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    We must rethink Russia’s propaganda machine in order to reset the dynamic that drives it

We must rethink Russia’s propaganda machine in order to reset the dynamic that drives it

To understand how Russian propaganda works, we first have to discard the idea that the Kremlin is in charge of a coordinated media machine acting together with cyber-warriors to attack a single audience. Stephen Hutchings explains why Russian media discourses are much more complicated than often presented.

The theme of propaganda dominated much British media coverage of the Skripal […]

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    Reason over politics: how The Economist has portrayed austerity since 1945

Reason over politics: how The Economist has portrayed austerity since 1945

The Economist has historically framed austerity as a necessary evil, finds Timo Harjuniemi. He explains why this portrayal is exemplary of how post-political journalism frames economic policy-making more broadly, with one of the consequences being that the debate surrounding the necessity of austerity measures has become less pluralist.

“The unpalatable truth is that austerity lies ahead, whoever wins at the […]

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    Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Local news must be seen as a public good rather than as a profitable commodity, argues Julie Firmstone. It is this idea that must guide the new government review of UK press sustainability, so that the focus is on rethinking the conditions needed to produce local news rather than merely on the profitability of the sector.

The focus of the […]

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    Eleanor Mills: Women are still portrayed through the lens of an old, male, pale, stale establishment

Eleanor Mills: Women are still portrayed through the lens of an old, male, pale, stale establishment

A new report by Women in Journalism, titled “The Tycoon and the Escort: The business of portraying women in newspapers”, shines a light on the extent to which British media offer a male-dominated interpretation of society. The title refers to the description used in the coverage of the murder by a businessman of his lover, which “could easily have […]

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    Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

With politicians, media, and much of public opinion already framing welfare as a problem, what is the impact of television shows that claim to ‘expose’ the daily lives of claimants? Ruth Patrick draws on her latest book to explain the mismatch between such portrayals and claimants’ realities. She writes that while some of Britain’s poorest are being exploited for […]

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    Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

Press regulation: three reasons why a 30 year old campaign must continue

A government consultation on press regulation which asked for views on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether or not to proceed with Leveson Part 2, recently closed. Steven Barnett argues that it is important to take a longer term perspective on the issue of press reform.

With the government’s consultation on […]

Us and Them: how populist parties get their message across

Current discussions about politics – be it European, British, or American – almost inevitably end up being discussions about populism. Yet we know little about how populist parties communicate their messages. Focusing on this area, and drawing on extensive research from across Europe, Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Carsten Reinemann, Jesper Stromback, and Claes de Vreese share some key findings […]

The conflict between religion and media has deep roots

A recent report into the place of religion in public life presented a gloomy picture of the relationship between media and religion. Whilst media misrepresentations usually concern Muslims, the most vocal complainers are Christians. Abby Day argues the reason for this may lie in more fundamental, ancient and even ontological concerns.

Recent attention to mainstream media reveals that relations between […]

August 27th, 2016|Featured|3 Comments|