This project examines the changing relationship between government, media and diverse publics in the UK. The Iraq war 2003 and subsequent events raise important questions about the impact of security policy on civil liberties and human rights, multiculturalism, democracy and citizenship, Such as:

  • Why has there been a breakdown in trust between politicians, journalists and news audiences?
  • What kind of revitalisation of democratic processes might restore trust?
  • How do diverse audiences interpret the news available to them?
  • What use do media make of experts and do they help or hinder public understanding of threats of security?

The project examines how changing practices of news production and consumption affect political and democratic processes. It explores these questions by connecting the following research areas: 

  • The empirical study of multi-ethnic news audiences
  • Analyses of ‘security’ news stories and imagery defined as salient by audiences
  • The judgements of media and political actors about the security-media nexus.


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War and war crimes : the military, legitimacy and success in armed conflict

Author: James Gow Date: 25 April 2013 Book

Images as weapons of war : representation, mediation and interpretation

Author: Ben O'Loughlin Date: 01 January 2011 Journal article

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Full research report

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 06 December 2010 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 06 December 2010 Research summary

War and media : the emergence of diffused war

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2010 Book

News media, threats and insecurities : an ethnographic approach

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 December 2009 Journal article

Reassessing audiences and citizens : the everyday modulation of terror news

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 20 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

The modulation of terror : amplification and containment of threats in TV news

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 20 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Experts and the war on terror : some findings

Author: B. O'Loughlin Date: 20 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Television and terror : horizons of responsibility in ‘diffused war’

Creator: A. Hoskins Date: 20 November 2009 Seminar/workshop

Old, new or renewed media? : mediating the everyday politics of security international media coverage of the 'war on terror'

Creator: Marie Gillespie Date: 20 November 2009 Presentation/lecture

Qana 2006 : credability in an age of diffuse war

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 20 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Transnational media and public diplomacy

Author: B. O'Loughlin Date: 19 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Security and difference in the mediapolis : towards a comparative analysis of city sensoria

Creator: Marie Gillespie Date: 19 November 2009 Seminar/workshop

Precarious citizenship : multiculturalism, media and social insecurity

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 19 November 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Media, democracy, ethics : Al-Jazeera as a moment in the re-assembly of a democratic public?

Creator: G. Moss Date: 19 November 2009 Seminar/workshop

Multilingual news cultures and cosmopolitan citizenship

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

Travelling hopefully, acting realistically? : UK-China interactions

Author: James Gow Date: 14 October 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Slobodan Milosevic : president on trial (dir. Michael Christoffersen, 2007) : a discussion

Creator: James Gow Date: 14 October 2008 Presentation/lecture

Developing China’s global role : working with international institutions

Creator: James Gow Date: 14 October 2008 Presentation/lecture

Russia and the discourse of the New Cold War

Creator: James Gow Date: 14 October 2008 Presentation/lecture

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War blogs, legitimacy and credability

Creator: A Hoskins Date: 14 October 2008 Presentation/lecture

Hearts, minds and retinas : legitimating contemporary war

Author: James Gow Date: 14 October 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Imaging war and memory

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 14 October 2008 Conference paper/presentation

From Baghdad to Belgrade : phantasmagoric places of war

Creator: A. Hoskins Date: 14 October 2008 Seminar/workshop

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Start date
31 March 2004
End date
31 December 2006
Grant holder
Professor Marie Gillespie
Co-applicants
Professor Andrew Hoskins
Professor Andrew Gow
Professor Andrew Hoskins
Grant amount
£140,338.04
Grant reference
RES-223-25-0063
Discipline
Sociology
Grant type