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Journalism Research

Journalism at Lincoln boasts some of the country’s top academics for the quality and quantity of their publications. Our staff use their ever increasing knowledge to inform and expand the teaching of our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Academic Expertise

Professor Jane Chapman's work is recognised worldwide. As well as authoring over ten books, she has won a best research article award from Emerald Publishing and acts as an AHRC consultant for the BBC’s First World War Centenary programming set for 2014.  She has given talks for the AHRC, for Macquarie University here and here, for the world reknowned TED and BBC Radio 4 online. She is also co-author of Journalism Today: A Themed History (Blackwell-Wiley, 2010) and heads up the Comics and the WorldWars research group, a timely project as it takes place around the time of the centenary of World War I.




Professor Richard Lance Keeble was joint editor of Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution (Peter Laing, New York, 2010) with Professor John Tulloch and former PhD student Florian Zollmann. Professors Tulloch and Keeble also edited another unique collection focusing on international journalism and literature, 'Global Literary Journalism,' (Peter Laing, New York, 2012).

Professor Richard Keeble has written and edited 20 books. His Newspapers Handbook (Routledge, now in its fourth edition) is regarded as the seminal textbook on reporting skills. 

Dr Ola Ogunyemi, convenor of the Media of Diaspora Research Group, has published widely on issues relating to the journalism practices of the media for the African Diasporas in the UK. He welcomes PhD research enquiries relating to these areas of interest.

All staff have a background in journalism and many continue to be working journalists today. A majority of research by staff in the school was ranked as internationally outstanding in the 2008 official Research Assessment Exercise, which rated 70% of work in the top 3* and 4* grades.

Research Projects

Bridging the gulf between mainstream and diasporic public spheres: An analysis of Channel 4′s digital project

An analysis of Channel 4′s digital project

Principal Investigator: Dr Ola Ogunyemi

Dr Ola Ogunyemi, convenor of the Media of Diaspora Research Group, has published widely on issues relating to the journalism practices at the media for the African Diasporas in the UK. Dr Ogunyemi welcomes PhD research enquiries about the journalism practices at the media of diaspora and/or the media habits of the diasporic groups.

Comics and the World Wars

A cultural record

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jane Chapman
Research Assistant: Anna Hoyles
Research Consultant: Dan Ellin
PhD students: Adam Sherif and Andrew Kerr
Project consultant: Dr Kent Worcester

With the centenary of 1914-18 upon us, as well as the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2, these epic events are receiving a high public profile worldwide. This timely project therefore asks the question: what is the contribution of the comic form to the cultural heritage of these global experiences & what different kinds of historical meaning emerge?

The project research & the two major exhibitions that go with it – one on World War One comics in 2014 & one on Second World War comics in 2015, both at London’s Cartoon Museum- emphasise to the heritage industry the potential of comics as a cultural artefact.

Research areas include:

  • Trench publications – soldiers’ own amateur newspapers featuring day to day life on the front line.
  • Daily Mirror newspaper strips depicting WW1 home front concerns
  • WW1 labour movement newspapers from the US, Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian and American newspaper strips depicting the changing role of women during the world wars
  • Comics published for US troops during WW2 featuring graphic violence
  • US Golden Age comic books
  • Daily Worker newspaper strips giving the British Communist Party’s view on WW2.
  • Graphic novels depicting the trauma experienced by Holocaust and Hiroshima survivors.

Feminising Influences on Mass Circulation: a comparative study of Le Petit Journal and the Daily Mail

A comparative study of Le Petit Journal and the Daily Mail

Principal Investigator : Dr. Jane Chapman
Research Assistant : Kate Allison

The concerns of this project demonstrate the continuing dilemmas of how female identity is to be represented by the media and the repercussions for citizenship and the public sphere. This is the first time that female influence on the early mass circulation press has been quantified in detail, and also the first time that comparisons have been made on the theme between two countries. The research into Europe’s first mass circulation daily and into Britain’s first tabloid daily reveals that criticisms of ‘tabloidisation’ have a historical as well as a contemporary dimension. This dates back to the formative years of the tabloid; in other words, it is not a purely 20th century phenomenon. Press historians have assumed that the obvious widening of audience appeal in the mass circulation popular press, referred to as ‘New Journalism’ with its fresh emphasis on trivia, crime coverage and pulp serialised fiction, also implied a progressive view of women. Our findings prove otherwise, refuting the ‘feminisation’ argument. Decisions about what the female audience was interested in were made largely by men and defined fairly conservatively.

Women, Press and Protest in British and French India, 1928-48

In British and French India, 1928-48

Principal Investigator: Professor Jane Chapman
Research Assistants : Kate Allison, Piers Clarke
Administrative Assistant: Rebecca Inkley

This exhibition presents two episodes in 20th century Indian history when newspapers expressed the emerging citizenship of protest by the freedom movement in India.

Press articles and leaflets – sometimes read out loud to a group of people then destroyed because of censorship, sometimes consumed individually- acted as the main vehicle for the public communication of ideas.

Some journals were used as temporary acts of defiance to mobilise support for change. Nationalist leaders and activists also aimed for coverage of protest in the existing colonial newspapers in order to influence the climate of opinion in support for change.

A variety of newspapers, despite sometimes only having small circulations, still became part of the changing economic and political landscape that they were reporting on.

This exhibition focuses on two little known aspects of press and protest – one in Allahabad, United Provinces (Uttar Pradesh) in British India, one in the French territory of Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu).