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Dr James Morrison

Biography A Reader in Journalism at Robert Gordon University, Dr James Morrison is a former national newspaper journalist, who worked for the Press Association, the Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday before becoming a lecturer in 2003. He is also a senior examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the author of the NCTJ's set politics textbook, Essential Public Affairs for Journalists, and a member and regular paper-giver at the annual conferences of the Political Studies Association and Media and Politics Group of the PSA.

James completed a PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2014, under the supervision of Professor James Curran. Since then, he has published extensively in the fields of media, journalism, political communication and sociology, through a mix of monographs, articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited book collections. His key publications include the monographs Familiar Strangers, Juvenile Panics and the British Press (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Scroungers: Moral Panics and Media Myths (Zed Book, 2019) and the upcoming The Left Behind: Reimagining Britain's Socially Excluded (Pluto Press).
Research Interests Media and political representations, framing and discourses around disadvantaged and marginalised groups
Moral panics, othering and social stigma
Audience reception and media effects on social and political attitudes
The impact of media-political discourses on policy and the lived experiences of households and groups affected by economic and other intersecting inequalities
The impact of digitalisation and hyper-commercialisation on newsroom cultures, news agendas and values, newsgathering practices and professional journalism identities
Teaching and Learning James is Course Leader of the MSc Journalism at RGU and the module coordinator for one PG (Masters) module and two Stage 4 (final year) BA Journalism modules. His PG subject is a political communication module entitled Politics and the Media, and his Stage 4 modules are Investigative Journalism and Political Communication. James also supervises both UG and PG research projects (dissertations) and has several PhD students.
ResearcherID AFR-7280-2022
Scopus Author ID 56346793100