Doc Media Centre newsroom on Higher Education

On 20 November, the Doc Media Centre hosted a newsroom on the future of Higher Education after COVID-19.

Our first guest was Dr. Dawne Irving-Bell (Edge Hill University), founder of the National Teaching Repository. We spoke about Dawne’s inspiration for the NTR, how universities have been transformed by the pandemic, and the future of open educational resources. We also plugged the forthcoming inaugural edition of the Journal of Social Media for Learning, which Dawne will be launching next month.

Interview with John Coster and Dr. Dawne Irving-Bell, 18 November 2020

Our next guest was Professor Richard Hall (De Montfort University), who reflected on how universities have responded to COVID-19, the impact of neoliberal managerialism on the mental health and wellbeing of staff, the hidden cost of academic labour, and the future of Higher Education post-pandemic. We also discussed Richard’s forthcoming book The Hopeless University (to be published in 2021 by Mayfly Press). The full conversation can be viewed here

In conversation with John Coster and Prof. Richard Hall, 20 November 2020

Many thanks to Dawne and Richard for speaking to us. These were two very inspirational ‘in conversations’ that gave John and I a lot of food for thought. We look forward to having you both back at the DMC soon 🙂

Doc Media Centre sousveillance newsroom

Sousveillance newsroom, Doc Media Centre, 18 September 2020

On 18 September 2020, the Doc Media Centre hosted a sousveillance newsroom.

Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka (Oxford Internet Institute) spoke about his ongoing research on how digital media is used by activists in Belarus. He has provided expert commentary on how Telegram and other digital media platforms have been used in the recent protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Aliaksandr talking to John and I about his research on Belarus

In a wide-ranging discussion, we discussed the role of women in the protests and how activists have used digital media to record and share experiences of heavy-handed policing.For more on Aliaksandr’s work, please check out his list of recent media appearances here and follow him on Twitter

Jenny Hayes (University of Sheffield) spoke about her PhD research on how NGOs have used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to distribute evidence of Israeli brutality against Palestinians in the Middle East.

Jenny talking to John and I about her research on Palestinian sousveillance

Jenny has written a blogpost about her project and you can follow her on Twitter

Thanks to Aliaksandr and Jenny for speaking to us. We have created a resource list and dedicated page where you can find out more about sousveillance here

Discussing #TheTroubles on Instagram during 24 hour Conflict Reportage Newsroom

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This evening I will be doing an ‘in conversation’ with John Coster (Documentary Media Centre) as part of  the 24 hour Conflict Reportage Newsroom. We will be discussing  my new project on Instagram images of the Northern Irish Troubles, as well as a general chat about media coverage of the conflict. John has put together an excellent set of online (free) resources for those wanting to learn more about the conflict here. 

Join us on Facebook Live after 7pm and please do participate in the conversation on Twitter using #ConflictReportage24

Update: The video of our discussion can be viewed here

In conversation with John Coster, Reportage Club, Leicester

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Thanks to @333Dominika for the picture!

Last Friday (8th March), I had the pleasure of speaking to John Coster as part of the Reportage Club at the Documentary Media Centre pop-up in Leicester. We spoke about my work on social media and political polarisation in Northern Ireland, how loyalists and republicans use digital media to frame the Troubles, Brexit, and the future of the CAIN archive.

Many thanks to all who attended and for their interest in my work. Also, big shout out to Jennifer Jones, Richard Hall and Tina Barton for their live tweeting!

Talk at Reportage Club, Documentary Media Centre, Leicester

Delighted to be back in Leicester today for an ‘in conversation’ with John Coster as part of the Documentary Media Centre’s Reportage Club. We will discuss my ongoing work on digital media and political polarisation in Northern Ireland, in which I will draw on my work on information disorder and contentious parades and protests in the deeply divided society. Our session will kick off at 6.30pm in the DMM pop-up in Highcross (the unit opposite Costa Coffee on Shires Lane).

Thanks to John for the invite and also for sharing this reminder of my last appearance at the DMC- over 4 years ago!

 

 

Update: Reportage Club on 26th November and new position

A few updates to share this week:

1) Reportage Club, Documentary Media Centre, 26th November, 6-8pm

I will be participating in an event on conflict reportage organised by John Coster (Citzens’ Eye) next Wednesday. Amongst other things, we will discuss my research on new media and citizen journalism in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland.

Full details on the reportage club can be found here: http://citizenseye.org/2014/10/15/reportage-club-events-in-doc-media-month/

2) New role

I have recently taken on the role of Deputy Director of Research in the Department of Media and Communication. My role will involve giving feedback on external grant proposals and helping our Director of Research Professor Helen Wood in shaping the Department research strategy. As REF Impact Coordinator, I will be responsible for the identification of potential case studies for REF2020 and will work with the College of Social Science to capture evidence of the impact of research conducted within the Department. Therefore, you should expect more REF-related tweets in my stream than usual in the next few months…(apologies in advance!).