Contribution to #12daysofthinking

I was asked to contribute to #12daysofthinking, in which University of Sheffield academics offer reflections on the pressing issues of our time. My piece reflected on the rise of so-called ‘fake news’ in 2016.

It has been published online here and I include the contribution below for reference:

“2016 was the year ‘fake news’ outperformed real news on social media, most notably during the US Presidential Election. Companies such as Facebook were accused of not doing enough to prevent the spread of falsehoods. Yet, many citizens contribute to this ‘post-truth’ politics. It was no coincidence that many of the fake news stories that went viral during the US Election were those that appealed to pre-existing prejudices of social media users. The challenge for professional journalists in 2017 is how to counter the spread of disinformation amongst citizens who increasingly distrust traditional news media.”

Job: Full-Time Research Associate (fixed term), CascEff (2 days left to apply)

I am currently looking for a full-time Research Associate (fixed term for 7 months, with a provisional start date of 1st January 2017 or as soon as possible afterwards) for my EC FP7 funded project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’ The closing date for applications is 1 December 2016 and further details on the role can be found here

If you have any questions about the role please contact me at: P.J.Reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Appointed to AHRC Peer Review College

I have been appointed as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. My term will begin on 1st January 2017, with an end date of 31st December 2020. I look forward to working with colleagues in this challenging role, which will involve reviewing grant proposals and participating in peer review panel meetings. Further details on the AHRC Peer Review College can be found here 

LSE British Politics and Policy blogpost on YouTube, sousveillance and protests in Northern Ireland

I have written an article for the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, which examines how social media was used to share footage of alleged Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) brutality against loyalists in Northern Ireland. This post highlights some of the findings from my British Academy funded project ‘YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of union flag protests in Northern Ireland, British Academy’ (Grant reference: SG132416). It can be accessed here

Recruiting Full-Time Research Associate (fixed term) for FP7 funded project

I am currently looking for a full-time Research Associate (fixed term for 7 months, with a provisional start date of 1st January 2017 or as soon as possible afterwards) for my EC FP7 funded project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’ The closing date for applications is 1 December 2016 and further details on the role can be found here

If you have any questions about the role please contact me at: P.J.Reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Appointed Faculty Officer for PGR Student Affairs

I have been appointed as Faculty Officer for PGR Student Affairs in the Faculty of Social Sciences. This will be a challenging role and I look forward to working with colleagues in the Faculty including PGR Directors and PhD students during the next few years. Many thanks to my predecessor Professor Steven Macintosh for helping me settle into this new position.

Two papers presented at IAMCR 2016

Over the weekend, I presented two papers at the International Association of Media and Communication Research conference at the University of Leicester. It was great to catch up with so many friends at the conference and the feedback on both papers was very useful. The details of both presentations can be found below:

Reilly, P. (2016) Participatory Media and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: Lessons from the 2014 Ardoyne parade dispute in Belfast,  Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK, 27-31 July.

Atanasova, D and Reilly, P. (2016) Affective publics and the 2015 Channel Tunnel Fire, Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK, 27-31 July.