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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Yr Athro Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Deon Ymchwil yr Amgylchedd a Diwylliant

+44 29208 79414
Sgwâr Canolog, Ystafell 1.32, Caerdydd, CF10 1FS
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I have written three books; Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; co-authored with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle), Journalists and the Public (Hampton Press, 2007) and Citizens or Consumers? (Open University Press, 2005; co-authored with Justin Lewis and Sanna Inthorn)I am currently completing Emotions, Media and Politics for Polity Press.

I edited the Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge 2009, with Thomas Hanitzsch) and Mediated Citizenship (Routledge, 2007). I have published 45 articles in more than 20 different international, peer-reviewed journals, and has also written 30 book chapters. I am also a frequent media commentator on topics relating to citizenship and the media, and have written extensively for The Conversation.

I have served as associate editor of Communication Theory and am also a member of the editorial collective for the JOMEC Journal. I am currently Chair of the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association, and was Board Member at Large for the association from 2012 to 2014. I serve on the editorial boards of journals including Communication Theory, Annals of the International Communication Association, Journalism Studies and Social Media & Society.

Since 2012, I have been subject chair for the indexing and abstracting database SCOPUS, in the areas of Languages, Linguistics, Communication, Media, and Journalism, and also serve on the Content Selection Advisory Board for SCOPUS.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the AHRC, the BBC Trust and the British Academy, among other organisations. In 2012-2013, I led the content analysis research for the BBC Trust's impartiality review on Breadth of Opinion. More recently, I have been co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded "Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society" project, and principal UK investigator on the Helsingin Sanomat-funded project, “The NSA Files: Surveillance, Leaks and the New Landscape of Legitimacy.” Previously, I was Principal UK Investigator on a €4 million European Commission funded project on the European Public Sphere (EUROSPHERE) and have carried out research for the charity Public Concern at Work on the media representation of whistleblowers.

I am Director of the Journalism and Democracy research group.

Keynotes and plenaries

  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Emotions, History and the Media, University of Adelaide, Australia, September 22, 2016.
  • Special plenary session invited speaker, World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, July 14, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker at event on “Media Perceptions on the EU: From Enlargement to the UK Referendum Views from New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” Europe House in the Auckland University of Technology, July 13, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker, conference on “Emotion and the Public Sphere,” Navarra, Spain, October 29-31, 2015.
  • Opening plenary speaker, Conference on Emotions and Politics, Bournemouth University, July 9-10, 2015.
  • Keynote panel speaker, 2014 Conference of the Association of Danish Media Researchers (SMID), October 30-31, Nyborg, Denmark
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 MECCSA conference, Bournemouth University, January.
  • Keynote speaker, Conference on Journalism and Professionalization, University of Poznan, Poland, November 29, 2013.
  • Keynote speaker, 2013 Journalism Conference, Orebro University, Sweden, November 4-5.
  • “Changing technologies, changing paradigms of journalistic practice: Emotionality, authenticity and the challenge to objectivity.” Keynote at the Technology, Media and Journalism Conference, Saarland University, Germany, March 22-23, 2013.
  • "The Silence of the Leveson Inquiry: Ethical and Regulatory Challenges of the New Media Environment." Keynote speech at the Media Policy Post-Leveson conference, Bournemouth University, February 8, 2013.
  • “Back to the future: Scholarly predictions about the future of journalism.” Keynote speech delivered at the Euromedia Conference, Ghent University, Belgium, November 19, 2011.
  • Keynote at the first meeting of the Nordic Research Network in Journalism Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, November 19-20, 2009.
  • Keynote at the 3rd Annual PhD Conference on “Politics and Policies of Communications and Cultures:  National, Transnational and Global Perspectives” at the University of Leeds, June 12, 2009.
  • Keynote to the International Conference on Media, Citizenship and Everyday Life at University of Beira Interior, Portugal, November 22-23, 2006.
  • Keynote for the 2005 Scandinavian Doctoral Seminars held at Tampere, Finland, in September.

Other Roles

Director of Research Development and Environment in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

For further information: Visit Dr Wahl-Jorgensen’s academia.edu site
























Book sections






I am interested in the relationship between citizenship, democracy and the media - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. My current work focuses on the role of emotion in journalism and political life. I am also involved in research projects around digital citizenship and surveillance society. I have carried out extensive work on how citizens are represented in and participate through news forms and genres, including vox pop interviews, letters to the editor, disaster coverage and user-generated content. I am now turning to investigating how journalists experience and adapt to dramatic transformations in their profession, and how these experiences and adaptations are shaped by organisational cultures and resources.

Links to Research Projects


I teach on the undergraduate module "Media and Democracy" and and the MA module "Introduction to Journalism Studies" as well as on the school’s PhD seminars.

I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, and welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy.



  • 2000: PhD (Communication), Stanford University, USA
  • 1995: BA, double major in Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, USA

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

  • 2019: Doctor Honoris Causa, Prifysgol Roskilde, Denmarc

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Awst 2012-presennol: Athro, Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Caerdydd
    • Ers mis Awst 2012: Cyfarwyddwr yr Amgylchedd a Datblygu Ymchwil – sy'n gyfrifol am ddrafftio Datganiad Amgylchedd REF 2021.
    • Mawrth 2017: Ymweld Athro, Unidersidad del Norte, Colombia.
    • Chwefror 2017: Athro Ymweliad, Prifysgol Monash, Awstralia
    • Chwefror 2017: Athro Ymweliad, Prifysgol Copenhagen, Denmarc
    • Medi 2014: Athro Ymweld Bonnier, Prifysgol Stockholm.
  • Awst 2008-Awst 2012: Darllenydd, Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Caerdydd
    • Mawrth-Ebrill 2011: Ysgolhaig Ymweld ym Mhrifysgol Gothenburg.
    • Ionawr 2009: Athro Gwadd yn Sefydliad Newyddiaduraeth a Chyfathrebu Kosovo, gan gyflwyno cyrsiau lefel MA ar Theori Cyfathrebu a Dulliau Ymchwil
  • Awst 2005-Awst 2008: Uwch Ddarlithydd, Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Caerdydd, Cymru, y DU.
  • Awst 2000-Awst, 2005: Darlithydd B, Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Caerdydd, Cymru, y DU.
    • Haf 2003: Ysgolhaig Gwadd yr Adran Gyfathrebu, Prifysgol Stanford, Stanford, CA. Cefnogir gan Gymrodoriaeth Teithio Ymchwilwyr Ifanc Prifysgol Caerdydd.
  • Medi 1995-Mehefin 2000: Hyfforddwr a Chynorthwyydd Addysgu, Rhaglen Astudiaethau Ffeminyddol a Chyfathrebu Prifysgol Stanford, Stanford, CA.

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

Gwerthusiad ymchwil

  • 2018-2019: Cadeirydd, RED19 – Gwerthuso Rhagoriaeth Ymchwil, Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau a Chyfathrebu, Prifysgol Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2014: Aelod o'r Panel, Ymarfer Gwerthuso Ymchwil Prifysgol Ghent (sy'n cyfateb i REF Gwlad Belg, a gynhaliwyd ar lefel sefydliadol).
  • 2013: Adolygydd allanol o gyhoeddiadau REF, Adran Newyddiaduraeth, Prifysgol Strathclyde, Mehefin.
  • 2011: adolygydd arbenigol allanol o ansawdd ymchwil, Adran Newyddiaduraeth, Prifysgol Roskilde, Denmarc (Daneg cyfateb i'r REF, a gynhaliwyd ar lefel sefydliadol). Arweiniodd y broses o ysgrifennu adroddiad terfynol y panel.

Byrddau golygyddol

  • Aelod o fyrddau golygyddol ar gyfer Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, Communication Theory, Digital Journalism, Journal of International Communication, Social Media & Society, Annals of the International Communication Association, Communications: European Journal of Communication, Journalism and Discourse Studies, a SAGE Encyclopedia of Journalism.

Gwasanaeth allanol arall

  • 2013 -  : Aelod rheithgor dros y gwyddorau cymdeithasol yng Ngwobrau Ymchwilydd Ifanc Scopus y DU.
  • Wedi gwasanaethu fel arholwr / gwrthwynebydd allanol ar gyfer 38 traethawd ymchwil PhD, mewn gwledydd gan gynnwys y DU, Awstralia, Seland Newydd, Iwerddon, Denmarc, Norwy, Sweden, a'r Ffindir.
  • adolygydd aml ar gyfer paneli llogi a hyrwyddo allanol
  • Adolygydd gwahoddedig ar gyfer mwy na 40 o wahanol gyfnodolion nad wyf yn gwasanaethu ar eu cyfer ar y bwrdd golygyddol.
  • Arholwr allanol ar gyfer:
    • MSc Rhaglenni, Ysgol Economeg Llundain (2016-2019).
    • MA Newyddiaduraeth Ryngwladol, Erasmus Mundus; Prifysgol y Ddinas, Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth Denmarc (2013-2016)
    • BA mewn Newyddiaduraeth, Prifysgol Stirling (2012-2016),
    • MA mewn Newyddiaduraeth, Prifysgol East Anglia (2012-2016)
    • BA mewn Newyddiaduraeth, Prifysgol Roskilde, Denmarc (2010-2014)
    • MA yn y Cyfryngau Cymdeithasol, Prifysgol Salford (2009-2012)
    • MA mewn Cyfathrebu Torfol, Adran y Cyfryngau a Chyfathrebu, Prifysgol Caerlŷr (2006-2010)
    • BA mewn Newyddiaduraeth a Chyfathrebu Torfol yng Ngholeg Bae Fourah, Freetown, Sierra Leone (2004-2007)

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I have supervised more than ten PhD students to completion, and welcome PhD applications in areas relating to emotions, media and democracy.