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's ICT exports soar 32.6% in April

South Koreas exports of information and communication technology (ICT) products were estimated at US$17.06 billion in April, rising 32.6 percent from a year earlier. It was the sharpest rise since April 2010 and marked...

AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery explore possible merger to better compete with Netflix, Disney

ATT and Discovery Communications are reportedly in advanced talks about combining streaming content that would make them better equipped to compete with Netflix and Disney. ATT only completed its acquisition of...

SpaceX slapped with $20M lawsuit for Texas car accident

SpaceX was reportedly sued by a family in Texas, claiming that the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk has a role in the death of a family member. They have filed for a $20 million suit, the amount which the plaintiffs...

Google under investigation for Android Auto restrictions in S. Korea

Google is said to be facing an investigation by antitrust regulators in South Korea. The probe was sparked by allegations that the American tech company is not allowing some applications obtained from other app stores to...

AT&T, Discovery close to sealing a deal that will combine their media assets

ATT is reportedly in discussion with Discovery Inc. for a possible merging of their media content assets. The proposed deal, if sealed, is predicted to create an entertainment company that can compete with the streaming...


Donald Trump called out by Arizona GOP election official over statement regarding audit

Former President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the ongoing GOP-controlled election audit in Arizona, perhaps looking to see if the states results could be overturned in his favor. However, following his statement about...

Kamala Harris celebrates stepdaughter Ella Emhoff's college graduation

While the world may know Vice President Kamala Harris by her political position, to her family, she is also known as Momala. Harris took to social media to congratulate her stepdaughter, model Ella Emhoff following her...

Nancy Pelosi rips into House Republicans for denying the occurrence of Jan. 6 insurrection

Both chambers of the House and the Senate are still reeling from the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection last January 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently ripped into their Republican counterparts in Congress for their...

Joe Biden pays tribute to law enforcement in Peace Officers Memorial Day statement

This weekend celebrates Peace Officers Memorial Day, and President Joe Biden released a statement commemorating the occasion. Biden thanked law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The...


Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

The discovery and use of clays dates back to 30,000 years ago, making clays one of the oldest materials used in society. Clays are naturally occurring materials that were first used to make pottery and are now used...

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere likely in Asia before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa...

Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the oceans surface waters. They cant swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, phytoplankton enable life in the oceans and...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...


Samsung Galaxy A22 expected with design changes and less than $200 pricing for 5G device

While most Android fans are looking forward to the release of Googles mid-range phone, Pixel 5a, Samsung might have one more affordable option to offer. The South Korean tech giant is anticipated to announce the Galaxy A22...

‘Elden Ring’ is not expected to appear at E3 2021

Elden Ring is likely one of the most anticipated games to be presented in the upcoming E3 trade show. With Bandai Namco confirmed to have an event during E3 next month, it seems more possible for a new trailer to be...

More ‘Starfield’ leaks don’t mean it is launching this year

Starfield is back in the headlines over the last few days after a slew of newly leaked photos has appeared online. However, the new leaks do not seem to indicate that the game is launching soon. More Starfield photos...

Android 12 leaks appear a few days before Google I/O 2021

This years major update for the Android mobile operating system is expected to be the main attraction at the upcoming Google I/O. However, a new leak may have revealed how the Android 12 will change some of the systems...

Nokia 2720 Flip launches in the US on May 20

Despite the advanced technologies that are now available on the latest premium smartphones, some people might want to revisit some classic, simpler devices. Luckily for consumers in the United States, the Nokia 2720 flip...
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