Richard Fern

Department of Journalism Studies

PhD Student


Richard holds an honours degree in international relations, as well as senior professional qualifications in journalism, PR and marketing. He is an experienced journalist and PR practitioner with a background in campaigns.

His work has been published nationally and internationally and his bylines range from the Guardian to Esquire. Richard's investigative reportage has looked into the disposal of radioactive waste, malpractice in university funding and corruption in local government.

Research interests

PhD title: What is the effect of police media-management on UK regional newspapers' coverage of environmental protests?

Richard's research concerns the relationship between police media relations practice and regional print newsrooms, with a focus on how this activity reflects in the coverage of environmental activism. He is looking at how the relationship between these various actors has evolved over time – particularly post-Leveson.

Teaching activities

Richard lectures on course modules looking at propaganda, ethics and media theory.


Richard's research into regional newsrooms led to a conference paper presentation at the LSE PhD symposium in 2015 entitled 'Are Regional Environmental Correspondents Extinct?'.