Panel Workshop – Media and Conflict Interchange

We are proud to be presenting some of our own PhD student’s research at The University of Bradford.  

The session will start shortly after 1pm on Thursday the 20th of October, 2016. Venue: SC0.51 – Student Central, University of Bradford.

Four short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with a Q&A from the audience.

Silvia De Michelis – The Media’s Role in the Context of the “Responsibility to Protect” Doctrine

Silvia will be discussing her research and analysis of the role of media, in the context of the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine.  The Responsibility to Protect framework was endorsed by all member states of the United Nations in 2005 to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Silvia is a PhD student in the faculty of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford. She graduated with honours from the University of Turin (Italy) with a BA in Law and from the University of Castellanza (Italy) with a MSc in Forensic Criminology.  Her main research interests are the Responsibility to Protect, Humanitarian Interventions, Peace Journalism and Human Security.

Muhammad Shahid – The Representation of Drone Attacks in Pakistani and American Print Media

Shahid will be discussing the representation of drone attacks in Pakistani and American print media.  He has identified important discrepancies in the way different audiences have this topic presented to thenm. This forms an important focus of Shadid’s research into different representations of “The War on Terror”, its side-effects and aftermath(s).

Muhammad Shahid considers himself a lifelong student of media and communication studies.  He is currently working on his PhD in the School of Media Design and Technology at The University of Bradford, supervised by David Robison and Dr Mark Goodall.  He has worked as a professional journalist for different media outlets in Pakistan and is able to bring a unique professional insight into his research.

Ananilea Nkya – What Development Issues do the Tanzania News Media Publish and from Whose Perspective?

Ananilea’s discussion will examine how the Tanzania media news engages with development issues. Her research has analysed news published in 15 national media outlets including eleven newspaper dailies, two televisions and two radio evening programmes. The guiding question is: How do the Tanzania media publish development issues in the national news stories and from whose perspective? Her findings reveal that the development issues presented (and that construct the national news agenda) were: government related, male-focussed and urban centric.

Ananilea is a PhD Researcher within the Faculty of Social Science.  She is interested in the way that conflict is triggered by the unequal sharing of resources.  Her current research is guided by social constructionism philosophy of meaning making and framing theory.

Emmanuel Nwofe – Patterns and Uses of a Multi-platform Media in Nigeria

News media are grappling with news production in the digital age and the choice patterns of news consumers. Media audiences have myriad choices in terms of what news to consume, in what channel, when and in which format. Other researchers have observed that new technology is ‘converging’ news media companies towards partnership and collaboration, newsroom reorganisations and changes in journalistic routines and practices have been observed and multi-platform delivery strategies and the economics of supplying news discussed. Most of these studies have been focused in Europe and America, with little knowledge about how African countries are grappling with convergence culture, the attitude of news consumers and the challenges of a multi-platform production.

Emmanuel’s research is motivated by the increasing debate on technological and organisational convergence in the newsroom that is changing news market and very importantly, the dearth of literature on how this is being experienced in African newsroom and Nigeria in particular. His research seeks to measure two aspects of journalistic agenda: news delivery strategy and audience choice. His study hopes to highlight the trend of multi-platform publishing in Nigerian newsrooms and the extent to which people actually utilise different news platforms in Nigeria in comparison to developed countries of Europe and America.  This will enable efforts at examining patterns of news distribution in relation to convergence culture and provide evidence for the understanding of how Nigerian news media are engaging with the audience through a multi-platform approach.