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My research is broadly concerned with media power, democracy and ideology in a post digital environment. I am particularly interested in the enduring and evolving role of journalists as a fourth or fifth estate, and the effects of various pressures on that civic or public purpose: surveillance, funding crises, institutional corruption and digital disruption to name a few.

My current research is focused on media ownership, political representation and inter-media agenda setting power. These ideas were brought together in my most recent book, Media Ownership and Agenda Control: The hidden limits of the information age.

This draws on and in turn fuels my advocacy work and activism, as current chair of  the Media Reform Coalition.