Dr James Morrison

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Humanities
Email: James.Morrison@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: NA
Location: Penrhyn Road

Educational and professional qualifications

2014 PhD Media and Communications , Goldsmiths College, University of London
2005 PGDip Post-compulsory Education , University of Brighton
1995 PGDip Newspaper Journalism Studies , University of Wales, College of Cardiff
1993 BA Honours, Archaeology , University of York

Professional experience (post-1990)

2003 - Freelance journalist, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph, Museums Journal, Literary Review, and freelance trainer, Periodical Publishers' Association, British Council
2001 (April) -2003 (Nov) Arts and media correspondent, Independent on Sunday
2000 (Sept) - 2001 (April) Showbusiness correspondent, the Daily Mail
1999 (April) - 2000 (Sept) Reporter and arts and media correspondent, Press Association
1998 (Jan) - 1999 (April) Health reporter, The Argus, Brighton
1997 (April) - 1998 (Jan) Senior reporter, Evening Herald, Plymouth
1995 (Nov) - 1997 (April) Junior reporter, North Devon Journal


I lead five modules across the BA and MA Journalism programmes. I teach first-year BA students on the theory-based Thinking about Journalism module, and third years on the Specialist Journalism: Arts and Entertainment module and two special study dissertation equivalents: The Truth-Seekers - Investigative Journalism from Pulitzer to Palast and Politics, Media Management and the Culture of Spin. At MA level, I run the Journalism and Power module, which encompasses the NCTJ Essential Public Affairs module.

Research outputs

Number of items: 9.


Morrison, James (2015) Journalism: the essentials of writing and reporting. London, U.K. : Robert Hale. (Hale Expert Guides) ISBN 9780719809859 (In Press)

Morrison, James (2011) Essential Public Affairs for Journalists. 2nd ed. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. 672p. ISBN 9780199592005

Morrison, James (2009) Public affairs for journalists. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. 689p. ISBN 9780199552610

Book Section

Morrison, James (2014) Armchair auditing and the great town hall transparency swindle. In: Charles, Alec, (ed.) The End of Journalism version 2.0: industry, technology and politics. Oxford, U.K. : Peter Lang Ltd. pp. 153-170. ISBN 9781906165482

Morrison, James (2013) Claims-makers versus counter claims-makers: new sites of civic empowerment in the construction, affirmation and contestation of moral panic narratives through online newspaper discussion-threads. In: Scullion, Richard , Gerodimos, Roman , Jackson, Daniel and Lilleker, Darren, (eds.) The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 142-157. (Routledge Research in Political Communication) ISBN 9780415633499

Morrison, James (2011) Spin, smoke-filled rooms and the decline of council reporting by British local newspapers: the slow demise of town hall transparency. In: Charles, Alec and Stewart, Gavin, (eds.) The End of Journalism: News in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford, U.K. : Peter Lang. pp. 193-209. ISBN 9783034302616

Conference or Workshop Item

Morrison, James (2014) Chilling at the grassroots? The impact of Leveson on reporter-source relations. In: MeCCSA Policy Network Conference: Local and Regional Journalism after Leveson; 5 Nov 2014, Chester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Morrison, James (2011) Claims-makers versus counter claims-makers: new sites of civic conflict in the construction and contestation of moral panic narratives through online newspapers and user-generated content. In: Political Studies Association Media and Politics Annual Conference; 3-4 Nov 2011, Bournemouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Morrison, James (2010) Spin, smoke-filled rooms, and the decline of council reporting by local newspapers: the slow demise of town hall transparency. In: Political Studies Association 60th Anniversary Annual Conference; 29 Mar - 1 Apr 2010, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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