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Photograph of the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Court Observation

Photograph of the Royal Courts of Justice.
Mahosadha Ong on Unsplash

Episode Description

In this episode of Talking about Methods, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Sally Reardon (University of the West of England Bristol) about court observation and reporting in journalism and in academic research.

Readings Recommended by Dr Sally Reardon

Potter, J. and Wetherell, M. (1987) Discourse and Social Psychology. London: Sage.

Galtung, J. and Ruge, M.H. (1970) ‘The Structure of Foreign News: The presentation of the Congo, Cuba and Cyprus Crises in Four Foreign Newspapers’. In: Tunstall, J. (ed.), Media Sociology: A Reader. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press.

Schlesinger, P. (1987) Putting ‘Reality’ Together. London: Methuen.

Chamberlain, P., Keppel-Palmer, M., Reardon, S., & Smith, T. (2021) It is criminal: The state of magistrates’ court reporting in England and WalesJournalism22(9), 2404-2420. Available from

Readings Recommended by Professor Linda Mulcahy

Rock, P.E. (1993) The social world of an English Crown Court: Witness and professionals in the crown court centre at wood green. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Carlen, P. (1976) Magistrates’ justice (pp. 17-38). London: M. Robertson.

About the Speaker

Portrait of Sally Reardon

Dr Sally Reardon

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of the West of England Bristol

Dr Sally Reardon is a full-time Senior Lecturer in Journalism at UWE Bristol. Prior to this, she worked in international television news for over 20 years for Reuters Television, Sky News, and latterly at Associated Press Television as its Europe and Africa Editor. She currently teaches journalism ethics and media law to Masters and UG students on the Journalism and Media Production degrees. Dr Reardon's research interests include Court Reporting and Open Justice; representations of adopted families; journalism education and professional identity. Since 2020, she has been the Chair of the ACE Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

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