Seminar programme

The Communication, Media and Journalism (CMJ) group regularly host seminars in which our own researchers and those from other institutions share their work.

A student asking a question at the BBC Careers talk.

If you'd like to suggest a speaker for a future CMJ seminar, please email the seminar series coordinator Dr Dmitry Chernobrov at

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic our research seminars are currently taking place online. Please see below for details of the semester 1 programme for 2020-21. All times are UK time.

Semester 1 programme

Wednesday 21 October, 3pm

Votes that Count and Voters who Don't: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It)

Prof Sharon E Jarvis, University of Texas, USA

Wednesday 28 October, 2pm

The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

Interview with Prof Marwan M Kraidy, Northwestern University in Qatar

Wednesday 11 November, 5pm

Testing the relationship between US news coverage and public opinion across four policy issues, 1995–2014

Prof Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis, USA

Wednesday 18 November, 2pm

Race and social media surveillance in South Africa

Dr Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday 2 December, 2pm

Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

Interview with Dr Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University, USA

Wednesday 9 December, 2pm

Wednesday 9 December, 2pm

Social media use during Covid-19

Dr Edson C Tandoc, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

What is the relationship between the global pandemic, social media and fake news? In this seminar Dr Tandoc discusses research into various aspects of information behaviour during the pandemic in Singapore, from the initial stages to the nationwide lockdown.

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