Richard Stupart

Richard Stupart
University of Groningen | RUG · Centre for Media and Journalism Studies

PhD Media and Communications

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Introduction
I am an assistant professor at the Center for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen. My work is on the norms and practices of bearing witness by journalists in geopolitically marginal conflicts, as well as the role of affect/emotion in the work of journalists under pressure. I also have research interests in media and development, the sociology of humanitarianism, conflict and representation, and post-conflict archive-building.
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
University of Groningen
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Assistant professor in the Center for Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Groningen.
September 2020 - August 2021
University of Pennsylvania
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Meda at Risk, conducting research on the intimidation and coping strategies of investigative journalists in South Africa, alongside teaching a semester course on theorising conflict journalism.
September 2016 - present
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2016 - August 2020
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Field of study
  • Media and Communications
October 2013 - July 2015
Universität Erfurt
Field of study
  • Conflict Studies
January 2010 - January 2012
Rhodes University
Field of study
  • Journalism and Media Studies

Publications

Publications (15)
Article
The recent “emotional turn” in journalism studies has yet to substantially focus on the role that affect and emotion play in specific practices of journalism. This paper examines the affective/emotional dimensions of journalists coping with exhaustion during a reporting assignment in South Sudan to explore the ways in which the these might meaningf...
Article
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This article examines the role of emotion in the practices of journalists reporting on conflict and its effects in South Sudan, based on a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews and ethnographic observations of the working routines of journalists from Nairobi, Kampala and Juba. Contrary to perceptions of emotion as an akratic failure to re...
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Material structures such as money, transport networks and technologies of safety are important constraints on the work of journalists, but a reasonably sophisticated understanding of how the practice of conflict reporting is structured by its material conditions requires us to go beyond rehashing existing knowledge of how little money, safety train...
Thesis
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This thesis explores the practices and normative tensions of journalists reporting on conflict in South Sudan, based on a combination of semi-structured interviews with journalists based in Nairobi, Kampala and Juba, as well as ethnographic observation of an investigative reporting trip to the Malakal protection of civilians site in Upper Nile stat...
Conference Paper
This paper explores the practices of journalists working in contexts of armed violence, via a case study of South Sudan, in order to develop various responses to existing understandings of how the work of conflict journalists is changing. Specifically, I argue that the existing literature on reporting war and armed conflict is deficient in at least...
Presentation
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This paper explores the practices of journalists working in contexts of armed violence, via a case study of South Sudan, in order to develop various responses to existing understandings of how the work of conflict journalists is changing. Specifically, I argue that the existing literature on reporting war and armed conflict is deficient in at least...
Presentation
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Certain forms of witnessing, prevalent in the work of conflict and crisis reporting , entail observing the suffering of others while explicitly denying that there exists an obligation to assist such people directly. This is typically defended on the grounds that an imprecisely-defined duty of 'witnessing' is being undertaken instead - one which red...
Research
This report examines the state of the news industry in Europe through a study of European national news agencies. It investigates their current operations as well as their plans for the future. By doing so, it provides empirical materials and analysis for all stakeholders in news, from its producers to its users, on the decisive question of whether...
Article
This study examines media coverage of the 2011–2012 famine in Somalia by the websites of BBC News, CNN and Al-Jazeera. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative content analyses, it explores why coverage of the famine began as late as it did, despite ample evidence of its inevitable unfolding, as well as the manner in which the famine was...
Thesis
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This thesis examines the process of assembling a conflict event database that was undertaken by the National Memory and Peace Documentation Center (NMPDC) in Kitgum, Uganda. It assesses the validity and reliability of the conflict database as a representation of either historic conflict events, or the contemporary distribution of memory of those ev...
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This dissertation examines media coverage of the 2011-­‐2012 famine in Somalia by the websites of BBC News, CNN and Al Jazeera. Using both quantitative and qualitative content analyses, it asks why coverage of the famine began as late as it did, despite ample evidence of the coming famine. It further surveys the famine-­‐related news reports for ev...

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Projects (2)
Archived project
This is my PhD research into the constraints on journalists reporting on conflict and suffering in South Sudan, as well as the ethical frameworks and motivations that underpin such reporting.