Natalie Fenton is a Reader in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, Universityof London where she is Co-Director of both the Goldsmiths Leverhulme MediaResearch Centre and the Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy.She has also worked in the Department of Communication Studies at LiverpoolUniversity and in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University.Her publications include New Media, OldNews: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age (2009), MediatingSocial Science (1998, with Alan Bryman, David Deacon and Peter Birmingham)and Trust and Civil Society (2000, with Fran Tonkiss, Andrew Passey andLes Hems). Her research is concerned to address the role the media play in theformation of identities and democracies and why and how people seek to changethe world for socially progressive ends. Her work spans both cultural studiesapproaches and social scientific approaches to the study of media, culture andsociety. She has been an activist in the UCU (formerly AUT) for over 17 yearsincluding national President 2001-02. She has served on various nationalcommittees concerned with higher education employment related issues, is anexperienced lobbyist, campaigner and negotiator. She has also written for thenational press.