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Miss Vicki Parker BA (Hons), MRes

Postgraduate research student

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Vicki Parker is a Postgraduate Researcher in Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

I am a part-time PGR examining NHS representations in digital media discourse. I live and work full-time in Portsmouth alongside my studies.

Having completed a BA in Journalism and Media Studies in 2013, I went on to work at the University of Portsmouth and complete a Master of Research in Applied Linguistics with Distinction in 2018. My research examines the representation of junior doctors in several major British newspapers through analysis of discourse used to cover the contract dispute 2013-18. With the rise of new technologies and the global village, I believe it is crucial now to scrutinise discourse in the digital sphere closely, understand how information is produced and disseminated for mass audiences and expose any inequalities created. My research sits within a Critical Discourse Analysis framework to analyse online news media discourses.


Research interests

My research interests include: public sector discourse analysis, media representations, digital identities, critical discourse analysis, media power and ideology, audience theory and the analysis of news creation, dissemination and reception.

PhD research

My research explores the representation of the junior doctor contract dispute by popular digital news sites and the treatment of key groups of social actors with a view of exposing ideological inequalities in media discourse and the potential implications for public engagement with the NHS. This is supervised by Dr Karin Zotzmann and Dr James Minney.

Affiliate research groups

CLLEAR, University of Portsmouth: Language Across Borders (LAB), Lancaster university: Language, Ideology & Power (LIP)

Miss Vicki Parker
Student Office, Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65

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