MFJ – Journalist Killings and the Civil Sphere

Date/Time: Thu 28 Jul / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Caulfield Campus, Building B, Room B4.37


The Journalism Program and Culture Media Economy in the School of Media, Film and Journalism present

Journalist Killings and the Civil Sphere

More journalists are being killed and threatened around the world than at any time before. How do we account for these disturbing trends and why do journalists increasingly put themselves in harm’s way? This presentation argues that if we are to better understand the motivations of journalists and the mobilisation of journalism as a communicative and collective enterprise, one that is now capable of both reporting on and recognising the human plight of others in violent, uncivil places, it is important to understand how journalism is caught up in the vortices of history and the globalising present. It is this, as well as the political economics of the contemporary marketplace, the practical constraints of news organisations and the contending discourses of propaganda and power, that helps to better account for the assignment of journalists who knowingly place themselves in perilous conditions. This presentation makes the argument for reconceiving journalism in and through the prism of the ‘Civil Sphere’ (Alexander 2006), albeit necessarily inflected both historically and globally. It draws on arguments, as well as journalist accounts and reflections, set out in Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings, Intimidation and Security (Cottle, Sambrook and Mosdell, published later this year). 

Professor Simon Cottle

Simon Cottle is Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University where he was formerly Deputy and then Head of School (2008 -2015). Previously he was Inaugural Chair and Director of the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne. He is currently Director of a new Research Group at Cardiff: ‘Communications, Human Security and Atrocity in Global Context.’ Simon is the author of many books on media, globalization and the communication of insecurity and imminent atrocity Global Context.’ Simon is the author of many books on media, globalization and the communication of conflicts, crises and catastrophes. Most recently these include Mediatized Conflicts (2006), Global Crisis Reporting (2009), Transnational Protests and the Media (Ed. with L. Lester) (2011), Disasters and the Media (with M. Pantti and K. Wahl-Jorgensen) (2012), and Humanitarianism, Communications and Change (Ed. with G. Cooper)(2015).

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