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

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

Defending the West

Author: James Gow Date: 01 January 2005 Book

War, image and legitimacy : viewing contemporary conflict

Author: James Gow Date: 01 January 2007 Book

War and media : the emergence of diffused war

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2010 Book

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

Author: James Gow Date: 25 April 2013 Book

Television and terror : conflicting times and the crisis of news discourse

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2007 Book

War, image, legitimacy : viewing contemporary conflict

Author: J. Gow Date: 01 January 2007 Book

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

Multilingual news cultures and cosmopolitan citizenship

Author: Marie Gillespie Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

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

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

Imaging war and memory

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

Diminishing returns : mediated recursions into insecurity

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

New memory : the media and the massacre at Srebrenica

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Governing ‘real-time’ conflict broadcasting

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Ghost in the machine : television and wars’ past(s)

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Television fictions : time, speed and anxiety in Fox’s 24

Author: B. O’Loughlin Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Spinning Hutton : in search of the big picture

Author: M. B. Gillespie Date: 01 January 2004 Conference paper/presentation

Shifting securities : multilingual news cultures and cosmopolitan citizenship

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

Sympathy to others’ passions? The re-mediation of Arabic television news in Britain

Author: B. O’Loughlin 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

Hearts, minds and retinas : legitimating contemporary war

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

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

Embedded memories? : televising the Iraq war

Author: A. Hoskins Date: 01 January 2004 Conference paper/presentation

BBC in the morning, CNN tonight : being an ‘expert’ in the war on terror

Author: B. O’Loughlin Date: 01 January 2007 Conference paper/presentation

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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