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The Knowhow podcast is aimed at bringing academics and professionals together to dissect the pressing matters of today

    Episode 22 - Meghan, Harry and Oprah: What we learned about the royals and the media

    Episode 22 - Meghan, Harry and Oprah: What we learned about the royals and the media

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey this week laid bare bitter rifts at the heart of the House of Windsor. The revelations of Meghan’s suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy, the allegations that another member of the family made racist remarks about her unborn child, and that the Prince of Wales had refused to take his son’s calls made headlines around the world. The Palace took two whole days to respond before issuing a statement that said the issues of race were ‘concerning’ but would be dealt with privately.

    But there was another powerful institution other than the Palace that Meghan and Harry directed their anger at: the British media. Harry told Oprah that the racism from the tabloid press was a large part of why the couple had left the UK, and talked about how the royals were trapped and in fear of media coverage. Perhaps proving the Sussexs’ point about hostile coverage, the GMB host Piers Morgan, one of Meghan’s fiercest critics, said he did not believe a word she said. After 41,000 complaints were made about him to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, he and ITV parted company.

    In today's episode we interrogate the symbiotic and often fractious relationship between the royals and the media. How should royals be reported on – were the Sussexs naïve or justified in their criticisms? What role did race play in the coverage of Meghan? Were she and her sister-in-law portrayed as two different archetypes? And why was Oprah Winfrey so successful in getting the scoops from the couple?

    • 45 min
    Reporting Injustice Episode 5: How journalists cover missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

    Reporting Injustice Episode 5: How journalists cover missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

    In today's episode, we talk to activists about missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two spirit people and the reporters who are trying to shed light on this largely overlooked crisis.

    After years of failed law enforcement investigations and inconclusive data on indigenous women and girls, it was an unprecedented measure to label the systemic violence as a genocide in a country that has a reputation for being peaceful. The report states that up to 4,000 indigenous women and girls have been murdered in Canada in the last 50 years, but adds the caveat that the exact number may never be known.

    Years of strained government and community relations, and mistreatment of Inuit, metis, aboriginal and indigenous Canadians on various fronts such as forced education, the foster care system, lack of essential resources, and now neglecting a genocide… equals frustration and tension.

    Yet, the US has just passed two bills that are meant to address violence against indigenous women and girls. So with federal governments in the US and Canada finally taking some initiative to address the genocide of indigenous women, what role do journalists play in reporting on this? This episode examines how coverage has been both positive and negative and what news organizations need to do in order to improve current depictions of indigenous people.

    This is the last episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. We talk to the journalists who uncovered them about their struggle to bring these stories to public view. And we speak to experts who explain how these reports altered the way society perceived pressing matters of race, class and sexism. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...

    • 23 min
    Reporting Injustice Episode 4: Investigating the hidden story of domestic abuse by police officers

    Reporting Injustice Episode 4: Investigating the hidden story of domestic abuse by police officers

    In this episode, we look at how domestic abuse by police officers often went unpunished… until Alexandra Heal from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism helped set in train a nationwide super-complaint to call for sweeping changes in the system.

    As journalists we all want to make a difference, to pursue a story that changes lives. Few do that in a significant way - let alone with their first story out of journalism school. But that is what happened with Alexandra Heal, a journalism student at City, University of London who started looking at the issue of domestic abuse perpetrated by police officers while still studying for her MA.

    The story began with Alexandra being intrigued by the anecdote told to her about her friend. She thought there might be something more to it than just a one-off and thought it might work for her MA project. The woman in question wouldn’t talk to her, but undeterred Alexandra decided to investigate further. The stories that she discovered through her interviews showed that there was a clear problem about how police forces dealt with abuse when it was carried out by one of their own.

    This is the fourth episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. We talk to the journalists who uncovered them about their struggle to bring these stories to public view. And we speak to experts who explain how these reports altered the way society perceived pressing matters of race, class and sexism. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...

    • 17 min
    Reporting Injustice Episode 3: Exposing the true extent of the Grenfell Tower disaster

    Reporting Injustice Episode 3: Exposing the true extent of the Grenfell Tower disaster

    In this episode, we look at the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017 in which 72 people died. It was the worst residential fire in Britain since the Second World War. The initial cause had been a malfunctioning
    fridge freezer in a fourth floor flat, but the spread of the fire was due to the type of cladding and insulation used that made the flames extend so rapidly. While the media rushed to report the disaster itself, it was a specialist publication Inside Housing which used freedom of information requests to reveal how the Grenfell disaster was far from a one-off. We also look at how council tenants were ignored and how the investigations have shown these safety issues go far beyond social housing. We talk to Sophie Barnes who worked at Inside Housing looking at the issue of fire safety.

    It’s now more than three years on since the Grenfell disaster. The Grenfell inquiry recently restarted, 28 months after it began, although hearings look set to continue into 2022. We asked all our guests to reflect on what has happened since then.

    This is the third episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. We talk to the journalists who uncovered them about their struggle to bring these stories to public view. And we speak to experts who explain how these reports altered the way society perceived pressing matters of race, class and sexism. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...

    • 20 min
    Reporting Injustice Episode 2: Uncovering racism and betrayal in the Windrush Scandal

    Reporting Injustice Episode 2: Uncovering racism and betrayal in the Windrush Scandal

    In today's episode, we look at one of the biggest stories in the British media in the past few years – the uncovering of the Windrush scandal by the Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman. We talk to her about how this story came to light – and why branding it a certain way was so important.

    When Amelia Gentleman stumbled across the story of the treatment of the Windrush Generation, she started an investigation that would become a national scandal, trigger an apology from Prime Minister Theresa May, the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd and raise fundamental questions about racism in Britain in the 21st century. In this episode we also talk to the journalist and anti-racism campaigner Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Dr Juanita Cox who carried out the oral history project into the Windrush Generation at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

    This is the second episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. We talk to the journalists who uncovered them about their struggle to bring these stories to public view. And we speak to experts who explain how these reports altered the way society perceived pressing matters of race, class and sexism. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...

    • 21 min
    Reporting Injustice Episode 1: How Bill Cosby's accusers got to tell their story

    Reporting Injustice Episode 1: How Bill Cosby's accusers got to tell their story

    This October 16th marks the sixth anniversary of comedian Hannibal Buress’ off the cuff comment about America’s TV dad, Bill Cosby. The comment went viral and put into motion the coming forward of 60 women to tell their stories, international media attention, lawsuits, changes in the statute of limitations in California, a sexual assault charge, a mistrial, a guilty verdict, and ultimately a three to ten-year prison sentence.

    After years of whistleblowers trying to be heard, Cosby was finally being held to account. Why was that? The reason was a sea-change in the way sexual assault was covered, thanks to the decision of The New York Magazine to focus on the accusers rather than the celebrity at the centre.

    In today’s episode, we explore the unravelling of the Bill Cosby case. We talk to the journalist behind The New York Magazine expose that featured 35 of the women’s stories - Noreen Malone. We also talk to experts on how the story was treated in the press and how this case was the precursor to the #Metoo movement.

    This is the first episode of The Knowhow Podcast's special five-part series: Reporting Injustice... A series where we look at some of the key stories in recent years that were turning points in how we saw some fundamental issues. From Bill Cosby to Windrush, Grenfell to missing and murdered indigenous women, Reporting Injustice looks at the story behind the stories...

    • 27 min

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