Experts reflect on riots reporting
Media and the Riots: A Call for Action, published today (6 August) on the first anniversary of the riots, is the first report to examine the impact of the mainstream print and broadcast media’s reporting on the communities most affected.
The report, written by Dr Leah Bassel of our Department of Sociology, reflects the views of those who attended the Media and the Riots conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust and citizen journalism website The-Latest.com in November. The conference brought young people and community members from riot-stricken areas face-to-face with reporters and members of the media.
It recommends holding the media to account, engaging with journalists, communicating with decision-makers, promoting citizen journalism and social media and ensuring access to journalism.