Dr Lee Salter’s research on journalism, media and news is collected here in a series of academic papers and films.
The media research ranges from international reporting, to economics journalism and war and conflict reporting. Book chapters and journal articles on media studies, journalism studies and communication are free to download below.
The communication and media research is organised roughly into austerity and economics; radical media and social movements; media ethics and analysis; journalism and public relations; and democracy and technology.
You can find research organised around activism and protest in online media here.
RESEARCH ON AUSTERITY, MONEY AND ECONOMICS
Click here for a collection of all research on media coverage of economics.
Michael Chanan and Lee Salter’s award-winning documentary about the Corporation of London was released in 2011. Secret City (UK, 2011), a investigated the shadowy City of London, the Corporation that runs it, and its role in the economic crisis.
- Uncovering the Secret City – shining light in dark corner in Tribune Magazine
Following the themes raised in Secret City, Prof Michael Chanan and Dr Lee Salter set about making Money Puzzles (UK, 2016), a research and documentary project looking at the narratives of money that underpinned the political response to the economic crisis that began in 2008:
- Reporting from Greece and published in Open Democracy, on the Greek experience of austerity: Live from Greece: Money Puzzles and the documenting of austerity
- Interview by Alex King for Huck Magazine on the myths of money and their underpinning of the narrative of austerity: Why everything you thought you knew on money, debt and austerity is wrong
- Journal article by Kay and Salter in Journalism: Framing the cuts: An analysis of the BBC’s discursive framing of the ConDem cuts agenda
- On the austerity discourse: ‘This is cloud cuckoo’: radical alternatives to public debt in Election Analysis
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND RADICAL MEDIA
Democracy & Online News: Indymedia and the Limits of Participatory Media, Scan Journal of Media, Arts, Culture, 2006.
The UWE Student Occupation, by Kay and Salter, Social Movement Studies, 2011.
Student Occupations: A New Generation of Protesters – Lee Salter in Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent by Stuart Price and Ruth Sanz Sabido
Emergent Social Movements in Online Media and States of Crisis: Analyzing the Potential for Resistance and Repression Online in Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web, Edited by Martha McCaughey, 2014.
MEDIA ETHICS AND ANALYSIS
Research from the People and Dancefloors project, published as We, ourselves and us: Tensions of identity, intersubjectivity and positionality stemming from the people and dancefloors project by Giulia Zampini, Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Anthony Killick and Lee Salter, International Journal of Drug Policy 2021
With Dr Dave Weltman, Dr Lee Salter undertook analysis of the BBC’s reporting of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. Researchers at the University of the West of England, UK, have exposed ongoing and systematic bias in the BBC’s news reporting on Venezuela. They analysed ten years of BBC reports on Venezuela from the first election of Hugo Chavez to the presidency, and their findings so far show that the BBC’s reporting falls short of its legal commitment to impartiality, truth and accuracy.
Class, nationalism and news: The BBC’s reporting of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian revolution, by Weltman and Salter in International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2011
Related journalism is below:
- The media’s misunderstanding of Venezuela in The New Statesman
- What’s going on in Venezuela? in Critical Legal Thinking
- A Decade of Propaganda? The BBC’s Reporting of Venezuela on Venezuelanalysis
- How the Western media is getting (almost) everything wrong about Venezuela in Ceasefire Magazine
Framing Glenn Greenwald: Hegemony and the NSA/GCHQ surveillance scandal in a news interview, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2015
Problems of news culture and truth: The BBC’s representation of the invasion of Iraq in Journal of War and Culture Studies, 2013
Third Cinema, radical public spheres and an alternative to prison porn, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2020. You can read more on the issues in Injustice here and here.
JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Dr Lee Salter’s research into the relationship between journalism and public relations, revolving around a Habermasian theoretical framework and utilising Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of practices.
The Goods of Community? The Potential of Journalism as a Social Practice, Philosophy of Management, 2015
Journalism in the Academy, a MacIntyean account of the institutions and practices of journalism education in England, IC-Revista Cientifica de Informacion Y Comunicacion, 2012
The communicative structures of journalism and public relations Journalism 6(1):93–109, 2005
TECHNOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY
Research into the forms of technology, their use and the impact of economy and governance on their development.
- Structure and Forms of Use, Information, Communication & Society, 2004
- Colonization tendencies in the development of the world wide web, New Media & Society, 2005
- Conflicting Forms of Use: The Potential of and Limits to the Use of the Internet as a Public Sphere, PhD Thesis, 2007
- Indymedia and the Law: Issues for Citizen Journalism, Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, 2009
- Digital Journalism (Janet Jones and Lee Salter, SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (10 Nov. 2011))