Professor Justin Lewis
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76341
Location: Room 0.63B, Bute Building
Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication and Head of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research.
He has written widely about media, culture and politics. His books, since 2000, include Constructing Public Opinion (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), Citizens or Consumers: What the media tell us about political participation (Open University Press, 2005), Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Media Coverage of the War in Iraq (Peter Lang, 2006), Climate Change and the Media (Peter Lang, 2009) and The world of 24 hour news (Peter Lang, 2010). He has also written books on media audiences, cultural policy and media and race.
His current research interests include:
- Consumerism, sustainability and media (the subject of his next book with Polity Press)
- Media and Climate Change
- Politics, journalism and public opinion
- Media audiences
He teaches an undergraduate module in the History of Mass Communication and Culture, and lectures across most of the Diploma, Masters and PhD programme.
Sample of talks and interviews
Sample of short articles
Art - Who Needs It? , co-authored with David Morley and Russell Southwood. London: Comedia, 1986.
Art, Culture and Enterprise: the Politics of the Cultural Industries, London: Routledge, 1990.
The Ideological Octopus: An Exploration of Television and its Audience, New York: Routledge, 1991.
Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences and the Myth of the American Dream, co-authored with Sut Jhally. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.
Viewing, Reading, Listening: Essays in Cultural Reception, co- edited with Jon Cruz. Boulder: Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
Constructing Public Opinion, New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
Television Studies: The Key Concepts, co-authored with Bernadette Casey, Neil Casey, Ben Calvert and Liam French, London: Routledge, 2001.
Cultural Policy: A Critical Reader, co-written and edited with Toby Miller, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.
Citizens or Consumers: The Media and the Decline of Political Participation, co-authored with Sanna Inthorn and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Open University Press, 2005.
Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Media Coverage of the War in Iraq, co-authored with Rod Brookes, Nick Mosdell and Terry Threadgold, Peter Lang, 2006.
Television Studies: The Key Concepts, co-authored with Bernadette Casey, Neil Casey, Ben Calvert and Liam French, London: Routledge, 2001, 2nd edition, 2008.
Climate Change and the Media, co-edited with Tammy Boyce, Peter Lang, 2009.
The Rise of 24-hour News Television, co-edited with Dr Stephen Cushion, Peter Lang, 2010.
Editing – books and journals
Series Editor for the list in Media and Culture for Peter Lang Publishers.
Editorial board member of the following journals:
- Communication Review
- Television and New Media
- Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication
- Communication, Culture & Critique
- Health and the Media
- Media, War and Conflict
- Cyfrwng/Media Wales Journal
- Journal of Media Sociology
- Also reviewer for various publishers and journals.
Refereed Journal Articles
Lewis, J. `The Story of a Riot: Television Coverage of Civil Unrest in 1981', Screen Education, No 40, 1981/2, pp. 15-33.
Lewis, J. `The Encoding/Decoding Model: Criticisms and Redevelopments for Research on Decoding', Media, Culture and Society, Vol 15, 1983, pp. 179-198. Reprinted in the Finnish journal tiedotustutkimus, 1985.
Lewis, J. and Clarke, A. `The 1982 World Cup - A Political Football?' , Theory, Culture and Society, Vol 1, No 3, 1983, pp. 123-133.
Angus, I., Jhally, S., Lewis, J. and Schwichtenberg, C. `From Critical Theory to Pluralist Apology: Relocating Martin Allor's Audience', Critical Studies in Mass Communication, December 1989, pp. 441-450.
Morgan, M., Lewis, J. and Jhally, S. `So Much News, So Little Information', Il Passaggio, no. 2, March/April 1991, pp. 15-20.
Lewis, J. and Jhally, S. `The Politics of Cultural Studies', American Quarterly, spring, 1994, pp. 114-118.
Lewis, J. `The Absence of Narrative: Boredom and the Residual Power of Television News', Journal of Narratives and Life Stories, summer, 1994, pp. 25-40. Reprinted in Toby Miller, ed. Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, Volume 2, London: Routledge, 2003, pages 322 to 337.
Lewis, J. `Designing a Cultural Policy', Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, summer, 1994, pp. 41-56. Reprinted in Bradford, Gary and Wallace (eds), The Politics of Culture, New York: The New Press, 2000.
Lewis, J. `What Counts in Cultural Studies', Media, Culture and Society, Winter, 1996, pp. 83-98.
Lewis, J. and Jhally, S ‘The Struggle Over Media Literacy’, Journal of Communication, Winter 1998, Vol 48, No.1 pp. 109-120
Lewis, J. ‘The Opinion Poll as a Cultural Form’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1999, 2 (2) pp. 199-221.
Lewis, J. ‘Reproducing Political Hegemony in the United States’, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1999, 16 (3) pp.251-267.
Ouellette, L. and Lewis, J. ‘Moving Beyond the "Vast Wasteland": Cultural Policy and Television in the U.S.’, Television and New Media, 2000, 1 (1) pp. 95-115. Reprinted in the The Television Studies Reader, Allen. R and Hill, A. (eds), London: Routledge, 2004.
Lewis, J. and Morgan, M. ‘He May Not Be a Liberal But he Plays One on TV: Imagining the Ideology of President Clinton’, The Communication Review, 2001, 4 (3), pp. 327-346
Lewis, J. ‘Speaking of Wars’ , Television and New Media, 2002, 3 (2) pp. 169-172.
Lewis, J. and Speers, T. ‘Misleading Media Reporting? The MMR story’, Nature Reviews Immunology, 2003, 3 (11), pp. 913-918.
Lewis, J. 'Don't mention the science', Science and Public Affairs, 2003
Brookes, R., Lewis, J. and Wahl-Jorgensen, K. ‘The media representation of public opinion: British television news coverage of the 2001 General Election’, Media, Culture and Society, 2004, 26 (2)
Lewis, J., Wahl-Jorgensen, K and Inthorn, S. ‘Images of citizenship on television news: Constructing a passive public’ in Journalism Studies 5 (2), 2004.
Lewis, J. ‘Television, Public Opinion and the War in Iraq: The Case of Britain’ International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 16 (3), 2004, pp.295-310.
Speer, T. and Lewis, J. ‘Journalists and jabs: Media coverage of the MMR vaccine’ Communication and Medicine 1 (2), 2004, pp. 169-179.
Lewis, J., Cushion, S. and Thomas, J. ‘Immediacy, Convenience or Engagement? An analysis of 24 hour news channels in the UK’ Journalism Studies, 2005 6 (4), pp 461- 478.
Thomas, J and Lewis, J. ‘The past, present and future audiences for S4C’ Cyfrwng: Wales Media Journal, 2006.
Lewis, J. ‘News and the empowerment of citizens’ European Journal of Cultural Studies 2006 9: 303-319.
Lewis, J. ‘The Role of the Media in Boosting Military Spending.’ Media War and Conflict, forthcoming.
Lewis, J., Williams, A and Franklin, B. ‘Compromised Fourth Estate? UK News Journalism, Public Relations and News Sources’ in Journalism Studies, Feb 2008.
Lewis, J., Williams, A and Franklin, B. ‘Four Rumours And An Explanation: A Political Economic Account of Journalists’ Changing Newsgathering and Reporting Practices’ in Journalism Practice, Feb 2008.
Lewis, J. ‘The Role of the Media in Boosting Military Spending.’ Media War and Conflict, 1 (1), 2008.
Lewis, Justin ‘Normal viewing will be resumed shortly: news, recession and the politics of growth’ Popular Communication 8 (2). (2011, forthcoming )
Lewis, Justin and Joanna Hunt ‘Press coverage of the UK military budget: 1988 to 2009’, Media, War and Conflict. (2011, forthcoming)
Journal Editorials/Review Articles
Lewis, J. `The Politics of Racial Representation', Journal of Communication, 1998.
Lewis, J. ‘Ethnic Minorities and the Media’ Journalism, 2 (3), 2001
Lewis, J., Maxwell R. and Miller, T. Editorial for special issue of Television and New Media on September 11th May 2002, 3 (2) pp. 125-131.
Lewis, J. (2010) Review of Viewers like you: How public TV failed the people, Special book review issue of International Journal of Cultural Policy 16 (1).
Clarke, A., Taylor and Lewis, J. `Inequality of Access to Political TV': in Robbins, D. et al (Eds.), Rethinking Social Inequality. Hampshire: Gower Publishing, 1982.
Lewis, J. `Decoding Television News': in Drummond, R. and Paterson, R. (Eds.), Television in Transition. London: British Film Institute, 1985.
Lewis, J. The Framework of Political Television': in Hawthorn, J. (Ed.), Propaganda, Persuasion and Polemic. London: Edward Arnold, 1986.
Lewis, J. `Are You Receiving Me? - The State of Television Audience Research': in Goodwin, A. and Whannel, G. (Eds.), Understanding Television. London: Routledge, 1990.
Lewis, J. `Quality not Quantity - Recent Trends in Attitudinal and Audience Research in Great Britain': in Pearce, B. and Nerula, U. (Eds.), Culture, Politics and Research Programs: An International Assessment of Practical Problems in Field Research. New Jersey: Erlbaum, 1991.
Morgan, M, Lewis, J. and Jhally, S. `More viewing, less knowledge': in Mowlana, H., Gerbner, G. and Schiller, H. (Eds.), Triumph of the Image: The Media's War in the Persian Gulf - A Global Perspective. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.
Lewis, J. and Jhally, S. `Affirming Inaction: Television and the New Politics of Race': in Callieri, A. (Ed.) Marxism in the Postmodern Age. New York: Guilford Press, 1994.
Lewis, J. `Culture, the State and the Free Market: Toward a Cultural Policy': in Sauvageau, (ed.) Cultural Policies: The International Context. Quebec Institute for Research on Culture, 1995.
Lewis, J. and Morgan, M. `Images/Issues/Impact: the 1992 Presidential Election' The Fair Reader: A Review of Press and Politics. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.
Lewis, J. `Decoding Television News': Revised and reprinted with Afterword in Corner, J. and Harvey, S. (Eds.) Television Times: A Reader. London: Arnold, 1996.
Lewis. J. ‘The Power of Popular Television’ (edited reprint) in The Media Studies Reader, O’Sullivan and Jewkes (eds), Edward Arnold, 1997.
Jhally, S. and Lewis, J., ‘Unpopular Messages in an Age of Popularity" (edited reprint) in Approaches to Audiences – a Reader, eds. R. Dickinson, R., Harindranath, and Linne, O., London: Arnold, 1998.
Lewis, J., Morgan M. and Jhally, S. ‘The Phantom Liberal" in Impact of Mass Media, ed. R. Hiebert, 4th edition, New York: Longman, 1999.
Lewis, J. and Jhally, S. ‘Television and the Politics of Racial Representation’ in P. Kristivo and G. Rundblad (eds.) Multiculturalism in the United States: Current Issues, Contemporary Voices, Pine Forge, 2000.
Lewis, J. ‘Objectivity and the limits of press freedom’ in P. Phillips (ed.) Censored 2000: The Years Top 25 Censored Stories, New York: Seven Stories Press, 2000
Lewis, J. ‘Let’s get serious: Notes on teaching youth culture’ in T. Miller (ed.) A Companion to Cultural Studies, Blackwell, 2001, pp. 317-330.
Lewis, J. ‘How to Study News’ in G. Creeber (ed.) TV Genres, London: BFI, 2001.
Lewis, J. ‘Approaches to the News’ in G. Creeber (ed.) TV Genres, London: BFI, 2001.
Lewis, J. ‘Public Opinion’ in T. Miller (ed.) Television Studies, London: BFI, 2003.
Lewis, J. ‘Mass Communication Studies’ in T. Miller (ed.) Television Studies, London: BFI, 2003.
Jhally, S. and Lewis, J. ‘Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences and the Myth of the American Dream’ in W. Brooker and D. Jermyn (eds.) The Audience Studies Reader, Routledge, 2003.
Lewis, J. ‘Gauging the Audience’ in M. Hilmes (ed.) History of Television, London: BFI, 2004
Lewis, J. ‘The meaning of real life’ in S. Murrey and L. Ouellette (eds) Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, New York: New York University Press, 2004.
Jhally. S. and Lewis, J. ‘White Responses: The Emergence of "Enlightened" Racism,’ in. Darnell Hunt (ed) Channeling Blackness: Popular Television and the American Racial Order, Oxford University Press, 2004,
Lewis, J. and Brookes, R. ‘Reporting the war on British Television,’ in D. Miller (ed) Tell Me Lies, Pluto press, 2003.
Lewis, J. and Brookes, R. ‘How British television news represented the case for the war in Iraq,’ in Stuart Allan and Barbie Zelizer (eds), Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime, London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
Lewis, J. ‘September 11th’ in G. Creeber (ed.) 50 Television Texts, London: Arnold, 2004.
Lewis, J. ‘The Cosby Show ’ in G. Creeber (ed.) 50 Television Texts, London: Arnold, 2004
Lewis, J. and Wahl-Jorgensen, K. ‘Active citizen or coach potato? Journalism and public opinion’ in Allan, S. (ed) Journalism: Critical Issues. Maidenhead and New York: Open University Press, 2005.
Lewis, J. ‘Television and Public Opinion’ in Wasko, J. (ed.) A Companion to Television, London, Blackwell, 2005.
Lewis, J. ‘The Power Of Myths: The War On Terror And Military Might’ in, ed. H.Nossek, P. Sonwalker and A. Sreberny (eds.), Media and Political Violence, Hampton Press, 2005.
Lewis, J. ‘(2007) Public Arts Funding: Who benefits?’ in During, S. (ed) The Cultural Studies Reader (3rd edition), Routledge (reprinted extract from Art, Culture and Enterprise).
Lewis, J. (2008) ‘Thinking by Numbers: Cultural analysis and the use of data’ in Bennett, T and Frow, J. (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Analysis, Sage.
Lewis, J. Mason, P and Moore, K. (2009) ‘Islamic terrorism - the repression of the political’ in Marsden, L. and Savigny, H (eds.) Media, Religion and Conflict, Ashgate.
Franklin, Bob, Williams, Andy, and Lewis, Justin (2010) ‘Journalism and Public Relations’, The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies. Ed. Stuart Allen, London and New York: Routledge
Lewis, J. Mason, P and Moore, K. (2011 forthcoming). ‘Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the National Print News Media 2000-2008’ in Petley, J. (ed.) Muslims and the Media,
Lewis, J. (2011) ‘The Myth of Commercialism: Why a Market Approach to Broadcasting Does Not Work’ in Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.) The Political Economy of Media and Power, New York: Peter Lang
Lewis, J. (2012, forthcoming) ‘The Dead-End of Consumerism: the Role of the Media and Cultural Industries’ in Gates, K. (eds.) Media Studies Futures, Blackwell
Lewis, J. (2012, forthcoming) ‘Terrorism and News Narratives’ in Freedman, D. and Thussu, D (eds.) Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, Sage
Published Research Reports
Cable and Community Programming (co-authored). Greater London Council, 1983.
Media, Polls and the Public: A Case Study of the Chesterfield By- Election, (co-authored). Economic and Social Research Council, 1984.
The Audience for Community Radio. Greater London Council, 1985.
A Sporting Chance - a review of the GLC Recreation Policy (edited and co-authored). Greater London Council, 1986.
No Business Like Show Business (edited and co-authored). London Strategic Policy Unit, 1987.
Twenty Years On - A Review of the Independent Film and Video Sector in London (edited and co-authored). London Strategic Policy Unit/ Independent Film and Video Association, 1987.
Off The Shelf - A Guide to Video Marketing (edited and co- authored). London Strategic Policy Unit/Independent Film and Video Association, 1987.
The Gulf War: A Study of the Media, Public Opinion & Public Knowledge (co-authored). Center for the Study of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1991.
Images/Issues/Impact: The Media and Campaign 92 (co-authored). Center for the Study of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1992.
Constructing Public Opinion: How Politicians and the Media Misrepresent the Public [VIDEO], Media Education Foundation, 2001
Towards a Better Map: Science, the Public and the Media (co-authored), Economic and Social Research Council Report, 2003.
Too Close for Comfort? The Role of Embedded Reporting in the Media Coverage Of The 2003 Iraq War (co-authored), Cardiff: School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, 2004.
24/7: An analysis of rolling news in the UK (co-authored) Cardiff: School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, 2004.
Four Nations Impartiality Review: An analysis of reporting devolution (co-authored, published in conjunction with the King Report) BBC Trust, 2008
Images of Islam in the UK (co-authored) Cardiff: School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies for Channel 4 (featured on Dispatches), 2008.
Four Nations Impartiality Review Follow-up: An analysis of reporting devolution (co-authored) BBC Trust, 2010.
In the last 5 years he has led research on 24 hour news for the BBC, on accuracy and impartiality of coverage of post-devolution politics for the BBC Trust, on the Media coverage of Muslims for Channel 4, and is currently involved with two European Social Fund projects on the democratic deficit/new models of local media and digital platforms: learning, change and nation branding.
He is a regular commentator on media, politics and cultural issues for regional and national US and UK media.
Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication and Head of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research.
He is the Series Editor for the list in Media and Culture for Peter Lang Publishers, and is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He is member of the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework panel on Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, and was a panel member for the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.