The publications listed here are based on data collected in the context of the MeCoDEM project. Note that project team members have published more widely on issues related to media and conflict in transitional societies. Please consult the personal websites of team members for a broader range of publications.

We are committed to making our findings available to a wide audience, both within and outside academia. Hence, wherever copyright regulation allow, our publications are available through the open access repository of the University of Leeds (links are provided for each individual publication).

Journal Articles

Chuma, W., Bosch, T. and Wasserman, H. 2017. The media, civil society and democracy in South Africa: State of the Nation Address 2015. Communicatio. 43(2), pp.93-108. DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2017.1314308; open access:

Chuma, W., Bosch, T., Wasserman, H. and Pointer, R. 2017. Questioning the media-democracy link: South African’s journalists’ views. African Journalism Studies. 38(1), pp.103-127. DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2017.1292703; open access:

Ejdus, F. and Božović, M. 2016. Grammar, context and power: Securitization of the 2010 Belgrade Pride Parade. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 17(1), pp.17-34. DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2016.1225370.

Krstić, A., Parry, K. and Aiello, G. 2017. Visualising the politics of appearance in times of democratisation: An analysis of the 2010 Belgrade Pride Parade television coverage. European Journal of Cultural Studies. (First Published December 19, 2017). DOI: 10.1177/1367549417743042; open access: This publication won the Article of the Year 2017 award of the Đoka Vlajković Foundation at the University of Belgrade, for young scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

Milojević, A. and Krstić, A. 2018. Hierarchy of influences on transitional journalism. Corrupting relationships between political, economic and media elites. European Journal of Communication. 33(1), pp.37-56. DOI: 10.1177/0267323117750674.

Sorensen, L. 2018. Populist communication in the new media environment: A cross-regional comparative perspective. Palgrave Communications. 4(article number 48), online. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-018-0101-0; open access:

Vladisavljević, N. and Voltmer, K. 2017. Media framing of democratisation conflicts in Egypt, Serbia, Kenya and South Africa. Sociologija. 59(4), pp.518-537. (Available in Serbian only:

Wasserman, H., Bosch, T. and Chuma, W. 2016. Voices of the poor are still missing from South Africa’s media. The Conversation. (22 January 2016, online here).

Wasserman, H., Chuma, W. and Bosch, T. 2018. Print media coverage of service delivery protests in South Africa: A content analysis. African Studies. 77(1), pp.145-156. DOI: 10.1080/00020184.2018.1426312; open access:

Book Chapters

Lohner, J. and Banjac, S. 2017. A story bigger than your life? The safety challenges of journalists reporting on democratization conflicts. In: Carlsson, U. and Pöyhtäri, R. eds. The Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression. Gothenburg: Nordicom, pp.289-301.

PhD Theses

Sorensen, L. 2018. Populist communication in comparative perspective: Ideology, performance, mediation. PhD thesis, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.