On Thursday 12th October the Reframing Russia project launched in London. Ran by scholars from the University of Manchester and the Open University, the project is funded by the AHRC and provides new, inter-disciplinary insights into the post-Cold War global media environment through an in-depth case study of one of its most controversial actors, RT (formerly Russia Today).
The project investigates RT’s audience strategies, its ability to reshape journalistic value systems and its efforts to shape the post-Cold War world. The project analyses how RT’s broadcasting modes, social media engagement practices and institutional culture help to mediate and legitimise the Kremlin’s foreign policy agenda and reshape Russia’s external image.
The project launch took place at the Frontline Club and saw leading experts and commentators come together to discuss: What is Russia's role in the global 'information war'?
The team at the University of Manchester, consisting of Professor Stephen Hutchings, Professor Vera Tolz, and Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody will examine RT's content and how it covers news stories.
Alongside this, Professor Marie Gillespie, Dr Alaistair Willis and Dr Rhys Crilley at the Open University will be analysing RT's audiences.
Together, the Reframing Russia project aims to provide a holistic understanding of RT's news production, it's content, and it's audiences.
The discussion began with a keynote talk from Professor Ellen Mickiewicz of Duke University on Russia's role in the global 'information war'.
After the keynote, an expert roundtable discussed RT, the 'information war', and their thoughts about the Reframing Russia project.
The participants included:
Prof. Ellen Mickiewicz, Duke University.
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent.
Prof. Tomila Lankina, London School of Economics.
James Nixey, Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme.
Prof. Ben O'Loughlin, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Professor Tomila Lankina from the LSE began the discussion.