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March 24, 2013

Citizen media focus for colloquium

A two-day colloquium on citizen media is to be held 13-14 June 2013 in the Manchester Conference Centre. It is being organised by the Division of Languages and Intercultural Studies, at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester.

The rapid shift from a mass media to a digital media culture in the past couple of decades has been the subject of considerable research. One important facet of this shift has been the process of media convergence and the concomitant blurring of boundaries between production and consumption practices in a wide range of contexts, including citizen journalism (news reporting, community radio and television, documentary filmmaking), individual or participatory co-creational work (self-broadcasting, crowdsourcing, fansubbing, scanlation, gaming), networked platforms of public deliberation (blogging, wikis) and other performative expressions of publicness (graffiti and citizen photography). Focusing on the involvement of citizens in this emergent digital culture, this two-day colloquium aims to bring together researchers and citizen media practitioners from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds with a view to sharing experiences and debating a number of recurrent themes in the field. These include:

• interrogating the ‘citizen’ in ‘citizen media’: what senses of ‘citizenship’ are activated in citizen media practices, and with what implications;
• the dialectic between citizen media and new technologies: empowering synergy or regulative tension;
• strategic vs therapeutic forms of self-mediation: activism, hacktivism, alter-globalism, altruistic humanitarianism and narcisstic exhibitionism;
• citizen media and protest movements;
• the ethics of witnessing and solidarity;
• playful forms of self-mediation (parody, satire);
• the threat of co-optation: containing the subversive within existing structures of political and corporate power;
• citizen media and the discursive constitution of public selves;
• citizen media and the construction of communities;
• citizen media and ‘the democratic deficit’;
• citizen media practices and piracy.

The programme is designed to ensure maximum participation by all attendees, and to allow sufficient time for discussion and exchange of views. There will be no parallel panels, and presentation slots are, therefore, limited. Plenary speakers are:

• Stuart Allan, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism and Communication Research at Bournemouth University, UK. He has published widely on the emergence and development of news on the Internet, the online reporting of war, conflict and crisis, science journalism, and citizen journalism. His most recent book, Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis, was published by Polity in January 2013.

• Bolette Blaagaard, Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark and former Research Fellow at City University, London, where she was involved in setting up an international network to debate issues of citizenship and journalism, as well as carrying out research on citizen journalism and its implications for journalistic practices and education. She is co-editor of After Cosmopolitanism (Routlege 2012) and Deconstructing Europe (Routledge 2011).

• Simon Lindgren, Professor of Sociology at Umeå University, Sweden. He researches digital culture with a focus on social connections, social organization and social movements. He is actively taking part in developing theoretical as well as methodological tools for analysing discursive and social network aspects of the evolving new media landscape. His publications cover themes like hacktivism, digital piracy, citizen journalism, subcultural creativity and learning, popular culture and visual politics. Simon is the author of New Noise: A Cultural Sociology of Digital Disruption (2013).

• Ivan Sigal, Executive Director and co-founder of Global Voices, a community of more than 700 authors and 600 translators around the world who collect and make available reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. He is author of White Road (Steidl Verlag 2012) and has extensive experience in supporting and training journalists and working on media co-productions in the Soviet Union and Asia.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of 300 words by 15 April 2013 to Mona Baker ( or Luis Pérez-González ( Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 25 April 2013.

Registration fees (to include lunch and refreshments on 13 and 14 June): Full registration: £50. Student registration: £30.

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August 2, 2012

‘Drone journalism’ focus for workshop

‘Drone journalism’ is coming to the UK, in perhaps the first event of its kind in Europe (the US is already ahead on this one, with the creation of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, led by Matt Waite.)

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) will host a workshop on 22 October to examine the use of drone aircraft in newsgathering and to make recommendations for policy and best practices. The event is co-sponsored by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford.
Advances in aviation and electronic control systems are now allowing drone aircraft/UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to move from military to civilian applications and they have potential uses and benefits for newsgathering by providing aerial platforms for photography and videography. Because of their relatively small size, they are portable and can easily be moved to locations were reporting needs to take place.
Drones will alter aerial newsgathering, which is now done primarily via helicopter and light aircraft, by reducing the cost of operations, making them available to a larger number of news organizations, and increasing the uses of aerial platforms in different types of reporting. Potential uses include traffic observation, crowd observation (events, demonstrations, and civil disorders), observing events and activities in areas where land-based access is restricted, and in both sports and entertainment production.

The development of drone technology and the increasing desire for its use in civilian contexts creates a variety of policy, regulatory, and ethical challenges. This workshop is designed to document the issues and formulate recommendations regarding their deployment in the UK, Europe, and globally and thus influence future policy debates. Policy issues include aviation law, flight regulation, and privacy concerns.

The event is being organised by Prof. Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, David Goldberg, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and Daniel Bennett, War Studies Department, Kings College London.

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November 27, 2008

training for journalsits and PR people on coverage of asylum seekers and refugees

For colleagues in the UK: a Norwich-based organisation is offering free media training  on 9 December for journalists, public relations workers and media officers on media coverage of asylum and refugee issues.

As part of the City of Refuge Community programme, the New Writing Partnership will be holding a daylong training event on media coverage of asylum and refugee issues aimed at journalists, public relations workers and media officers on media coverage of asylum and refugee issues.  The training will be delivered by the Exiled Journalists’ Network (EJN).

This training event is free.
Date:  9th of December.
Venue:  The New Writing Partnership, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE

July 2, 2008

Beyond churnalism: the brave new world of journalism online

Filed under: ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism, new books, seminars — news_editor @ 12:15 am

Optimism shines through as three top writers ponder the future of journalism. John Mair reports on a fascinating debate

Journalism tomes are like buses: you wait for them and then they come along in threes. This summer has seen the publication of three works of substance; Nick Davies’ Flat earth news (see my review in the last Ethical Space), Adrian Monck’s Can we trust the media? (reviewed in the next Ethical Space) and Charlie Beckett’s Supermedia: How we can save journalism and journalism save the world (also reviewed in the next ES). The three authors all appeared on one platform (literally) at the Groucho Club on London at a Media Society mini-debate in June. Fascinating it was too.

Davies is the star of the show. So far Flat Earth News has sold 17,000 copies and generated much debate, some heat and some light. He has confirmed the prejudices of some, annoyed a good many others. Davies is no ingenue: he’s a former Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. He used his skills with words to the full at the Groucho debate staying well away from the well-worn ‘churnalism’ theme of his book. Instead, he took out his crystal ball and gazed to the online future - even then hedging his bets. ‘There are too many variables to make any firm predictions,’ he told his distinguished audience, ‘but the old financial model is dying and something needs to take its place.’

That might be the online newspapers. But, he added: ‘Clearly, asking people to pay for content does not seem to be a viable proposition, so newspapers have to rely on online advertising, which is not able to generate anywhere near the revenues that print advertising does.’ This was a circle which was difficult to square.

Davies applauded Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of Guardian Newspapers, and his online strategy: ‘Rusbridger is trying to build a massive global brand with the Guardian and Observer online - and the attractions of this seem clear in terms of the savings from not having printing and distribution costs.’ Rusbridger’s Guardian was moving into international brand cyberspace along with the BBC, CNN, The New York Times and others. ‘You move from being a national newspaper competing for market share with other national newspapers to an internationally recognized information source’ was his analysis of their aim. But he acknowledged the Guardian was a special case because of its unique ownership arrangements: ‘As a trust it does not have the same overwhelming commercial imperatives as the media corporations.’

In this brave new world, others would not be so lucky, or so careful, or so mindful of quality. ‘I think it is likely that with the new financial models required by newspapers in the digital age, though, that the big media corporations will cut corners - in terms of journalistic quality - in order to maintain their profits’. Back to one of his central themes in Flat earth news.

Professor Adrian Monck, of City University, London, is poacher turned gamekeeper. Former ITN and Sky News journalist now heading one of the most prestigious academic departments in the UK and a weekly sage on the Press Gazette; Monck was up-beat. ‘This is a very exciting time to be a young journalist and that’s not just about technology - things like FoI [Freedom of Information] are very new and have very exciting possibilities for journalists which are only just beginning to be explored,’ he asserted.

Monck sees his role as a pricker of the balloon of moral myths. As he put it: ‘The whole problem is trust anyway: not just in the media but in a wider variety of institutions. There is a breakdown of the old sense of trusting a few institutions and authority figures to deliver the truth.’ Because information was so accessible everyone could find things relatively simply and quickly. ‘Take medical conditions, for example - you can read up a lot before you even go to see your doctor.’ Information for all meant more freedom for all. ‘That access to information is extremely liberating,’ Monck argued. The consequences for the information-providers were positive: ‘It means that people are becoming more aware of the issues around journalism…’ and, as a result ‘…there’s certainly hope for all of us!’

Charlie Beckett is the new kid on the journo academic block. Another poacher turned gamekeeper, he’s a former BBC and ITN producer now the founding director of the think-tank polis@lse. Supermedia, his new book, is a closely argued case for ‘networked journalism’ in which the old one way didactic form adapts to the new interactive media world of bloggers, Twitters and more and incorporates them all in their everyday practice. As he puts it in the book: ‘Networked journalism is a process not a product. The journalist still reports, edits, packages the news. But the process is continually shared. The networked journalist changes from being a gatekeeper who delivers to a facilitator who connects.’ He sees the results as enriching. ‘Think about how this opens up the space for a more participatory politics at all levels. Imagine how it can inform a more deliberative democracy. Instead of claiming a special dispensation, the journalist will now become part of a network of responsibilities and relevance. It’s where I have always thought good journalism belonged’. Some manifesto.

Charlie was also upbeat: ‘There is the threat of “churnalism” but I think there is a very healthy future for journalism - the basic business proposition is sound and the demand for information and journalism is insatiable.’ Things were changing and had to change. The public was interested in journalism wanted more, not less. As journalists embraced this idea of public participation, journalism would improve.

  • John Mair is director of events for the Media Society and produced this debate. He is a senior lecturer at Coventry University and a former television producer for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four.

March 19, 2008

Euro seminars

Filed under: Uncategorized, seminars — icetemp @ 10:02 am

3 Specialised European Seminars

The cycle of seminars allows all the actors concerned in the partner countries of EUROMEDUC, and more generally throughout Europe, to participate in an exchange, comparison and evaluation work. At the methodological level, each seminar will be prepared and animated by a group of representative experts at the European level in close partnership with the existing structural networks in the sector (Euromedialiteracy and Mentor). Each group of experts will represent the different fields concerned: lifelong learning, initial training for teachers, research and media production.

Each seminar will start with a synthesis of the European studies and programmes related to the issue and will lead to the publication of a public report. They will each bring together a maximum of 40 participants selected for their expertise and their involvement in the issue concerned. A system of grant allows a small number of representatives of small structures or practitioners from other countries to participate in this work.

All information at:

European Congress in Bellaria, Italy (13-16 May 2009)

The results of the three seminars will be reinforced at a European conference on media education. This three-day conference is important for real exchanges and the elaboration of transversal projects.

All information at:

Media seminar

Filed under: seminars — icetemp @ 10:01 am

>Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences
>and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
>April 4-5 2008
>This conference seeks to contribute to the
>academic and public debate about media ethics,
>that is, about the frameworks within which we
>can ask precise questions about the ethics of
>what media institutions do and reach some
>consensus about appropriate answers. It will be
>one of the first events ever to bring together
>in debate philosophers and media researchers who share an interest an ethics.
>Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
>• Baroness Onora O’Neill (Cambridge and the British Academy)
>• John Durham Peters (University of Iowa,
>author of Speaking into the Air)
>Confirmed speakers:
>• Nafsika Athanasoulis (Keele)
>• Georgina Born (Cambridge)
>• Roy Brand (Sarah Lawrence College, USA)
>• Lilie Chouliaraki (LSE)
>• Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths, University of London)
>• David Edmonds (BBC)
>• Daniel Dayan (Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
>• Sabina Lovibond (Oxford)
>• Peter Lunt (Brunel University)
>• Mirca Madianou (Cambridge)
>• Phil Parvin (Cambridge)
>• Amit Pinchevski (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
>• Don Slater (LSE)
>• Barbie Zelizer (Annenberg School of
>Communication, University of Pennsylvania)
>• Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London)
>Full details of the programme and how to
>register can be found at
>Advanced registration is strongly advised as places are limited.
>Conference Organizers: Prof. Nick Couldry and Dr. Mirca Madianou
>The event is funded by CRASSH and Goldsmiths,
>University of London, with support from the
>Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and
>Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.
>If you have any administrative queries about the
>event, please contact

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