Radical Journalism Under Austerity and Political Polarisation


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9:00 am - 5:00 pm


DCU All Hallows campus


Dublin City University (DCU) School of Communications are delighted to announce a workshop on Radical Journalism, Austerity and Political Polarisation: Considerations of Theory and Practice at DCU All Hallows Campus on July 11th, 9am – 5pm. Join us to engage with critical media scholars and practitioners from Ireland, Britain and Greece across this one day workshop, exploring concepts and practices of radical journalism.

An economic and socio-political crisis is unfolding in media and journalism, where dominant funding models (corporate and public service), and political outlooks and functions (watchdog, objectivity, balance) are being challenged. Responses to these crises have typically taken two forms: a techno-solutionist one, looking at technological innovation and entrepreneurship as a means for re-inventing journalism; and a radical one, which considers liberal journalism and technological innovation on its own as inadequate in dealing with the socio-political, economic and ecological problems the world is currently facing.

This workshop is focusing on this kind of radical journalism, which directly thematises questions of social justice, equality, wealth redistribution, social benefit and social change. We are posing a series of questions and themes for discussion, interrogating both conceptualisations and practices associated with radical journalism and mediated radical politics. Such interrogations include questions such as:

  • What is the ‘radical’ in radical journalism?
  • What is the role of radical journalism in post democracy?
  • What values, rules and processes does radical journalism mobilise?
  • What kinds of relationships does it foster with the public?
  • How does it position itself vis-a-vis other political actors, including politicians and political parties, social movements and unions?
  • What business models does it use, and what is or should be its approach to sustainability? What are the labour conditions for journalists in radical initiatives?
  • What can the history and genealogy of radical journalism can tell us about its present and its future?

We expect the day will be of interest both to media and communication scholars, critical academics of all disciplines, and students as well those practicing and organising (and hoping to set up and grow) radical media projects and new critical approaches to journalism.