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Shifting Securities: Television News Cultures Before and After the Iraq War, 2003-2005

Title details

SN: 6126
Title: Shifting Securities: Television News Cultures Before and After the Iraq War, 2003-2005
Alternative title: Shifting Securities: News Cultures Before and Beyond the Iraq Crisis 2003
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6126-1
Depositor: Gillespie, M., Open University. Faculty of Social Sciences
Principal investigator(s): Gillespie, M., Open University. Faculty of Social Sciences
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-223-25-0063


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Gillespie, M. (2009). Shifting Securities: Television News Cultures Before and After the Iraq War, 2003-2005. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6126,

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Subject Categories

Ethnic minorities - Social stratification and groupings
Mass media - Media, communication and language
Race relations - Society and culture
Religion and values - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This qualitative dataset examines changing relationships between government, media and multicultural publics in the UK.

The Iraq War 2003 and subsequent events raise questions about the impact of security policy on civil liberties and human rights, democratic participation and citizenship, racialisation and securitization.

Through the analysis of "security salient discourse", the study sought to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of an increasingly mediated democracy. Specifically, the project examines how changing practices of news production in an increasingly competitive transnational news environment affect the quality of political journalism and judgements about the legitimacy, credibility, ethics and salience of "security" policy. It connects and articulates the empirical study of news audiences; analyses events and news stories defined as "security salient" by audiences and the judgements of media and political professionals about the stories and the political-media-security nexus.

In depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted in 175 interviews and focus groups with news audiences and citizens living in socially and culturally diverse milieu across the British Isles and New York, USA to assess shifting senses of social and national (in)security in relation to specific events, such as the London bombings of July 7, 2005. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were undertaken with news makers and producers, government, military and security policymakers, and security experts. They were interviewed about the mediation of those events, addressing issues raised in the audience research.

Further information can be found at the project website or ESRC award page.
Main Topics:
Topics covered in the interviews include security, news, multiculturalism, citizenship, legitimacy.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2003 - 2008
Dates of fieldwork: 2003 - 2007
Country: India | Ireland | United Kingdom | United States
Geography: Belfast
New York
New York State
South Wales
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Universe: Cross-national
News viewers; news makers and security policy-makers.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Volunteer sample
Number of units: 75 semi-structured interview transcripts, 100 focus group transcripts.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Focus group
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 24 June 2009
Copyright: Copyright M. Gillespie, J. Gow, A. Hoskins, B. O'Loughlin
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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By principal investigator(s):
Hoskins, A., and O'Loughlin, B. (2010) War and media: the emergence of diffused war, Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN: 978-0-745-63849-2.

O'Loughlin, B., Moss, G. (2008) 'Convincing Claims? Democracy and Representation in Post-9/11 Britain ', Political Studies, 56(3), October, pp.705-724.

Gow, J. with Michalsi, M. (2007) War, image, legitimacy: viewing
contemporary conflict
, London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-48177-9.

Hoskins, A. (2007) 'Ghosts in the machine: television and war memory' in S. Maltby, R. Keeble and Webster, F. (eds.) Communicating war: memory, media and military, Bury St Edmunds: Arima Publishing. ISBN: 978-1845491970.

Hoskins, A. and O'Loughlin, B. (2007) Television and terror: conflicting times and the crisis of news discourse, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-23000-231-5.

Gillespie, M. (Guest ed.) (2007) 'Media, security and multicultural citizenship' special issue, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10(3), August.

Gillespie, M. (2006) 'Security, media, legitimacy: multi-ethnic media publics and the Iraq war 2003' special issue: representing security, International Relations, 20(4), August, pp.467-486.

Hoskins, A. (2006) 'Temporality, proximity, and security: terror in a
media drenched age', International Relations, 20(4), December, pp.453-466.

Gow, J. (2005) Defending the west, Cambridge, Polity. ISBN 978-0-7456-3234-6.

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