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 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...

Australian weekly consumer sentiment rises for seventh consecutive week

Australian weekly confidence rose for the seventh consecutive week. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian consumer sentiment index rose 0.4 percent. A solid rise of 5.8 percent in Time to buy a household item underpinned the...

New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports and taking reciprocal measures toward countries or regions that abuse export controls and threaten its national security and interests. Export controls under the...


Joe Biden endorsement: Six commerce secretaries endorse former VP's presidential bid

Former vice president Joe Biden is set to participate in the last presidential debate with Donald Trump just less than two weeks away from the November elections. The Democratic candidate has since received a slew of...

Ivanka Trump talks about her father Donald Trump's use of social media at Florida campaign event

Florida is one of the key states that Donald Trump needs to win over to get elected for a second term in the presidency. With his daughter Ivanka Trump on the campaign trail, she recently brought up her fathers use of...

Melania Trump revelation: 2018 recording reveals FLOTUS' reaction to Vogue choosing Beyonce for cover

First lady Melania Trump is known for being a former fashion model, so it comes as no surprise that she would view the industry differently especially in publications like Vogue. Mrs. Trumps former friend and aide...

Donald Trump blasted: Over 700 Economists warn against POTUS' reelection

Donald Trump often touts the countrys economic status in his reelection campaign. However, over 700 known economists have said otherwise, warning against voting for Trump to win a second term. Hundreds of economists,...


NASA to announce Moon-related discovery next week

NASA has plans to return to the Moon in a few years time through the Artemis space program, in the hopes of sending the next man and the first woman on the lunar surface. The agency has revealed that it will be unveiling...

NASA revelation: Declassified report revealed strange incident during Apollo 10 mission

NASA is currently in the midst of preparing for its upcoming mission to the Moon under the Artemis program, following the successful Apollo space program decades before. From the many stories behind the scenes during the...

Asteroid news: NASA runs yearly drills for planetary defense in case of possible space rock collisions

With certain asteroids, such as the rock that marked the decline of the dinosaurs millions of years ago, posing a threat to Earth because of their size, the need for planetary defense has become a priority for agencies...

Asteroid warning: Neil Degrasse Tyson says a 'refrigerator-sized' asteroid will pass by Earth on November 2

Some asteroids have approached Earth at very close distances, some even getting past the Moon. Renowned scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson has warned one particular asteroid that will be approaching Earth at an incredibly close...


PlayStation 5: Sony may delay the launch in Southeast Asia; Here are the countries that offer the cheapest PS5 price

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month but gamers or people in Southeast Asia who are looking forward to the launch date may be disappointed to know that they may not be included in this schedule. This is because it was...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch debut gains 426,000 peak viewership

Twitch welcomed a new, already-popular streamer on Wednesday as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined the platform. More than 400,000 viewers tuned in throughout her first stream where she played Among Us...

Phil Spencer: No ‘The Elder Scrolls 6’ launch on PlayStation won't prevent 'recoup' of $7.5 billion ZeniMax acquisition

The year 2020 has been full of surprises, and that rings true for the video game industry as well. Microsoft broke the internet after announcing its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including...

Netflix free ‘StreamFest’ weekend kicks off in India on Dec. 4

Netflix is trying new ways to attract new monthly subscribers to its online media streaming platform, and one promo that has been confirmed is called StreamFest. It appears to let non-subscribers to enjoy Netflixs full...
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