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Geopolitics, Security and Journalism


One of the aims of the programme is to develop detailed insight and knowledge of practice into the communication and circulation of academic and professionalised forms of geopolitical and security research. This means that journalism is of great interest to the MSc, and an important theme in courses such as Research Design in Geopolitics and Security which is taught by the programme team.  It also features strongly in the option course Geopolitics of Media and Communications run by Dr Alasdair Pinkerton.

During two weeks of the term we had the opportunity to organise sessions with the Times Defence Correspondent Tom Coghlan and Chris Fitch, an editor from the fashionable current affairs magazine Monocle.Held at our central London premises at Bedford Square, Noam Leshem and Peter Adey ran a Geopolitics and Journalis m session focusing on the role of journalism in conflict. During the first hour, a Q&A session with Tom gave candid insight into the role and embedding of journalists within conflict zones, and how t hey negotiate access and insight. We also learn't about how decisions are made over his perspective and positionality in relation to state-sanctioned messages, and the changing role of newspaper journalism. This was particularly critical to how other forms of electronic media, its format and consumption – such as electronic pay walls - are having a not-so subtle effect on defence journalism. 

The session with Monocle took on a different emphasis. Led by Alasdair Pinkerton the group focused more on the popularisation of geopolitical and security news and a detailed exploration of how geopolitical stories are constructed in the magazine and radio broadcasts. Chris then helped to facilitate a practical session during which the students learnt how to construct and professionally produce podcasts on a current issue as part of their coursework for Geopolitics of Media and Communications, one of our popular option courses. Several of these pod-casts will be made available to listen to and download soon.bedford

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