Media, Journalism and Criminal Justice
Themes will be developed by collaborative research projects, studentships, CPD and Knowledge Transfer activities.
Project 1: Crime News Production
This project seeks to locate the production of contemporary crime news within the context of changes precipitated by:
- the proliferation of news media forms and formats;
- the diversification of 24/7 news media production;
- evolving formats of crime news presentation;
- changing news values underpinning the selection and construction of crime as a primary news product;
- shifting definitions of crime, criminality and criminal justice in the context of high profile 'wars' and 'clampdowns' on criminal and anti-social behaviour;
- the specialisation (or de-specialisation) of crime journalists; and
- the establishment within key criminal justice agencies of well-resourced press offices and media departments to manage crime news.
Project 2: Surveillance and Security
Post 9/11 there is no more vital challenge in democratic societies than the need to guarantee personal security whilst protecting civil liberties. In this context, surveillance technologies have become an important and controversial issue that has a global reach. Surveillance can make us feel more secure but at what price? More people are defined as 'suspicious' whilst surveillance techniques have proliferated and intensified. This project will research the range of surveillance technologies that are being deployed and their social consequences. The empirical focal points of the research will be the measures being taken to secure high profile risks such as (a) the City of London, (b) Westfield Shopping Mall and (c) the London Olympics.
Project 3: Virtual Crime: Cyber Bullying and Social Networking
School bullying has for some time been high on the political agenda, but Anti-Bullying week 19 -23 November 2007, amidst a fanfare of national media attention, identified 'cyberbullying' as a particular cause for concern. This timely piece of research is proposed in response to the increased political and media profile of 'cyberbullying', and seeks to contribute to the development both of greater understanding of the nature and extent of cyberbullying, and more effective measures for tackling this 'new' social problem. The project is especially relevant at present given City's involvement with the new City of London Academy - Islington.