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.