School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Florian Zollmann

Lecturer in Journalism

Background

Introduction


I joined Newcastle University's School of Arts and Cultures in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Journalism. I am currently the Degree Programme Director for the BA Journalism, Media and Culture at Newcastle. Previously I acted as a Lecturer in Media and Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University). I hold a PhD in Journalism Studies from the University of Lincoln where I also worked as a Lecturer as well as an investigator on the John Pilger Digital Archive Project. I have started my academic career in 2005 as a research assistant and lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

For many years, I have been working as a freelance journalist and advisor for the German socio-political magazine Publik-Forum. I am specialised in writing investigative reports based on public documents. Currently, I am writing a column monitoring German news media reporting of international politics published bimonthly in Publik-Forum EXTRA Leben. I am also writing opinion columns for the Latin American multimedia platform teleSUR. Some of my writings have been published on the US independent media website ZNet.

My teaching experience is in the areas of journalism practice and theory, conflict and crisis reporting, professional ethics, human rights for journalists, the sociology of news production, news and foreign policy, political economy of the media, media and power, media industries, and research methods.

My research assesses the relationship between news media discourses, democracy and power from a political economy perspective. I am particularly interested in the critical study of comparative news media reporting of conflict and human rights in the context of US, UK and German national newspaper coverage. I am also interested in news reporting of US, UK and EU foreign policy in the Middle East. I have done extensive research on the Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model and the application of critical media theory. A second strand of my research looks at how the emergence of the new media environment has affected the applicability of orthodox media theories.

My research has been published in international academic journals and edited collections. With Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch I jointly edited Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution (New York: Peter Lang 2010). My latest monograph assessing US, UK and German news media coverage of military operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Egypt is titled Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention (New York: Peter Lang, 2017).

My general research interests are in the following areas: comparative media studies, conflict reporting, news and foreign policy, discourse analysis, the sociology of news production, professional journalism and ethics, peace journalism, John Pilger's journalism, the new media environment, the political economy of media and power, propaganda and terrorism studies.

Qualifications


PhD in Journalism Studies ('Manufacturing Wars? A Comparative Analysis of US, UK and German Corporate Press Coverage of the US Occupation of Iraq', 2012), University of Lincoln
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Liverpool Hope University
German University Diploma in Sport, Media and Communication, German Sport University Cologne

Memberships of Professional Organisations


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Board Member: Institute of Communication Ethics
Editorial Board: Journal of George Orwell Studies

International Review Board: Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures 
Member: International Studies Association (ISA)
Member: Network for Organised Persuasive Communication and Contemporary Propaganda


Research

My research is situated in the area of comparative media studies and analyses how foreign policy, conflict and human rights are represented in the national press. This research aims at developing an international perspective into news discourses as well as conflict reporting. I have a particular interest in news reporting of US, UK and EU foreign policy in the Middle East. I am also interested in the application of critical media theory and have conducted extensive research on the Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model and related approaches.

My latest comparative monograph titled Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention (New York: Peter Lang, 2017) assesses UK, US and German news media coverage of human rights violations in Kosovo (1999), Iraq (post 2004), Libya (2011), Egypt (2013) and Syria (2012). With Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch I jointly edited Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution (New York: Peter Lang 2010). Further research has been published in international academic journals and edited collections.

More recently, I have been researching how digital changes in technology have affected the development of the global news media industry. 

I am also interested in the relationship between news organisations and organised persuasive communication (OPC), which has traditionally been labelled as propaganda.

My general research approach is to look critically at the relationship between discourse, democracy and power from a political economy perspective.

Teaching

MCH2068: Journalism Practice

COM1030: Introduction to Journalism Practice

MCH2220: Conflict and Crisis Reporting

Publications