CsJCC Blog

CsJCC Writing Retreats: ‘Efficient and relaxing!’

The CsJCC convened a series of writing retreats this month at Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth for its academics to set aside some time to write. With other pressures and distractions often eating into research time, the retreats aimed to provide a relaxing and recuperative space so CsJCC academics could focus on writing or progressing research projects…. Read more »

Not Just Another Election In El Salvador (Mat Charles)

On Sunday, the people of El Salvador go to the polls to elect a President. It is a small country with a population of 6 million. It is also a very poor country, where the top 5th of the population possess more than half the country’s wealth. Yet inequality is not the main issue in… Read more »

Lunch with Leveson: post-inquiry reflections of a former hack (Andy Bissell)

As lunch dates go, it was rather awkward. Sir Brian was tucking in when, mid-sandwich, he peered at me over his glasses. The small cheese triangle was temporarily spared consumption as Lord Justice Leveson digested my question. We were sitting in a well-appointed boardroom above a state-of-the-art newsroom in Southampton and I had posed the… Read more »

Sometimes the depiction of violence is necessary. Deal with it, Mr Cameron (Mat Charles)

This week David Cameron celebrated a small victory after a spat with Facebook. The social network backed down on the publication of violent material after pressure from the British PM and complaints from users. The row erupted after a video showing a woman being beheaded in Mexico sparked outcry. Facebook said on Monday that it… Read more »

Mental Health stigma, a hurdle in preventing disease (Ann Luce)

I lost a great teacher this week. Choje Akong Rinpoche was a Tibetan Buddhist Lama and the co-founder of the SamyeLing Monastery in Scotland. According to media reports he was murdered on Tuesday 8th October, while visiting China along with his nephew and a monk who was travelling with him. I first met Rinpoche during… Read more »

Bono: Neoliberal ‘common sense’ and dealing with the ‘cranky left’ (Nathan Farrell)

During one of his regular fact-finding missions in Africa, rock star Bono set aside time from the rest of his entourage – which included high profile Republicans and corporate leaders – for an interview with The Observer’s Tim Adams. As is the custom with well-known figures from entertainment, a portion of the interview dealt with Bono’s… Read more »

Reconnecting Science and Journalism Post-Leveson (Stuart Allan)

Science journalism is often fraught with tensions, particularly where issues concerning possible risks, threats or hazards come to the fore. ‘Cancer danger of that night-time trip to the toilet’ one Daily Mail headline declared by way of example, the ensuing news story alerting readers to what seemed a particularly insidious health peril lurking in their own homes…. Read more »

Two ends of the story: lessons from the 1980s (Pat Holland)

Watching television last year was a strange experience for me. As the Leveson Enquiry was unfolding around me on various screens, big and small, public and private, I was also immersed in the programmes of the 1980s. On my home television set, Leveson and his witnesses were interspersed with Margaret Thatcher, Norman Tebbitt and less… Read more »