Three-D Issue 28: Obituary: Professor Mike O’Brien

Caroline MitchellUniversity of Sunderland Mike O’Brien was my colleague at the University of Sunderland from 1996 to 2005. He was born in Morpeth, north-east England but was a naturalised Australian. He had been an English teacher and lecturer in teacher education in Zimbabwe and New Zealand and a producer and designer of curriculum resources and …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 28: Not the Brexit election many predicted, with events reshaping the campaign agenda

Stephen CushionCardiff University It was billed as the Brexit election, but events have influenced a campaign few predicted. I have been monitoring election coverage with a research team at Cardiff University, comparing TV news across the main UK evening bulletins. The opening part of the campaign began fairly predictably, with the Conservatives tightly controlling their …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 28: General Election 2017: the Brexit Campaign?

David Deacon, John Downey, David Smith, James Stanyer & Dominic WringLoughborough University In media terms (and several other ways) the 2017 General Election has been quite a different campaign to the previous one fought only two years ago. This is primarily because, according to our research, Brexit has returned the issue of the UK’s relationship …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 28: Women leaders and the pitfalls of ‘going personal’

Emily HarmerUniversity of Liverpool Research into news coverage of election campaigns in the last twenty years shows that despite a number of key political changes, several key features remain consistent. News is often dominated by process stories about which parties are most likely to win, and women tend to be marginalised from substantive political discussions. …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 28: The impact of impartiality

Justin LewisCardiff University At the beginning of this election campaign it looked as if it might be the most lop-sided contest since 1945. Polls showed Labour lagging behind the Conservatives by a 16% to 22% margin – a level of Tory supremacy that even surpassed their landslide victory in 1983, when the Conservative’s won 42.4% …Continue Reading

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