Reprezentology - The Journal of Media and Diversity: Issue 01 Winter 2020

Biswas, K., ed. (2020) Reprezentology - The Journal of Media and Diversity: Issue 01 Winter 2020. Birmingham City University and Cardiff University.

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Abstract

In the wake of Black Lives Matter, many people at the helm of the UK media industry have rightly been critical of its historic failings around diversity – both in its output and in making sure its workforce mirrors the many shades of modern multicultural Britain. But we must remember that this period of self-analysis does not mark a moment – it heralds a movement. In the pages of Reprezentology – the Journal for Media and Diversity – we hope to build connections between the academy, journalists and broadcasters. Rather than seek piecemeal reform to address the underrepresentation of marginalised voices, we wish to go further and help create a media that reflects the richness of every part of society. Launched as a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and Cardiff University (see back page for comments by their Vice-Chancellors), we want to analyse and work with all areas of media production, commissioning new research and opening meaningful conversations on how to dismantle existing barriers to participation. This first issue features Sir Lenny Henry and David Olusoga talking frankly about race and stereotyping in the television industry, Charlene White’s thoughts on fusing together current affairs and children’s programming for ‘IRL with Team Charlene’, and Dr Peter Block and Emma Butt unveiling their original academic research on the systemic lack of diversity in broadcast regulation and post-production sound recording. We republish Professor Stuart Hall’s ferocious television essay ‘It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum’, discover a treasure trove in the Black radio archive, consider cultural depictions of disability and newspaper initiatives to better engage women readers, and navigate the evolving worlds of freelance and political journalism. At the end of each article, you will find a summary of ideas for the industry to act upon. We are looking to widen the editorial board of Reprezentology (see back page for full list) as well as our pool of writers. If you are interested in contributing to this developing project or have feedback and suggestions for future issues, please get in touch: Reprezentology@bcu.ac.uk

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Sir Lenny Henry and Professor David Olusoga sharing stories about their experiences of racism in the UK television industry. Charlene White showing us behind the cameras of her recent children’s programme ‘IRL with Team Charlene’. Dr Peter Block and Emma Butt outlining their research on the systemic lack of diversity in broadcast regulation and post-production sound teams. A republished television essay on race and the BBC by cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Articles on freelancing, political journalism, black radio archive, cultural depictions of disability, women's engagement at the Financial Times. Book reviews and media recommendations from BCU’s Course Leader in Journalism Marverine Duffy.
Date: 10 December 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black Lives Matter, BLM, diversity, media, broadcast, racism, culture
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 10:26
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 11:19
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10523

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