Projects of Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre

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These are all the projects that Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre staff have worked on from 2007 onwards.

Media Reform Coalition

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The Media Reform Coalition was set up by members of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre in 2011 and campaigns for increased diversity and accountability of the British media.

Leverhulme programme archive

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The archive of the work of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre during the period 2007-12 covers five projects.

The first project’s conclusion is that while the internet has enabled new voices to be heard, it is contributing to the deterioration of mainline journalism and has not dislodged legacy media oligopolies.

The second project on Metadata examines innovative applications in China and Japan, develops a new tagging system with the Tate Gallery, and examines with the BBC ‘liveness’  in the production and reception of the news. The third project creates three experimental devices that illuminate the global occurrence of news, enriches understanding of the local environment and empowers speech in the local community.The fourth project argues that European communication policy has ignored minorities, and private initiatives have given voice to migrants, the Roma in Italy, and gays and lesbians in former Yugoslavia. The fifth project examines the use of space, surveillance and screens in three cities: Cairo, London and Shanghai. New technology is reconfiguring urban space in both positive and negative ways that have not been fully understood by planners, designers and policymakers. 

 

Carnegie

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Carnegie UK Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in UK and Ireland.

Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman and Tamara Witschge undertook research into Civil Society and the Media for the Carnegie UK Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in UK and Ireland. The report is published on 15 March 2010 and can be found on the Carnegie UK website 

Even though there now is a plethora of media outlets, and citizens and civil society can publish media content more easily than ever, there still is a dominance of certain players that control news, information content and public debate. 

With a broken funding model, lack of diversity in media content, and online challenges to the production of material that is in the public interest, this report examines how to protect and enhance the plurality of media (both in terms of funding models and in terms of content). As consolidation of media power continues, media ownership is still a key issue. As the debates around the news media intensify, it is a critical point in time to consider alternatives to media ownership and funding models that can better serve the public interest.