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Kevin Rafter

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Biography

Kevin Rafter is Full Professor of Political Communication and Head of the School of Communications. He is Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland and also Chair of Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

He is an experienced non-executive director and was previously a board member of Dublin Bus, the Galway International Arts Festival and Oxfam Ireland as well as Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland. He was appointed Chair of a major independent review panel on civil service reform by the government in 2015 and was the Independent Rapporteur to the talks that led to the formation of Ireland's minority coalition in 2016.

He is the author/editor of over a dozen books and has published over 40 book chapters and academic journal articles with a specific focus on Irish media and politics. His research has been published in journals such as Press/Politics, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Media History and Irish Political Studies. His most recent book publication is the co-authored, Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969 (Manchester University Press, 2019).

Kevin has qualifications in economics [BA(Mod; MLitt], politics [MA; PhD] and in corporate law and governance from the Law Society of Ireland and the Institute of Directors.

Since joining DCU in 2010, Kevin has served as Associate Dean for Research (2012-16) and as Chairperson of the MA Political Communication programme (2010-present). From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Film and Media at the National Film School, IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Prior to 2008, he held senior editorial positions with the Irish Times (political reporter), the Sunday Times (political correspondent), Sunday Tribune (political editor/assistant editor), Magill magazine (editor) and RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. He primarily presented the This Week radio programme for RTE‰ as well as presenting Morning Ireland and the News at One, and working as a correspondent for Prime Time. As well as Irish national politics - covering general elections in 1997, 2002 and 2007 - Kevin reported on the peace process in Northern Ireland, elections in the United Kingdom and Germany as well as foreign news events in Malawi, Tanzania, the Beslan School massacre and the death of Pope John Paul II.


Books

  Year Publication
2019 Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Elections in Ireland since 1969.
Michael Breen, Michael Courtney, Eoin O’Malley, Iain McMenamin and Kevin Rafter (2019) Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Elections in Ireland since 1969. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2017 Entrepreneurial Journalism.
Kevin Rafter (ed.) (2017) Entrepreneurial Journalism. London: Routledge. [Details]
2017 Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections.
Christina Holtz-Bacha, Edoardo Novelli and Kevin Rafter (eds.) (2017) Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2015 The State In Transition.
Kevin Rafter and Mark O'Brien (eds.) (2015) The State In Transition. : New Island. [Details]
2014 The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics.
John Coakley and Kevin Rafter (eds.) (2014) The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2012 Independent Newspapers: A History.
Mark O'Brien and Kevin Rafter (eds.) (2012) Independent Newspapers: A History. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2011 Democratic Left: The Life and Death of an Irish Political Party.
Kevin Rafter (2011) Democratic Left: The Life and Death of an Irish Political Party. Dublin:: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2011 The Road to Power: How Fine Gael Made History.
Kevin Rafter (2011) The Road to Power: How Fine Gael Made History. Dublin: New Island. [Details]
2011 Irish Journalism Before Independence: More a Disease than a Profession.
Kevin Rafter (ed.) (2011) Irish Journalism Before Independence: More a Disease than a Profession. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2009 Fine Gael: Party at the Crossroads.
Kevin Rafter (2009) Fine Gael: Party at the Crossroads. : New Island. [Details]
2006 This is Charlie Bird.
Charlie Bird and Kevin Rafter (2006) This is Charlie Bird. : Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
2005 Sinn Fein 1905-2005: In the shadow of gunmen.
Kevin Rafter (2005) Sinn Fein 1905-2005: In the shadow of gunmen. : Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
2002 Martin Mansergh: A Biography.
Kevin Rafter (2002) Martin Mansergh: A Biography. : New Island. [Details]
1996 The Clann: A History of Clann na Poblachta.
Kevin Rafter (1996) The Clann: A History of Clann na Poblachta. : Mercier Press. [Details]
1993 Neil Blaney: Soldier of Destiny.
Kevin Rafter (1993) Neil Blaney: Soldier of Destiny. : Blackwater Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Transformations: Journalists’ Reflections on Changes in News Work'
Folker Hanusch, Edson C. Tandoc, Jr., Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, Nurhaya Muchtar, Kevin Rafter, Mireya Márquez Ramírez, Verica Rupar, and Vittoria Sacco (2019) 'Transformations: Journalists’ Reflections on Changes in News Work' In: Thomas Hanitzsch, Folker Hanusch, Jyotika Ramaprasad, and Arnold S. de Beer (eds). Worlds of Journalism Journalistic Cultures Around the Globe. Columbua: Columbia University Press. [Details]
2019 'Profiles of Journalists: Demographic and Employment Patterns'
Beate Josephi, Folker Hanusch, Martin Oller Alonso, Ivor Shapiro, Kenneth Andresen, Arnold de Beer, Abit Hoxha, Sonia Virgínia Moreira, Kevin Rafter, Terje Skjerdal, Sergio Splendore, and Edson C. Tandoc, Jr. (2019) 'Profiles of Journalists: Demographic and Employment Patterns' In: Thomas Hanitzsch, Folker Hanusch, Jyotika Ramaprasad, and Arnold S. de Beer (eds). Worlds of Journalism Journalistic Cultures Around the Globe. Columbia: Columbia University Press. [Details]
2019 'Entrepreneurial Journalism'
Kevin Rafter (2019) 'Entrepreneurial Journalism' In: Tim Vos & Folker Hanusch (eds). The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. London: Wiley. [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Men’s political autobiography in Independent Ireland'
Eoin O'Malley and Kevin Rafter (2018) 'Men’s political autobiography in Independent Ireland' In: A History of Irish Autobiography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2017 'Background to the 2014 elections'
Rafter K. (2017) 'Background to the 2014 elections' In: Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. [DOI] [Details]
2018 'The Media and Politics'
Kevin Rafter (2018) 'The Media and Politics' In: J. Coakley and M. Gallagher (eds). The Government and Politics of Ireland. London: Routledge. [Details]
2017 'Understanding where entrepreneurial journalism fits in'
Kevin Rafter (2017) 'Understanding where entrepreneurial journalism fits in' In: Entrepreneurial Journalism. London: Routledge. [Details]
2017 'Fianna Fáil and the evolution of political communication'
Kevin Rafter (2017) 'Fianna Fáil and the evolution of political communication' In: S. McGraw and E. O’Malley (eds). Patriotism, Pragmatism and Power: Fianna Fáil’s dominance of Irish politics 1926-2016. London: Routledge. [Details]
2017 'The economic crisis and austerity'
E. Novelli, K. Rafter et. al (2017) 'The economic crisis and austerity' In: Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2017 'Introduction'
C. Holtz-Bacha, E. Novelli and K. Rafter (2017) 'Introduction' In: Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2016 'More European but more negative - Political advertising in the 2014 European Parliament elections'
Rafter K, Novelli E & C Holtz-Bacha (2016) 'More European but more negative - Political advertising in the 2014 European Parliament elections' In: Europawahlkampf 2014. Berlin: Springer. [Details]
2016 ''Knock on consequences' - Irish media coverage of the Scottish referendum''
Kevin Rafter (2016) ''Knock on consequences' - Irish media coverage of the Scottish referendum'' In: Scotland's Referendum and the Media: National and International Perspectives. Edinburgh University Press. [Details]
2015 '‘Never Justify. Never Explain.’ Some Thoughts on Irish Political Memoirs'
Kevin Rafter (2015) '‘Never Justify. Never Explain.’ Some Thoughts on Irish Political Memoirs' In: The State in Transition. Dublin: New Island. [Details]
2015 'The Irish edition - from 'filthy scandal sheet' to 'old friend' of the Prime Minister'
K. Rafter (2015) 'The Irish edition - from 'filthy scandal sheet' to 'old friend' of the Prime Minister' In: 'Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor': The News of the World and the British Press, 1843-2011. London: Palgrave. [Details]
2014 '‘A great deal of it cannot be printed' - W. T. Stead and E. J. Dillon'
K Rafter (2014) '‘A great deal of it cannot be printed' - W. T. Stead and E. J. Dillon' In: Ireland and the New Journalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2014 'New Perspectives on the President of Ireland'
Kevin Rafter [and John Coakley] (2014) 'New Perspectives on the President of Ireland' In: The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics. London: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2014 '‘There now follows...' The role of the party political broadcast and the 2007 'peace broadcast''
K. Rafter (2014) '‘There now follows...' The role of the party political broadcast and the 2007 'peace broadcast'' In: Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
2014 'The Politics of a 'Non-Political' Office, 1973-1990'
Kevin Rafter (2014) 'The Politics of a 'Non-Political' Office, 1973-1990' In: The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics. London: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2014 '‘The passion of particularity’: Magill magazine, 1977-1990'
K. Rafter (2014) '‘The passion of particularity’: Magill magazine, 1977-1990' In: Periodicals and journalism in twentieth century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2014 'The President of Ireland: Past, Present and Future'
Kevin Rafter [and John Coakley] (2014) 'The President of Ireland: Past, Present and Future' In: The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics. London: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2014 'Mediating elections in Ireland: evidence from the 2011 general election'
E. O'Malley, R. Flynn, I. McMenamin and K. Rafter (2014) 'Mediating elections in Ireland: evidence from the 2011 general election' In: Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]
2013 'Public Interest and Individual Taste in Disclosing an Irish Minister's Illness'
Kevin Rafter (2013) 'Public Interest and Individual Taste in Disclosing an Irish Minister's Illness' In: Media and Public Shaming: Drawing the Boundaries of Disclosure. London: I.B. Tauris & Reuters Institute, University of Oxford. [Details]
2013 'Political journalism'
Rafter K. (2013) 'Political journalism' In: Specialist Journalism. [DOI] [Details]
2012 ''An appointment to view' - the role of RTE's Independent Production Unit in documentary making '
Kevin Rafter (2012) ''An appointment to view' - the role of RTE's Independent Production Unit in documentary making ' In: Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland since the 1990s. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
2012 'Labour and the media: the promise of socialism, negative campaigning and The Irish Times'
Kevin Rafter (2012) 'Labour and the media: the promise of socialism, negative campaigning and The Irish Times' In: Making the Difference? The Irish Labour Party, 1912-2012. Cork: Collins Press. [Details]
2012 'When the ‘wild west' came to the local newspaper market'
Kevin Rafter (2012) 'When the ‘wild west' came to the local newspaper market' In: What We Mean by Local. Suffolk: Arima. [Details]
2012 'Profits, politics and personal position: the role of the proprietor'
Kevin Rafter (2012) 'Profits, politics and personal position: the role of the proprietor' In: Independent Newspapers: A History. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2012 'A tale of ‘womanly intuition' - Hector Legge at the Sunday Independent, 1940-70'
Kevin Rafter (2012) 'A tale of ‘womanly intuition' - Hector Legge at the Sunday Independent, 1940-70' In: Independent Newspapers: A History. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2012 'To the left of Labour: the Workers' Party and Democratic Left, 1982-97'
Kevin Rafter (2012) 'To the left of Labour: the Workers' Party and Democratic Left, 1982-97' In: Radical or Redundant: Minor Parties in Irish Politics. Dublin: History Press. [Details]
2011 'E.J. Dillon: from our special correspondent'
Kevin Rafter (2011) 'E.J. Dillon: from our special correspondent' In: Irish journalism before independence: More a disease than a profession. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2011 'Introduction'
Kevin Rafter (2011) 'Introduction' In: Irish journalism before independence: More a disease than a profession. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2011 ''Get there and stay for two or three weeks, or until the money runs out': the Irish media's engagement with foreign news reporting '
Kevin Rafter (2011) ''Get there and stay for two or three weeks, or until the money runs out': the Irish media's engagement with foreign news reporting ' In: News in Europe, Europe on News. Berlin: Logos Verlag. [Details]
2011 'The Power to Censor: The Catholic Church, the Media and Child Sexual Abuse'
Kevin Rafter (2011) 'The Power to Censor: The Catholic Church, the Media and Child Sexual Abuse' In: In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports. Dublin: Amnesty International. [Details]
2011 'Televised Leader Debates in Ireland: Wider Lessons from the 2011 General Election'
Kevin Rafter (2011) 'Televised Leader Debates in Ireland: Wider Lessons from the 2011 General Election' In: Leadership and new trends in political communication. Rome: Centre for Media and Communications Studies. [Details]
2010 'Reporting the Oireachtas: Irish Political and Parliamentary Journalism since 1922'
Kevin Rafter (2010) 'Reporting the Oireachtas: Irish Political and Parliamentary Journalism since 1922' In: The Houses of the Oireachtas: Parliament in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 ''Insufficient critique' - The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry and the media'
Rafter, K (2017) ''Insufficient critique' - The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry and the media'. Administration, 65 :89-107 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Introduction: Understanding where entrepreneurial journalism fits in'
Rafter K. (2016) 'Introduction: Understanding where entrepreneurial journalism fits in'. JOURNALISM PRACTICE, 10 (2):140-142 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Fianna Fail and the professionalisation of political communication in Ireland'
Rafter, K (2017) 'Fianna Fail and the professionalisation of political communication in Ireland'. Irish Political Studies, 32 :141-163 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The construction of a 'historical moment': Queen Elizabeth's 2011 visit to Ireland in British and Irish newspapers'
Dekavalla M.;Rafter K. (2016) 'The construction of a 'historical moment': Queen Elizabeth's 2011 visit to Ireland in British and Irish newspapers'. Journalism, 17 (2):227-243 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The Labour Party leadership election, 2014'
Rafter K. (2016) 'The Labour Party leadership election, 2014'. Irish Political Studies, :1-11 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Entrepreneurial Journalism Special Issue: (Guest Editor)'
Kevin Rafter (2016) 'Entrepreneurial Journalism Special Issue: (Guest Editor)'. JOURNALISM PRACTICE, 10 (2):140-142 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Explaining what happens when ‘celebrity journalists’ run for elected office'
Rafter K.;Hayes C. (2015) 'Explaining what happens when ‘celebrity journalists’ run for elected office'. Celebrity Studies, 6 (2):219-230 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Commerce and the Church: The factors that shaped New Journalism in the Irish Independent'
O'Brien M.;Rafter K. (2015) 'Commerce and the Church: The factors that shaped New Journalism in the Irish Independent'. Media History, 21 (3):252-264 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Regulating the Airwaves: How Political Balance is Achieved in Practice in Election News Coverage'
Rafter K. (2015) 'Regulating the Airwaves: How Political Balance is Achieved in Practice in Election News Coverage'. Irish Political Studies, 30 (4):575-594 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'The impact of the economic crisis on media framing: Evidence from three elections in Ireland'
O'Malley E.;Brandenburg H.;Flynn R.;McMenamin I.;Rafter K. (2014) 'The impact of the economic crisis on media framing: Evidence from three elections in Ireland'. European Political Science Review, 6 (3):407-426 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Does commercial orientation matter for policy-game framing? A content analysis of television and radio news programmes on public and private stations'
Rafter K.;Flynn R.;McMenamin I.;O’Malley E. (2014) 'Does commercial orientation matter for policy-game framing? A content analysis of television and radio news programmes on public and private stations'. European Journal of Communication, 29 (4):433-448 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Voices in the crisis: The role of media elites in interpreting Ireland’s banking collapse'
Rafter K. (2014) 'Voices in the crisis: The role of media elites in interpreting Ireland’s banking collapse'. European Journal of Communication, 29 (5):598-607 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Understanding the influence of journalists and politicians on content: A cross-longitudinal analysis of Chilean political news coverage'
Mellado C.;Rafter K. (2014) 'Understanding the influence of journalists and politicians on content: A cross-longitudinal analysis of Chilean political news coverage'. International Communication Gazette, 76 (7):531-551 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'VERY SHOCKING NEWS: Journalism and reporting on a politician's illness'
Rafter K.;Knowlton S. (2013) 'VERY SHOCKING NEWS: Journalism and reporting on a politician's illness'. Journalism Studies, 14 (3):355-370 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Commercialism and Election Framing: A Content Analysis of Twelve Newspapers in the 2011 Irish General Election'
McMenamin I.;Flynn R.;O'Malley E.;Rafter K. (2013) 'Commercialism and Election Framing: A Content Analysis of Twelve Newspapers in the 2011 Irish General Election'. International Journal of Press/Politics, 18 (2):167-187 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Evil literature'
Rafter K. (2013) 'Evil literature'. Media History, 19 (4):408-420 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Redefining the Irish presidency: The politics of a non-political office, 1973-1990'
Rafter K. (2012) 'Redefining the Irish presidency: The politics of a non-political office, 1973-1990'. Irish Political Studies, 27 (4):576-595 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'The president of Ireland: A constitutional and political figurehead?'
Coakley J.;Rafter K. (2012) 'The president of Ireland: A constitutional and political figurehead?'. Irish Political Studies, 27 (4):493-501 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Hear no evil-see no evil: Political advertising in Ireland'
Rafter K. (2011) 'Hear no evil-see no evil: Political advertising in Ireland'. Journal of Public Affairs, 11 (2):93-99 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Bombers and mavericks: Magill magazine's coverage of Northern Ireland, 1977-1990'
Rafter K. (2011) 'Bombers and mavericks: Magill magazine's coverage of Northern Ireland, 1977-1990'. Media History, 17 (1):63-77 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Run out of the Gallery: The changing nature of Irish political journalism '
Kevin Rafter (2009) 'Run out of the Gallery: The changing nature of Irish political journalism '. IRISH COMMUNICATIONS REVIEW, 11 :93-103 [Details]
2008 'George Mitchell and the role of the peace talks chairman'
Kevin Rafter (2008) 'George Mitchell and the role of the peace talks chairman'. THE IRISH REVIEW, Spring :13-21 [Details]
2003 'Leadership Changes in Fine Gael & the Labour Party'
Kevin Rafter (2003) 'Leadership Changes in Fine Gael & the Labour Party'. IRISH POLITICAL STUDIES (PRINT), 18 :108-119 [Details]
2003 'Priests and Peace: The role of Redemptorist Order in the Northern Ireland Peace Process '
Kevin Rafter (2003) 'Priests and Peace: The role of Redemptorist Order in the Northern Ireland Peace Process '. ETUDES IRLANDAISES, Spring/Autumn 28 :159-176 [Details]
2000 'Making it up as they went along - residential property tax and policy change '
Kevin Rafter (2000) 'Making it up as they went along - residential property tax and policy change '. IRISH POLITICAL STUDIES (PRINT), 15 :63-82 [Details]
1997 'Allocating the Structural Funds'
Kevin Rafter (1997) 'Allocating the Structural Funds'. ADMINISTRATION, 45 :48-66 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'The Political Communication of the Decade of Commemoration'
Kevin Rafter (2016) 'The Political Communication of the Decade of Commemoration' Studies, Winter (105) . [Details]
2015 '‘Held to Account: Reflections on Civil Service Reform’'
Rafter K (2015) '‘Held to Account: Reflections on Civil Service Reform’' Administration, 63 (1) :27-37. [Details]
2011 'Assessing the Irish General Election of 2011: A Roundtable'
Farrell, S., Meehan, C., Murphy, G. and Rafter, K. (2011) 'Assessing the Irish General Election of 2011: A Roundtable' New Hibernia Review, 15 :36-53. [Details]
2006 '‘This Morning Refused Breakfast...''
Rafter, Kevin (2006) '‘This Morning Refused Breakfast...'' Hunger Strike, Brandon Books . [Details]
2004 'Purity and Peace'
Rafter, Kevin (2004) 'Purity and Peace' The Irish Review, :132-135. [Details]
2003 'The Irish government and the peace process, 1992-94: An observer's perspective'
Rafter, Kevin (2003) 'The Irish government and the peace process, 1992-94: An observer's perspective' Dublin: Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD, Working papers in British-Irish studies; 30 . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2014 AEJMC Annual Conference ,
Rafter K (2014) E. J. Dillon & transnational journalism. AEJMC Annual Conference , Montreal , 05-AUG-14 - 09-AUG-14 [Details]
2014 Political Communication for the 2014 European,
Rafter K [with C Holtz-Bacha and E Novelli] (2014) The good, the bad and the ugly? - representations of the economic crisis in German, Italian and Irish political advertising. . Political Communication for the 2014 European, Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication, Paris , 26-JUN-14 - 27-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 International conference on the history of Irish childhood from the medieval to modern ages,
Rafter K (2014) 'Think of your holy vocation' - childhood in mid-nineteenth century as captured in the unpublished memoir of E. J. Dillon. International conference on the history of Irish childhood from the medieval to modern ages, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin , 07-JUN-14 - 07-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference,
Rafter K (2014) Dr. Dillon in North America: an early example of human-interest reportage. Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University , 08-MAR-14 - 08-MAR-14 [Details]
2013 Redefining Journalism in the Era of the Mass Press,
Kevin Rafter [and Mark O'Brien] (2013) From Politics to Commerce: New Journalism, the Irish Independent and a Lasting Legacy’. [], Redefining Journalism in the Era of the Mass Press, Sheffield University , 04-JUL-13 - 05-JUL-13 [Details]
2013 IAMCR 2013,
Kevin Rafter [with I. McMenamin, E. O'Malley and R. Flynn] (2013) How important was commercialization in media coverage of the 2011 Irish general election?. [], IAMCR 2013, Dublin City University , 25-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13 [Details]
2013 IAMCR 2013,
Kevin Rafter (2013) Voices in the financial crisis: who got to shape the news agenda and who was shut out of the coverage. [], IAMCR 2013, Dublin City University , 25-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13 [Details]
2012 Media and the Boundaries of Disclosure: Media, Morals, Public Shaming and Privacy,
Kevin Rafter (2012) Public interest and individual taste in reporting political illness. Media and the Boundaries of Disclosure: Media, Morals, Public Shaming and Privacy, University of Oxford, Reuters Institute , 23-FEB-12 - 24-FEB-12 [Details]
2012 Newspaper and Periodical History Forum,
Kevin Rafter (2012) Evil Literature: How the News of the World was banned in Ireland. Newspaper and Periodical History Forum, Kingston University, London , 15-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12 [Details]
2011 Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Kevin Rafter (2011) The television debates in 2011: What happened to leadership?. [], Political Studies Association of Ireland, University College Dublin , 21-OCT-11 - 23-OCT-11 [Details]
2011 Crisis in Ireland's regional newspaper industry: Consequences for the public and the journalistic profession,
Kevin Rafter (2011) Local newspapers and the aftermath of the 'wild west' acquisition boom. Crisis in Ireland's regional newspaper industry: Consequences for the public and the journalistic profession, University of Limerick , 01-DEC-11 - 01-DEC-11 [Details]
2011 Leadership and new trends in political communication,
Kevin Rafter (2011) Televised Leader Debates in Ireland. [], Leadership and new trends in political communication, LUISS University Rome , 20-MAY-11 - 21-MAY-11 [Details]
2010 Journalism and History: Dialogues,
Kevin Rafter (2010) E.J. Dillon and the Irish born foreign correspondents. Journalism and History: Dialogues, University of Sheffield , 15-SEP-10 - 15-SEP-10 [Details]
2010 Bi-annual RIPE (Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise) conference ,
Kevin Rafter (2010) The impact of the Sound & Vision Fund on the meaning of Public Service Broadcasting in Ireland . Bi-annual RIPE (Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise) conference , University of Westminster , 09-SEP-10 - 11-SEP-10 [Details]
2010 Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Kevin Rafter (2010) Money Matters: The role finances played in the demise of Democratic Left. Political Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology , 08-OCT-10 - 10-OCT-10 [Details]
2009 News in Europe. News on Europe,
Kevin Rafter (2009) Foreign News: The case of Ireland. News in Europe. News on Europe, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan , 28-AUG-09 - 30-AUG-09 [Details]
2009 Political Studies Association of Ireland annual conference,
Kevin Rafter (2009) Hear no evil. See no evil. Political Advertising in Ireland. Political Studies Association of Ireland annual conference, Liverpool Hope University , 09-OCT-09 - 10-OCT-09 [Details]
2009 Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland ,
Kevin Rafter (2009) Bombers and Mavericks: Magill magazine's coverage of Northern Ireland, 1977-90 . Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland , Dublin Institute of Technology , 20-NOV-09 - 21-NOV-09 [Details]
2009 Journalism in Crisis,
Kevin Rafter (2009) Beyond the Lobby: How political journalism has been redefined in Ireland . Journalism in Crisis, University of Westminster , 19-MAY-09 - 20-MAY-09 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2016 The Irish Journalist Today.
Kevin Rafter and Stephen Dunne (2016) The Irish Journalist Today. DCU, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Report of the Expert Panel on Strengthening Accountability and Performance in the Civil Service.
Expert Panel (Chaired by Kevin Rafter) (2014) Report of the Expert Panel on Strengthening Accountability and Performance in the Civil Service. Irish Government, Dublin:. [Details]
2009 Political Advertising: The Regulatory Position and the Public View.
Rafter, Kevin (2009) Political Advertising: The Regulatory Position and the Public View. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]

Research Interests

Irish politics; political communication; journalism studies