Janet Harris - BA (Warwick)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75688
Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building
To explore the dominant discourses in selected TV news and documentaries of the coverage of the military in Iraq 2003-2006
As a documentary embed with the army in Iraq both during the invasion and after, I will be examining television news and documentary coverage of the military and war from May 2003 to February 2006 looking at the changing discourses. I would like to question whether the dominant discourses were the same or different in the two genres, and if so why. As a documentary maker of many years I would consider myself to have been ‘embedded’ with many organisations, not just the army, and I hope to include these practical experiences and the techniques of documentary making in the debate on embedding in a conflict situation.
Supervisor: Professor Justin Lewis
MA Module ‘International News Production - documentary pathway’
War reporting and Propaganda, embedding, documentaries.
Producer/Director ‘THE QUEEN’S CAVALRY’ Series about the Household Cavalry. Tx:
BBC1 March 2005
Producer/Director: ‘SOLDIER, DAUGHTER, FATHER, SON’ Series on the British army training the Iraqi police in Basrah. Tx: MBC & ITV 2004
Director: SPY’. 3 episodes of 10 part reality series on training to be a spy. Tx: BBC2 & 3. 2004
Producer/Director ‘The Carrot & The Stick’ 50’ Documentary on Life under Saddam for 4-part series SADDAM’S IRAQ. Tx MBC & ITV 2003/4
Producer/Director FIGHTING THE WAR. BBC2 June 2003. Embedded Director with The Black Watch in March/April/May 2003.
Producer/Director WELCOME TO BRITAIN First programme in series on Immigration service Tx: BBC1 2001. Nomination for BAFTA best series, & Broadcast Awards Finalist Best Series.
Series Producer: SOLDIERS TO BE; Tx: BBC1 1999. Series on training of soldiers.
Line Producer: SARAJEVO: STREET UNDER SIEGE Tx: BBC2 1993, 2’ films tx every night.
BAFTA Most original idea
1994-2002 - Director, BBC Documentaries, White City, London.
2002-2006 - Freelance Documentary Director
2006-2008 - Studying at JOMEC
2009 - In Iraq making news items and short documentaries for local tv.
2010 to present returned to JOMEC to continue PhD
Part time tutor at Swansea University in video practice and documentaries.
BA hons in Renaissance History Warwick University.
3 years in the BBC World Service as a Research & production assistant in the African Service.
12 years in the BBC documentary Department as an Assistant Producer on ’40 Mintues’; ‘Modern Times’; & ‘The System’. Then as a Producer/Director, going freelance in 2002 to make documentaries for the BBC, ITV, C5 and Sky television.