Title: Friends like these? The changing norms and infrastructures of conflict reporting
Date: 13th December 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Room 310, Communication Building (uphill campus)
This talk examines shifts in how conflicts are increasingly reported, asking how and from where our pictures of distant wars are being created. On the one hand, increasing precarity in professional conflict journalism may be pushing the field into an increasingly close embrace of the norms and values of humanitarianism. On the other, traditional 'professional' journalism is increasingly finding itself displaced as the primary communicator of the reality of conflict: it now functions as one group in an increasingly competitive (and distorted) media ecosystem, alongside bystander journalists, open source intelligence specialists, and combatants themselves.
Richard has a PhD from the London School of Economics for a thesis exploring the ethics and practices of journalistic witnessing in South Sudan, that was awarded the Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize in 2020. He also holds an MA in media studies from Rhodes University and an MPP in public policy and conflict from Universität Erfurt. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor at the Center for Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Groningen. Richard's research interests include work on the ethics and practices of witnessing in wartime and humanitarian situations, affect and emotion in journalism and media work, humanitarian communication, the mediation of war, ethics of humanitarian image-making and circulation, and the episteic structures of conflict spaces.He has published in journals including Journalism, Journalism Practice and Media, War, and Conflict, and presented at regional and international conferences, including IAMCT, ICA and ISA. Richard is presently the chair of the ECREA temporary working group on the ethics of mediated suffering, the coordinator of the Witnessing reading group, a reviews editor for Media, War and Conflict and an external examiner for the University of Groningen.
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