Thursday, 2 May 2013

Grad Prog talks this Weds (8 May): Studying TV News // Research and Writing for Students

MediaCity campus, Room 2.20. (Non-Salford students and PGRs can sign in at reception at 3 and at 4).

Internal presentation, 3.10-4pm 
Dr Sharon Coen (Psychology)

The talk will present results from a large comparative study on 'Media Systems, Political Context and Informed Citizenship: an 11 Nations study'.

The study consisted of a content analysis of (among others) TV News and a survey on a large representative sample in each Nation (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, UK and US). I am hoping to get some useful feedback concerning the best way to present the wealth of information gathered.

Guest lecturer:
Dr Rob Edgar (York St John University), 4.10-5pm.

Theorising Practice and Writing for Education: Writing for an Audience

This presentation will discuss the role of the academic in writing specifically for a student audience. While debates persist over the nature and importance of "pure" academic research, the issues of impact and relevance are becoming ever more importance. And, in approaching these issues, the functions of educational writing and and the role of practice in research are revealed to be increasingly relevant, and vital, as forms of research.

Dr Robert Edgar is Head of Postgraduate Film and Television Production at York St John University.  In this role he heads the MAs in Film Production and Documentary Production and supervises PhD students, increasingly in practice led theses.  He is the author and co-author of a number of text books for the AVA series in Film making and, with Salford's Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs and Benjamin Halligan, co-edited The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge, 2013).

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