Following a long career in industrial sales, Richard moved into Higher Education and is a multidisciplinary researcher using both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate a number of important areas related to news and journalism. His primary areas of interest are the coverage of politics, elections, business and finance on television news and digital media as they try to make sense of the socio-economic world following the financial crisis. He uses the complementary methods of content and multimodal analyses, and is particularly interested in the ideological underpinnings of news content, and how factors of ownership, regulation, culture and funding shape the news. He has been involved in a number of key research projects, including a study analysing TV news coverage of the 2015 General Election, where findings were reported in “real time” by The Guardian during each week of the campaign. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book about the wider media coverage of elections.
Richard is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has taught a range of topics, including Research Methods at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, War/Media/Propaganda, the reporting of global crises, entrepreneurship, media management, and the theoretical shaping of broadcast news. He is also a member of the International Association of Critical Realism.
Richard is the Co-ordinator for the MA Journalism, and BA Journalism and Politics programmes. He is also the Co-convenor of the Research Seminar programme within the School of Arts and Communications.