Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Professor David Morrison

Emeritus Professor of Communications Research

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.12

B.A., Hull, M.A., Ph.D., Leicester

Research Interests

  • History of social research.
  • Methodological development.
  • Audience research on social issues.
  • The Media and construction of values.
  • Communications and technology.
  • Public service broadcasting and media regulation.
  • Currently, political communications research in the area of the development and sustaining of political efficacy.

Publications

Books

  • Coleman S, Anthony S, Morrison DE (2009). Public trust in the news: a constructivist study of the social life of the news. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

  • Morrison DE, Kieran M, Svennevig M, Ventress S (2008). Media & values: Intimate transgressions in a changing moral and cultural landscape. .

    © 2007 Intellect Ltd. All rights reserved. ‘Media & Values’ provides a major empirical investigation into the moral performance of the media.Based on 22 focus groups, three nationally representative questionnaire surveys and interviews with senior media personnel and regulators, this book charts the changing position of the media as a moral voice representing ways in which we live. A central theme of the study is how television has lost moral authority to pronounce on the way we should live and instead has increasingly reflected, and given visibility to, the values and norms of a variety of social groups. The book examines not just the lack of moral certainty that has overtaken television, but the lack of moral certainty of the audience in discussing social, moral and political issues. Particular attention is also given to the whole question of privacy in modern society and the performance of the media in intruding into private performances.

  • Morrison DE, Kieran ML, Svennevig M, Ventress SA (2007). Media and Values: Intimate Transgressions in a Changing Moral and Cultural Landscape. Intellect.

  • Morrison D (2000). In Search of an Understanding: Administrative Communications Research and Focus Groups in Practice. John Libby Media/ULP.

  • Morrison DE, Macgregor BD, Svennevig M, Firmstone J (1999). Defining Violence: The Search for Understanding. University of Luton Press.

    Defining Violence takes forward the debate on television violence, examining the choices made by viewers who were asked to edit different examples of screen violence. The book examines what factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether violence is acceptable or not to the individual. It also poses the question - does personal experience of violence affect the way one defines it?

  • Morrison DE (1998). The Search for a Method: Focus Groups and the Development of Mass Communication Research. University of Luton Press.

    The Search for a Method covers the origins, path and practice of focus group research. It provides not only a detailed methodological critique, but also a focused look at the beginnings of modern modes of mass communication research. It details the historical context of the research setting created by Lazarsfeld and shows how focus groups grew out of a tradition of quantitative as opposed to qualitative research.

  • Morrison DE, Taylor PM, Ramachandaran S (1996). Media, Guerre e Pace. Edizioni Gruppo Abele.

  • Morrison DE (1992). Television and the Gulf War. Academia Research Monograph 7. John Libbey.

  • Barnett S, Morrison DE (1989). The Listener Speaks: The Radio Audience and the Future of Radio. London HMSO.

  • Morrison DE, Tumber H (1988). Journalists at War: The Dynamics of News Reporting during the Falklands Conflict. .

  • Docherty D, Morrison DE, Tracey M (1988). Keeping Faith? Channel Four and its Audience. John Libbey.

  • Docherty D, Morrison DE, Tracey M (1987). The Last Picture Show? Britain's Changing Film Audiences. London BFI Publishing.

  • Morrison DE (1986). Invisible Citizens: British Public Opinion and the Futrue of Broadcasting. John Libby, London.

  • Tracey M, Morrison DE (1979). Whitehouse. Macmillan Press.

Journal articles

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2014). THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND DEFENCE OF THE RIGHT TO INTRUDE: A MORAL AND PRACTICAL QUESTION IN AN ELECTRONIC AGE. Unpublished. . (Unpublished)

  • Coleman S, Morrison DE, Anthony S (2012). A CONSTRUCTIVIST STUDY OF TRUST IN THE NEWS. Journalism Studies. 13(1), 37-53.
    DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2011.592353

    How the news is produced, circulated and consumed weighs heavily on the form and force of citizenship. And yet much of the existing literature tends to reduce the tricky issue of trust to the appreciably more straightforward issue of accuracy. The research reported here asked the public what they expected from the news and journalists expected of the public. The findings suggest that trust in the news is more complex and nuanced than mere questions of journalistic veracity. © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

  • Morrison DE (2010). Manuel Alvarado: The missing person. Television and New Media. 11(6), 471-473.
    DOI: 10.1177/1527476410383700

  • Morrison DE (2009). Cultural and Moral Authority: The Presumption of Television. ANN AM ACAD POLIT SS. 625, 116-127.
    DOI: 10.1177/0002716209338351

  • Coleman S, Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2008). New media and political efficacy. International Journal of Communication. 2, 21-21.

  • Morrison DE, Millwood Hargrave A (2007). The Meaning and Definition of Violence. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. 3(3), 289-305.
    DOI: 10.1386/macp.3.3.289_1

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2007). The defence of public interest and the intrusion of privacy: journalists and the public. Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism. 8(1), 44-65.
    DOI: 10.1177/1464884907072420

  • Morrison DE (2006). The Influences Influencing Personal Influence: Scholarship and Entrepreneurship. American Academy of Political and Social Science. Annals. 608(1), 51-75.
    DOI: 10.1177/0002716206292864

  • Morrison DE (2006). The influences influencing Personal Influence: Scholarship and entrepreneurship. ANN AM ACAD POLIT SS. 608, 318-319.

  • Morrison DE (2006). The Influences Influencing Personal Influence: Scholarship and Entrepreneurship. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 608, 51-76.

  • Morrison D (2006). The Influences Influencing Personal Influence: Scholarship and Entrepreneurship. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 608, 51-76.

  • Morrison DE (2004). War and the media. EUR J COMMUN. 19(1), 116-118.

  • Morrison DE (2000). In Search of an Understanding: Administrative Communications Research and Focus groups in Practice. .

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M, Kieran ML (2000). Privacy, the public and journalism: Towards an analytic framework. Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism. 1(2), 145-169.

  • Svennevig M, Morrison DE (2000). New Technology, Rationality and Identity. The Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Social Reality,. Tripodos(Extra edition), 257-272.

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2000). A Monkey Looking at a Watch: Cultural Practice, Technology and Understanding Social Process. Convergence. 6(1), 72-83.

  • Morrison D (2000). Privacy, the Public and Journalism: towards an analytic framework. Journalism: Theory, Practice adn Criticism. 1(2), 145-171.

  • Morrison DE, Firmstone J (2000). The Social Function of Trust and Implications for E-commerce. International Journal of Advertising. , 599-623.

  • Morrison DE, MacGregor B (1995). Focus Groups to Editing Groups: A New Method of Reception Analysis. Medida, Culture & Society. 17, 141-150.

  • Morrison D (1994). Journalists and the Social Construction of War. Contemporary Record. 8(2), 305-320.

  • Morrison D (1993). Scholarship of Silence. Journal of Communication. 43(3), 230-238.

  • Hallin DC, Herman ES, Chomsky N, Morrison DE, Tumber H, Justo Villafane EB, Prado E, Wagner-Pacifici RE (1992). Philip Schlesinger. Culture and power: a media, culture & society reader. 6, 293-293.

  • Docherty D, Morrison D (1991). Citizenship, morality and broadcasting. Management Research News. 14, 14-15.

  • Morrison D (1988). The Transference of Experience and the Impact on Ideas: Paul Lazarsfeld and Emigration. Communications. , 185-209.

  • Morrison D (1986). The British Film Industry and the Declining Audience: Demythologizing the Technological Threat. Journal of Communication. 36(4), 17-39.

  • Morrison D (1985). The Challenge of Change: teh British Film Industry in the 1980's. Media Perspekitiven. .

  • Morrison D (1985). Strangers in a Strange Land: The Foreign Correspondent in London. Meida Culture and Society. 7(4), 445-470.

  • Morrison D (1984). Bad News or Good News: Environment Politics and the Mass Media. In Lowe P (Ed.) Sociological Review. (32).

  • Morrison D (1978). Kultur and Culture: T. W. Adorno and P. F. Lazarsfeld. Social Research. 45(2), 331-355.

  • Morrison D (1978). The Begining of Modern Mass Communication Research. The European Journal of Sociology. , 347-359.

  • Morrison D (1976). Paul Lazarsfeld. The Austrian Journal of Sociology. 2(3), 7-9.

Chapters

  • Morrison DE (2008). Opportunity Structures and the Creation of Knowledge. Paul Lazarsfeld, and the Politics of Research. In Media Research and its Histories: New Perspectives on the Contested Memory of the Field()Peter Lang. (Submitted)

  • Morrison D (2008). Opportunity Structures and the Creation of knowledge: Paul Lazarsfeld. In Media and Communictions Research()New York: Peter Lang.

  • Morrison DE (2007). The Politics of Research: The Development and Non-Development of a Field. Paul Lazarsfeld, Success and Failure. In Park D & Pooley J (Ed.) Media Research and its Histories: New Perspectives on the Contested Memory of the Field()Peter Lang. (Submitted)

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2003). Cultural and Social Change: Digital Technololgy and the Crisis of Confidence in a Fragmented World. In Ralph S, Manchester H & Lees C (Ed.) Diversity or Anarchy?(10, 246-262) Current Debates in Broadcasting. University of Luton Press.

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2002). From ‘Public Interest’ to ‘Social Importance’: The Public’s View of the Public Interest. In Tambini D & Heyward C (Ed.) Ruled by Recluses? Privacy, Journalism and the Media after the Human Rights Act(65-79)University of Luton Press.

  • Svennevig M, Morrison DE (2001). The Process of Change: An Empirical Examination of the Uptake and Impact of New Technology. In Lax S (Ed.) Access Denied in the Information Age(125-139)Palgrave.

  • Morrison D (2001). The Historical Development of Empirical Social Research: The Institutionalisation of Knowledge, its Relationship to the Media Industry and Benefits to History. In Roberts G & eds PMT (Ed.) The Historian Television and Television History()Lndon ULP.

  • Morrison D (2001). Technology, Beliefs & Social Change. In ed SL (Ed.) Access Denied(125-139)London Macmillan.

  • Morrison D (2001). The Late Arrival of Television Research: A case Study in the Production of Knowledge. In ed HT (Ed.) Media Power, Professionals & Policies()London, Sage.

  • Morrison DE (2001). The Historical Development of Empirical Social Research: The Institutionalisation of Knowledge, its Relationship to the Media Industry and Benefits to History. In Roberts G & Taylor PM (Ed.) The Historian, Television and Television History(9-24)University of Luton Press.

  • Morrison DE (2000). The late arrival of television research: a case study in the production of knowledge. In Tumber H (Ed.) Media Power, Professionals and Policies(127-148)Routledge.

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M, Firmstone J (1999). The Social Consequences of Communications Technologies in the United Kingdom. In Boyce R (Ed.) The Communications Revolution at Work: The Social, Economic and Political Impacts of Technological Change(1, 57-82)McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, Canada.

    The chapter draws upon data from the futura.com study, University of Leeds, in order to address questions about the communications 'revolution', particularly its effect on individuals as consumers and parents.

  • Morrison D (1999). The Social Consequences of Communications Technologies in the United Kingdom. In Swennevig M & Firmstone J (Ed.) The Communications Revolution at Work(57-83)R. Boyce, McGill University Press.

  • Svennevig M, Morrison DE (1998). Values in Broadcasting: research report. In Ralph S, Brown JL & Lees T (Ed.) What Price Creativity?(7, 27-39) Current Debates in Broadcasting. University of Luton Press.

  • Morrison D (1994). Information, Knowledge and Journalisic Prcedure: Reporting the War in the Falklands. In Hamelink C & eds OL (Ed.) Mass Communications Research: On Problems and Policies. The ARt of Asking the Right Questions(211-226)Ablex.

  • Morrison D (1993). Anziety, War and Children: The role of television. In MacHregor B (Ed.) Desert Storm and the Mass Media (eds)(353-363)B.S. Greenberg and W. Gantz Hampton Press.

  • Morrison D (1993). Detailed Findings from Editing Groups. In MacGregor S2WB (Ed.) Violence in Factual Television(27-87)Annual Review of the BSC. ed. A. Millwood-Hargrave, London, John Libbey.

  • Morrison D (1993). The Idea of Violence. In Violence in Factual Television ed(124-128)A Millwood-Hargrave, London, John Libbey.

  • Morrison D (1992). Homosexuals and Television. In ed AM-H (Ed.) Sex and Sexuality in Braodcasting(87-91)London, John Libbey.

  • Morrison D (1990). The Place of Radio in British Life. In Masiques (Ed.) Radio Et Television(114-122)RTBF.

  • Morrison D (1987). The informal Control of Information: The Gathering of War News and the Identification with Sources. In eds WHTITVEA (Ed.) Peace and Communications(216-240)Univ. Par LA PAZ.

  • Morrison D (1985). Identification with Sources. In ed TV (Ed.) Media Contribution to World-wide Security and Peace(208-233)Report to the International Social Science Council, INESCO.

  • Morrison D (1984). The Government and Information in Time of War: The Falklands and the Media. In eds WHTIFBEA (Ed.) Confronting the Crisis: War, Politics and Culture(100-111)University of Essex.

  • Morrison D (1982). Paul Lazarsfeld and Institutional Innovation. In ed KS (Ed.) The Historical Development of Social Science(81-102)Tokyo, Shiya Publishing Co.

  • Morrison D (1980). Beyond Excstasy: Sex and Moral Protests. In Armytage WMT, Chester R & Peal J (Ed.) Changing Patterns of Sexual Behaviour(1-13)Academic Press.

  • Morrison D (1977). The Politics of Moral Prtoest: American Theory and British Practice. In Dhavan MTI & Davies (Ed.) Censorship adn Obscenity()Martin Robertson.

  • Morrison D (1975). Philanthropic Foundations and the Production of Knowledge. In al KE (Ed.) Determinants and Controls of Scientific Knowlege(367-402)Holland, Reidel Publishing Co.

  • Morrison D Opportunity Structures and the Creation of Knowledge. In Park DW & Pooley J (Ed.) The History of Media adn Communication Research(179-205)Paul Lazarsfeld.

  • Morrison D Britain and the Media in the Gulf War. In ed PC (Ed.) Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1992(117-131)Oxford, Blackwell Publishers (with Philip M. Taylor).

Reports

  • Svennevig M, Morrison DE (2002). The Public Interest, The Media, and Privacy. .

    Joint Commission: BBC. BSC, ICSTIS, ITC, IPPR, Radio Authority

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (2002). The Publics Understanding of the Idea of Public Service Broadcasting. .

    A report to Ofcom (The Office of Communications)

  • Morrison DE (2002). Children’s Interpretation of Food Advertising. .

    A report to the Broadcasting Research Commission

  • Morrison DE (1998). Definitions of Violence. .

    report to The Industry Joint Working Party to the Committee on Violence (Denton Committee)

  • Morrison DE, Kieren M, Svennevig M (1997). Regulating for Changing Values. .

    Report to Broadcasting Standards Commission

  • Morrison DE, MacGregor B (1993). Viewer's Response to Violence in Non-Fictional Programmes. .

    report to the Broadcasting Standards Commission

  • Morrison DE, Conor M (1993). Bias in Television: Viewers' Understanding. .

    report to the Independent Television Commission

  • Morrison DE (1993). The Viewer's View of Violence: Attitudes to Violence in Relation to Television Guidelines. .

    report to the BBC

  • Morrison DE (1992). Attitudes to Sex and Sexuality Among Homosexual Men and Women. .

    report to the Broadcasting Standards Council

  • Morrison DE (1992). Conversations with Voters (a panel study of 1992 General Elections). .

    report to the BBC and Independent Television Commission

  • Morrison DE (1992). The Role of Radio 1 in People's Lives. . (Submitted)

    report to Radio 1 of the BBC Radio

  • Morrison DE (1991). Viewers' Attitudes to Television Coverage of the Gulf War: Findings from Group Discussion. .

    report for the BBC, Independent Television Commission and Broadcasting Standards Council

  • Morrison DE, Lyon A (1991). Perceptions of the Gulf War Among Children. .

    Report to the ITC

  • Morrison DE, Svennevig M (1991). Public Opinion on Coverage of the Gulf War. .

    Report to BBC, Independent Television Commission, Broadcasting Standards Council

  • Morrison DE, Barnett S (1988). Clearing the Airwaves: The Audience and Radio in Britain. .

    Report to Home Office

  • Morrison DE, Cumberbatch G (1986). Television and the Miners' Strike. .

    Report for Broadcasting Research Unit

  • Morrison DE, Docherty D (1985). Community Radio: The People Talk. .

    Report to the Greater London Council

  • Morrison DE (1981). The Audience's Response to Radio: A Panel Study of Reactions to Environmental Broadcasting. .

    Report to the BBC

  • Morrison DE (1978). A comparative study of BBC Radio 1 and Capital Radio. .

    report to the BBC

Thesis / Dissertations

  • Morrison DE Paul Lazarsfeld: The Biography of an Institutional Innovator: a Thesis Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Professional Practice

Paul Lazarsfeld: The Biography of an Institutional Innovator

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