Jonathan joined the university in 2017. He gained a PhD in Journalism Studies in 2012 from Cardiff University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Between 2007 and 2017 he worked as a lecturer and researcher at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media, and Culture. Alongside his teaching he worked as part of an ESRC funded media analysis post Edward Snowden leaks which exposed government mass surveillance. Jonathan also worked on an AHRC collaborative research project with a Cardiff based community news website into how they could best engage their audience, and a BBC Trust funded project examining BBC impartiality in news coverage.