Research opportunities at NUIG – PhD and Post-doc funding available

Interested in studying (at doctoral level) at NUI Galway? Then you should check out the Hardiman Research Fellowships which offer fees and living expenses for those looking to do PhD research at the university. For 2015, the deadline for application is 20th November.

Other upcoming opportunities of note at the university include short-term visiting appointments for Canadian residents, as visiting professors (established academics) or scholars (at PhD student and post-doc level). More generally, the deadline is fast approaching for the Government of Ireland post-doctoral fellowships (deadline 4pm Irish time on 24th November).

Journalism at NUI Galway

As of May, 2014, I am now based at the National University of Ireland Galway. I hold a lectureship in English, and also direct both the BA with Journalism and the MA in Journalism. This is an exciting project for me, mixing a well-established postgraduate programme with a BA that is still developing (our first cohort are currently in the second year of their four year programme).

The BA follows the model for ‘Connect’ programmes that has been developed at NUIG over the last decade, in which students blend study of two ‘traditional’ Arts subjects with a speciality – in this case journalism. It provides the promise of developing students who have strong critical skills, have knowledge of substantive topic areas (e.g. political science, sociology, history, psychology, literature…), and have significant opportunities for experiential learning in journalism and media production.

Further information about our programmes is available from the NUIG site, and we welcome applicants at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as expressions of interest from those interested in doctoral level work, particularly related to my own focus on media industries, technology, and media for social change.

New articles now available for download

My JRAM article on copyright and community radio and a review I completed for HJFRT of Guy Starkey’s Local Radio, Going Global, are now available online.

Local Radio, Going Global – review out soon

My review of Guy Starkey’s Local Radio, Going Global, will be out soon from the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television.

Copyright and community radio

I’ve a forthcoming publication in JRAM (the Journal of Radio and Audio Media), titled Copyright, community radio and change: How the U.S. community radio sector is negotiating changing copyright rules and the rollout of digital distribution. It’s expected to be in the May 2014 issue.

Of whistleblowers and dissent

I’ll be giving a guest talk to some of our incoming students this July, as part of a series of current issues, where I will focus on questions of whistleblowers, leaking, privacy, and freedom of the press.

That should be a good precursor to my Spring talk on Chomsky and the dissident intellectual, as part of the Great Minds series.

IAMCR 2013

Enjoying another inspiring IAMCR conference, this time in my old stomping grounds of Dublin. I spoke at the first day of the OurMedia conference, and will be part of a panel tomorrow (Thursday), where I’ll be examining issues around copyright, focusing particularly on projects like the Free Music Archive, which provide relatively ‘safe’ ways for community stations to push back against expanding copyright regimes. I’ll have the powerpoints up shortly.

SCMS debrief

Last weekend I participated in a great set of panels at SCMS in Boston. The panels were part of an effort to set up a radio studies SIG within SCMS, and there were some great presentations and discussions, including on LPFM (from Cynthia Conti and Christina Dunbar-Hester), the utility of a rhetoric of ‘crisis’ for NPR (that from Jason Loviglio), and more. I provided an overview of some of my recent work, including some still-percolating thoughts on how college radio stations are responding to having their FM licenses sold out from under them.

Sometimes a picture is (worth) a thousand words

Wonder what my dissertation contains, but not have the time to actually read it? Never fear, now there’s a Wordle for that….A graphical representation of the keywords in my dissertation

To think where we live: Raymond Williams lectures in March/April

I’ll be speaking about Raymond Williams in the Cazenovia College Great Minds/Great Ideas lecture series this Spring. Two dates – one in Manlius (March 13) and one in Cazenovia (April 10).