A strategy adopted for KISSS.
Media Watch is an investigative performance concerning
how popular media finds, uses and presents information and is led by
KISSS project co-director Joanna
Callaghan. Media Watch is driven by an interest in language, presentation
and information dissemination.
Correspondents and Task Forces act as agents in investigating
media coverage and presentation. Contributions will be fed into a central
archive of material, that will include newspaper articles, television
or radio news, photographs of bill boards, video documentary, performances,
text or articles etc. The purpose of MW is to question how the media
presents information and in particular how the media makes 'news'.
With the bombings in London, Media Watch is taking
place at a critical moment. It has been fascinating watching the media's
response, the volume and variation in source material now available
(i.e. through mobile phones, domestic video cameras), and the opening
out of 'reporting' to potentially be anyone with access to the technology.
This raises important questions around accuracy, impartiality and the
'who' of the making of news becomes altogether another question. As
the Guardian on the 11th July 2005 says '
a new era in the Citizen Reporter'.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE>>
You can contribute to Media Watch through casting a
critical eye on what you see, hear and read. This could be in terms
of the style, the presentation, the language or the content. It could
be directly related to the bombings in London or it could be in relation
to other issues relevant to you in your locale. Media Watch is about
critical analyses of media presentation and dissemination. It can be
content related and/or concern the use of images or language. Examples
of how you can contribute include:
>collecting newspaper/magazine/print based articles
>taping news on television
>writing a blog, article or essay
>sending an email
>joining the debate in the online forum
>taking photographs of billboards etc
These contributions form part of our central archive
and act as source material for discussion in the forum
and in live debate on 6x 60' programs broadcast on London's Resonance
104.4FM. Selected material will also form part of the touring exhibition.
Plans are developing for a book project.
See the work of the MW teams by visiting the pages
of each task force:
Billboards Task Force
Newspapers Task Force