Kaori Hayashi Media Research Group will hold the following lecture on Monday, 22 May. No registration needed. Looking forward to your participation!
The British Media and the European Referendum
There have been attempts to describe the British European referendum as a a grass roots revolt delivered by social media. If it was not a grass roots revolt – it was delivered by the mass media. Social media played a role in disseminating material but the decision to withdraw from the European Union was orchestrated by the British tabloid press. Television and the BBC in particular, followed an agenda that was set by the tabloids and based on tactics that we have learned to recognise from the Trump campaign. The tabloid press (with the exception of the Daily Mirror) had campaigned against Europe for decades and bombarded their readers with pro-Brexit propaganda throughout the campaign while the BBC covered the campaign as though it was a battle between two wings of the Conservative party. The greatest failure lay with the BBC which failed to fully inform the public about the issues. It was content to focus on the kind of ‘game playing’
coverage that is known to undermine trust.
Professor Angela Phillips
University of London, Goldsmiths
Professor Phillips teaches journalism and journalism studies and is active in journalism research. She established the MA Journalism, MA Digital Journalism and initiated the joint honours BA Journalism in conjunction with the Department of Computing, as well as convening all other undergraduate journalism courses.
In 2009, she launched EastLondonLines a local, multi-media, news website that is run by Goldsmiths students and has a significant local audience.
She has been a journalist for over forty years, starting in the alternative and feminist press of the 1970s and moving on to work for national newspapers, magazines, television and radio (the BBC and independents). She trained initially as a photographer and worked for several years as a photojournalist before moving into print and online media with occassional forays into TV and radio.
Her research interests cover: democracy and journalism, ethics, working practices, the changing audience for news and changing news consumption behaviour. She works with the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre and is also the chair of the Ethics Committee of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform. She gave evidence to the Leveson enquiry into the press.
Date: Monday, 22 May 2017
Venue: Lecture Room 2nd Floor, iii Main Building, Joho-Gakkan
The lecture will be in English. The Q&A session will be both in English and Japanese.
No registration needed.
Hosted by Prof. Kaori Hayashi “Media Kenkyu-no-Tsudoi”.