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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Memorialisation and massacre : Srebrenica seminar

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

The role of academics as security ‘experts’ for news media

Author: Ben O’Loughlin Date: 01 January 2008 Working paper

Convincing claims : representation and democracy in post-9/11 Britain

Author: Giles Moss Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Shifting proximities : news and 'belonging-security'

Author: Karen Qureshi Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Virtual jihadist media : function, legitimacy and radicalizing efficacy

Author: Akil Awan Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Unravelling identities : citizenship and legitimacy in a multicultural Britain

Author: Zahbia Yousuf Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

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

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

Shifting securities in Northern Ireland : 'terror’ and ‘the troubles’ in the global media and local memory

Author: David Herbert Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

News cultures, security and transnational belonging : cross-generational perspectives among British Pakistani women

Author: Sadaf Rivzi Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Assertions of identities through news production : news-making among teenage Muslim girls in London and New York

Author: Habiba Noor Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Security, media and multicultural citizenship : a collaborative ethnography

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 August 2007 Journal article

Media, war & conflict

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 24 May 2007 Other output

Project response to consultation on Ofcom’s strategy and priorities for the promotion of media literacy

Author: M. B Gillespie Date: 24 May 2007 Other output

ESRC/SSRC Visiting Fellowship Award (£3,200)

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 24 May 2007 Other output

Project response to consultation on Ofcom’s news cultures research

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 24 May 2007 Other output

Moving images and modern war

Creator: J. Gow Date: 24 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

Europe and the Muslim world : EU enlargement and the Western Balkans

Creator: J Gow Date: 24 May 2007 Seminar/workshop

Culture and social change : disciplinary exchanges inaugral conference

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

Shifting securities panel : British Sociological Association annual conference

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

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

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

Weaponizing the media conference

Creator: J Gow Date: 23 May 2007 Presentation/lecture

Televising war

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 23 May 2007 Other output

Mediating security : global media 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

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

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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