Prof. Jackie Harrison

  • Joint Head of Department, Professor of Public Communication and Director of Research - Department of Journalism Studies
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Jackie joined the Department of Journalism Studies as a lecturer in September 1996 and was appointed Professor of Public Communication in January 2005. She served a period as Head of Department from September 2007 and has chaired the Centre for Freedom of the Media since September 2008. She read public administration for her first degree and her PhD was an analysis of the culture of production of terrestrial television news in Britain.

Jackie has served as an expert advisor for the European Commission and for several global media companies on media regulation matters, the role and future of news and news journalism, the development of media infrastructure and the use of media capital and newsroom convergence. She has acted as an expert adviser on EU broadcasting regulation to the Taiwanese National Communication Committee and the Taiwanese Industry Experts Cable TV Forum. She was an expert witness on a judicial review of Irish radio licences and has served on several professional journalism committees. She serves on the editorial board of the community newspaper The Maltby News. Jackie is also a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC’s) Peer Review College.

Research interests

Jackie’s area of expertise is the civil role and power of the news. Her research examines three particular aspects of this: the architecture and culture of the news; the mediation of civil society and social identity by the news; and issues of news freedom and standards. She has written extensively in these areas.

Other research projects include:

  • monitoring media violations and freedom for the Media Subcommittee, Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE)
  • Media Freedom in Europe, for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Public Service Broadcasting in the EU for the Soros Foundation
  • the use of user-generated content at the BBC, for the British Academy
  • six funded research projects for the UK television industry.

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