Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Professor Jay Blumler

Emeritus Professor of the Social and Political Aspects of Broadcasting

0113 343 3909

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.12

Research Interests

Political and election campaign communication, including the political effects of mass communication; relationships between political institutions and media institutions; the analysis of political communication systems, their development over time and their comparative analysis across different countries; and the normative implications of how political communication is organised, presented and received for citizenship and democracy.

The passage from limited-channel network television to a situation of communication abundance, including the Internet.

The evolving values and practice of public service broadcasting (particularly in news and current affairs programming and children’s television), the challenges they face and policy issues arising.

Strategies for and critical evaluations of the conduct of comparative communication research.

The ‘uses and gratifications approach’ to the study of media audiences.

Contrasting overviews of the purposes and priorities of US and European media research

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