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Why We Need New News: Being Human Festival Research

Shahidha Bari looks at the reporting of hangings, secret assassinations, countering propaganda and how we could update TV news bulletins, hearing about new research projects.

Shahidha Bari looks at the reporting of hangings, secret assassinations, countering propaganda and how we could update TV news bulletins, hearing about new research projects which are being featured in this year's Being Human Festival, an annual event which involves public events put on by universities across the UK.

Steve Poole teaches at the University of the West of England and is involved in a project - Romancing the Gibbet - that uses smartphone apps to evoke memories of C18th hangings hidden in the English landscape
Dr Clare George is Miller Archivist at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London. She is involved in recreating the Austrian political cabaret theatre that operated in London during WWII to counter Nazi propaganda.
Andrew Calcutt teaches at the University of East London and is part of a project which asks what new ways can we tell the news, putting forward experimental formats and asking for audience responses to them.
Luca Trenta teaches at Swansea University and is working on a project looking at Kings, Presidents, and Spies: Assassinations from Medieval times to the Present - asking what we are told and what is kept hidden from news reports.

You can find out more at https://beinghumanfestival.org/

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