Dr Florian Zollmann
Lecturer in Journalism
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Media, Culture, Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
Room 2.71, Second Floor
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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 at 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. As part of this work, I have produced the digital archive of John Pilger's journalism which has been acquired by the British Library and which brings together for the first time nearly 1,500 of Pilger's news reports. 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 and on Monthly Review online.
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, propaganda studies, 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). Reviews of the book have been published in Peace News, European Journal of Communication, Cooperation and Conflict as well as Journal of Peace Research. Some of the findings of the book are discussed in an interview in openDemocracyUK.
My general research interests are in the following areas: comparative media studies, conflict reporting, propaganda, 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.
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
Member: Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media
Deputy Director Organisation for Propaganda Studies
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). Reviews of the book have been published in Peace News, European Journal of Communication, Cooperation and Conflict as well as Journal of Peace Research. Some of the findings of the book are discussed in an interview in openDemocracyUK and in a piece in MRonline.
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 latest research on propaganda titled Bringing Propaganda Back into News Media Studies has been published in Critical Sociology.
My general research approach is to look critically at the relationship between discourse, democracy and power from a political economy perspective.
I am also interested in John Pilger's journalism in the context of the history of the British press as I have produced the digital archive of Pilger's journalism which has been acquired by the British Library and which brings together for the first time nearly 1,500 of Pilger's news reports.
I welcome proposals by potential PhD students, please get in touch via email.
MCH2068: Journalism Practice
MCH1030: Introduction to Journalism Practice
MCH2220: Conflict and Crisis Reporting
- Zollmann F. Corporate-Market Power and Ideological Domination: The Propaganda Model after 30 Years - Relevance and Further Application. In: Pedro-Carañana,J;Broudy,D;Klaehn,J, ed. The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness. London: University of Westminster Press, 2018. In Press.
- Zollmann F. Bringing Propaganda Back into News Media Studies. Critical Sociology 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Zollmann F. Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention. New York: Peter Lang, 2017.
- Zollmann F. The Yemen and Crimean interventions in the ideological prisms of the 'liberal' Anglo-American press. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 2016, 13(1), 39-43.
- Zollmann F. Bad news from Fallujah. Media, War & Conflict 2015, 8(3), 345-367.
- Zollmann F. Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2014: Power, politics and surveillance in Western democracies. In: Keeble, RL, ed. George Orwell Now!. New York: Peter Lang, 2015, pp.31-46.
- Zollmann F. The relevance of the Herman-Chomsky propaganda model in the 21st century new media environment. In: Broudy, D; Klaehn, J; and Winter, J, ed. News from Somewhere: A Reader in Communication and Challenges to Globalization. Eugene, OR: Wayzgoose Press, 2015, pp.143-161.
- Zollmann F. Ethische Dilemma der Kriegsberichterstattung: Zur gesellschaftlichen Bedeutung des Journalismus in Kriegszeiten. Journalistik 2013, 16(1).
- Zollmann F. Doublethink in the mass media: Fallujah and the politics of human rights reporting. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 2012, 8(1-2), 25-31.
- Zollmann F. John Pilger’s “Youth in Action” series as literary journalism. In: Keeble, RL and Tulloch, J, ed. Global Literary Journalism. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
- Zollmann F. Managing the elite consensus: A critical analysis of press discourses over warfare in Iraq. Global Media and Communication 2011, 7(3), 263-268.
- Keeble RL, Tulloch J, Zollmann F. Introduction: Why peace journalism matters. In: Keeble, RL; Tulloch, J; Zollmann, F, ed. Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution. New York: Peter Lang, 2010, pp.1-13.
- Zollmann F. Iraq and Dahr Jamail: War reporting from a peace perspective. In: Keeble, RL; Tulloch, J; Zollmann, F, ed. Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution. New York: Peter Lang, 2010, pp.139-156.
- Keeble RL, Tulloch J, Zollmann F, ed. Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.
- Zollmann F. Is it either or? Professional ideology vs. corporate-media constraints. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 2009, 6(2), 97-118.
- Zollmann F. Warfare as remedy: how the Independent framed the first US assault on Fallujah. Working Paper Series, University of Lincoln 2008, 1.
- Zollmann F. Fighting fanatics, killing people: The limits of corporate journalism during the US assault on Fallujah. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 2007, 4(4), 24-29.