Research Showcase Day at Lincoln

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Scholars in the Lincoln School of Film and Media and the Lincoln School of English and Journalism are organising a Research Showcase on 15 July, 2015 at the University of Lincoln, UK. The theme of the event is ‘Participatory Media Research’ and posters for the exhibition will be displayed in the Main Building at Brayford Pool. In addition to the exhibition, the project/team will do a mini-presentation of about 15 minutes. The exhibition opens at 10am.

Please find below the list of topics:

‘Internet Sharing of Illicit Drug Use knowledge and experience’ by Professor Dave Boothroyd and Dr. Sarah Lewis

‘Comics and the World Wars – A Cultural Record’ by Professor Jane Chapman, Andrew Kerr, Anna Hoyles

‘Radio Rampton’ by Dylan Roys and Rose Braisby

‘Crowd-curated History’ by Dr Andrew Elliot

‘The Web We Want’ by co_LAB Research Group: Richard Vickers, Martyn Thayne, Graham Cooper, James Field

‘Delivering diversity: Broadcast news media and their use of online formats’ by Dr Ola Ogunyemi



International Symposium – Call for Papers

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Organiser: Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG) at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Date:       Friday 16 October, 2015

Conference Theme: Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution

Keynote Speakers: To be announced.

There are more people in diaspora around the world today due to conflict than at any time since WW2. While there are many initiatives by governments and international organisations to engage, empower and enable diaspora communities for the benefit of the host countries and countries of origin, little attention has been devoted to the grassroots approach by the diasporic communities in contributing to, through the appropriation of new media technology, or to the diasporic media’s role in fostering conflict resolution in their countries of origin.

This international symposium aims to examine the dynamics of journalistic practices and diasporic experiences in fostering conflict resolution. Hence, we welcome papers on the theme of the conference including, but not limited to, the diasporic media organisation dimension of conflict resolution; the professional values dimension of conflict resolution; and the diaspora audience dimension of conflict resolution. We plan to develop the conference theme into an edited book.

In addition, there will be a panel and a roundtable discussion. The panel on ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’ will launch the edited book published in April, 2015 by Palgrave. Contributors will discuss and answer questions about their chapters. Please find the link to the book

The roundtable discussion brings the perspectives of journalists and organisations working with diasporic/minority groups to the debate. Please contact the organisers if your organisation is interested in participating.

To present a paper or contribute a chapter to the planned book, please email your 200word abstract indicating your preference to Dr Ola Ogunyemi, by 19 June, 2015.

Breaking News! Book on Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora

Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Dr Ola Ogunyemi, the convener of the Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG) at the University of Lincoln, has edited a book titled ‘Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora’. The book, written by leading scholars on diaspora journalism, is one of the few scholarly texts on the journalistic practices of the diasporic media around the world. The 15 chapters explore how diasporic communities engage with local, national and global processes (social, cultural and governmental) and how diasporic news reflects those linkages. It will be launched at the forthcoming MDRG International Symposium in October, 2015. For more information about the book, please visit

News – Media Representation and Africa

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Ola Ogunyemi

Ola Ogunyemi was invited to participate as a panel member at the CAS 50th Anniversary Conference titled ‘Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?’ on Friday 20th February, 9am-6pm, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre


A diverse selection of high-profile speakers drawn from academia and the media industry will address questions of representation, narrative and institutional funding with regards to Africa in the media. This one-day conference aims to take the debate forward beyond the ‘Africa Rising’ vs the ‘desperate continent’ discussion and look at current and future trajectories in commissioning, producing and reporting both outside and within the continent. Bringing together those working in the areas of documentary, news reporting, television drama and fictional film, this event promises to develop angles for debate and provide a range of views from those working in front of and behind the camera.

For more information, pls visit Programme available to download from the website

Forthcoming Edited Book – Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Ola Ogunyemi

Edited by Dr Ola Ogunyemi

Publisher:  Palgrave.

Expected publication date: February 2015.

Content Page:

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Prof. Ralph Negrine
Notes on Contributors
1 Conceptualising the Media of Diaspora
Olatunji Ogunyemi
Part I  Production Practices
2 Imagine what the Gentiles must think: Editors of the Jewish press reflect on covering the Bernie Madoff financial scandal            Hinda Mandell
3 Transnational Public Spheres and Deliberative Politics in Zimbabwe: An analysis of           Shepherd Mpofu
4 Negotiating Cultural Taboos in News Reporting: A Case Study of the Diasporic Media in the UK             Olatunji Ogunyemi
5 Journalism of Turkish Language Newspapers in the UK
Sanem Sahin
Part II  News Production and Processing
6 Discursive Inclusion and Hegemony: The Politics of Representation in Migrant Minority Media                 Lucía Echevarría Vecino, Alicia Ferrández Ferrer, and Gregory Dallemagne
7 The Voice of the International Community’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Immigration Reports in The Copenhagen Post      Teke Ngomba
8 The South Asian-Canadian media’s resistance to gender and cultural stereotyping
Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra and Paul Fontaine.
9 The impact of the Yom Kippur War (1973) in the Jewish-Argentine Diaspora press           Laura Schenquer and Liliana Mayer.
10 The Counter-journalism of Roma Minority Media in Bulgaria       Svetlana D. Hristova
Part III Reception and Consumption
11 Dispatches from the dispersed: Comparatively analysing the role of internet-based diaspora journalism in Zimbabwean and Iranian contexts    Donya Alinejad and Bruce Mutsvairo
12 Contested place and truth-work: investigating news reception and diasporic sense of place among British Jews        Eyal Lavi
13 Diaspora Media Consumption: A Case study of UKZambians Magazine   Brian Chama
14 New Media Use by the U.K.’s Palestinian Diaspora     Amira Halperin
15 Longing and Belonging: An exploration of the online news consumption practices of the Zimbabwean diaspora       Tendai Chari

16 Postscript: Prospects for Future Research             Olatunji Ogunyemi