Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon, a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
He is an experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher who has worked in editorial, research, teaching, and policy positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA.
Damian is a regular contributor to the BBC Academy, CBS Interactive (ZDNet), Huffington Post, MediaShift, and TheMediaBriefing, where he writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution of journalism.
His experience encompasses roles at the BBC, the NGO Volunteering Matters, Ofcom (the UK communications regulator), and Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). He works across all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and platforms, from print and digital to TV and radio broadcasting.
Radcliffe has written, spoken to, or provided consulting services for a wide range of industry and academic organizations, including Abramis Academic Publishing, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, BBC Academy, BBC Media Action, BBC Monitoring, BBC World Service, Carnegie UK Trust, Cass Business School, Centre for Research on Communities and Culture, City University London, Cognizant, The Conversation, Eyewitness Media Hub, FJUM (forum journalism and media, Vienna), The Huffington Post, IBC Content Everywhere, journalism.co.uk, JustHere, Media Development Investment Fund, MediaShift, Middle East Broadcast Network, NESTA, Nieman Lab, Northwestern University in Qatar, nuviun, Online Journalism Blog, Qatar Today, Street Fight, TEDx Reset (Turkey), TheMediaBriefing, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, Routledge ,and Your Middle East.
- MA (Oxon), University of Oxford
- BA, Modern History, University of Oxford
Areas of Expertise
- Business of Media
- Community journalism
- Hyperlocal media
- Social media
- Technology in the Middle East
Radcliffe’s research focuses on the usage of social media and wider trends in local media, technology, the business of media, and journalism innovation.
Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work
For more details of Radcliffe’s writing, media mentions, interviews, and presentations, please visit his website.
Industry Report and Books
- Damian Radcliffe: Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2015
- Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford: Digital News Report 2015, Supplementary Report, by Richard Fletcher and Damian Radcliffe with David A. L. Levy, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Nic Newman.
- Abramis Academic Publishing: Data Journalism: Inside the global future, by Tom Felle (Editor), John Mair (Editor), Damian Radcliffe (Editor)
- Cardiff University and Nesta: Where are we now? UK hyperlocal media and community journalism in 2015
- Damian Radcliffe: Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2014
- ictQATAR: Emerging Social Media Platforms in Qatar (Launch slides, Press Release, Media coverage, English Summary, Arabic Summary, (full report),English, Arabic, Sribd, Academia.edu)
- ictQATAR: Full Report: “The attitudes of online users in the MENA region to cybersafety, security and data privacy in MENA” (English, Arabic, Report launch slides, Launch event write-up, Video of launch lecture at Georgetown University)
- ictQATAR: Report Summary: The attitudes of Internet users in the Middle East to Cybersafety, Security and Data Privacy, (English, Arabic, Report launch slides, Infographic En/Ar])
- ictQATAR: Social Media Use In Qatar: The Story Of 2013 (Slides: English, Arabic)
- ictQATAR: Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2013 (Slides: English, Arabic)
- ictQATAR: Social Media in the MENA – 2012 Review (English, Arabic)
- NESTA: “Here and Now: hyper-local in the UK”
- ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller: 2016 Arab Youth Survey, essay on “The Age of Social.”
- Abramis Academic Publishing: “The importance of little data: creating an impact at a local level,“ in “Data Journalism: Inside the global future.”
- Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: “How Turkey uses social media,” by Esra Doğramacı and Damian Radcliffe in Digital News Report 2015, Supplementary Report.
- Abramis Academic Publishing: Data journalism in US and UK local and community media,” in “Data Journalism: Mapping the future.”
- Abramis Academic Publishing: “Hyper-local Media: A Small but Growing Part of the Local Media Ecosystem” in; “What do we mean by local?The rise, fall and possible rise again of local journalism.”
- Routledge: “Innovation challenges in the digital economy” in “Digital World – Connectivity, Creativity and Rights.”
- The Democratic Society: “Hey! Regulator! Leave those Hyperlocals alone!” – for a publication on “Media Regulation & Democracy.”
Selected Presentations/Conference Speaking
- Association of Alternative News Media annual conference, speaker/session co-chair “Rebuilding Public Trust in Media in the Age of Trump,” Portland, Oregon, 20th January 2017.
- BBC World Service’s “Arab Media Leaders” summit, facilitated two-days of workshops on “Social Media and the Digital Opportunity,” London 5-8 December 2016.
- Digital Media Strategies USA 2016: Day One opening session, a fireside chat with Jay Lauf, President and Publisher of Quartz, Chaired a panel on “Monetising Third Party Platforms” and a panel on “Advertising V2.0 – New Digital Advertising Models That Go Beyond Display.” New York, 7-9 September 2017
- Principles for Data Storytelling, presentation and chaired panel on this topic, as part of a Data Storytelling workshop hosted at the Turnbull Center, University of Oregon, 18th April 2016.
- What is Media? Understanding Digital Disruption in 2016, conference held at the University of Oregon, 14-16 Apr 16.
- American Press Institute / Society of Professional Journalists: Social Media for Journalists, Portland: Presentation from the “Build a Better Journalist” conference, held at George S. Turnbull Center, University of Oregon, 23 Jan 16.
- ENEX General Assembly 2015, Paris: Presentation on “Digital Disruption” and Chaired Panel on Social Media vs. Legacy Media, 09 Oct 15
- Cardiff University and Nesta: “What next for community journalism” conference. “Where are we now? UK hyperlocal media and community journalism in 2015“, Cardiff, 09 Sep 15
- Centre for Research on Communities and Culture, Canterbury Christ Church University: “How can hyperlocal media create active and digitally inclusive communities?“, Canterbury, 09 Jun 15
- TEDxReset: “How to use digital tools to build active communities“, Istanbul, Turkey, Apr 17, 2015
- ictQATAR: How Qatar uses WhatsApp, Snapchat and other social media, Doha, Qatar, 01 December 2014
- Center for Global Communication Studies, at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania: “Where next for mobile in the Middle East?” contribution to a panel on “Mobile and its Effects on Global Markets,” as part of a two-day conference on “Ubiquity, Mobility, Globality: Charting Directions in Mobile Phone Studies,“ 11 November 2014
- Georgetown University, Center for International and Regional Studies (Doha):“eGovernance in the Gulf,” contribution to two-day academic roundtable on “The Digital Middle East, ” Doha, 27 September 2014
- Georgetown University, Center for International and Regional Studies (Doha): Public lecture on “Attitudes to Cybersafety and Online Privacy in the Middle East,” 16 September, 2014
- IBC 2014: “What caught my eye – Social Media & Multi Screen,” Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 September, 2014
Honors and Awards
Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, 2016-17
Agora Journalism Center faculty fellowship, 2016-17
College Radio Day Advisory Board 2014+
Top 1% most viewed content, globally, SlideShare.net, 2013 and 2014
Next Generation Leaders Program, Internet Society (ISOC) 2013
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, 2012+
Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, 2008+