field of media studies has historically been forged: through argument and contestation between different academic approaches and disciplines.

  • MS-311 Dissertation

    This dissertation enables students to engage in long term, in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MS-336 Mediating the 21st Century

    The title of the module is very specific. It is ¿Mediating the 21st Century¿ rather than the possible alternative ¿Reporting in the 21st Century¿. Rather than inferring an introspective look at professional reporting conventions and practices, this module is a much more reflective examination of the way some of the world¿s key contemporary issues and events are reported across the whole range of media and communications platforms. The focus is on how these media and journalistic outputs either contribute to, or detract from, the enhancement of democracy, and how these platforms might satisfy or contravene the normative (and regulatory) ideals of news and media. Given its wide range of themes, it has a broad appeal and provides plenty of stimulation for students reaching the end of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

  • MS-M10 Dissertation

    An innovative practice-based alternative to a Masters dissertation. Students are encouraged to develop projects across more than one area of media practice and to do so with dual supervision that embraces both theory and practice. Work produced should be at a professional level, accompanied by a reflective essay and presentation exploring the contextual, theoretical and practical issues raised by the project.

  • MS-M11 MA Project and Dissertation Preparation

    This core module comprehensively prepares students for their Master¿s project or dissertation, which is an integral part of the requirements for the degree. It incorporates several key themes and issues across the communications, media practice and PR industries. It is a challenging, and stimulating module ¿ both for professional practitioners and those new to communications and media practice. The module encourages students to unite theory and practice in productive ways. It introduces students to a number of important research and project management methods essential for undertaking a successful project or dissertation.

  • MSJM14 Dissertation

    This module allows students to develop their knowledge and critical understanding of journalism through a sustained piece of independent academic study on a subject of their choice within the field. The dissertation enables students to engage in in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MSJM99 Terrorism, Conflict and The Media

    This module critically explores a wide range of issues in the media coverage of terrorism and political conflict. It considers theoretical perspectives as well as international case studies to examine news narratives; framing; portrayals of Islam; the role played by social media in contemporary political conflict; perspectives of peace journalism; the 'national interest' and ethical considerations. Sessions are designed to incorporate extensive discussions and students are expected to prepare for each session and participate actively.


  • Soft power and communication--- a qualitative study of soft power communication journey of ‘China’s Dream’ (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Academic Integrity Officer - Department of Media and Communications

    2018 - Present

  • Programme Director – MA Mundus Erasmus - Department of Media and Communications

    2018 - Present