Julie Firmstone

Julie Firmstone
University of Leeds · School of Media and Communication

Doctor of Philosophy

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This article explores local government engagement and communication with citizens in one of the UK's largest cities from the perspective of a range of actors involved in the engagement process. We establish that a variety of interpretations and contested meanings of engagement exist among professionals involved in different spheres of public engage...
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The communications and engagement strategies of local councils play an important role in contributing to the public's understanding of local democracies, and their engagement with local issues. Based on a study of the local authority in the third largest city in the UK, Leeds, this article presents an empirically based analysis of the impact of new...
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Using Leeds City Council in the United Kingdom as a case study, we analyse comparatively the changing role of local journalism in the public communications and engagement strategies of local government. Drawing on over 20 semi-structured interviews with elected politicians, Council strategists, mainstream journalists, and citizen journalists, the a...
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The concept of a European public sphere, and the emergence of a transnational media within this space, has been the subject of debate in recent years, yet little attention has been given to investigating the functioning of the media that currently occupy this space. This article provides an empirically based insight into the organizational context...
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British newspapers have been criticised for their coverage of the European Union and accused of contributing to the strength of anti-European opinion in the United Kingdom. Despite these claims, research by media sociologists and political communications scholars has commonly focused on news reporting, overlooking editorial opinions on European iss...
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1. This evidence is drawn from an ongoing Research Council UK funded research project examining press codes of ethics, journalism regulation and stakeholder 1 perspectives on the role of journalism across Europe and the UK. 2 The submission is particularly concerned with addressing questions 1, 3, 8 and 10 but our response also speaks to some other...
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Background to evidence: This evidence is submitted by a group of journalism scholars from the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. The School is one of the leading research centres 1 for the study of the media in Europe and has particular strengths in the study of journalism, digital media, political communication and t...
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Abstract Editorial journalism and newspapers’ editorial opinions represent an area of research that can make an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between the press and politics. Editorials are a distinctive format and are the only place in a newspaper where the opinions of a paper as an organization are explicitly repr...
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Editorial journalism and newspapers’ editorial opinions represent an area of research that can make an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between the press and politics. Editorials are a distinctive format and are the only place in a newspaper where the opinions of a paper as an organization are explicitly represented....
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Abstract The introduction of the editorial article as a format for the separation of fact based reporting from opinion in newspapers became a central organising principle of journalistic practice in the early 20th century. Editorial journalism is distinct from other forms of newspaper journalism in several ways. Editorials represent the collective...
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Steel, J., Conboy, M., Elliott-Harvey, C., Firmstone, J., Fox, C., Mulderrig, J., Saunders, J., and P. Wragg (2018). Working paper published as part of the project Defining Freedom of the Press (DFoP). Available online at: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/view/iau/Sheffield=2EJNL-DFOP.html.
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Firmstone and Corner comparatively analyse how the public are represented in television news about elections in France, Italy, Greece, Sweden and the UK. The chapter focuses on examining the instances of the indirect voice of the public, the way that the public are ‘spoken for’ in their absence either in the reporting of opinion polls or in the cla...
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In this concluding chapter, Ekström and Firmstone reflect on the findings of individual chapters to consider the overall consequences for the five key questions explored by the study: 1) How are tensions and disruptions in European politics discursively constructed and negotiated in broadcast media across countries? 2) How is politics represented a...
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In this introductory chapter, Ekström and Firmstone introduce the overall aim of the book and the theoretical and methodological approach. The approach to political communication is distinctive in three ways. First, we take a contextual approach, analysing the political communication in relation to the tensions and disruptions shaping European poli...
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In the chapter Coleman and Firmstone’s multimodal discourse analysis captures both the visual characteristics and the spoken discourse of the performances of mainstream politicians in television news in five countries (France, Italy, Greece, Sweden and the UK). Examples are used to illustrate the performative frames and discursive strategies that m...
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This edited collection makes a unique contribution to analyses of the changing nature and challenges of mediated political communication, through a distinctive comparative discourse analytical approach. The book explores how politics is performed and discursively constructed in television news and current affairs in five countries (France, Greece,...
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Local news media in the United Kingdom are undergoing a multitude of changes which have implications for our understanding of their value in local democracies. Despite the potential significance of these changes for those actors responsible for the provision of local news, very little research has investigated journalists’ and political communicato...
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Unpublished article about the EU and the democratic deficit
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This scoping project investigated public, civic and cultural engagement using Leeds as a case study for a wider snapshot of British culture and practices. The scope is broken into three sections. The first looks at formal modes of engagement such as consultation and the power relations of institutions and their publics. The second investigates data...
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It is well known that party contestation over European integration and the European Union produces strange bedfellows, bringing together those who, as one activist candidly put it, “would not want to be seen dead in the same coffin” (Forster 2002, p. 60). Criticisms of Europe often come from the left and right poles, whereas center parties suspend...
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The UK's involvement in the European Union and the question of its membership of the European single currency is a matter of contentious political debate. As key opinion leaders and agenda setters, the media play a powerful role in constructing the political debate over Europe in the public sphere. By using empirical research into editorial process...
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This paper focuses on editorial commentary covering the topic of the introduction of the Euro in British national newspapers. It explores the extent to which the issue of Britain’s membership of the Euro and the divisions within government, elite, and public opinion on the issue present a challenge to the construction of editorial opinion on the si...
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This paper draws on sociological theories of trust to examine the role of trust within modern society. Having conceptualized the main function of trust within modernity as one of reducing complexity and the management of risk, the paper applies this understanding to the role of trust within marketing, particularly in relation to e-commerce. Empiric...
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This paper argues that any interpretation of the impact of new communications technologies needs to take account of previous technological introductions. Using take-up data from the US and the UK, it argues that internet take-up is not qualitatively different from that of previous technologies such as TV and the VCR. Using data from the UK futura.c...
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In recent years the legitimacy of the EU has been subject to increasing criticism from politicians, the media, and academics, and the EU has been accused of suffering from a democratic deficit. In part, the EU's attempt to formalise its status through the creation of a Constitutional Treaty was designed to address these difficulties and endeavoured...

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'Defining freedom of the press: A cross national examination of press ethics and regulation' is a collaborative project involving five departments across three Universities: the University of Sheffield, the University of Leeds, and Durham University. The DFoP project investigates press regulation in thirteen European countries, in order to provide evidence-based recommendations for the development of press regulation in the UK. The project has been funded for three years by the AHRC (Project Reference: AH/R00644X/1). For more details visit the project website at defining-freedom-of-the-press.info.