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Professor Natalie Fenton

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PositionProfessor of Media and Communications
Email n.fenton (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7620
Professor Natalie Fenton

I co-convene MA Media and Communications; I teach the following courses: Critical Perspectives in Political Communications on the MA Political Communications; and Introduction to Media and Communications Theory on the MA Media and Communications

My research is concerned to address one of the most complex and vital issues of our age - the role the media play in the formation of identities and democracies and why and how people seek to change the world for socially progressive ends.

I begin from the standpoint that we still live in deeply unequal capitalist societies, driven by profit and competition operating on a global scale. We also live in a media dominated world with many different ideas and identities in circulation at any one time. We need to understand the former to appreciate the latter - the relation between individual autonomy, freedom and rational action on the one hand and the social construction of identity and behaviour on the other. To explore these themes and issues I am currently involved in two main strands of research:

  • I am Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. This work has focused on the ways in which technological, economic and social change is reconfiguring news journalism and shaping the dynamics of the public sphere and public culture. This research led to my involvement as a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition and as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the campaign group Hacked Off – both of which campaign for a free, plural and accountable media.
  • I am Co-Director of the new Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. In this forum I seek to interrogate the relationship between the media and resistance - either as a dominant social force which through uniformity of representation encourages digression, or as a means of forging other identities and developing alternative political projects. I am particularly interested in notions of new media, networks and progressive politics; notions of political hope and rethinking our understanding of public culture, public sphere and democracy.

Areas of supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the following broadly defined areas: the media and democracy; the political economy of media and cultural industries; media power; media and political resistance; new media and radical politics; voluntary sector, civil society and the media.

You can hear me talking about some of the things that interest me here.

You can pre-order my new book Digital Political Radical published by Polity, ISBN: 978-0-7456-5087-6

book cover of Digital Political Radical by Natalie Fenton

Publications

Book

Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet)
Curran, James P.; Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Fenton, Natalie. 2014. Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet). Beijing: People's University of China Press.

Misunderstanding the Internet
Curran, James P.; Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Misunderstanding the Internet. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-57958-2:

Mediating Social Science
Fenton, Natalie; Bryman, Alan; Deacon, David and Birmingham, Peter. 1997. Mediating Social Science. London: SAGE. ISBN 978-0803975774

Edited Book

New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age
Fenton, Natalie, ed. 2009. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: SAGE. ISBN 978-1847875747

Trust and Civil Society
Tonkiss, Fran; Passey, Andrew; Fenton, Natalie and Hems, Les, eds. 2000. Trust and Civil Society. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333778159

Edited Journal

A symposium on media, communication and the limits of liberalism
Calabrese, Andrew and Fenton, Natalie, eds. 2015. A symposium on media, communication and the limits of liberalism.

Telling Tales: Press, Politics, Power, and the Public Interest
Fenton, Natalie, ed. 2012. Telling Tales: Press, Politics, Power, and the Public Interest.

Special Edition: ‘Rupert Murdoch and Empire’
Fenton, Natalie, ed. 2010. Special Edition: ‘Rupert Murdoch and Empire’.

Book Section

The Politics and Possibilities of Media Reform: Lessons from the UK
Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2014. The Politics and Possibilities of Media Reform: Lessons from the UK. In: Toby Miller, ed. The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture. London & NY: Routledge, pp. 458-470. ISBN 978-0415641470

The Internet and Social Networking
Fenton, Natalie. 2012. The Internet and Social Networking. In: James P. Curran; Natalie Fenton and Des (D. J.) Freedman, eds. Misunderstanding the Internet. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 123-148. ISBN 978-0-415-57956-8

De-democratizing the News? New Media and the Structural Practices of Journalism
Fenton, Natalie. 2012. De-democratizing the News? New Media and the Structural Practices of Journalism. In: Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis, eds. The Handbook of Global Online Journalism. London: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 119-134. ISBN 978-1444338553

Multiplicity, autonomy and the mediated politics of new social movements
Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Multiplicity, autonomy and the mediated politics of new social movements. In: L Dahlberg and S Phelan, eds. Discourse Theory and Media Politics. London: Palgrave, pp. 178-200. ISBN 978-1137305947

'Comment is free, facts are sacred': Journalistic ethics in a changing mediascape.
Fenton, Natalie and Witschge, Tamara. 2010. 'Comment is free, facts are sacred': Journalistic ethics in a changing mediascape. In: G Meikle and G Redden, eds. News online : transformations and continuities. London: Palgrave, pp. 148-164. ISBN 9780230233454

NGOs, New Media and the Mainstream News: News from Everywhere
Fenton, Natalie. 2010. NGOs, New Media and the Mainstream News: News from Everywhere. In: Natalie Fenton, ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: Sage, pp. 153-169. ISBN 9781847875747

Drowning or waving? New media, journalism and democracy
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. Drowning or waving? New media, journalism and democracy. In: Natalie Fenton, ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: SAGE, pp. 3-16. ISBN 978-1847875747

‘Re-imagining democracy: new media, young people, participation and politics’ in P. Dahlgren and T. Olson (2009 - Nov), Young Citizens, ICT’s and Democracy
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. ‘Re-imagining democracy: new media, young people, participation and politics’ in P. Dahlgren and T. Olson (2009 - Nov), Young Citizens, ICT’s and Democracy. In: , ed. Young Citizens, ICT’s and Democracy. Sweden: Nordicom Press, pp. 19-35. ISBN ?

‘New Media, Politics and Resistance’, in J. Downing and M. Pajnik (2009) (eds.) :
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. ‘New Media, Politics and Resistance’, in J. Downing and M. Pajnik (2009) (eds.) :. In: J Downing and M Pajnik, eds. Alternative Media and New Public Settings,. Ljubljana: The Peace Institute., pp. 61-81.

News in the Digital Age
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. News in the Digital Age. In: S Allan, ed. Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 557-568. ISBN 978-0-415-66953-5

New Media, Politics and Resistance
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. New Media, Politics and Resistance. In: John D H Downing and Mojca Painik, eds. Alternative Media and New Public Settings. Ljubljana: The Peace Institute.

Bridging the Mythical Divide: Political Economy and Cultural Studies Approaches to the Analysis of the Media
Fenton, Natalie. 2007. Bridging the Mythical Divide: Political Economy and Cultural Studies Approaches to the Analysis of the Media. In: Eoin Devereux, ed. Media Studies: Key Issues and Debates. London: SAGE, pp. 7-31. ISBN 978-1412929837

Contesting Global Capital, New Media, Solidarity, and the role of Social Imaginary
Fenton, Natalie. 2006. Contesting Global Capital, New Media, Solidarity, and the role of Social Imaginary. In: Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier, eds. Reclaiming the Media: Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 225-242. ISBN 9781841501635

Article

Mourning and Longing: Media Studies learning to let go of liberal democracy’
Fenton, Natalie and Titley, Gavan. 2015. Mourning and Longing: Media Studies learning to let go of liberal democracy’. European Journal of Communication, 30(5), pp. 1-17.

Left Out? Digital Media, Radical Politics and Social Change
Fenton, Natalie. 2015. Left Out? Digital Media, Radical Politics and Social Change. Information, Communication and Society,

Post-democracy, Press, Politics and Power
Fenton, Natalie. 2015. Post-democracy, Press, Politics and Power. Political Quarterly,

Defending Whose Democracy? Media Freedom and Media Power
Fenton, Natalie. 2014. Defending Whose Democracy? Media Freedom and Media Power. Nordicom Review, 35, pp. 1-13.

News Journalism, New Media, Democracy and the Public Interest
Fenton, Natalie. 2013. News Journalism, New Media, Democracy and the Public Interest. Medienjournal, 3, pp. 19-38.

Telling Tales: Press, Politics, Power and the Public Interest
Fenton, Natalie. 2012. Telling Tales: Press, Politics, Power and the Public Interest. Television and New Media, 13(1), pp. 3-6. ISSN 1527-4764

Cosmopolitanism as Conformity and Contestation: the mainstream press and radical politics
Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Cosmopolitanism as Conformity and Contestation: the mainstream press and radical politics. Journalism Studies, 14(2), pp. 172-186. ISSN 1461-670X

Deregulation or democracy? New media, news, neoliberalism and the public interest
Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Deregulation or democracy? New media, news, neoliberalism and the public interest. Contiuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 25(1), pp. 63-72. ISSN 1030-4312

Deregulation or democracy? New media, news, neoliberalism and the public interest
Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Deregulation or democracy? New media, news, neoliberalism and the public interest. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 25(1), pp. 16-22. ISSN 1030-4312

Regulating for democracy: current issues in news and journalism
Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Regulating for democracy: current issues in news and journalism. Continuum: The Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 25(1), pp. 63-72. ISSN 1030-4312

Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: the Politics of Individuation and Political Participation
Barassi, Veronica and Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: the Politics of Individuation and Political Participation. Communication Review, 14(3), pp. 179-196. ISSN 1071-4421

My Media Studies: Getting Political in a Global Digital Age
Fenton, Natalie. 2009. My Media Studies: Getting Political in a Global Digital Age. Television and New Media, 10(1), pp. 55-57. ISSN 1527-4764

Mediating Hope: New Media, Politics and Resistance
Fenton, Natalie. 2008. Mediating Hope: New Media, Politics and Resistance. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 11(2), pp. 230-248. ISSN 1367-8779

Mediating Solidarity
Fenton, Natalie. 2008. Mediating Solidarity. Global Media and Communication, 4(1), pp. 37-57. ISSN 1742-7665

Global Capital Local Resistance? Trade Unions National Newspapers and the Symbolic Contestation of Offshoring in the UK
Fenton, Natalie and Downey, J.. 2007. Global Capital Local Resistance? Trade Unions National Newspapers and the Symbolic Contestation of Offshoring in the UK. Current Sociology, 55(5), pp. 651-673. ISSN 00113921

New Media, Counter Publicity and the Public Sphere
Fenton, Natalie and Downey, John. 2003. New Media, Counter Publicity and the Public Sphere. New Media & Society, 5(2), pp. 185-202. ISSN 14614448

Counter Public Spheres and Global Modernity
Fenton, Natalie and Downey, J.. 2003. Counter Public Spheres and Global Modernity. Javnost - The Public, 10(1), pp. 15-32. ISSN 13183222

Conference or Workshop Item

Feminism@ Goldsmiths
Fenton, Natalie; Ahmed, Sara; Anim-Addo, Joan; Blackman, Lisa; Jefferies, Janis K.; Puwar, Nirmal and Reckitt, Helena. 2013. 'Feminism@ Goldsmiths'. In: Feminism@ Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.

Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: The Politics of Individuation and Political Participation
Barassi, Veronica and Fenton, Natalie. 2010. 'Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: The Politics of Individuation and Political Participation'. In: Community and Communication Section at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Braga, Portugal.

Report

Meeting the News Needs of Local Communities
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Fenton, Natalie; Metykova, Monika and Schlosberg, Justin. 2010. Meeting the News Needs of Local Communities. Project Report. Commissioned by Media Trust.

Protecting the News: Civil Society and the Media
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Witschge, Tamara and Fenton, Natalie. 2010. Protecting the News: Civil Society and the Media. Project Report. Carnegie UK.

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