Dr Jeremy Collins

Dr Jeremy Collins is a senior lecturer in Media Studies and the course leader for Film and Television Production BA (Hons) at London Metropolitan University. He completed his PhD, ‘Food Scares and News Media: A Case Study Approach to Science and Risk in the News’, in 1999 at London Guildhall University.

Dr Jeremy Collins

Dr Jeremy Collins is a senior lecturer in Media Studies at London Met. He completed his PhD, ‘Food Scares and News Media: A Case Study Approach to Science and Risk in the News’, in 1999 at London Guildhall University. He has taught modules in media and communications theory and history, communication ethics, promotional media and research methods, and currently teaches modules in Critical and Contextual Studies for students of film and in the Foundation programme for The School of Art, Architecture and Design.

He was previously course leader for the Communications Management MA, and has been external examiner for the Media BA programme at Liverpool Hope University and the Communications and Media programme at the University of the Arts, London.

He is now course leader for the Film and Broadcast Production BA, and also teaches on the Foundation year.

His research interests include the sociology of news production and news management; propaganda and post-truth politics; media representations of science; risk communication; journalism and media ethics; and popular culture. He has published book chapters and journal articles on various topics including food scares, the public sphere limits of service journalism, general election news management techniques, public perceptions of mobile phone risks, moral panics around drugs, news media constructions of ‘media effects’, and the comedy of Chris Morris. He lives in the London borough of ‘Awesomestow’ and follows a football team which is not only the oldest league club in the world, but also the one ‘most likely to make their fans miserable’ (Guardian, 6 January 2007).


  • Film and Broadcast Production BA (Hons)
  • Collins J (forthcoming) “The facts don’t work”: The EU referendum campaign and the journalistic construction of ‘Post-truth politics’. Discourse, Context and Media, Elsevier (forthcoming). 

  • Collins J (2016) “Electoral guerrilla theatre in the 2015 UK general election: Critique, legitimacy and incorporation in the news coverage of celebrity election campaigns”. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 13(1): 4–12. 

  • Collins J (2015) “Legitimacy and the celebrity single-issue candidate” In: Jackson D and Thorsen E (eds), UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign, Poole, England: The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community. Available from: http://www.electionanalysis.uk/ (accessed 15 April 2016). 

  • Collins J (2013) “Moral Panics, Governmentality and the Media: A Comparative Approach to the Analysis of Illegal Drug Use in the News”. In: Critcher C, Hughes J, Petley J, et al. (eds), Moral panics in the contemporary world, [S.l.], Continuum. Collins J (2013) “Reporting the ‘Illegalization of Cake’: moral panics and Brass Eye, in Leggott J and Sexton J (eds) No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

  • Collins J (2013) “Constructing Effects: Disturbing images and the news construction of ‘media influence’ in the Virginia Tech shootings” in Attwood F, Campbell V, Hunter I and Lockyer S (eds) Controversial Images, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

  • Collins J (2011) “Sending a Message: ecstasy, equasy, and the media politics of drug classification”, Health Risk and Society Vol. 13 Issue 3, 221. Collins J (2010) “Mobile Phone Masts, Social Rationalities and Risk: Negotiating Lay Perspectives on Technological Hazards”, Journal of Risk Research  Vol. 13 Issue 5, 621-637. 

  • Collins J (2009) “Mothers and mobile phone mast risks: parental negotiation of post-normal risk technologies” Conference proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas: Language and the Scientific Imagination, University of Helsinki, 28 July – 2 August 2008.
  • Collins J (2008) “ ‘Is this News to you, Prime Minister?’ Media Agendas, News Management and a Campaign Interaction in the 2005 UK General Election”, Javnost – The Public Vol XV, 1.
  • Collins J (2007) “Risk, Advice and Trust: How Service Journalism fails its Audience”, in Bakir V and Barlow D M (eds) Communication in the Age of Suspicion: Trust and the Media, London: Palgrave.
  • Collins J and Palmer J (1995) "Les infections nutritionnelles dans la presse le cas de la salmonelle au Royaume-Uni", in Recherches en Communication 4; Universite Catholique De Louvain.

Areas of expertise:

  • Propaganda and post-truth politics
  • Representation and audience studies
  • The sociology of news production and news management
  • Media representation of science
  • Risk communication
  • Journalism and media ethics
  • Popular culture

Email: j.collins@londonmet.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7320 2319