Funded PhDs in audio journalism at Falmouth University

The School of Writing and Journalism, Falmouth University is offering fully funded PhD places for 2019-20 to research the potential for new technologies for audio journalism.

In recent years rapid technological change has presented profound challenges for journalists. The web, social media, gamification and immersive technology have led to a large-scale shift from the linear visual logic of the age of print to the experiential logic of the electronic age (Lacey, 2013). Within this shifting landscape, shared understandings of the role of the journalist and audience, techniques used in structuring narratives, as well as core principles of impartiality and objectivity are all profoundly challenged.

Audio in the form of radio, web audio and podcasting is a large and still growing field of journalism globally (Knolle, 2016). If audio journalism is to take advantage of technological and cultural change audio journalists need an understanding of the affordances, limitations, and characteristics of the newest digital media which are specific to the field of factual storytelling.

Falmouth University welcomes theoretical and practice-based doctoral project proposals which investigate the practical, creative and editorial possibilities and constraints of new technologies for audio-only journalism.

Please follow the guidance on the Doctoral projects page:

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Deadine for September 2019 entry: 30 May 2019 (by 17:00 GMT). Interviews will take place on 24 and 25 June 2019.