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'Scrounger-bashing' as national pastime: the prevalence and ferocity of anti-welfare ideology on niche-interest online forums. (2021)
Journal Article
MORRISON, J. 2021. 'Scrounger-bashing' as national pastime: the prevalence and ferocity of anti-welfare ideology on niche-interest online forums. Social semiotics [online], 31(3): political ideology in everyday social media use, pages 383-401. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2021.1930859

Recent research has noted the persistence of a long continuum of “anti-welfare” discourses that are increasingly embedded in the UK news media, political communication, and popular culture (e.g. Golding and Middleton 1982. Images of Welfare: Press an... Read More about 'Scrounger-bashing' as national pastime: the prevalence and ferocity of anti-welfare ideology on niche-interest online forums..

From community to commerce? Analytics, audience 'engagement' and how local newspapers are renegotiating news values in the age of pageview-driven journalism. (2020)
Book Chapter
MORRISON, J. 2020. From community to commerce? Analytics, audience 'engagement' and how local newspapers are renegotiating news values in the age of pageview-driven journalism. In Gulyas, A. and Baines, D. Routledge companion to local media and journalism. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 30. Available from: https://www.routledge.com/9780815375364

Local newspapers were once bastions of their communities – reporting everything from church fetes to factory closures and speaking truth to power to councillors and business leaders. But growing competition from online media, combined with advertisin... Read More about From community to commerce? Analytics, audience 'engagement' and how local newspapers are renegotiating news values in the age of pageview-driven journalism..

Pluralism or partisanship? Calibrating punditry on BBC2’s Politics Live. (2019)
Book Chapter
MORRISON, J. 2019. Pluralism or partisanship? Calibrating punditry on BBC2’s Politics Live. In Jackson, D., Thorsen, E., Lilleker, D. and Weidhase, N. (eds.) UK election analysis 2019: media, voters and the campaign: early reflections from leading academics. Bournemouth: Centre for Comparative Politics and Media Research [online], chapter 7, section 65, page 98. Available from: http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33165/

What should pluralistic punditry look like in a multi-party parliamentary democracy? How should a state-owned broadcaster's flagship political show populate its panels before elections to guarantee balance between Left, Right and Centre, eliminate pe... Read More about Pluralism or partisanship? Calibrating punditry on BBC2’s Politics Live..

Re-framing free movement in the countdown to Brexit? Shifting UK press portrayals of EU migrants in the wake of the referendum. (2019)
Journal Article
MORRISON, J. 2019. Re-framing free movement in the countdown to Brexit? Shifting UK press portrayals of EU migrants in the wake of the referendum. British journal of politics and international relations [online], 21(3), pages 594-611. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148119851385

This article argues that long-standing press portrayals of economic migrants as threats to Britain’s economic wellbeing underwent a marked turn immediately after the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum. Following an intense campaign during which most national n... Read More about Re-framing free movement in the countdown to Brexit? Shifting UK press portrayals of EU migrants in the wake of the referendum..

Planning families in Zaria: an investigation into the information-behaviours and favoured advice-givers of parents in northern Nigeria. (2019)
Thesis
HELLANDENDU, M.M.-A. 2019. Planning families in Zaria: an investigation into the information-behaviours and favoured advice-givers of parents in northern Nigeria. Robert Gordon University [online], MRes thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The availability of precise, impartial and credible information is crucial to building knowledge and empowering citizens to make rational individual and collective decisions. For this reason, the usefulness of information for satisfying identified ne... Read More about Planning families in Zaria: an investigation into the information-behaviours and favoured advice-givers of parents in northern Nigeria..

Online news audiences as co-authors? (2018)
Book Chapter
MORRISON, J.G. 2018. Online news audiences as co-authors? The extent and limits of collaborative citizen-professional journalism on newspaper comment threads. In Višnovský, J. and Radošinská, J. (eds.) Social media and journalism: trends, connections, implications. London: IntechOpen [online], chapter 2, pages 13-33. Available from: https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.77098

Recent research has demonstrated how comment threads published beneath online news articles are being transformed into fluid interfaces between professional journalists, their work and their audiences. Today's audience-members are not only able to re... Read More about Online news audiences as co-authors?.

Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail. (2017)
Book Chapter
MORRISON, J. 2017. Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail. In Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Lilleker, D. (eds.) UK election analysis 2017: media, voters and the campaign; early reflections from leading academics. Poole: Bournemouth University Centre for the study of journalism, culture and community [online], page 86. Available from: http://bit.ly/UKElectionAnalysis2017_Thorsen-Jackson-and-Lilleker_v1

This article argues that, in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terror attacks, a concerted attempt was made by Theresa May and her senior ministers to re-frame the coming contest as a 'khaki election', which conflated ongoing concerns about... Read More about Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail..

Fixed Term Parliaments Act. (2017)
Digital Artefact
MORRISON, J. 2017. Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Posted on the Oxford University Press blog [online]. 31 May 2017. Available from: https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/fixed-term-parliaments-act/

Was there ever a more hollow and impotent piece of legislation than the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act? Trumpeted by the Conservative-led coalition as a way of stopping opportunist prime ministers ever again calling snap elections to capitalize on h... Read More about Fixed Term Parliaments Act..

The European Union and other international institutions. (2017)
Book
MORRISON, J. 2017. The European Union and other international institutions. In Morrison, J. (ed.) Essential public affairs for journalists. Fifth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press [online]. Available from: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/essential-public-affairs-for-journalists-9780198785514?q=essential%20public%20affairs%20for%20journalists&lang=en&cc=gb

Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is the definitive handbook for journalism students and practising journalists. It guides readers through the constitutional framework and the governing institutions of the United Kingdom before considering the... Read More about The European Union and other international institutions..