Dr Emma Heywood
Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication
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BA; MA (Manchester); PhD (Manchester)
Emma is Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication at the University of Sheffield. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2017, having previously worked at Coventry University and the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the role of the media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected areas. She is currently assessing the impact of radio and women's empowerment in Niger, Africa. She has examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers and also audience perceptions of this reporting.
In 2016, Emma was awarded British Academy funding for her West Bank project, which investigated the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the West Bank and now in Niger.
Emma's research interests lie in the role of media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected zones. She is currently assessing the impact of radio on women’s empowerment in Niger, Africa. She has investigated the interaction of radio and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the occupied Palestinian territories. She has worked closely with radios and NGOs in the West Bank and has conducted a year-long content analysis of NGO-related material broadcast on radio. The research confirmed the radio's contemporary importance as a mode of broadcasting, demonstrating how it reinforces a sense of local community and provides new communicative possibilities for marginalised social groups.
Emma’s recently published book explores the state of European foreign conflict reporting by public service television broadcasters, post-Cold War and post-9/11, using the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a case study. The research has contributed to identifying nationally differentiated perceptions of conflict throughout the world and has illustrated the extent to which events occurring in, or associated with, the reporting country affect reporting.
She has also conducted focus groups in the West Bank, Russia, France and the UK to investigate audience perceptions of various aspects of foreign conflict reporting including identity, portrayals of violence, and humanitarianism. She has published widely in these areas.
In addition to being module leader for JNL115 Introducing Journalism Studies, Emma also contributes to JNL305 Dissertation in Journalism, JNL6133 Global Journalism Dissertation, and JNL6100 International Political Communication Dissertation.