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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Global viewing in East London : multi-ethnic youth responses to television news

Author: Ammar Al Ghabban Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Virtual jihadist media : function, legitimacy and radicalizing efficacy

Author: Akil Awan Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

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Security, media, legitimacy : multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq War 2003

Author: MB Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Article (submitted)

Special issue : After September 11 : television news and transnational audiences

Author: M. B, ed Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Journal issue

Shifting securities : news cultures before and beyond the iraq war 2003 : cultural complexity in the new Norway seminar series

Creator: M. B Gillespie Date: 23 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

Apocalyptic visions : televising and viewing terrorism : media department seminar series

Creator: M. B Gillespie Date: 23 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

Mediating security : global media seminar series

Creator: M. B Gillespie Date: 23 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

At home with the world service? The politics of translation and translating politics

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Anti-terrorism, media and publics’ seminar : Centre for Public Communication Research Bournemouth

Creator: M. B. Gillespie Date: 24 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

Shifting securities panel : British Sociological Association annual conference

Creator: M. B Gillespie Date: 24 May 2007 Presentation/lecture

Culture and social change : disciplinary exchanges inaugral conference

Creator: M. B Gillespie Date: 24 May 2007 Presentation/lecture

Contesting legitimacy : security policy, news media and multi-ethnic publics after the Iraq war 2003

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Tuning in : diasporic contact zones at BBC World Service

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Al Jazeera and diaspora audiences

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Shifting securities : multilingual news cultures and cosmopolitan citizenship

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 01 January 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Multilingual news cultures and cosmopolitan citizenship

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

News media, threats and insecurities : an ethnographic approach

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 December 2009 Journal article

Our ground zeros : competing perspectives on the attacks of 11th September 2001 among transnational TV audiences

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 January 2002 Book chapter

Terrorism, media and war : from New York to London, from Iraq to Iran

Creator: MB Gillespie Date: 23 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

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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

Special issue : Media, security and multicultural citizenship

Author: M. B, ed Gillespie Date: 13 March 2007 Journal issue

Security, media and multicultural citizenship : a collaborative ethnography

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Reassessing audiences and citizens : the everyday modulation of terror news

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

Shifting insecurities : media and the “war on terror”

Creator: M. B. Gillespie Date: 23 May 2007 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