BuzzFeed, VICE and New Forms of Storytelling

The 2017 UK general election saw a significant and substantial growth in youth engagement. This ongoing project examines how the election was reported to younger audiences by two new-media organisations, BuzzFeed and VICE.

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Slacktivism

This ongoing project explores “slacktivism,” a pejorative term that refers to low-threshold forms of political engagement online. I argue that slacktivism is an inadequate and flawed means of capturing the essence of contemporary political action.

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38 Degrees

Drawing upon a three-month participant observation, ethnographic data from interviews, as well as campaign emails and content from Facebook and Twitter, this ongoing research project examines how 38 Degrees facilitates political engagement through their use of social media.

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Tweeting the Olympics

Drawing on Twitter data, news analysis, interviews, and ethnography, this completed project evaluates how the BBC was engaging audiences during the 2012 Games in Arabic, Russian, Persian and English language services. 

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New Political Communication Unit

While working as a Research Assistant at the NPCU, I contributed to a number of projects including research examining public responses on social media to the Paris attacks and a co-authored chapter for the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics.

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