How the media helped Boris Johnson win the election – Natalie Fenton

4 01 2020

The mediation of messages plays a key part in the outcome of most elections and the United Kingdom’s 12 December 2019 general election was no exception. Incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s Conservative Party took the single strapline “Get Brexit Done” and repeated it endlessly. Read the rest of this entry »





Election coverage: thanks to Brexit, Labour had a media mountain to climb – David Deacon, David Smith and Dominic Wring

24 12 2019

You don’t have to deny the growing political significance of social media to accept that the mainstream media continue to play a vital role in informing and priming public opinion during elections. Moreover, both worlds are deeply connected. Fewer people are buying newspapers but plenty are accessing the same content online. Read the rest of this entry »





UK election 2019: partisan press is pulling out all the stops against Labour – David Deacon and Dominic Wring

17 11 2019

The idea that there’s no such thing as bad publicity could well be tested in the UK’s 2019 election campaign. So could the proposition that the only worse thing than people talking about you is people not talking about you, if our research into press coverage of the election is any indication. Read the rest of this entry »





The election wot The Sun (and the rest of the UK tabloids) never won – James Rodgers

11 06 2017

Britain’s tabloid press is by turns rude, cruel, and funny. To politicians, it is often all three. As voters in the UK went to the polls on June 8, the newsstands offered strong support for Theresa May – and a picture of Jeremy Corbyn in a dustbin. Read the rest of this entry »





Electioneering in the social media age – Sharon Coen

19 05 2017

File 20170517 24325 1sse1htBritain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its best to keep up. Read the rest of this entry »





We Need a New Regulatory Framework to Protect Democracy in the Age of Social Media – Susie Alegre

7 05 2017

Over the past two years we have seen a stream of dramatic elections in the UK and beyond.  Issues like fake news and the use of social media for political campaigning have been of increasing concern to those trying to understand how our democracies are changing.  Read the rest of this entry »





Three questions about the media that politicians must be asked – Brian Cathcart

5 05 2017
There is near-silence about the future of the media in this election, yet the winners must take momentous decisions about broadcasting and the press.

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The General Election: a further test for IPSO which it will fail – Jonathan Coad

25 04 2017

Almost all the most powerful elements of Fleet Street will line up behind Mrs May in the run-up to the next election – and indeed they have already begun the process of doing so. As for the voting public, they are reliant on (inter alia) Fleet Street to help them make their voting decisions. The grandees of Fleet Street will be considering whether their titles are likely to be held to account in a way that they care about if it misleads voting public on key electoral issues.  The answer to that question is; almost certainly not. Read the rest of this entry »





Press accuracy and the election: what IPSO won’t do – Brian Cathcart

22 04 2017

Here are five things that IPSO, the chosen regulator of the corporate press, could do right now, before election campaigning gets under way: Read the rest of this entry »