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Clark Center Postdoctoral Fellow Presents Research at Future of Journalism Conference

Thu, October 3, 2019
Clark Center Postdoctoral Fellow Presents Research at Future of Journalism Conference

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Andrew Gibbons, recently attended the 2019 Future of Journalism Conference. The Future of Journalism  Conference is a biennial event held in Cardiff, UK. The conference brings together scholars from around the world to discuss and present their work on journalism and media studies. The FoJ conference only accepts a very small number of papers and Andrew’s research was selected from a pool that exceeded 300 submissions.  

The conference theme for 2019 focused on innovations, transitions and transformations in journalism. There were a diverse range of presentations on issues such as news quality, political news, fake news, disinformation, big data journalism, evolution and transition in the media landscape, artificial intelligence and journalism, media and citizen engagement, journalistic form and practice, and conceptual challenges in media studies. 

Andrew presented research titled “The Loss of Expertise in Campaign Coverage: Political Aficionados and Experts in Policy News.” His paper examined the way expert voices were included in news coverage of policy issues in the first five Australian election campaigns of the twenty-first century (2001-2013). He found that there were fewer experts quoted in policy news, with political actors quoted more frequently than non-partisan experts. The findings suggest that policy news has become more politicised. It is largely a platform for powerful partisans to be heard. He argued that, with the decline of mainstream media, reporting standards of quality, balance and fairness are being displaced by political coverage that preferences partisanship and political personalities over expertise thereby limiting the information available to citizens when casting their votes.

To read more about Andrew’s research and his work at the Clark Center, you can follow him on Twitter @DrAndrewGibbons or go to his website: andrewjgibbons.com

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