Our media plurality project, based at University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is now formally coming to an end and we want to thank everyone who engaged with us online, or participated in any of our events over the last 18 months. The project has benefited hugely from the knowledge, experience and contributions from all those who generously gave their time and commitment.
We want to draw your attention to some of the outputs and resources which emerged from the project and which we hope will continue to provide useful material for continuing research and policy debates on media plurality in the UK and in other countries. This issue is becoming more rather than less urgent, with implications for media freedom and diversity in virtually every democracy in the world. In the UK, we are hopeful that it will now be recognised as sufficiently important to feature in party political manifestos for next year’s general election.
Our main resource is this website, mediaplurality.com, which includes:
- Summary notes from our regional seminars in Cardiff and Glasgow as well as seminars in London
- Summary notes from our seminars on charitable journalism
- Commentary and materials from our conference at City University London
- Details of papers published in The Political Quarterly and Journalism Practice
- Papers and presentations from a number of conferences during the course of the project
- A major research report on hyperlocal journalism produced in collaboration with Cardiff and Birmingham City universities
- Articles and blog posts – including those shared with the LSE Media Policy Project – addressing contemporary policy issues on media plurality
- Details of other relevant articles, books and conference papers which we think might be useful to those working in this area
We will also be publishing next year an edited collection of essays by 13 national and international scholars addressing the policy themes raised during the project. We are hoping to stage a major event in May/June 2015.
We would also like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding this project and our colleagues at University of Westminster, and other organisations with which we collaborated, for their support. We hope you will continue to find the website and its associated resources useful for ongoing work in this area.
For more details of media and communications research at University of Westminster please visit the CAMRI website.