Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is a UK-based research centre and think tank.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
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DirectorRasmus Kleis Nielsen

The Reuters Institute is the University of Oxford's research centre on issues affecting news media globally.

The institute was founded in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2006 to conduct scholarly and professional research on news media, operate the Thomson Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme, and host academic research fellows. The RISJ works to bridge daily working journalism and academic study and is a university research centre of excellence. The Institute regularly holds seminars and events and has an extensive publication programme. Recent publications have included the annual Digital News Report; Five things everybody needs to know about the future of journalism; ‘I Saw the News on Facebook’: Brand Attribution when Accessing news from Distributed Environments; A Case Study in Updating PSB in Politically Polarised and Cash-Strapped Times; and The Role of Twitter during the French Presidential Elections.

The Thomson Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme, founded in 1983, is jointly based at the University of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations and Green Templeton College. It has hosted over 600 fellows from 90 countries. The fellowship is open to selected mid-career journalists from all over the world, who are funded to produce an academic paper on topics of their choice at Oxford.

The RISJ hosts a limited number academic fellows working on funded research projects on issues of significance to the news industry. Its central interests include journalism practices, standards, accountability, media policy, and the business of news.

The Reuters Institute receives core funding from the Thomson Reuters Foundation and additional funding from media companies, foundations, and science academies worldwide.

The RISJ is a partner of the European Journalism Observatory, a network of eleven language sites reporting media research from across Europe.

The institute's staff includes Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, and Meera Selva, Director of the Journalist Fellowship Programme.

The institute's Steering Committee is chaired by Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, now Principal of Lady Margaret Hall. Advisory board members include Marty Baron, executive editor, The Washington Post; Ritu Kapur, co-founder and CEO, The Quint, India; and Baroness Wheatcroft of Blackheath


  • "Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Overview". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Archived from the original on 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-09-20.

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