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UK media coverage of the 2016 EU Referendum campaign

by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay

Media-coverage-of-EU-Ref-reportThis report by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power is based on analysis of all 14,779 articles published online about the EU Referendum across 20 national news outlets over the 10 weeks prior to polling day. The research was conducted using bespoke software to gather all 350,000 URLs published on all 20 news websites and applied automated tagging to identify referendum articles and facilitate content analysis.



Submission to the Inquiry into Fake News

by Martin Moore

Tinquiry-into-fake-newshis is the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power's submission to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry into Fake News.








Submission to the Consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its Implementation

by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay

CMCP submissionThe Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power submitted this report as part of the government’s consultation on two issues: commencement of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013; and whether proceeding with Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry is appropriate and proportionate, whether it should be terminated or whether the government should follow an alternative course.




Uganda: Online news and Twitter coverage of the 2016 election

by Gordon Ramsay

Uganda-Election-ReportNew research by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power raises questions about the ability of the Ugandan media to produce fair and balanced coverage of electoral campaigns, potentially depriving the public of key news and facts needed to make informed choices when they go to the ballot box. The research was carried out by Dr Gordon Ramsay, Deputy Director of CMCP, in collaboration with human rights organisation Article 19. 




Monopolising local news

by Gordon Ramsay and Martin Moore

May 2016

Local news reportOver the last decade an increasing number of voices have raised concerns about the decline of local news provision in the UK and its impact on democracy. These voices have been challenged by those, particularly within the news industry, who claim that after a difficult period of transition local news is becoming fit for the digital age. Both claims suffer from a relative lack of systematic evidence. Without such evidence it is more difficult to justify existing policy interventions or alter them. Yet, as this study shows, to maintain the status quo holds democratic, economic and social risks.

This study, which builds on recent work by both authors, aims to begin to fill the evidence gap and, as a consequence, inform changes in public policy regarding the provision of local news and information. It is important to note that the references in this report to the decline of local newspapers refer to the quantitative decline in the number and circulation of local newspapers, and do not reflect the quality of the out put or work of local journalists. This study does not include a quantitative or qualitative analysis of local newspaper content.

Tech giants and civic power

by Martin Moore with a foreword by Emily Bell

April 2016

tech giantsThis study is about the new and growing phenomenon of global tech giants, their increasing civic power, and what this means for democracies. It might best be described as an essay, in the sense of an extended argument and a series of observations and provocations. It aims to open debate about the role of the tech giants – notably Google, Facebook, Apple and others – in democracy and civic life, as distinct from their impact on privacy and security, or their economic and financial status. 






Better protecting BBC financial independence: an exploratory report for the BBC Trust

by Martin Moore, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power

January 2016

BBC Indy reportThis report from the Policy Institute at King’s was commissioned by the BBC Trust in October 2015 in order to better understand how the BBC’s financial independence can be enhanced, particularly in light of the manner in which financial settlements were agreed in 2010 and 2015.

Through a series of ten interviews with individuals who had experience of previous Charter Renewal and licence fee negotiations, or who were familiar with the process of financial settlement in other
areas of the public sector, the Policy Institute identified five issues that had a bearing on the BBC’s financial independence, and eight possible ways to address them. The author supplemented the interviews with information drawn from publicly available sources. The report was completed in December 2015.


UK election 2015 Setting the agenda

by Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay

October 2015

MST Setting the agendaUK election 2015: setting the agenda builds on innovative work by Dr Martin Moore and Dr Gordon Ramsay started in January 2015. Using new methods for collecting and analysing news and social media content, the report provides a fresh perspective on how political communication is changing in the digital era.


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