Media research

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.


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.

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:


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

Crises, Radical Online Journalism and the State in The Handbook of Global Online Journalism, 2012.

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.

Marxist media and communications research: Intellectuals and the Media, from Marxist, Intellectuals and Politics. A commentary on the article can be found here.


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. The latest article on this theme has been published by the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 2022, with Anthony Killick, titled, Breaking the link: Film pedagogy and drug policy in the United Kingdom

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:

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.


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


Research into the forms of technology, their use and the impact of economy and governance on their development.

Further research by Dr Lee Salter

List of all publications by Lee Salter in Google Scholar and on Academia, ResearchGate and Semantic Scholar.