Media research

Dr Lee Salter research on journalism, media and news is collected here in a series of academic papers and films. The research ranges from international reporting, to economics journalism and war and conflict reporting. Book chapters and journal articles on media studies, journalism studies and communication are free to download here.


Michael Chanan and Lee Salter’s award-winning documentary about the Corportation of London was released in 2011. Secret City (UK, 2011), a investidated the shadowy City of London, the Corporation that runs it, and its role in the economic crisis.

Following the themes raised in Secret City, Prof Michael Chanan and Dr Lee Salter set about making Money Puzzles (UK, 2016), a research and documentary project looking at the narratives of money that underpinned the political response to the economic crisis that began in 2008:


Democracy & Online News: Indymedia and the Limits of Participatory Media, Scan Journal of Media, Arts, Culture, 2006

The UWE Student Occupation, by Kay and Salter, Social Movement Studies, 2011

Crises, Radical Online Journalism and the State in The Handbook of Global Online Journalism, 2012

Emergent Social Movements in Online Media and States of Crisis: Analyzing the Potential for Resistance and Repression Online in Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web, Edited by Martha McCaughey, 2014


With Dr Dave Weltman, Dr Lee Salter undertook analysis of the BBC’s reporting of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. Researchers at the University of the West of England, UK, have exposed ongoing and systematic bias in the BBC’s news reporting on Venezuela. They analysed ten years of BBC reports on Venezuela from the first election of Hugo Chavez to the presidency, and their findings so far show that the BBC’s reporting falls short of its legal commitment to impartiality, truth and accuracy.

Class, nationalism and news: The BBC’s reporting of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian revolution, by Weltman and Salter in International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2011

Related journalism is below:

Framing Glenn Greenwald: Hegemony and the NSA/GCHQ surveillance scandal in a news interview, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2015

Problems of news culture and truth: The BBC’s representation of the invasion of Iraq in Journal of War and Culture Studies, 2013

Third Cinema, radical public spheres and an alternative to prison porn, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 2020


Dr Lee Salter’s research into the relationship between journalism and public relations, revolving around a Habermasian theoretical framework and utilising Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of practices.

The Goods of Community? The Potential of Journalism as a Social Practice, Philosophy of Management, 2015

Journalism in the Academy, a MacIntyean account of the institutions and practices of journalism education in England, IC-Revista Cientifica de Informacion Y Comunicacion, 2012

The communicative structures of journalism and public relations Journalism 6(1):93–109, 2005


Research into the forms of technology, their use and the impact of economy and governance on their development.

Further research by Dr Lee Salter

List of all publications by Lee Salter in Google Scholar and on Academia ResearchGate and Semantic Scholar