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‘Violent extremisms: media roles and responsibilities’

Friday 15 July 2011

Dorset Police

A one-day conference on ‘Violent extremisms: media roles and responsibilities’.

The Media School will be hosting a one-day conference on ‘Violent extremisms: media roles and responsibilities’, at the Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus, on Friday 15 July.

The event will discuss such questions as: How are different forms of extremism covered in our national media, and does this serve to marginalise or legitimise extremist groups? What are the media strategies of these groups, and what potential do social media have to change their prospects? What are or should be the relations between media professionals and police and security services, community organisations and other stakeholders? How will the media influence the success or otherwise of the soon to be revised PREVENT strategy?

The conference, which is part sponsored by Dorset Police, will bring together academics, journalists and others professionally involved in responding to violent or potentially violent extremisms. Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Professor Nigel Copsey (Teesside University) on the BNP
  • Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer (University of Exeter) on jihadism
  • Professor Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr  Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway University) on how extremist messages are presented in mainstream media
  • Stephen Jukes (Dean of the Media School at Bournemouth University, former Reuters Head of Global News)
  • Gavin Rees (European Director of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma)
  • Mark Gill (Woodnewton Associates)
  • Valentina Soria (Royal United Services Institute).

The conference is linked to the development of a web-based resource for people working in this area, the Containing Extremism Research Briefing.

There is no charge for registration, and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To book your place please click here.

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