The ‘Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown,’ has been launched on the National Literacy Trust’s Website. It is only available online but it is free. Over 100 children’s authors and illustrators have contributed short stories, poems and pictures.
This symposium on media representations and the Middle East will be filled with talks, workshops, and panel discussions and will end with a screening of Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009). Moving beyond visual stereotypes, organisers invite attendees to join them in thinking about and challenging media representations.
A more detailed programme will follow but registration is now open.
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At a time when people have more information at their fingertips than ever, it feels as though it has become equally easy to share it widely or to ignore, discount, and discredit it. Several factors have contributed to this state of affairs. New technologies have given a platform to a wider range of voices, but this has also meant that unvetted information and politically motivated “fake news” find their way more easily into the bloodstream of public debate. Human nature also shapes how people consume and recall information, making them more likely to resist information that contradicts their existing beliefs and personal experiences.
Nowhere has this been more apparent than in debates about hot-button issues such as immigration. Whether in the run-up to the 2016 UK referendum on Brexit, elections across Europe and North America, or responses to the 2015–16 European refugee and migration crisis, emotionally charged and anecdotal narratives about immigrants, refugees, and their effects on receiving communities often seemed to drown out arguments made on the basis of robust data and evidence.
Yet policymaking in democratic societies relies on the engagement of an electorate able to access and think critically about new information, and to adjust their views accordingly. This report explores why there is often a pronounced gap between what research has shown about migration trends and immigration policy outcomes and what the public believes. To do so, it explores the social psychological literature on why people embrace or reject information, as well as recent changes in the media landscape. The report concludes with a reexamination of what it takes to make the “expert consensus” on these issues resonate with sceptical publics, including recommendations for policymakers and researchers seeking to communicate more effectively the costs and benefits of immigration.
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8th Annual World Radio Day: Dialogue, Tolerance, and Peace
UNESCO World Radio Day with SOAS Radio and the Communication for Development Network
6th February 2019, 15:00-19:00 at SOAS, University of London (10 Thornhaugh St, WC1H 0XG)
Join the C4D Network at the 8th annual World Radio Day London event with SOAS Radio – with a focus on the role of radio broadcasting in initiatives for dialogue, tolerance and peace in local and global contexts. Radio continues to be a strong medium for mobilising communities around political, social and economic issues, from gender-based violence to presidential elections, popular referendums and beyond.
This year we will ask how radio broadcasting can continue to open up dialogue and bridge the divides among an increasingly polarised community of listeners – and, in so doing, help to spread messages of tolerance, racial and gender equality, and reconciliation.
World Radio Day London will feature live interviews from different actors within broadcasting and multimedia around this year’s theme, as well as workshops, and a keynote address on radio broadcasting in times of political violence.
Speakers for the afternoon workshops:
Dr. Ivor Gaber
Professor of Political Journalism, University of Sussex
Emeritus Professor of Broadcast Journalism, Goldsmiths
Visiting Professor of Media and Politics, University of Bedfordshire
Dr. Emma Heywood
Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication
Project Leader: FemmepowermentAfrique
The event is free and open to the public.
Full details of times, workshops and speakers to follow.