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Professor Scott Wright

  • swright at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Deputy Dean
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Biography

Professor Scott Wright joined Faculty of Media and Communication as Deputy Dean and Professor of Political Communication and Journalism in March 2022. He was previously Professor of Political Communication and Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, where he directed the Research Unit in Political Communication and Journalism, and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia in 2014, Wright worked at the Universities of Leicester, De Montfort, and East Anglia. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Leeds, LMU Munich and the Hebrew University. In 2012, he was a Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy and he is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

Wright has held a number of important leadership and administrative roles, including Chair of Graduate Studies, School Executive, Faculty Board, Research Committee, Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator. In each role he offered strategic leadership and mentoring...

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Research

On returning to the UK, Wright has shifted to be a partner investigator on an ARC Discovery grant: ‘Evaluating the Challenge of ‘Fake News’ and Other Malinformation’ (DP200101317 - $431,000) led by Axel Bruns (QUT), and partner investigator on an ARC Linkage grant led by David Nolan (Canberra): Amplifying Indigenous News: A Digital Intervention, working with the Guardian and IndigenousX (LP180100201 - $222,782). He has previously held a range of grants from organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Research Councils of the United Kingdom, the British Academy and the European Union. The total value of these grants is in excess of £4m.

He has published widely in the highest ranked communication and politics journals in the world, including New Media & Society (4); Press/Politics (2); Political Communication; Information, Communication & Society (3); Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; International Journal of Communication (2); Journalism Studies (2); Digital Journalism, Media, Culture & Society; European Journal of Communication; Journal of European Public Policy; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Parliamentary Affairs; and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. His research has received over 3700 citations and has an h-index of 27 and an i10-index of 35 (March 2022).

Wright’s research focuses on political communication, journalism and political participation.

Specific interests include:

• Online deliberation and everyday online political talk, particularly in non-political ‘third spaces’, and how this is shaped by website design and moderation...

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Favourites

  • Wright, S. and Nolan, D., 2021. The Development of Data Journalism in China: Influences, Motivations and Practice. Digital Journalism.
  • Jones, C., Trott, V. and Wright, S., 2020. Sluts and soyboys: MGTOW and the production of misogynistic online harassment. New Media and Society, 22 (10), 1903-1921.
  • Wong, S.C. and Wright, S., 2020. Hybrid mediation opportunity structure? A case study of Hong Kong’s Anti-National Education Movement. New Media and Society, 22 (10), 1741-1762.

Journal Articles

  • Beratis, D. and Wright, S., 2022. Election Night Broadcasts and the Hybrid Media System: A Case Study of Australia. International Journal of Press/Politics, 27 (1), 38-57.
  • Wright, S., 2021. Discourses of fake news. Journal of Language and Politics, 20 (5), 641-652.
  • Wright, S., 2021. Beyond 'fake news'? A longitudinal analysis of how Australian politicians attack and criticise the media on Twitter. Journal of Language and Politics, 20 (5), 719-740.
  • Wright, S. and Nolan, D., 2021. The Development of Data Journalism in China: Influences, Motivations and Practice. Digital Journalism.
  • Jones, C., Trott, V. and Wright, S., 2020. Sluts and soyboys: MGTOW and the production of misogynistic online harassment. New Media and Society, 22 (10), 1903-1921.
  • Wong, S.C. and Wright, S., 2020. Hybrid mediation opportunity structure? A case study of Hong Kong’s Anti-National Education Movement. New Media and Society, 22 (10), 1741-1762.
  • Wright, S., Trott, V. and Jones, C., 2020. ‘The pussy ain’t worth it, bro’: assessing the discourse and structure of MGTOW. Information Communication and Society, 23 (6), 908-925.
  • Wright, S., Jackson, D. and Graham, T., 2020. When Journalists Go “Below the Line”: Comment Spaces at The Guardian (2006–2017). Journalism Studies, 21 (1), 107-126.
  • Wright, S. and Doyle, K., 2019. The Evolution of Data Journalism: A Case Study of Australia. Journalism Studies, 20 (13), 1811-1827.
  • Wright, S. and Higginbotham, W., 2019. Delineating and assessing cultural relations: The case of Asialink. International Journal of Communication, 13, 1487-1506.
  • Wright, S., 2018. Analytic activism: digital listening and the new political strategy. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & POLITICS, 15 (2), 195-196.
  • Wright, S., 2018. The impact of 'super-participants' on everyday political talk. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 17 (2), 155-172.
  • Wright, S., 2018. The impact of ‘super-participants’ on everyday political talk. Journal of Language and Politics, 17 (2), 155-172.
  • Simons, M., Nolan, D. and Wright, S., 2017. ‘We are not North Korea’: propaganda and professionalism in the People’s Republic of China. Media, Culture and Society, 39 (2), 219-237.
  • Graham, T., Jackson, D. and Wright, S., 2016. ‘We need to get together and make ourselves heard’: everyday online spaces as incubators of political action. Information Communication and Society, 19 (10), 1373-1389.
  • Graham, T., Jackson, D. and Wright, S., 2015. From everyday conversation to political action: Talking austerity in online ‘third spaces’. European Journal of Communication, 30 (6), 648-665.
  • Graham, T. and Wright, S., 2015. A Tale of Two Stories from “Below the Line”: Comment Fields at the Guardian. International Journal of Press/Politics, 20 (3), 317-338.
  • Wright, S., 2015. Populism and Downing Street E-petitions: Connective Action, Hybridity, and the Changing Nature of Organizing. Political Communication, 32 (3), 414-433.
  • Graham, T. and Wright, S., 2014. Discursive equality and everyday talk online: The impact of "superparticipants". Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19 (3), 625-642.
  • Wright, S., 2012. Assessing (e-)Democratic Innovations: "Democratic Goods" and Downing Street E-Petitions. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 9 (4), 453-470.
  • Wright, S., 2012. Politics as usual? Revolution, normalization and a new agenda for online deliberation. New Media and Society, 14 (2), 244-261.
  • Wright, S., 2012. From "third place" to "third space": Everyday political talk in non-political online spaces. Javnost, 19 (3), 5-20.
  • Wright, S., 2010. The Internet and Democratic Citizenship. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 61 (11), 2374-2375.
  • Wright, S., 2009. Political blogs, representation and the public sphere. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 61 (2), 155-169.
  • Wright, S., 2008. Read my day? Communication, campaigning and councillors' blogs. Information Polity, 13 (1-2), 41-55.
  • Coleman, S. and Wright, S., 2008. Political blogs and representative democracy. Information Polity, 13 (1-2), 1-6.
  • Wright, S. and Street, J., 2007. Democracy, deliberation and design: The case of online discussion forums. New Media and Society, 9 (5), 849-869.
  • Wright, S., 2006. Government-run online discussion fora: Moderation, censorship and the shadow of control. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 8 (4), 550-568.
  • Wodak, R. and Wright, S., 2006. The european union in cyberspace: Multilingual democratic participation in a virtual public sphere? Journal of Language and Politics, 5 (2), 251-275.
  • Wright, S., 2006. Electrifying democracy? 10 Years of policy and practice. Parliamentary Affairs, 59 (2), 236-249.

Chapters

  • Graham, T., Jackson, D. and Wright, S., 2019. The possibilities and limits of "open journalism": Journalist engagement below the line at the guardian 2006-2017. Letters to the Editor: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. 147-169.
  • Lilleker, D.G., Jackson, N. and Koc-Michalska, K., 2015. Social media in the UK election campaigns 2008-2014: Experimentation, innovation, and convergence. The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics. 325-337.
  • Wright, S., 2015. E-petitions. Handbook of Digital Politics. 136-150.
  • Graham, T. and Wright, S., 2014. Analysing 'super-participation' in online third spaces. Analyzing Social Media Data and Web Networks. 197-215.
  • Wodak, R. and Wright, S., 2007. The European Union in Cyberspace. The Multilingual Internet: Language, Culture, and Communication Online.
  • Wright, S., 2005. Design matters: The political efficacy of government-run discussion boards. The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters and Activists. 72-89.

Conferences

  • Wright, S., Jackson, D. and Graham, T., 2019. When journalists go ‘below the line’: Comment spaces at The Guardian (2006-2017). In: IAMCR Annual Conference 17-24 July 2019 Madrid.
  • Jackson, D., Wright, S. and Graham, T., 2019. When journalists go ‘below the line’: Comment spaces at The Guardian (2006-2017). In: International Communication Association annual conference 24-28 May 2019 Washington DC.
  • Wong, S.C. and Wright, S., 2018. Generating a voice among ‘media monsters’: hybrid media practices of Taiwan’s Anti-Media Monopoly Movement. Australian Journal of Political Science, 53 (1), 89-102.
  • Wright, S., 2016. ‘Success’ and online political participation: The case of Downing Street E-petitions. Information Communication and Society, 19 (6), 843-857.
  • Wright, S., 2007. A virtual European public sphere? the Futurum discussion forum. Journal of European Public Policy, 14 (8), 1167-1185.