Martin Scott
Martin Scott is a Lecturer in Media and International Development specialising in analysis of the production, content and reception of UK media coverage of developing countries. His current research focuses on media literacy, the role of popular culture in engaging young people in politics and he has recently finished a PhD concerned with the mediation of distant others.

Entries by Martin Scott

Retelling the Story of Media and Development

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:45 AM


I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities. You...

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Five Reasons Not to Cover Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:23 AM

There hasn't been a single, factual, long-form programme about climate change on any mainstream television channel in the UK for over a year. This is one of the key findings of a recent research report published by the International Broadcasting Trust analysing non-news television coverage of the environment....

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Reporting the Kenyan Elections: Five Things We Can Learn From Last Time

(17) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:35 AM

'The police are caught between two tribes whose thirst for blood has not been sated' - ITV News, 28.1.08

'The appetite for bloodshed here doesn't seem to be waning' - Sky News, 29.1.08

These two references to apparent Kenyan 'blood-lust' were both made by UK journalists reporting the post-election violence...

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How Not to Write About Writing About Africa‏

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 3:30 PM

There have been a number of articles and media attention recently about how badly Africa is covered in the Western media. This has included an edition of the BBC World Service's BBC Africa Debate, multiple responses to Kony 2012 and a number of articles lamenting the lack of coverage of...

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