Overt racism in the media, and especially the national press, isn’t exactly hard to spot, although of course the papers concerned hotly deny its existence. But there is also covert racism – conveyed by weasel words and unspoken assumptions – which is actually more insidious because more difficult to pin down. Complaining to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is pointless, since it is so very far from independent, but exposure via the non-mainstream is now a great deal quicker easier than it once was, thanks to the internet, and this workshop will help you both spot, critique and expose racism in the mainstream media, especially the national press.
Julian Petley is Professor of Journalism at Brunel University London. His most recent book (with James Curran and Ivor Gaber) is Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left (Routledge 2018). He is also the co-editor (with Robin Richardson) of Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media (Oneworld 2011).