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Connecting academic research to industry challenges

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is a globally focused research centre at the University of Oxford. We track the world’s media, its trends, developments and forecasts. We connect relevant and engaging academic research with journalistic practice, linking rigorous analysis with practical experience. Established in 2006, we’re based at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Global leaders in research

The Reuters Institute has a growing team of in-house academics, who act with the rigour and transparency demanded by one of the world’s leading universities. We also work with our Visiting Fellows, research associates, and in collaboration with other researchers, both across the University of Oxford and from other leading research organisations.  

In a dynamically shifting global journalism industry, we track the ever-shifting trends, changes and advancements, aiming to connect rigorous academic research with the practical experiences of professional journalists, media managers and policymakers.

Our focus is on internationally comparative research, and we conduct and facilitate research that addresses the most significant issues facing journalists and media organisations in a rapidly developing industry.  

Our research is conducted by a team of in-house academics, along with Visiting Fellows, research associates, and in collaboration with other researchers, both across the University of Oxford and from other leading global universities. 

Support for our research comes from a variety of academic funding bodies, foundations, non-profit and NGOs as well as industry partners. Find out more about who supports us, and how you or your organisation can support our work, here.

We publish numerous reports each year, including our Digital News Project series, which includes our annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

A new partnership with Columbia University Press, launching in 2017, will see us continue to publish our book series.

Global connections

The Reuters Institute’s international Fellowship Programme works with high-potential, mid-career journalists to support them for a period of time away from the newsroom as they focus on an area of research, and gain perspective on the shifting landscape of global journalism.

With access to world-class teaching and learning facilities and crucial development of their professional networks, the Journalism Fellowship Programme marks the RISJ’s commitment to influence the standards of international journalism.

The programme has run since 1983, and journalist fellows are granted visiting scholar status at Green Templeton College.

Influence and impact

The Reuters Institute brings together leading academic research with key industry influencers with a series of events aimed at fostering debate and discussion around important industry challenges. Our annual Editor and CEO Forum sees editors-in-chief and CEOs from news organisations around the world join us in Oxford to share experiences around key challenges, including digital transformation.

We aim to act as a focal point for debate, discussion and ideas sharing between leading academics and key media policy-makers.

Governance

Advisory Board

The Institute has an Advisory Board. This is chaired by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, and consists of individuals chosen for their expertise or experience relevant to the work of the Institute to give advice and guidance.

Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, CH, Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Prof. Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University, USA
Marty Baron, Executive Editor, Washington Post
Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships, Facebook
Madhav Chinnappa, Director of Strategic Relations for News and Publishers, Google
Bill Emmott, former Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Israel Correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Tim Gardam, Chief Executive, Nuffield Foundation
Lord (Richard) Inglewood, former Chairman, CN Group
Ritu Kapur, Co-founder and CEO, Quintillion Media
Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde 
John Lloyd, Contributing Editor, Financial Times, and Senior Research Fellow, RISJ
Jimmy Maymann, former CEO, Huffington Post 
Michael Parks, Professor of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA
Vivian Schiller, Independent Advisor, former Global Chair of News, Twitter
Mark Thompson, President and CEO, New York Times Company
Baroness (Patience) Wheatcroft of Blackheath, former Editor-in-Chief, Wall Street Journal Europe

Steering Committee

The Steering Committe is chaired by Alan Rusbridger. It provides strategic oversight of the Institute's activities and reports to the Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations and to the Department's General Purposes Committee.

Chair: Alan Rusbridger, Principal, Lady Margaret Hall
Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations
Mark Damazer, Master of St Peter’s College
Pip Elphick, Head of Administration and Finance, Dept of Politics and International Relations
Prof. Louise Fawcett, Head of Dept of Politics and International Relations 
Prof. Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, St Antony’s College, Oxford
Dr David A. L. Levy, Director of the RISJ
Professor Denise Lievesley, CBE, Principal, Green Templeton College
Geert Linnebank, Trustee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and non-executive director at ITN
Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research, RISJ
John Pullman, Global Head, Video and Pictures, Thomson Reuters
Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kate Hanneford-Smith, Institute Administrator, RISJ (Secretary to the Committee)
Meera Selva, Director of Journalism Fellowship Programme, RISJ
Dr Alexandra Borchardt, Director of Strategic Development, RISJ

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee is a sub committee of the RISJ Steering Committee. It is chaired by Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and has oversight of the publications commissioned by the Institute.

Chair: Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research, RISJ
Prof. Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, St Antony’s College, Oxford
Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff University
Dr David A. L. Levy, Director, RISJ 
Geert Linnebank, Trustee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and non-executive director at ITN
John Lloyd, Senior Research Fellow, RISJ
Alan Rusbridger, Principal, Lady Margaret Hall
Prof. Jean Seaton, Professor of Communications and Media History, University of Westminster 
Prof. Katrin Voltmer, Professor of Communication and Democracy, University of Leeds
Professor Denise Lievesley, CBE, Principal, Green Templeton College
Dr Alexandra Borchardt, Director of Strategic Development, RISJ
Dr Lucas Graves, Senior Research Fellow, RISJ
Meera Selva, Director of Journalism Fellowship Programme, RISJ
 

Constitution

The constitution contains details of our official mandate and the way in which the Institute is run.

The Constitution of the Institute

A. The purposes of the Institute (the "purposes") are as follows:

to become the focus within the University for the study of the role of journalism in modern societies around the world;
to consider the ethical basis, the practice and the development of journalism, and its public policy implications;
to pursue impartial scholarship of the highest standard in the study of journalism as it is practised on all media platforms at an international, national and local level;
to offer an academic analysis of long term issues, but also to respond in a timely way to the emerging agenda created by the news media in their daily operations;
to sustain and promote the Thomson Reuters Foundation Visiting Journalist Fellowship programme; and
to provide an independent forum for exchanges between practitioners and analysts of journalism, and all those affected by it.

B. The Institute will be an integral part of The Department of Politics and International Relations and be accountable for its operation to the Department's General Purposes Committee and the Head of the Department.

C. The Institute will have a director who shall have the responsibilities set out below:-

to provide academic leadership to the Institute;
to have responsibility for the direction and work of the Institute and for the staff employed in the Institute;
to have responsibility for the maintenance and development of Thomson Reuters Foundation's Visiting Journalist Fellowship programme, and for its integration into the Institute;
to provide leadership in the raising of external funding to support the Institute's work;
to prepare strategic five year plans and annual operating statements for the work of the Institute, within the overall strategic and operational plans of the Department, the Division and the University;
to prepare the annual report of the Institute and to report annually and as otherwise required to the trustees of the Reuters Foundation ;
to ensure the efficient working of the Institute on a day-to-day basis.
In carrying out the above responsibilities, the Director will be accountable to a Steering Committee, which will be a Committee of the Department (see E below).

D. The terms of reference of the Steering Committee shall be:-

to have general oversight of the Institute, its programme of activities and its strategic intentions;
to receive regular reports from the Director on the Institute’s activities and programmes;
to approve strategies for fundraising and income generation and to review and approve donations to the Institute;
to approve the Institute's five-year plans, annual operating statements and financial outcomes and report these to the Department;
to approve draft job descriptions for the Directorship and other senior posts in the Institute for recommendation to the Department; to approve recommendations from the committees responsible for the holders of such posts; and to monitor appointments to 'soft money' funded posts within overall Departmental and University policies;
to approve the annual report of the Institute;
to consider, in exceptional circumstances, a matter on which the Director and other senior members of the Institute have failed to reach agreement and which is referred to it.
to report to the Department's General Purposes Committee and to the Head of Department.
to support the Institute's relationship with Thomson Reuters Foundation

E. The Steering Committee shall comprise the following persons:-

The Head of the Department (or his or her nominee);
If the Institute is housed in a College, the Head of the College (or his or her nominee);
The Director of the Institute;
Other Institute Directors as approved by the Steering Committee;
A member appointed by the Head of Division
A member appointed by the Head of Department;
The Departmental Administrator
for so long as the Agreement between Thomson Reuters Foundation and the University of Oxford is in force, a person appointed by (and who may be replaced by) the Foundation;
up to two members of the University co-opted by the Committee with the approval of the Head of Department.
The Committee may resolve from time to time to add further persons to the above complement.  The Head of Department shall nominate the Chair of the Committee from amongst the Committee members, after taking the advice of the Committee.  The Institute Administrator shall act as the Secretary to the Committee. The Committee shall meet at least once in each University Term

F. The Director shall propose to the Steering Committee, for its approval, a scheme of internal organisation for the Institute, having regard to the size of the Institute, the pattern of research and other academic activities, and his or her expertise and experience.

G. There shall be an Editorial Committee that shall be a sub-committee of the Steering Committee. The Editorial Committee will have oversight of the publications commissioned by the Institute. The Chair and composition of the Editorial Committee will be decided by the Steering Committee.

H. The Institute shall have an Advisory Board which shall consist of a group of persons chosen for their expertise or experience relevant to the work of the Institute. Its remit shall be:-

to create a network between the Institute and major organisations in the world of journalism, the academy and public policy connected with journalism;
to connect the Institute with research and funding partners and assist in fundraising and income generation;
to help develop the range of the Institute’s activities, for the benefit of journalism worldwide;
Advisory Board members shall be elected initially for a three year period which shall be renewable.

I. The University shall provide the Institute with suitable premises for the institute to be operated in the ordinary course and to achieve the purposes, such premises initially to be in 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford.

J. The Director shall have an agreement with the Head of Department over the use of space and facilities, the division of duties between the administrative staff in the Department and in the Institute and (subject to paragraph K below) the financial arrangements between the Institute and the Department.

K. If the Institute is housed in a college the University shall enter into a lease or licence with the College for the occupation of the Institute’s premises, and the outgoings under that lease shall be charged at cost to the Department (for the Institute). If the Institute is housed in a Society the Registrar shall have an agreement with the Heads of the Society and the Department for the financial and maintenance arrangements between the Society, the Department and the University's central funds.