Developing Citizen Journalists in the Arab Region
Developing Citizen Journalists in the Arab Region is a two-year project funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultual Research (BCMCR) staff from the Media for Social Change and Interactive Cultures research groups work in partnership with the US-based technology company Meedan on the delivery of the project.
The project works with citizens in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, and with Syrian citizens in Lebanon, to help citizen journalists to become trusted sources. It builds on our existing SIDA-funded initiative in Egypt, which aims to improve media plurality in the country through technological intervention and training.
Rhythm Changes is a transnational research project which investigates jazz scenes and practices in different European settings. This project is funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) as part of their Joint Research Programme theme 'Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity'. The project has used jazz as a platform to explore concepts of national identity, canonicity, and social ambience in different European contexts, and has also examined the ways in which jazz works as a form of transnational cultural practice.
Media, Community and the Creative Citizen
This research, undertaken by Dave Harte and Jerome Turner, seeks to examine three manifestations of creative citizenship:
- hyperlocal publishing groups
- community-led design
- creative networks
Our aim in studying these cases is to generate data and insight about each case, but also to answer the more general questions set out above: what is the value of their work, to these citizens as individuals, to their communities and to wider civic goals?
Innovative Media and Music Heritage Impacting Vocational Education
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) are the leaders of an EU-funded Leonardo networking project around music heritage and vocational education entitled Innovative Media and Music Heritage Impacting Vocational Education (IMMHIVE).
The project is headed up by Dr Paul Long and Jez Collins, who between them have an emerging body of research work in the field of music heritage. The project aims to create a cooperation network of organisations which involves those designing vocational courses for the music industry, those delivering vocational training to the music industry and those working in the music industry itself.