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Tax avoidance as an anti-austerity issue: the progress of a protest issue through the public sphere (2017)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (in press). Tax avoidance as an anti-austerity issue: the progress of a protest issue through the public sphere. European Journal of Communication, doi:10.1177/0267323117710898. ISSN 0267-3231

Theorists of left and right agree that periods of crisis are fertile times at which to precipitate change. However, protesters on the periphery of the public sphere must overcome barriers, or what Habermas called ‘sluice gates’, if their discourse i... Read More

'Moving life stories tell us just why politics matters’: personal narratives in tabloid anti-austerity campaigns (2016)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (in press). 'Moving life stories tell us just why politics matters’: personal narratives in tabloid anti-austerity campaigns. Journalism, 18(10), doi:10.1177/1464884916671159. ISSN 1464-8849

This article examines the use of personal narratives in two tabloid newspaper campaigns against a controversial welfare reform popularly known as the ‘bedroom tax’. It aims firstly to evaluate whether the personal narratives operate as political tes... Read More

The politics of protest in newspaper campaigns: dissent, populism and the rhetoric of authenticity (2011)
Journal Article
dissent, populism and the rhetoric of authenticity. British Politics, 6(2), doi:10.1057/bp.2011.5. ISSN 1746-918X

Newspaper campaigns embody newspaper’ most emphatic claims to speak for ‘the people’, and as such are generally regarded as populist. However, they can be oppositional, engaging in dissent of one sort or another, and often assume a certain amount of... Read More

Press protest and publics: the agency of publics in newspaper campaigns (2010)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (2010). Press protest and publics: the agency of publics in newspaper campaigns. Discourse and Communication, 4(1), doi:10.1177/1750481309353285. ISSN 1750-4813

Campaign advocacy is a common but rarely researched practice in British tabloid journalism. Newspaper campaigns give an account of ‘public opinion’ to politicians, make explicit claims to speak for ‘the public’ and authentically represent them, and... Read More

The democratic role of campaign journalism: partisan representation and public participation (2009)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (2010). The democratic role of campaign journalism: partisan representation and public participation. Journalism Practice, 4(2), doi:10.1080/17512780903407437. ISSN 1751-2786

Campaign journalism is a distinctive but under-researched form of editorialised news reporting that aims to influence politicians rather than inform voters. In this it diverges from liberal norms of social responsibility, but instead campaigning new... Read More