Academic research – Bachelors and Masters dissertations

8525329277_bd4a53335a_zMA Global Media Transnational Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

My Masters dissertation with the title ‘The Death of Anonymity, DIY Infosec and Virtual Padlocks: A Study of the Implications of Mass Surveillance on Journalists and their Sources’ was a research project which looked at the state of information security for media professionals and was a qualitative study based on interviews with journalists, whistleblowers and media educators.


The 2013 revelations about the extent of mass online surveillance shed new light on the difficulties of remaining anonymous, both online and offline. This qualitative study has investigated the implications this has for journalists and their sources. This was done by looking at the official discourses available, as well as exploring the point of view of journalists, whistleblowers, infosec specialists and those involved in the education of journalists. The analysis showed that issues of anonymity related to journalism and mass surveillance have been acknowledged by bodies such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the National Union of Journalists in the UK, who have all observed growing restrictions in the ability of journalists to provide anonymity to their sources in the digital age. Looking at the legal framework, source protection is discussed both as a right and an obligation. Meanwhile, interviews revealed that mass surveillance and the threat of targeted surveillance has implications for the work of journalists, partly due to problematic discourses around the infosec tools available. Consequently, this raises questions about the future independence of journalists and their ability to exercise the right to freedom of expression in a surveillance society in which all communications can be recorded and stored.

The full pdf can be read or downloaded via the below link.

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BA Journalism, City, University of London

The dissertation for my bachelors degree with the title ‘News media and NGOs: A study of journalists’ attitudes to campaigning organisations as a news source’ explored the relationship between NGOs and journalists and was based on interviews with journalists and a case study of the coverage of the arrests of Greenpeace’s Arctic 30.


New opportunities for NGOs have emerged from today’s media landscape. At the same time traditional news media are experiencing a decline in resources, leading to increased usage of ready­made material from other organisations. This study aims to assess journalists’ attitudes toward NGOs as a source of news and what might influence this. This was assessed through both quantitative and qualitative analysis in the form of a survey and in­depth interviews with journalists. The interviews concerned the reporting of the arrests of Greenpeace’s ‘Arctic 30’. Results showed that journalists had an idealised view of best practice when using material from NGOs which was challenged by what they do in practice, because of a lack of time, access and resources. To some extent journalists trusted NGOs more than the public and private sector, and in some cases attitudes were influenced by an inclination to support campaigns. It also indicated that news media was to some extent dependent on the NGOs, suggesting a power shift between the two.

The full pdf can be read or downloaded via the below link.

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