Sheffield researchers hail "great opportunity" at Oxford media institute

Sara Fayyad and José Antonio Brambila at the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

PhD researchers from the Department of Journalism Studies who presented at Oxford University recently have hailed the experience as "a great opportunity".

Second-year research students Sara Fayyad and José Antonio Brambila attended the prestigious Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute to speak about their work.

José Antonio spoke about subnational media systems and freedom of the press in contemporary Mexico, while Sara presented research on political and media representations of identity after the Arab Spring in Egypt.

The Sheffield duo – pictured above with Dr Monroe Price of the institute – were among 35 participants at the event, hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria, Mexico, Turkey, USA, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Iran and India, among others.

Since 2004 the institute has been a hub for young scholars and regulators from around the world to discuss important recent trends in technology and its influence on information policy.

Lively discussions

Sara said: "Attending the institute was a great opportunity for us to represent our research to an international audience from different disciplines, as the institute was attended by scholars, journalists, and law makers from around the world.

"I learnt a lot from the lively discussions that took place on a range of issues with regard to media policy in the 21st century."

José Antonio described the institute as "one of the most exciting and interesting initiatives not only for up-to-date debates in the field of media and communication, but also to share knowledge and experience with a pool of talented young scholars and practitioners from around the world".

Their participation is further evidence of the commitment, effort and success of the Department of Journalism Studies in engaging with the most relevant forums and discussions in the field.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute is held by the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP).

Research degrees at the Department of Journalism Studies