Minding the Gap: Reflections on Media Practice & Theory

One-day training symposium for Postgraduates & Early Career Researchers

Reuters Institute, Oxford
Saturday 12th May 2007

Keynote Speaker: Professor Brian Winston, University of Lincoln

Click here to visit the conference webpage and to view or download the programme, report and pictures 

There is an unmistakable gap between intellectual models of mass media institutions and practices, and the ways that practitioners experience the media. All too often, media theorists lack personal experiences of their topics of study, and university departments separate theory and practice in their internal organisation. This training day  for postgraduate research students and researchers in the first five years of an academic career  explored the relationship between media theories and mass media practices across three thematic workshops.

The contributors were researchers and practitioners concerned with factual / non-fiction-based mass media that engages with and represents the ‘real world’ through journalistic and documentary formats, and whose products are intended for mass or substantial public circulation – broadcasting, print, photography, film, web, and multimedia. Fields beyond the scope of the training day included the electronic gaming industry, PR and marketing, the music industry; also productions primarily intended for artistic or aesthetic purposes or consumption within the education sector or minor non-public audiences.

The event included three workshops
– Workshop 1: Media Practice as Methods of Research and Presentation
– Workshop 2: Theoretical Models in Mass Media Practice
– Workshop 3: Double vocations: Mass Media Practice and Theory

For further information about the event please contact Cathy Baldwin

Posted by Matthew Holtmeier