• Euroscepticism in the Berlusconi and Murdoch press

      Rowinski, Paul (Sage, 2014-10-14)
       A comparative analysis of Euroscepticism  explores what it means in two nations and what is then articulated in specific newspapers. The theoretical terrain, Italy’s and Britain’s post-war relationships with the European Union, the countries’ media structures and the specific context of Il Giornale  (owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s family) in Italy and The Times  in the United Kingdom (owned by Rupert Murdoch) are mapped out. Some 21 interviews were conducted with relevant journalists and politicians (including reporters covering Europe for the aforementioned) offering further context. A critical discourse analysis of news stories and commentaries then spans the last decade. Although there is some Euroscepticism  in Il Giornale , it has historically been localised, yet now seems to be growing in intensity. In The Times , however, the Euroscepticism  conveyed is more pervasive and deeper. Its fact-based  news can actually be very persuasive – ironically more akin to the commentary-laden news of Il Giornale  – as the debate looms ahead of the planned 2017 UK referendum on European Union membership.
    • Evolving Euroscepticisms in the British and Italian press: selling the public short

      Rowinski, Paul (Palgrave, 2017-10-23)
      This book argues the discursive construction of the EU in national newspapers is pivotal in creating an environment of Euroscepticism. It will challenge the persuasive, manipulative and prejudicial language, sometimes peddled in the influential UK Murdoch and Italian Berlusconi press. The foci are the key Eurosceptic triggers of the euro; the subsequent national economic crises; and immigration, investigated through major events covered over two decades, including the UK’s recent Brexit vote. The book will explore the national responses to the post-war project; how the EU is understood through the prism of nationhood; and how that has now manifested itself in Euroscepticism in both countries, lastly articulated through  interviews with British and Italian politicians and journalists involved. It will include Euroscepticism’s latest chapter. The increasingly key protagonists of the UK Independence Party and Italy’s Five Star Movement, want to take Britain out of the EU and Italy out of the euro – covered in the Murdoch and Berlusconi press.
    • The (in)visibility of Arab women in political journalism

      Mellor, Noha (Routledge, 2019-02-12)
      While the expansion of the Arab news and media industries over the past two decades has provided unprecedented opportunities for women to access and succeed in the media field, journalists are still not expected to question the political order. Many women have not managed to fend off the newsroom’s discrimination against them because women are often expected to serve as positive role models and representatives of their country, reflecting a modern image of the nation, instead of challenging the government and championing the social reforms so acutely needed. Arab women journalists are generally expected to support rather than challenge the patriarchal order in times of political turbulence, in order to preserve the perceived social stability provided by adhering to the status quo. Those few who defy the status quo may risk putting their future career prospects in jeopardy or be forced to abandon the high-status political beat which is largely dominated by men journalists. This chapter discusses some of these challenges faced by Arab women journalists and demonstrates how recent turmoil and repercussions against political reforms in many Arab countries have exacerbated the challenges.
    • Lovers in time : practice research in the times of patriotic journalism in Zimbabwe

      Piotrowska, Agnieszka (Intellect, 2016-06-01)
      This article features my practice research in Zimbabwe. In particular, I focus on the issues surrounding the staging of the most controversial theatrical play during the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2014, Lovers in Time, written by Zimbabwean Blessing Hungwe and produced and directed by myself. I present the case against the background of the media furore that surrounded the production. I see the press reactions, which changed from very positive to irrationally vitriolic, as an example of patriotic journalism and Althusserian interpellation. Under the particular circumstances in Zimbabwe, my whiteness, gender and European background were also an issue discussed both in the media and among the members of our theatrical company when decisions had to be made regarding where the lines of belonging lie and why. The article suggests that open discussions of this nature might be helpful in terms of de-mystifying the cultural challenges and subverting patriarchal notions of production of knowledge in which the myth of objectivity is still advanced as the only valid scholarly interrogation.
    • Mediating identity: the West African diaspora, conflict and communication.

      Silverman, Jon (Intellect, 2018-06-04)
      Migration has created many existential problems for societies and individuals, not least amongst them, questions of identity. Over time, migrants settle and form a diaspora in a new land but does their dislocation from that geographical space they once called ‘home’ inevitably erode or subvert their sense of self ? Can representation through the diasporic media mitigate this loss and perhaps offer the exile an enhanced vision of their country of origin as well as a bridge to their new home ? The African Union considers the diaspora the sixth region of Africa and the news media helps foster amongst exiles an ‘imagined diaspora’ (Anderson), connecting them to their country of origin. Increasingly in the social media age, this ‘diaspora of the Internet’ (Tettey) can be seen at work, often acting as a mirror for division and disharmony in the country of origin. Taking a case study approach of three countries in West Africa and interpreting conflict in its broadest senses, this article seeks to examine the ways in which the news-related media of the West African diaspora has influenced understandings of identity.    
    • The state of Arab media since 2011

      Mellor, Noha; University of Bedfordshire (IeMED, 2018-12-20)