Profiles of the members of the Steering Group of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network, as of 3rd February 2017.
Jo Coleman (Chair)
Birkbeck College, London
Jo is a doctoral student and associate tutor in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, London. She is conducting practice-based research into programming practices in local community radio.
Her first degree was in Geography from Cambridge University. Her professional career in radio began in the late 1980’s as marketing and public relations executive for the Chiltern Radio network and later with Jazz FM in London. More recently she freelanced as a broadcast news journalist and presenter on BBC local radio.
Having trained and volunteered in production and presenting at a public access/community cable television and radio station in Northern Virginia, Jo continues to volunteer in community media in the UK, and is currently a member of the Community Media Association. Jo has also served for many years as chairman and membership secretary for community arts groups and has even been known to tread the boards.
Helen Gubbins (Deputy Chair)
University of Sheffield
Helen Gubbins is a doctoral candidate, musician, and teacher interested in the historical mediation of music on the radio, and particularly its cultural context. Her research is fully-funded by the University of Sheffield and focuses on music in Irish public radio in the late twentieth century. Her previous research activity has been funded by Berea College, Kentucky, and the Arts Council of Ireland. She worked as a part-time lecturer in music in University College Cork from 2006-2011, and has tutored also in University College Dublin.
Helen is an accomplished musician, and performs and records internationally. She presented and produced radio programmes on Cork Campus Radio for two years, winning an award for her contribution to Irish-language programming. She has published in British Postgraduate Musicology Online and is a member of the editorial board for the journal Track Changes. She is a previous council member of the International Council for Traditional Music (Ireland).
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Gurvinder is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, specialising in the teaching of broadcast journalism at DMU. She teaches on a number of modules at undergraduate level for Journalism and Media studies students. Prior to working in higher education, Gurvinder spent more than ten years working as a broadcast journalist. She joined the BBC as a journalist/producer at the BBC Asian Network, before working for Radio 1 Newsbeat and the Radio 4 You and Yours programme.
Gurvinder’s time at the BBC Asian Network in particular, promoted her research interests. She is currently studying for her PhD, examining how Public Service Broadcasting engages with ethnic minority audiences.
University of Sunderland
Richard is Senior Lecturer in Radio and Station Manager of Spark FM at the School of Media and Communications, University of Sunderland. He specialises in radio production and his research interests are: programming techniques in commercial radio; studio and broadcast technology; regulation and new developments in broadcasting, radio formats and programming.
His published work includes: ‘Part of the Establishment: Reflecting on 10 years of podcasting as an audio medium’, in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 22(6), 2016; and ‘The future of radio is the internet, not on the internet’ in M. Oliveira, G. Stachyra and G. Starkey (eds), Radio: The Resilient Medium 2014 (Sunderland: Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies)
In 2014 he was elected member of the Community Media Association Council, and since 2013 has been a regional Committee member with the Radio Academy.
Dr Janey Gordon
University of Bedfordshire
Janey is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, specialising in Radio. She is the founder of the University’s community radio station RadioLaB 97.1 FM. She teaches radio broadcasting and her research interests and publications are in the areas of community radio, mobile phones and media pedagogy. She has a background as a professional radio broadcaster and started in radio as a BBC studio manager before going on to produce in schools’ radio and then into BBC local radio.
Janey has edited and contributed to a number of books and publications, including How community broadcasting is funded ( 2016, 3CMedia) , Br(e)aking the News: Journalism, Politics and New Media (2013, with Rowinski and Stewart) and Community Radio in the Twenty First Century (2012) , both published by Peter Lang. She is also a member of the MeCCSA executive.
Dr Emma Heywood
Emma is a lecturer in the School of Humanities at Coventry University. She is currently working on a British Academy-funded project investigating the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones.
Her forthcoming book (autumn 2017), European Foreign Conflict Reporting: A comparative analysis of public news providers, is being published by Routledge (War, Media and Security series) and examines Russian, French and UK coverage of the Israel/Palestinian conflict in the post-Cold war and 9/11 era.
Dr Stephen Lax
University of Leeds
Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Technology at the University of Leeds. With a background in Physics, his PhD explored aspects of optical communications and he developed an interest in the social role of communication technology and the ways in which technologies are understood and discussed. After teaching Electronic Engineering for a few years, Stephen joined the University of Leeds as a lecturer in Communication Technology, concerned with the wider role of technology in communications.
His research interests are in the role of emerging communications technologies and the relationships between technology and society, including the role of media and technology policy. Over recent years he has studied the emergence of digital broadcasting, including new radio technologies, and worked with colleagues in the Digital Radio Cultures in Europe research group.
Stephen is also a member of the Executive Committee of MeCCSA. He is on the editorial board of two journals, the Journal of Radio and Audio Media and the International Journal of Digital Television.
Dr Matthew Linfoot
University of Westminster
Matthew is Director of Undergraduate Media Studies, Course Leader in BA Hons Radio and Digital Production at the University of Westminster and is the Harrow Campus Rep for the Westminster LGBT Staff Network. Before joining the University in 2003, he worked at the BBC in a variety of roles including presenter and producer of a weekly magazine programme at BBC GLR 94.9, as well as producing a sixteen-part series of oral history programmes about London, The Century Speaks.
He has won a SONY Gold Award (Best Music Documentary) for producing & co-writing You’ve Got To Hide Away, with Tom Robinson, which explored hidden gay sexuality in popular music. Latterly, he was the editor of the BBC London website before moving to BBC Nations & Regions to work on two major and exciting projects, A Sense of Place and Voices as a senior producer.
Matthew is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been an external examiner at Anglia Ruskin University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Bournemouth University; University of Northampton; UAL: London College of Communication. He has served as a judge for the Radio Production Awards and the Gillards (BBC Local Radio).
Dr Caroline Mitchell
University of Sunderland
Caroline is Senior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland. She has been involved in community media production, activism and research for over 30 years. She was co-founder of Fem FM, the first women’s radio station in the UK (1992) and co-curated a digital archive of the station in 2014 www.bristol.gov.uk/femfm. She has published widely about women and radio, including Women and Radio: Airing Differences, (Routledge, 2000).
From 2013-2016 she was PI for ´Transnational Radio Encounters´ investigating ways that community stations use radio to connect transnationally with similar minority ethnic, social and cultural groups http://www.transnationalradio.org. She was part of the team that developed radio.garden. She is a member of Women´s Radio in Europe Network (WREN) http://womensradioineurope.org/ and is on the International Advisory Board for The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. For more about publication and projects see: http://www.crmcs.sunderland.ac.uk/research-staff/caroline-mitchell/
Dr Salvatore Scifo
Salvatore is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Social Media at the School of Journalism, English and Communication, Faculty of Media and Communication, at Bournemouth University since January 2016. Prior that he has worked in Istanbul and in London (London Metropolitan University and University of Westminster, 2005/2007).
In March 2012, he completed his doctoral research on “The origins and development of Community Radio in Britain under New Labour (1997 -2007)” at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster. He has published on European Community Media Policy, Student Media and British Community Radio. On the latter, he has been an invited speaker to conferences in Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland.
He is a former member of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Executive Board (2005-2008), of the MeCCSA Executive Board (2008-2010) as well as former Chair of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network (2012-2013). Among others, he is an International Editorial Board member of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (JRAM), as well as of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media. After having been the Secretary from 2007 to 2011, he was also a Vice-President of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) (2011-2013), where is currently part of the Experts Group.