The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism was one of the first major news centres of their kind in the UK to develop a versatile, but focused layout combining law, justice and journalism.
The Centre’s goal was to harness and maximize opportunities for research collaboration, and knowledge transfer in order to further City University London’s student education.
What did the Centre do?
Based out of City University London, the Centre for Law, Justice, & Journalism continues to combine the expertise of three separate disciplines; Law, Criminology and Journalism. The CLJJ covers several fields including Communications, Policy International Politics, and Forensics providing important intellectually relevant and distinctive additions to the Centre.
CLJJ PhD students and associates run a blog as part of the centre, that blog exists for informal discussion and debate around the CLJJ’s activities, and also events and research at City University London.
Law, Justice, & Journalism
First launched in 2010, The CLJJ at City University London was made up of varying staff members, associates, and students from the areas of Journalism, Law, and Criminology.
Lawjusticejournalism.com was originally launched as an informal yet informational site for discussion and debate for topics like the CLJJ’s research, activities and events.
City University London
City University’s main campus is located in central London. Its Cass business school is 2nd in London and one of the top 40 in the world. CUL was founded in 1894 as the North Hampton Institute, and gained actual university status by Royal Charter in 1966.
City University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degree’s as well as many other types of certificates and degrees at undergraduate and post graduate levels.
Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism Research Studentships
In 2013 the Centre offered three, three-year, full-time doctoral Research Scholarships, available to both home and overseas fee-paying students.
Applicants could choose one of the following doctoral studies relevant to the main themes of the Centre:
- Legal Restraints on the Media
- Transformations in Media Policy
- Journalism and Human Rights
- Media, Journalism and Criminal Justice
- Media Justice
Part of the scholarship was receiving £15,000 annually in addition the University paid the student’s tuition fees.
Chosen candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching support activity in their second and third years. Closing date for applications was May 13th, 2013.
Contributors to the CLJJ
Staff from http://meejalaw.com/ regularly contributed on the CLJJ blog. Unlike the CLJJ, Meejalaw focused on the media, law, and ethics.
Another group called the Private Lives of Others https://theprivatelivesofothers.wordpress.com/ also contributed to the CLJJ blogs frequently.
To start of each season at the CLJJ, the group invites a guest speaker to what has become an annual lecture. In March of 2010 the first speech was given by the Honorable Mr. Justice Eady. This inaugural lecture was called, “Protecting free speech in the context of the European Convention of Human Rights.”
The 2nd year, the annual speech was delivered by Baroness Buscombe, and she is the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. Her speech was called, “Changing times and changing media regulation.”
The last documented speaker, during the CLJJ’s 3rd year was Ed Richards. Richards is the chief executive of Ofcom. His talk was called, “Broadcast regulation in a converged world.” His speech was about the struggle to regulate online media when there are so many new media outlets constantly emerging.
The following is an excerpt from Richards’s speech, “Boundaries are blurring fast, and services that are indistinguishable from linear media can exist on the same device but does not at all have the same regulation structure that the public is expecting.”
You can watch these speeches in their entirety on the City University London website.
Recent Publications from CLJJ PhD Students
- Cooper, G (2013) The Future of Humanitarian Reporting, City University London (June 2013)
- Townend, J (2013) ‘Closed Data: Defamation and Privacy Disputes in England & Wales‘, Journal of Media Law, Vol. 5, No. 1, July 2013, 31-44(14)
- Townend, J (2013) ‘Leveson online: A publicly reported inquiry‘, Ethical Space, Vol. 10, No. 1
The Future of Humanitarian Reporting
The CLJJ’s latest endeavor was focused around the future of humanitarian reporting. A lot of the PhD papers mentioned were centered on this topic too. This initiative was launched on March 6th 2013 when the centre hosted a debate regarding whether or not a, “new ethical and reporting framework” is needed given the changing nature of the source-media relationship and new emerging media tools.
The project has since started a continuing conversation about the latest developments in disaster reporting and the ethical questions that’re emerging out of the new media landscape.
City Media Social Network
Part of the CLJJ was The City University Graduate Media Network. The City Media Network is an interdisciplinary initiative formed in 2010 by PhD students in the Sociology Department and the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London.
They’re interested in media, its inner workings, and its relationship to modern society. The CMN provided a platform for City University London graduate students to share their work through social media and also by presenting and participating in monthly meetings.
Some of the CLJJ and City Media Social Network Include:
Alex Antoniou: PhD student, City Law School Contact: Alex.Antoniou.firstname.lastname@example.org Kurt Beers: PhD research student, Sociology Department Contact: email@example.com Valerie Belair-Gagnon: PhD research student, Sociology Department Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Zeena Feldman: PhD research student, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management Contact: email@example.com Damien Lanfrey: PhD research student and lecturer, Sociology Department Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Sam McIntosh: PhD research student, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism Research assistant, Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know, School of Law, University of Reading Contact: email@example.com Natalie Peck: PhD student, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism Contact: @nataliepeck Judith Townend: PhD research student, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Rebecca Wells: PhD research student, Centre for Food Policy and Department of Journalism Former BBC radio producer Contact: Rebecca.Wells.email@example.com
The Centre for Law, Justice, & Journalism continues to blog at http://blogs.city.ac.uk/cljj/.
The main contributors of CLJJ blog can be found on Twitter: @citycljj.
Or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citycljj.