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Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

MSc Econ (Swansea), MA (Bradford), MBA (Cardiff)

Position: PhD Student

Email: MitchellL4@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75688

Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building


PhD Research

The role of the media in peacebuilding in post-conflict societies with special reference to Africa

Much has been written about the role of the media in conflict but what is their role once the guns become silent? Since the Cold War ended there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of civil wars especially throughout Africa. The slow, arduous task of rebuilding a shattered society does not command column inches or a place in the running order in foreign media. It is overall the homegrown journalist who is left to make sense of what has happened and what is still to come.

How do journalists perform in such desperate conditions? What contribution can they hope to make to the debate on rebuilding civil society and the democratic infrastructure? What forms of the media have survived the conflict and which new forms are likely to emerge? What is the impact on different audiences: politicians, former combatants, women and young people?

Supervisor: Dr Paul Mason

Research Interests

Conflict resolution and mediation; peacebuilding in post-conflict societies; diversity in the broadcast industry; management practice and organisational change in the media; community cohesion.

MBA Dissertation: 'It ain't half hot Mum: The BBC in a time of change'

MA Dissertation: ‘Political Correctness: the Emperor’s New Clothes?’

MSc Econ Dissertation: 'If education is the answer for Africa, what is the question?'

Background

More than twenty years in the broadcast media working as a reporter, producer and presenter for both the BBC and ITV. I have run my own production company Mandeville Media and also a community radio station ‘Tiger Bay FM’. While at BBC Wales, I presented the Sony Gold Award- winning ‘Eye on Wales’ current affairs programme. Most recently, I was Head of Diversity for the BBC, leading a team of specialists who won several national awards for ground-breaking work in the areas of recruitment and training of minority ethnic and disabled staff.

Teaching

  • History of Mass Communications and Culture
  • Media and the Public Sphere
  • Understanding Journalism
  • Research Methods