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Covering Zimbabwe - first lesson is get the names right and find good pundits

Nov
15

Some random thoughts on Zim coverage so far:

Well done Radio 4's Today - amazing mangling of Mnangagwa. Try to get it right, he might be the next President. Still why bother with these silly African names. Poor Journalism and why give  a London-based, uninformed  ZANU-PF stooge so much uninterrupted airtime? It;'s a shame they didn't get a proper expert on Zimbabwe instead of some writer (and formwer Cameron speechwriter) who has just been to Zimbabwe. Plenty of real specialists easily available in UK. Very simplistic and uninformative about what is really going on - the exercise of combined military and political power for control of the ruling party.  Not so much as coup as militarised politics within ZANU-PF.  Contexxt and history is everything in this story

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Study of British media coverage of Cecil the Lion

Oct
04
Coming soon on Kindle at Amazon:
 
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Media internship opportunity at Un Office for Human Rights in Geneva

Aug
31

The Media Unit in the Communications Section at the UN Human Rights Office seeks an intern with excellent research skills, a good understanding of global media and fluency in English. The ideal candidate would be able to work independently, with minimal supervision, in compiling daily press clippings relevant to the Office's work; in monitoring the media to study the impact that our press products have; and in undertaking other tasks, including research, as assigned by the Media Officers and Spokesperson. Knowledge of human rights would be a plus and some knowledge of French is desirable.

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It’s 30 years since Cuito Cuanavale. How the battle redefined southern Africa

May
30

An examination of whether a single battle, that ended in stalemate, changed southern Africa.

https://theconversation.com/its-30-years-since-cuito-cuanavale-how-the-b...

            


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Keith S - Broadcasting Ambivalence: South Africa’s Radio RSA on African Independence and Udi in Rhodesia

Mar
30

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01439685.2017.1300408

 

Study of South African radio propaganda at the time of the independence of Africazn states and UDI in Rhodesia.

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Framing conflict – the Cold War and after: Reflections from an old hack

Mar
27

Keith Somerville - Framing conflict – the Cold War and after: Reflections from an old hack, Media, War and Conflict, 26 March 2017

 

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1750635217698336

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Is Anything Happening? Review of Robin Lustig's account of his life in news

Feb
01

http://talkinghumanities.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2017/01/31/talking-humanity-lif...

Do read this book - will give you a flavour of how journalism works. Copies have been ordered for the library.

Keith

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Chance of paid shoot-edit work

Jan
11

Rod McKenzie, former Newsbeat and1Xtra news editor, is looking for shoot-edit and other journalistically-qualified people to work for payment.

 

This is what he put on my Facebook page:

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