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Dr Kerry Traynor PhD

Lecturer in Professional and Media Writing Communication and Media


    Research interests

    A critical political economist with an interest in ethnography as a means of understanding media production cultures, Kerry's current research interests revolve around the study of media production cultures within local, community and alternative media contexts.

    She is particularly interested in media representations of communities and social justice issues, and the ways in which media policy and governance frameworks influence professional practice and shape the nature of journalism and other media content.

    Kerry completed her doctoral thesis on the impacts of commercialisation on local public service broadcast journalism in 2017, following a first degree in Creative Writing and Literature in 1998 and a master’s degree in Corporate Governance from the European Centre for Corporate Governance in 2010.

    Kerry is keen to hear from prospective doctoral candidates interested in projects exploring:

    • Local, community, hyperlocal and alternative media production in international contexts
    • The commercialisation and privatisation of public service journalism
    • Media representations of charities, social enterprise, non-profits, community development and regeneration
    • Youtube, viral video and social change
    • Media governance, policy and regulation, particularly digital, online and social media