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Mike Berry  Bsc (Bath) PhD (Glasgow)

Dr Mike Berry Bsc (Bath) PhD (Glasgow)

Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29208 70630
Two Central Square, Room 0.60A, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Mike Berry is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

His research interests are focused around the question of how the mass media affects public knowledge and understanding of social political and economic issues. He is the author of seven books including The Media, the Public and the Great Financial Crisis (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019) and More Bad News from Israel (Pluto, 2011) and has produced research for a wide variety of organisations including the BBC Trust, UNHCR, TUC and NSPCC. 

He has published in leading journals such as Sociology, Journalism, Media, Culture and Society and Journalism Studies and is currently working on a project examining how public service media has influenced public understanding of the Coronavirus pandemic.
















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Mike Berry’s research interests are focused around the question of how the mass media affects public knowledge and understanding .

His research is especially concerned with examining the social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which messages are produced and received.

His recent publications include The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism (forthcoming, with J Morrison and J Biks), Bad News for Labour (2019, with G Philo, J. Schlosberg, A Lerman and D. Miller) and The Media, the Public and the Great Financial Crisis (2019).

Hi recent reaserch has been focused around the following issues:     

  • Political Communication
  • War and Peace Reporting
  • Financial Journalism
  • Propaganda and Public Relations
  • Crime News
  • Reception Theory


I currently teach three modules:

  • The Mediation of Political Violence (BA level)
  • Putting Reserach into Practice 1 (MA level)
  • The Media and Political Understanding 

I am also currently supervising dissertation students at the BA, MA and doctoral level.



After completing my Bsc in Sociology and Psychology at Bath University I spent two years working as a researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara on a major research project funded by the American cable television industry. I then completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow where I worked with members of the Glasgow Media Group and co-authored my first book 'Bad News from Israel' (Pluto Press)

Following completion of my PhD I was employed as a researcher on an ESRC 'New Security Challnges' project examining the framing of security threats in Russia, the United States and Britain  - out of which came my second co-authored book 'Terrorism, Elections and Democracy' (Palgrave- Macmillan).

In the autumn of 2006 I took up a lectureship at the University of Nottingham where I was a founding member of the Department of International Media and Communication. Whilst at Nottingham I was involved in establishing the degree programme and setting up the extensive student exchange with Nottingham's  campus in Ningbo, China. I taught at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in my department and convened a module for the business school. 

Since 2012 I have been a member of academic staff at JOMEC. During this period I have continued to be an active researcher leading projects for funders including the UNHCR and the TUC. I publish in leading journals including Sociology, Journalism, Media, Culture and Journalism Studies. I currently taech at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level as well as supervising PhD students. I am currently the Erasmus Officer for the School. Previously I have been Director of the MA in Political Communication and Chair of Undergraduate Admissions.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Economic and financial journalism
  • Conflict reporting
  • Public understanding of social and political issues.
  • Political communication
  • The reception of broadcast and digital news.