Christopher Shoop-Worrall

Department of Journalism Studies

PhD Student


Christopher Shoop-Worrall is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, a member of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History and a Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society. He previously obtained his BA (First Class) at the University of Liverpool in 2013, before graduating with his MA in Historical Research from the University of Sheffield in 2015.

His doctoral research explores the political significance of the early popular press in Britain, and has presented his work at multiple conferences both domestically and internationally. He is a reviewer for both H-Net and the English Historical Review, a contributor for The Conversation and The Blizzard, is the editorial assistant on the upcoming History of the British and Irish Press, Volume III (eds. Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham) due to be published by Edinburgh University Press.

From July 2018, Christopher will be appointed Lecturer in Media at UCFB Etihad Campus.

Research interests

PhD title: Possibilities of Popularisation: Politics and the Mass Press in Long Edwardian Britain

Christopher's broader research interests focus on the significance of Anglo-American (and in particular British) popular newspapers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the ways in which these media represented aspects of popular and political culture to their readers. While historically overlooked, he hopes to continue emphasising the value of 'tabloid' media, both as a historical source and as significant components of the lives and societies of their large readerships.

His current doctoral project explores the political impact of the emerging mass press at the beginning of the twentieth century, and intersects with histories of politics, newspapers and popular culture in Britain by placing popular print media at the heart of pre-Great War political culture. Moreover, it offers a timely contribution to histories of political parties by detailing the differing ways that politicians envisage, and value, the potential of popular media for mass political communication.


Institute of Historical Research: Friends, Ruddock and Bates Bursary, October 2016:

  • £350 towards research expenses and a residency at the IHR, including a seminar presentation

Royal Historical Society Research Expenses Award, July 2016:

  • £100 towards the travel and accommodation costs of future research trips.
Professional activities

Invited Talks

  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘Gone is the Club: Early Labour in the National Daily Press’. History Lab Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, May 2018.

Conference Presentations

  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘The “Yellow” Enemy: The Early British Left and the Daily Popular Press’. NPHFI 10th Annual Conference: “Fake News: An Historical Perspective”, Newcastle University, November 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘Scouse Sensation: Liverpool and the New Journalism’, Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), September 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘Conflicting Words for the Working Class: The Language of the Early Labour Press’, New Directions in the Humanities Conference. Imperial College London, July 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘Know your Audience: The Working-Class Reader in the early Labour Press’, CHINED VI, University of Sheffield, June 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘A Red and Yellow Daily: Labour, New Journalism and the Daily Citizen’, North West Print Culture Research Network, 5th annual meeting, Edge Hill University, April 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘From Loaves to Land Reform: The Manchester Guardian and the New Liberalism, 1900-1914’, The Guardian in Local, National, and Global History Conference, John Ryland’s Library, University of Manchester, April 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘From Severity to Sensation: Depictions of Politics in the Early Popular Press’, ECREA Journalism Studies Conference, Odense, March 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘The Digitisation of the Printed Past: Risks and Rewards’, Digital Opportunities and Challenges: Researching Journalism and Media in a Digital Age, University of Sheffield, January 2017.
  • Shoop-Worrall, C. ‘Changing Discipline: Embracing Interdisciplinary’, WRDTC Welcome Conference, University of York, October 2016.