Men Writing About Men: Media And The UK General Election 2015

Just as formal political institutions and activities are dominated by men, so too is the news coverage those institutions attract. The recent UK General Election was no different,  just 15.2% of all politicians featured in the media coverage were women, 17.4% of articles were written by female journalists and 13.5% of experts consulted by the […]

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The knives are out in closing days of election campaign

Press partisanship returned with a vengeance in the closing days of the 2015 General Election campaign, research by Loughborough University has found. Since the start of the campaign academics at Loughborough have been conducting a weekly real time news audit, lifting the lid on what media coverage the parties, their policies, MPs and their partners are securing. […]

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Russell Re-Brand: The Joker in the pack?

As we enter the final stages of the 2015 General Election campaign, a new and controversial figure has taken centre stage: Russell Brand. His appearance isn’t entirely unexpected. Brand has long illustrated that he has been socially and politically engaged throughout his career as a professional comedian. In April 2012 Brand appeared before the Home […]

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Real people finally having their say? Press coverage of BBC Question Time leaders’ ‘debate’

Previous research has noted a curious ambivalence concerning the role of the public in news reporting. While the press insist that they speak on behalf of their readers, and while Vox Pop interviews, opinion polls and inferences about public opinion are all regular components of news reporting that allow journalists to make ‘ample references’ to […]

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Media coverage of the 2015 campaign (report 4)

This is the fourth in a series of reports by the Loughborough University Communication Research Centre on national news reporting of the 2015 UK General Election. The results in this report are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 30th March and 29 April […]

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