Professor James Curran

[Staff Profile]

Media wa Minjujueu (Media and Democracy in Korean), Hanul, 2014.

 ‘Sources in the News: A Comparative Study’, with R. Tiffen, P. Jones, D. Rowe et al. forthcoming in Journalism Studies, 2014.

“Reconsidering ‘Virtuous Circle’ and ‘Media Malaise’ Theories of the Media: An 11-Nation Study”, with S. Coen, S. Soroka, T. Aalberg et al., Journalism, 2014, forthcoming.

‘International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Foreign News Coverage and Public Opinion in 11 Countries’, with T. Aalberg, S. Papathanassopoulos, S. Coen et al.,  Journalism Studies 14 (3), 2013, 387-406.

‘Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasting and Public Affairs Knowledge’, with S. Soroka, B. Andrew, T. Aalberg et al., in British Journal of Political Science, 43 (4), 2013, 719-739.

 ‘Online Threat, But Television is Still Dominant: A Comparative Study of 11 Nations’, with S. Papathanassopoulos, S. Coen et al. in Journalism Practice, 7 (6), 2013, 690-704.

‘Internet Revolution Revisited: A Comparative Study of Online News’, with S. Cohen, T. Aalberg, K. Hayashi et al.  Media, Culture and Society, 35 (7) 2013, 880-897.

‘Sucesos, Noticias Internacionales y Hard News’ (et al) in Maria Lamuedra Gravan (ed) El Futuro de laTelevision Publica, Editorial Popular, Madrid, 2012, pp. 35-58.

Misunderstanding the Internet (with Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman), Routledge, 2012. 


How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach(with Toril Aalberg ed), Routledge, New York, 2012.

‘News Content, Media Consumption and Current Affairs Knowledge’ (with Sharon Coen, Toril Aalberg, and Shanto Iyengar) in Aalberg and Curran (eds.) How Media Inform Democracy, Routledge, 2012, pp. 81-97.

‘How Media Inform Democracy: Central Debates’ (with Toril Aalberg) in Aalberg and Curran (eds.) How Media Inform Democracy, Routledge, 2012, pp. 3-14.

‘Media Systems and the Political Information Environment: A Cross-National Comparison’ (with Toril Aaalberg and Peter van Aelst) in Aalberg and Curran (eds.) How Media Inform Democracy, Routledge, 2012, pp. 33-49.

‘Does Knowledge of Hard News Go with Knowledge of Soft News? A Cross-National Analysis of the Structure of Public Affairs Knowledge’ (with Kyu. S. Hahn, Shanto Iyengar and Peter Van Aelst) in Aalberg and Curran (eds.) How Media Inform Democracy, Routledge, 2012, 119-137.

‘Conclusion’ (with Toril Aalberg) in Aalberg and Curran (eds.) How Media Inform Democracy, Routledge, 2012, pp. 189- 200.

Media and Democracy, Routledge, 2011.

‘Democratic Value of Entertainment: A Reappraisal’, Media & Jornalismo, 9 (2), 2010, 69-87

(ed.) Media and Society, 5th edition, Bloomsbury, 2010.

‘Entertaining Democracy’ in J. Curran (ed.) Media and Society, Bloomsbury, 2010, 38-62.

‘The Future of Journalism’, Journalism Studies, 11(4), 2010, 464-476.

T. Aalberg, P. Aelst and J. Curran, ‘Media System and the Political Information Environment: A Cross-National Comparison’, International Journal of Press/Politics, 15 (3), 2010, 255-271.  

S. Iyengar, J. Curran, A. Lund, I. Salovaara-Moring, K. Hahn and S. Cohen, ‘Cross-National versus Individual Differences' in Political Information: A Media System Perspective, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 20 (2), 2010, 291-309.

James Curran and Jean Seaton, Power Without Responsibility, 7th edition, Routledge, 2010.

‘Technology Foretold’ in N. Fenton (ed) New Media, Old News, Sage, 2010, pp. 19-34. 

James Curran and Tamara Witschge, ‘Liberal Dreams and the Internet’ in N. Fenton (ed) New Media, Old News, Sage, 2010, pp.102-118.

James Curran, Inka Salovaara-Moring, Sharon Coen and Shanto Iyengar, ‘Crime, Foreigners and Hard News: A Cross-National Comparison of Reporting and Public Perception’, Journalism, 11(1), 2010, 1-17.

‘Reinterpreting Internet History’ in Y. Jewkes and M. Yar (eds.) Handbook of Internet Crime, Willan, 2010, pp. 17-37.

'The Impact of Television on the Audience for National Newspapers, 1945-68' in A. Weedon (ed) The History of the Book in the West, 1914-2000, Ashgate, 2010, pp. 107-42.

‘La Reinvention de le Roue: Critique des “Cultural Studies” ‘ in D. Wolton (ed) Les Sciences de L’Information et La Communication, CRNS Editions, 2009, pp. 93-114.

James Curran, Shanto Iyengar, Anker Brink Lund and Inka Salovaara-Moring, 'Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy: A Comparative Study', European Journal of Communication, 24 (1), 2009, pp. 5-26.

'Narratives of Media History Revisited' in M. Bailey (ed) Narrating Media History, Routledge, 2009, pp. 1-21.

‘New Trends and Critical Theories in British Media Studies’ (in Japanese) in T. Tsuganesawa, E. Takeichi and T. Watanabe (eds.) Media Kenkyuu to Jaanarizuma 21 Seiki no Kashuku, Minerva Press, Tokyo, 2009, pp. 52-99.

'Communication and History' in Barbie Zelizer (ed) Explorations in Communication and History, Routledge, 2008, pp. 46-60.

'The New Revisionism in Mass Communication Research: A Reappraisal' reprinted in Anders Hansen (ed) Mass Communication Research Methods, Sage, 2009.

'Capitalism and Control of the Press' and 'Rethinking Media and Democracy' in Yuezhi Zhao and Jin Cao (eds.) The Political Economy of Communication, Fudan University Press, Shanghai, 2008, pp. 296-321 and 344-376.

'Mediations of Democracy' [in Norwegian] in B. Gentikon and E. Skogseth (eds.) Medier og Deokratiki, Spartacus, Oslo, 2008, pp. 68-97.

'Media Diversity and Democracy' in T. Gardam and D. Levy (eds.) The Price of Plurality, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism/Ofcom, Oxford, 2008, pp. 103-9.

Media to Kenryoku [Media and Power, in Japanese], Tokyo: Ronshosha, 2007.

'Media, Entertainment and Democracy', Doshisha Journal of Media and Communication Research, 4, 2007, pp 425-438.

'Teoria midiatica e cultural na era do liberalismo de mercado' [Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism] in Joao Filho and Micael Herschmann (eds), Novos Rumos da Cultura da Midia, Mauad, Rio de Janeiro, 2007, pp.15-45.

'Reinterpreting the democratic roles of the media', Brazilian Journalism Research, 3 (1), 2007, pp 31-54.

Dazhong Mejia yu Shehui [Mass Media and Society, 3rd edition] (edited with Michael Gurevitch), Huaxia Press, Beijing, 2006.

Meiti yu Quanli [Media and Power, in Chinese], Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2006.

'Media history: the neglected grandparent of media studies' in K. Leung, J. Kenny and P. Lee (eds) Global Trends in Communication Education and Research (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2006), pp. 17-35.

'Dimocratia kai mesa mazikis epikininias', [Democracy and the mass media], Zitimata Epikinonias, Vol. 2, 2005, 19-38.

Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left (with Ivor Gaber and Julian Petley) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

Mass Media and Society (edited with Michael Gurevitch), 4th edition (London: Arnold, 2005)

Media and Cultural Theory (edited with David Morley) (London: Routledge, 2005).

'Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism' in James Curran and David Morley (eds.) Media and Cultural Theory (London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 129-148 ).

'Mediations of democracy' in James Curran and Michael Gurevitch (eds.), Mass Media and Society, 4th edition (London: Arnold, 2005) pp. 122-149.

Medios de Communicacion y Poder [Media and Power, in Spanish], Hacer, Barcelona, 2005.

Mesa Epikenonias k Exousia [Media and Power, in Greek], Kastaniotis, Athens, 2005.

Midia wa Gwon-Ryuk [Media and Power, in Korean), Communicationbooks, Seoul, 2005.

'What Democracy requires of the media' in Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Jamieson (eds.), The Press: Institutions of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2005) pp. 120-140.

(with Jean Seaton), Ying Guo Xin Wen Shi [Power Without Responsibility, 6th edition, in Chinese], Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, 2005.

'The rise of the Westminster school' in Andrew Calabrese and Colin Sparks (eds.), Toward A Political Economy of Culture (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), pp. 13-40.

Power Without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton), 6th edition (London: Routledge, 2003).

Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World (edited with Nick Couldry) (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).

'Global journalism: a case study of the internet' in Nick Couldry and James Curran (eds.) Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), pp. 227-242.

'The paradox of media power' (with Nick Couldry) in N. Couldry and J. Curran (eds.) Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), pp. 3-16.

Media and Power (London: Routledge, 2002).

'Media and the making of British society, c. 1700-2000', Media History, 8 (2), 2002, pp. 135-154.

'Mediageschiedenis en ideologie' in Jo Bardoel et al (eds.) Journalistieke Cultuur in Nederland (University of Amsterdam Press, 2002), pp. 464-488.

Public Presentations

Professor James Curran gave expert public presentation to the Leveson Inquiry, 21 October 2011

On 17 September, James Curran gave a keynote address at Lingnan University Conference in Hong Kong on 'Impact of the Internet: An Historical Perspective'.

While on 21 September, Professor Curran was in Sydney giving a public lecture on 'Internet: Prophecy and Reality' at the Police and, which was broadcast by ABC in its 'Big Ideas Series' on October 16, 2001. Listen to the broadcast here.

9 November 2010: James Curran gave a paper on ‘The Democratic Meaning of Entertainment’ at the Media, Journalism and Democracy Conference in Lisbon University.  

14 October 2010: James Curran gave a paper on 'Media and Democracy:Key Issues and Relevant Concerns' at the European Communication Conference in Hamburg  

13 July 2010: James Curran gave a paper on 'The Press and New Technology: Continuity, Rebirth or Abyss? (1950-2010)' at The Historiography of the UK Media Conference at Kings College, London

9 July 2010: James Curran gave a paper on 'The impact of the internet on journalism' in the Axess Future of Journalism Conference in London

James Curran (2009) ‘Media and Communication’ at Rustat Conference, Jesus College, Cambridge, October.

James Curran (2009) Opening keynote address, ‘The Future of Journalism’ at The Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff University, September.

James Curran (2009) Mini-plenary address on 'De-Westernizing Media Studies: Mission Accomplished?' at the COST Beyond East and West Conference, Central European University, Budapest, June.

James Curran (2009) Mini-plenary addresses on 'Media and Public Sphere' and 'Communication and Globalization', at the ICA conference, Chicago, June.

James Curran (2009) Opening keynote address, ‘Crisis in Journalism,’ at Crisis in Journalism Conference, University of Westminster (sponsored by BJR), May.

James Curran (2009) New Media and Old Communication’, Sociology Dept., Cambridge University, February.

James Curran (2008) ‘New Directions in Media History’, Inaugural Conference of Newspaper and Periodical Forum of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway, 31 October.

James Curran (2008) ‘Technology Foretold’, LSE Conference, September 23.

James Curran (2007) ‘The Context of New Media Change' Goldsmiths Media Research Centre Annual Symposium: Spaces of the News, Goldsmiths, London. November 24.

James Curran (2007) 'Media Reporting, Knowledge and Democracy', paper presented to Reuters Institute, Oxford University, November 14.

James Curran (2007) 'Global Media System, Knowledge and Democracy', LSE Public Lecture, November 13.