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Stephen Cushion

Stephen Cushion

Reader, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

Dr Stephen Cushion is a Reader and Director of MA Political Communication at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Russia: The west underestimates the power of state media

Mar 12, 2022 11:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Many western countries have a wide range of news sources that are free from direct government interference. From the development of multi-channel television, rolling 24-hour news journalism, to the ever-expanding choice,...

BBC: why enhancing the public broadcaster's fact-checking would strengthen its impartiality

Oct 31, 2021 23:31 pm UTC| Insights & Views

From the 1926 General Strike, through the 1956 Suez Canal crisis, to the more recent Brexit debate and the COVID-19 pandemic, how the BBC tries to ensure impartiality in its journalism has always generated fierce debates...

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: fake news less of a problem than confusing government messages – new study

Jun 13, 2020 10:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

Studies have suggested social media is rife with disinformation, with surveys showing a high proportion of people have been exposed to false or misleading claims about COVID-19, fuelling dramatic headlines. But our...

People have been switching off from coronavirus news – but the Dominic Cummings story cut through

May 29, 2020 13:53 pm UTC| Politics

The turmoil about whether Boris Johnsons chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, broke the UKs lockdown rules has fuelled public anger about the government. This is despite many people experiencing news fatigue that led them to...

Coronavirus: BBC News is uniquely placed to serve the nation – how it does so will define its future

Apr 04, 2020 07:01 am UTC| Insights & Views

With misinformation about countering the global pandemic rife, the BBC has stood out as a guarantor of truth and accuracy, delivering on its traditional Reithian values of entertaining, informing, educating the nation...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

BBC 'Brexit bias' claims need to be based on hard evidence

Mar 24, 2017 07:39 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The recent letter to the BBC by a group of MPs accusing it of anti-Brexit bias looks like the latest attempt by politicians and press magnates to intimidate the public broadcaster. The letter complains that the BBC has,...

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Economy

New Orleans Pelicans renews local TV rights agreement with Bally Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans have renewed their local broadcast rights partnership with Bally Sports New Orleans, the local network managed by Sinclairs Diamond Sports Group (DSG). Under the new agreement, Bally Sports New...

Patents for heat management system for eco-friendly cars up 11%

The Korea Intellectual Property Office reported that the submission of patents related to an integrated heat management system for eco-friendly cars mainly from China, the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe jumped by an...

Osaka court sides with 7-Eleven in franchise contract termination case

The Osaka District Court dismissed a lawsuit claiming 7-Eleven Japan Co unjustly terminated its contract with a convenience store franchisee over his decision to stop late-night operations. The court also ordered...

Distillery uses green crab in whisky to help protect ecosystem

Tamworth Distilling has created, in collaboration with a University of New Hampshire team, a green crab-flavored whiskey dubbed Crab Trapper. This drink also seeks to find a use for New Hampshires unwanted green crab...

Fanatics CEO selling stake in Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils to avoid conflict of interest

Michael Rubin, the CEO of digital sports platform Fanatics, is selling his reported ten percent stake in Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment (HBSE), owner of the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers and the NHLs New Jersey...

Politics

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls on Senate to investigate deaths of 500 indigenous children in schools

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made history as the first Native American to become a member of a presidential Cabinet. Haaland recently called on the Senate to pass the legislation that would probe the deaths of 500...

US VP Kamala Harris meets with Democratic Attorneys General in anticipation of Supreme Court abortion ruling

Months after a leaked majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, the US is bracing for the formal striking down of the abortion rights law. Vice President Kamala Harris met...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Kyiv begins trial of Russian soldier accused of rape

Legal proceedings are taking place in Ukraine as Kyiv begins prosecutions of Russian forces charged with crimes. Kyiv has begun its preliminary proceedings in the first trial of a Russian soldier charged with...

Myanmar coup: UN expert says ASEAN should rethink approach to crisis

Myanmar is facing unrest due to the coup staged by the generals to seize power and oust the elected government. The UN special rapporteur on human rights said the ASEAN regional grouping of countries must rethink their...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Researchers 'mask' cancer drug to spare healthy tissues while killing tumors

The University of Chicagos Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering has designed a method to keep a promising cancer drug from wreaking havoc until it reaches a tumor. As many cancer drugs often attack both healthy...

Technology

eBay acquires NFT marketplace startup KnownOrigin

eBay bought UK-based NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, which raised $3.5 million in February, for an undisclosed sum. KnownOrigin has amassed an impressive, ardent, and devoted group of artists and collectors, which are a...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ producer hopes to release a gameplay demo

Video game fans finally got confirmation that the much-awaited Final Fantasy 16 will be released next year. While a new trailer was unveiled a few weeks ago, much of the gameplay and narrative remain under wraps. But...

Apple’s Tim Cook says 'stay tuned' on what they will offer when asked about AR/VR tech

Apples first AR/VR headset has been in the rumor mill for a long time now, but reports have peaked in previous months as the tech giant is rumored to unveil the product in the near future. While Apple has remained silent...

iPhone 14 Pro Max battery may be downgraded, leak claims

A new iPhone 14 leak has claimed that Apple is planning to increase the battery capacity of its upcoming phones. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is not expected to get the same treatment. The high-end model is instead...

Blizzard confirms ‘World of Warcraft: Dragonflight’ will launch in 2022

World of Warcraft can now pre-purchase the games upcoming expansion called Dragonflight. Blizzard Entertainment also confirmed this week that the update would be released later this year. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight...
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