• To examine both historical and new developments in the social, political and economic aspects of both mainstream and alternative journalism at a local, national and international level.
  • To explore and compare the history and contemporary development of different models of journalism at a local, national and international level.
  • To explore the different and constantly developing genres of journalism (literary journalism, peace journalism, community journalism, campaigning journalism, investigative/muckraking journalism, environmental journalism, diasporic journalism) in their historical, contemporary, national and international contexts.
  • To examine the ethical problems identified within these and other genres of journalism, adopting a critical, evidence-based approach.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues at other universities, in the UK and overseas, and in organisations such as the Institute of Communication Ethics, MediaWise, the International Communications Forum, in order to extend our knowledge and understanding of different models of journalism and the roles of journalism in society.
  • To undertake comparative research on journalism regulatory institutions, policies and professionalisation in the UK and in selected other countries.
  • To situate our analyses of contemporary journalism and communication ethics in the context of technological convergence and international media business concentration.
  • To draw on the specialist research interests of the staff and postgraduate researchers in the Lincoln School of Journalism in a range of innovative and imaginative collaborative projects (editing of texts, organisation of conferences, funding applications, development of research groups etc).
  • To develop the international and national prestige of the Lincoln School of Journalism through its holding of major journalism archives – openly accessible to the public and to scholars.

Major research interests

The study of different models of journalism has led the Centre, in particular, to identify peace journalism as a significant area of research. (See Richard Keeble, John Tulloch, Florian Zollmann eds (2010) PeaceJournalism, War and Conflict Resolution, New York: Peter Lang). Research is fed directly into the teaching at the Lincoln School of Journalism. Thus, for example, out of the interests in peace journalism has emerged the new Journalism, War and International Human Rights MA. In addition, community journalism has become a significant presence for us with the advent of the faculty-based community radio station, Siren FM. 

Links with Indian institutions and, within the UK, the developing area of diaspora studies has also led to a greater focus on South Asian journalism and the journalism of diaspora within and beyond the UK. Dr Ola Ogunyemi has established a diasporic research group, with partners in other universities and his book on media of African diasporas: production, content and audiences is to be published by Edwin Mellen. Professor Jane Chapman has made major contributions to the study of comparative media history: see Jane Chapman (2005) Comparative Media History, London: Polity.

Professor Chapman has also pioneered the study of gender in the history of print publications from a counter-hegemonic standpoint in both France and India, with research grants since 2007 from the British Academy, the ESRC and AHRC. Journalism, in fact, is one of the few schools in the university to have continuous research council grant funding since 2007. Given a national success rate of 10-13 per cent at obtaining grants, this is a considerable achievement and places Lincoln amongst the top universities internationally for journalism research.

Alongside this, Professor Chapman leads the Comics and the World Wars research group. With the centenary of 1914-18 approaching, followed by commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2, these epic events will receive a high public profile worldwide. She has also given talks at the world renowned TED conferences.  

A group of LSJ staff have developed strong research interests in the study of the relationship of journalism and literature, in part through the delivery of the module Journalism and Literature on Lincoln’s MA in Journalism and embodied in published work submitted for the last RAE. LSJ colleagues Professors Keeble, Tulloch, and Chapman, Nick Nuttall and Deborah Wilson collaborated in the production of the ground-breaking text: The Journalistic Imagination: Literary Journalists from Defoe to Capote and Carter (Routledge, London, 2007). A follow-up publication, Global Literary Journalism, edited by Richard Keeble and John Tulloch was published in 2012 by Peter Lang Publishing Inc, New York.

Work submitted for the last REF had a strong focus on issues of freedom of expression and journalism ethics and policy (for example, Professor Brian Winston’s work on freedom of expression, Professor Richard Keeble’s work on journalism ethics and editorship of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics ,for the Institute of Communication Ethics, of which he is a director, and Professor John Tulloch’s work on press coverage of human rights abuses). This work is continuing.

Research Centre Members

The following academic staff are Research Centre members:

Professor Jane Chapman (Research Professor in Communication, Journalism and Communications History Group)

Andrew David (Manager, Siren FM)

Professor Richard Lance Keeble (Co-Director , Journalism Policy, Ethics and Freedom of Expression Group)

Dr Ola Ogunyemi (PL in Journalism, Diasporic Media Research Group)

Lioba Suchenwirth (PhD student)

Deborah Wilson (Acting Head of school, Community Media and Citizen Journalism Research Group)

Professor Brian Winston, (Lincoln Chair)

Florian Zollmann (PhD student and assistant on John Pilger digital archive project)

Comics and the World Wars research group

Professor Jane Chapman (PI)

Anna Hoyles (RA)

Dan Ellin (RC)

Adam Sherrif and Andrew Kerr (PhD students)

Dr Kent Worcester (PC)

Dr Sanem Sahin (Lecturer)

External Members

Visiting Professors

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, columnist and broadcaster

Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs

Bridget Kendall, BBC diplomatic correspondent

Angela Rippon, internationally acclaimed broadcaster

Visiting Senior Fellows

Jane King, Editor, Farmers Weekly

Charlie Partridge, Managing Editor, BBC Lincolnshire

Sean Dunderdale, Director of Programming for Lincs FM Group

Recent Publications

Jane Chapman


2014:  ‘Representations of female war-time bravery in Australia’s Wanda the War Girl and Jane at War from the UK’ in: Fashion and War in Popular Culture, ed. D.N. Rall, Intellect Books, Bristol.

2014: ‘Gandhi as Literary Journalist in Hind Swaraj’, eds. Keeble & Tulloch Global Literary Journalism, NY, Peter Lang.


Gender, Citizenship, and Newspapers: Historical and Trans-national Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, monograph, Sussex University, 2012

Multi-panel comic narratives in Australian First World War trench publications as citizen journalism, Australian Journal of Communication, Vol 39 (3) , pp.1- 22. Co-author Dan Ellin, 2012

Key Readings in Journalism(Routledge, USA), co-author Elliot King, 2012

From India’s Big Dams to Jungle Guerillas - Arundhati Roy and the Literary Polemics of Global versus Local  in Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, eds Richard Keeble & John Tulloch (New York, Peter Lang), 2012.

Comics and the representation of female war-time bravery in Wanda the War Girl (Australia)’ Australasian Journal of Popular Culture Single author, vol. 1, no.2, pp.153-163, 2011 

Journalism Today: A Themed History (Blackwell-Wiley, Malden, USA), with N.Nuttall, 2011 

'Women and the press in British India 1928-34: a window for protest? 'International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 38, No. 8, with Kate Allison 2011, best article of year award, Emerald Publishing. 

'Female representation, readership and early tabloid properties'Australian Journal of Communication, Vol. 38, No.2, 2011 

'A Business Trajectory: Assessing Female Influence and Representation in Le Petit Journal, 2011

Europe’s First Mass Circulation Daily’, Parcours de femmesTwenty Years of Women in French, Peter Lang, Oxford and Bern, 2011

'Counter-hegemony, newspapers and the origins of anti-colonialism in French India'International Journal of Social Economics, 2011

Richard Lance Keeble

The Journalistic Imagination: Literary Journalists From Defoe to Capote and Carter(edited with Sharon Wheeler), Routledge, London, 2007

Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution (edited with John Tulloch and Florian Zollmann) Peter Lang, New York

Ethics for Journalists, 2nd edition, Routledge, London, 2008

Afghanistan, War and Media: Deadlines and Frontlines (edited with John Mair) Arima, Bury St Edmunds

Media Values, editor, Troubador, Leicester, 2010

Ola Ogunyemi

The News Agenda of the Black African Press in the UK, Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 37, No. 5, May pp 630-654. Sage Publications, 2007 

The Alternative Public Spaces for Black Arts in the UK: Challenges and Prospects, International Journal of Africana Studies, Volume 15, No. 1, 2010

Representation of Africa online: sourcing practice and frames of reference, Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 42, No. 3, April pp. 457-478, 2011

Sourcing and representation routines at the black African press in the UK, Rigoni, Isabelle and Saitta, Eugenie (eds) Mediating cultural diversity in a globalised public space, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012

Media of African diasporas: Production, content and audiences, Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, 2012

John Tulloch

We would like to acknowledge John's invaluable contribution to the field of Journalism and particularly recognition of his work as a valued colleague and associate of the University. In tribute to his family and friends we wish to ensure his legacy goes beyond his death and continues to resonate widely in academia.

Tulloch, John (2013) Commemorating Catastrophe: the British press, the culture of remembrance and the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Communication, Politics and Culture, Vol 46, no 1.

Tulloch, John (2013) ‘The Perils of Sociability: Dickens, Victorian Journalism and the Detective Police’, Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850-70, ed. Hazel Mackenzie and Ben Winyard, Foreword: Michael Slater, 417pp Buckingham: University of Buckingham ISBN 9781908684202.

Tulloch, John (2012) ‘The return of the conchie: UK newspaper representations of conscientious objectors in total war’ in Stephen Gibson and Simon Mollan eds, Representations of Peace and Conflict, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN-10: 0230298664 ISBN-13: 978-0230298668

Tulloch, John (2012) ‘An Outlaw Editor in the Endgame of the `indian Empire. F.W.Wilson’s radicalization of The Pioneer 1928-29 with Jane Chapman.’ Media History, 18 (3). ISSN 1368-8804.

Tulloch, John (2009) ‘The British Tabloid Press’ in Encyclopedia of Journalism, ed. Christopher H. Sterling, Thousand Oaks, CA  and London: Sage ISBN10:0761929576ISBN-13: 978-0761929574

Tulloch, John (2012) ‘Gordon Burn: journalism as a novel; the novel as journalism’in John Tulloch and Richard Keeble eds Global Literary Journalism, New York: Peter Lang ISBN 978-1-4331-1867-8 (hardback) ISBN 978-1-4331-1866-1 (paperback)

Deborah Wilson

An unscathed tourist of wars: The journalism of Martha Gellhorn, Keeble, Richard and Wheeler, Sharon, eds, The Journalistic Imagination, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007

Paying the Piper: Funding Broadcast News, Chapman, Jane and Kinsey, Marie, eds, Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Introduction, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2008

Brian Winston

Caging the Copycat: Wie neue Technologien eingeschrän werdem. Eine Fallstudie: Das Google

Book Search Settlement, Jens Schroeter et al., eds, Kulturen des Kopierschutzes II Navigationen: Zeitscrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften,. Siegen:univsi (Universitatsverlag Siegen).Jg.10 H.2 2010

English Roots of the Free Press, Christopher Sterling, ed., The Encyclopedia of Journalism. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009

The Right to Offend: Free Expression in the 21st Century, London: Bloomsbury, 2011

Florian Zollmann

Fighting fanatics, killing people: The limits of corporate journalism during the US assault on Fallujah, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 24-29, 2007

Is it either or? Professional ideology vs. corporate-media constraints, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 97-118, 2009

Iraq and Dahr Jamail: War reporting from a peace perspective, Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution, eds, Keeble, Richard Lance, Tulloch, John and Zollmann, Florian, New York: Peter Lang pp. 139-156, 2010

Doublethink in the mass media: Fallujah and the politics of human rights reporting, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2, pp. 25-31, 2011

John Pilger’s “Youth in Action” series as an example of literary journalism, Global Literary Journalism, eds. Keeble, Richard Lance and Tulloch, John, Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2012

External Research

2009-2011  Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded small research grant ‘Women, Press & Protest in British and French India, 1928-48’  £57,000 (FEC £71,000) Jane Chapman, 

Professor Chapman also led a British Academy-funded research project: "Feminising Influences on Mass Circulation : a comparative study of Le Petit Journal and the Daily Mail",  

2011  £15,000 Deborah Wilson secured from the ADM-HEA for the development project: civic journalism on community radio