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Marina Morani

Dr Marina Morani

Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29208 74084
Two Central Square, Room Room 2.41, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS


I am a Lecturer in Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture, teaching across the BA and MA programmes of the School.

In both my research and teaching I strive to establish a productive link between journalism studies, media studies, cultural studies and postcolonial studies. Over the years, I have researched and taught a wide range of subject areas including the media representation of global crises (migration / displacement / public health crises), election reporting in broadcast journalism, dis/misinformation, theory and debates on multi/interculturalism, representations of ethnic minorities / migrantised / ethnicitised citizens, discourses of citizenship rights advocacy, and alternative media.

I hold a Ph.D. in Journalism from Cardiff University. My doctoral research focused on a form of alternative media emerging in Italy since the early 2000s set up by practictioners of ethnic minority background with the aim to reclaim inclusive and diverse spaces of media representation and production. The study draws on a longitudinal multi-method analysis of both the discursive opportunities as well as production constraints of these alternative media outlets. The work employs a nuanced methodological approach including quantitative mapping, critical discourse analysis, multimodal analysis and semi-structured interviews with editors.

I have extensive media research experience, having worked as Research Associate / Assistant on several projects awarded to Cardiff School of Journalism and commissioned by various organisations including BBC Trust, Ofcom and UNHCR. As part of these projects I investigated election reporting, UK devolved policy areas and 'refugee crisis' reporting in relation to issues of accuracy, informative value, impartiality, and balance.

Between 2020-2022 I worked as Research Associate on the two-year AHRC-funded research project "Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media investigating the production, output and reception of dis/mis-information reporting.

Between June-July 2023 I was granted internal funding as Principal Investigator to design a six-week study and supervise a student researcher on the project: Reporting on the UK Illegal Migration Bill and the criminalisation of human mobility and displacement. A content analysis of TV news bulletins. 











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I have conducted research in the following areas:

  • Global 'crisis' reporting (incl. migration / displacement / public health)
  • Discursive constructions of national / cultural identity / ethnic minorities / citizenship
  • UK Public Service Broadcasting
  • Dis/mis-information
  • Election reporting
  • Alternative media
  • Citizenship rights activism
  • Multi-/Interculturalism (theories and debates)

Overview of research projects

  • Role: Principal Investigator

Project title: Reporting on the UK Illegal Migration Bill and the criminalisation of human mobility and displacement. A content analysis of TV news bulletins. 

Student internship scheme (June-July 2023)

Co-Investigator: Dr Lizzy Willmington (Cardiff School of Law and Politics)

Curated Playlist w/ Learning on Screen: Reporting of the UK Illegal Migration Bill in television news

  • Role: Research Associate

Project title: Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media

Research Associate on the AHRC-funded research project (2020-2022) investigating the production, output and reception of disinformation reporting led by Professor Stephen Cushion and Dr Maria Kyriakidou at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

The aim of the study was to find editorial solutions to countering disinformation in election, routine and pandemic reporting, identifying the ways in which the legitimacy of journalism can be enhanced according to news users. In collaboration with leading public service media (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) and a commercial news organisation (Sky News), the project will be the most in-depth UK comparative study of its kind. As part of my role as  Research Associate I led the design of  systematic content analyses of broadcast and online news output alongside conducting extensive audience research including focus groups and surveys.

  • Role: Research Assistant:
    • Content Analysis of UK 2015 General Election (ESRC-funded)

    • Content Analysis of UK 2017 General Election (ESRC-funded)
  • Doctoral thesis title: 'New Italians' and digital media: an examination of intercultural media platforms 

    The study critically examines a form of alternative media developing in Italy from the early 2000s which experimented with alledgedly more inclusive and pluralist media practices and discourses about citizenship, national identity and belonging. By combining a quantitative mapping of the alternative media landscape with an in-depth multimodal critical discourse analysis of digital media content and a production study, the work critically explores contemporary fast-evolving news media ecologies, increasingly influenced by digital practices, citizen engagement and demands for change towards more equal, inclusive and diverse media spaces.


Lecturer / Module Co-ordinator

  • Media Scholarship (BA - 2023/24; 2022/23)
  • Politics of Global Communication (MA - 2023/24; 2022/23)
  • The Making and Shaping of News (BA- 2023/24)
  • Media and Political Understanding (MA - 2022/23)
  • Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere (BA - 2021/22)

Guest Lecturer

  • The Making and Shaping of News (BA)
  • Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (PhD - Research Methods workshop series)
  • Introduction to Political Communication (MA)
  • Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation (MSc - Cardiff Business School)

Teaching Assistant 

  • Media, Racism and Conflict
  • The Making and Shaping of News
  • Doing Media Research: Theories and Methods
  • Media, Power and Society
  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Advertising and the Consumer Society
  • Understanding Journalism Studies


Ph.D. in Journalism, Cardiff University.

M.A. in Communication Sciences \ Theories of Communication \ Semiotics, University of Bologna.

M.A. Exchange Programme Erasmus+ at Institute of Cognitive Semiotics, Aahrus University.

B.A. in Philosophy \ Ethics and Aesthetics \ Moral Philosophy, University of Bologna.