Richard Thomas1

Richard Thomas1

Lecturer, Media & Communication, Swansea University
Richard Thomas combines an expertise in journalism and broadcasting with a lifelong love of cricket. As well as teaching media and communication, he is a regular contributor to Wisden Cricket monthly magazine (cricket's "bible").

As a multidisciplinary researcher, Richard is interested in quantifying trends and patterns in the ways that economic, business, financial and political issues are covered by news outputs ranging from TV and radio to online blogging and social media.

One of his main areas of interest is political communication and the coverage of elections. He has published many journal articles and is the co-author of a recent book published by Polity called “Reporting Elections: rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage”. He is the co-editor of JournalismKX – an online forum where scholars and journalists discuss how they can collaborate to address the key issues facing the news industry.

He is the Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism, Media and Globalisation. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is the department’s Academic Integrity Officer.

As well as his articles in Wisden Cricket monthly, Richard has also written for magazines covering subjects as diverse as trucking and blues music, and regularly appears on BBC Radio Wales to discuss news, politics and elections.

Areas of Expertise
Political Communications
Election coverage
Economic, Business and Financial journalism
News coverage of poverty, wealth and inequality
Research methods specialist
Freelance feature writing

US election: horse-race reporting is media gold but democratic poison

Oct 09, 2020 08:15 am UTC| Politics

The 2020 US presidential election campaign is moving quickly and the news media are valiantly struggling to keep abreast of whats happening. Day in, day out theres a relentless source of material to report. Its hard enough...

How left-wing media sites have changed their coverage of the Labour Party under Keir Starmer

Jul 16, 2020 14:12 pm UTC| Politics

Left-wing alternative media sites such as The Canary, The Skwawkbox, and Novara Media have spent several years providing intense support for the Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn. But our analysis shows how they...

Coronavirus: BBC emerges as the UK's clear favourite information source in new audience survey

Jul 03, 2020 07:15 am UTC| Business

News media have been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as good quality information has literally become a matter of life and death. New Ofcom data confirms that we are increasingly reliant on the...



S. Korea eyes nuclear power plants in UK, as two countries agree to cooperate after Brexit

Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo expressed hope for South Korea to participate in construction projects for British nuclear power plants in his meeting with Alok Sharma, UKs secretary of state for business, energy, and...

Financial support for Jeju Air to be discussed

South Koreas Key Industry Stabilization Fund is slated to hold a meeting to discuss whether to provide financial support to Jeju Air, the countrys top low-cost carrier. The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Jeju Airs main...

S. Korea to invest 10 trillion won into smart city project, create 150,000 jobs by 2025

The South Korean government will invest 10 trillion won into a smart city project and create more than 150,000 jobs by 2025, as the country aims to become a global leader in the New Deal initiative. According to...

China’s super-rich got $1.5 trillion richer during pandemic

Chinas super-rich earned $1.5 trillion in 2020, more than the past five years combined, due to the popularity of e-commerce and gaming boomed during lockdowns. An extra 257 people also joined the billionaire club in...

Japan, China may restart mutual business travel in Oct.

Japan and China may restart its two-way business travel for both short- and long-term businesspeople as they seek to revive their economies. Around 9.59 million Chinese visited Japan in 2019, including about 370,000...


World War 3 fears: Former German intelligence chief says China is making progress in world domination

Conflicts between several countries against China have since grown over territorial matters with the communist nations expansionist views. Fears of a possible world war 3 have been raised again as a former intelligence...

Joe Biden endorsed: Brad Pitt endorses Democratic candidate

There is less than a week left for Americans to cast their votes for the upcoming elections in November. Many celebrities are starting to go public with who they are supporting, among them being actor Brad Pitt, who has...

Melania Trump breaks another first lady tradition with absence in majority of husband's election campaign

It is no secret that first lady Melania Trump took on the role very differently than her immediate predecessors Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. According to an expert, Melania has recently broken another first lady...

Ivanka Trump humiliated: The Lincoln Project dismisses lawsuit threat by White House adviser over NYC billboards

Donald Trumps eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump alongside her husband Jared Kushner has recently threatened to sue Republican anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project over billboards in New York City. However,...


Asteroid news: Fireball spotted over the skies on US west coast

Asteroids usually have a very small chance of colliding with Earth, especially massive space rocks that travel through space. However, the same could not be said for the much smaller ones, which wind up meeting our planets...

NASA satellites capture massive 'Doomsday machine' solar flare

Solar flares are a usual occurrence in space and its side effects are usually experienced by the nearest planets in the system, like our own Earth. Recently, NASA satellites were able to capture one particular solar flare,...

Mars mission: Nuclear electric propulsion is potentially the technology needed for space exploration, says experts

With the exploration of neighboring planets such as Mars being a goal among space agencies in recent years, the future seems bright for space travel. As NASA looks into developing new technologies to be able to travel...

Alien discovery: Astronomers say extra-terrestrials may already know of humans

Part of space exploration is the search for aliens to put to rest the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. Even though we have yet to see for ourselves if there is an alien civilization out there, some...


‘PUBG’ will play on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S with promised ‘faster loading’

The PUBG October 9.1 update is announced to deliver the new Framerate Priority mode to take advantage of the upgrades that next-generation consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, promise. Aside from up to 60fps...

‘NBA 2K21’ Next-Gen ranks LeBron James at first place with 98 OVR rating

The first place in the list of NBA 2K21 overall ratings has been given solely to LeBron James this year. He beats Giannis Antetokounmpo by one point after garnering a 98 OVR as the 2K Games unveil the list ahead of the...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ developer asks fans for their trust regarding cut features

0With Cyberpunk 2077 less than a month away from being shipped, gamers now face the question of how much content was removed from the game. To that, a CD Projekt Red developer admits it is a normal occurrence in video game...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’: PlayStation players get ‘timed exclusive’ Zombies mode

Activision and Sonys partnership is very much alive and kicking as evidenced by the newly announced Zombies Onslaught game mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. While it is labeled as a timed exclusive feature, but it...

Samsung Galaxy S21 release date in January 2021 now appears more plausible

When rumors emerged online claiming the upcoming Galaxy S21 series would be announced earlier than usual, some tech fans were understandably doubtful about it. However, a long-time reliable leaker has supported this...
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