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About Natalie Fenton

Natalie Fenton is a Professor in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre and Co-Director of Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. Her most recent book is Digital, Political, Radical (2016). She is on the Board of Directors of the campaign group Hacked Off and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse

Whatever happened to Leveson? A guide for the perplexed.

Media and twenty first century fake democracy

The ‘real’ fake news is not an exception to but the logical result of a market economy that privileges short-term rewards and commercial impact.

Brexit: inequality, the media and the democratic deficit

When publics are abandoned, when their voices no longer matter and their identities are demolished through economic inequality, precarity and non-recognition, they lose faith in the political institutions that are supposed to represent them.

New series: Anti-Austerity and Media Activism

Today we launch a new series, the latest collaboration between Goldsmiths and openDemocracyUK, exploring the role of media in both supporting austerity and empowering its opponents.

Whitto, time to show you're not beholden to the press

There's one way for the UK culture secretary to answer accusations that his private life has influenced his policy decisions: move on with properly implementing the Leveson recommendations.

Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media

Coverage focused overwhelmingly on the economy rather than media control, but the new government will struggle to kick the issue into the long grass.

Choose Your Charter! Cameron's and the Opposition response to Leveson compared

On Monday 18 March a potentially historic vote on whether and how the UK press should be regulated will be voted on by the House of Commons. This sets out the case for the opposition against the British government's approach.  

OurBeeb forum session 3: pluralism, news and current affairs

The third session of the OurBeeb forum at King’s College London saw Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’. 

A Rubicon too far: the Prime Minister has shown he is beholden to the Press

Leveson’s recommendations would not compromise the freedom of the British press, but balance it with freedom of the public. So why is Cameron so terrified?

Life after Leveson: teaching Auntie how to suck eggs

Leveson has illuminated deep democratic problems at the heart of the British media. Far from immune to this culture, the BBC needs to learn from the inquiry and actively assert its independence. 

Occupy: rediscovering the general will in hard times

Times of economic crisis call into question our systems of democracy. Today's global occupy movement is a call to reclaim the economy as a site of decision. To do so, we will need to rethink ourselves as political subjects.

Who owns the news?

In response to the Murdoch 'Hackgate' scandal Westminster has created the Levenson inquiry to look at how the media in Britain should be governed. A Co-ordinating Committee for media reform has been created to give evidence and argue for a democratic outcome. One of its leading organisers sets out her approach.

Murdochgate and the News: we need to reframe media and the public interest

'Murdochgate' is caused by an underlying crisis in the media and the production of news

The BBC Strategy Review: Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre responds

Staff at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre give their verdict on the BBC Strategy Review: its proposals "would lead to a reduction in quality, would signify a shrinking of ambition and would undermine the public space facilitated by the BBC"

The future of the news

The collapse of the media’s business model demands a critical consideration of what we want news for and how it can be delivered

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