The new publication series Research Reviews for Media Development Practitioners provides concise analyses of current research, both academic and non-academic, and discusses its practical relevance for international media assistance.
The first issue of the series is titled Feminist and Gender Perspectives in the Literature on Media and Development, authored by Viviane Schönbächler, MEDAS 21 PhD student at Ruhr University Bochum. Gender remains an under-researched topic in the literature on media and development. A brief evaluation of seven books on media development and media for development shows that only 2% of pages are devoted to gender and feminist issues and that ‘gender’ and ‘women’ are often framed in narrow, binary ways. Nevertheless, this literature review identifies the emerging field of African Gender Media Studies as the most varied and promising field of research with respect to the assessment of gender perspectives in media development, particularly on the African continent.
The second issue Peace Journalism: A Tool Within Media Development? by Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos seeks to determine whether peace journalism can be considered a tool for the field of media development, formulating some concrete recommendations for practitioners. Defining the core tenets of peace journalism, it discusses the ways in which journalists have been perceived as contributors to peace and the extents to which this notion has been both criticised and used in media development. In conclusion, the review points to future research to help deepen the understanding of this approach and the potential for its implementation.
The publication series has been initiated by the German Forum for Media and Development (fome) in collaboration with Christoph Dietz and Sofie Jannusch of CAMECO and the post-graduate programme MEDAS 21, headed by Ines Drefs and by Prof. Dr. Guido Kehl of the Institute of Applied Media Sciences at Zurich University.
The series aims to inform practitioners and researchers about the key debates involving the current and emerging topics in international media development. The forthcoming issues are “Sustainability: Going Beyond the Buzzword” by Michel Leroy and "Constructing Peace through Media? A Literature Review on Public Communications in United Nations Peace Operations" by Roja Zaitoonie.
All publications are available on the fome Website under - fome research reviews and the MEDAS 21 website. (asj)