Dr Claire Wardle - BA (Hull), MA (Pennsylvania), PhD (Pennsylvania)
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74509 (Via School)
Claire Wardle left the school, Summer 2009
Claire Wardle is an Honorary Lecturer. Claire taught several modules on the BA Undergraduate programme until September 2009.
Claire is currently working as a freelance trainer and researcher specialising in the media production processes and audience experiences surrounding social media, user generated content, and the representation of social issues. She is also continuing to work on the ESRC funded project Social Issues in Primetime Television: Production Processes and Audience Responses with Dr Bethany Klein.
During Claire's time at Cardiff her research examined the ways in which social and political issues are represented in different media formats.
She led two research teams. One examining portrayals of disfigurement in primetime television, and understanding audience responses to these portrayals (funded by the Healing Foundation). The other was a knowledge exchange project co-funded by the BBC and AHRC which explored the ways in which BBC news and current affairs output includes user generated content. She also ran the JOMEC Innocence Project with Paul Mason.
Claire gained her MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania. She started at Cardiff in September 2004.
- Journalism studies and public opinion
- Media Events
- Social Issues in Primetime television
2007-2008: ‘User Generated Content: Understanding its Impact Upon Contributors, Non-Contributors and the BBC’ (A £90,000 grant from the AHRC/BBC)
2006-2008: ‘Media coverage and audience reception of people with disfigurement or visible loss of function’ (A £76,000 grant from the Healing Foundation)
Refereed Journal Articles
(Forthcoming). Co-authored with Bethany Klein, “These Two Are Speaking Welsh on Channel 4!”: Welsh Representations and Cultural Tensions on Big Brother 7, Television and New Media.
(2007) "Monsters and Angels: Visual Press Coverage of Child Murders in the US and UK, 1930-1990", Journalism, 8 (4): 281-302.
(2006) “It Could Be You: The Move Towards ‘Personal’ and ‘Societal’ Narratives in Newspaper Coverage of Child Murder, 1930-2000” Journalism Studies, 7 (4): 515-533.
(2005) Co-authored with Rachel Gans-Boriskin, “Mad or Bad? Negotiating the Boundaries of Mental Illness on Law & Order”, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 12 (1): 26-46
(2004) Co-authored with Rachel Gans-Boriskin, “Who Deserves to Die? Discussions of the Death Penalty in Prime-time Television” Journal of Crime, Conflict and Media Culture, 3 (1): 68-88.
(2004) Co-authored with Emily West, “The Press as Agents of Nationalism in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee: How British Newspapers Celebrated a Media Event” European Journal of Communication 19 (2): 195-214
(2003) “The Unabomber vs. The Nailbomber: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Two Murder Trials” Journalism Studies, 4 (2):239-251
(2003) Co-authored with Kathleen Jamieson, Kelli Lammie and Susan Krutt “Questions About Hypotheticals and Details in Reporting on Anthrax” Journal of Health Communication, Volume 8 : 121-123
(2001) Wardle, C., Kenski, K., Orr D. and Jamieson, K., (2001) “Voter News Service and the 2000 Election”, American Behavioural Scientist, 44 (12): 2306-2313.
(Forthcoming). ‘Crime Reporting’ in Tearing Newspapers Apart, edited by Bob Franklin, London: Routledge.
(Forthcoming). Crime Reporting. 2000-word entry for ICA Encyclopedia of Communication. New York: Blackwell. Draft submitted September 15, 2006.