My PhD Thesis in the British Library

  • British Council Researcher Links – Early Career Researcher workshops to be organized in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, medications Thailand (upcoming – 2014 – deputy coordinator)
  • Fusion travel grant from Bournemouth University to organize workshops for journalists and journalism lecturers in Nepal (upcoming – 2014)
  • The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (Euprera) EuroBlog Social Media Awards – Most innovative use of social media techniques in a communicationsresearch project or investigation for www.anaadi.net (February 2011)
  • International Olympic Committee – Olympic Studies Centre grant on New Media, Human Rights and the Olympic Movement – a literature review, Lausanne, Switzerland (May 2009)
  • Universities’ China Committee in London grant to travel to China during the Olympic Games
  • Nominated and sponsored by the British Olympic Academy to represent the UK at the Postgraduate Session of the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece (July 2008)
  • Fulbright Alumna (August 2005 – May 2007) – Master of Arts (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)
  • Erasmus Alumna (February – May 2003) – non-degree (Katholieke Universitat Zuid-West Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium)

 

You can now find my PhD thesis in the British Library collection of electronic theses.

Below is the abstract of my thesis:

The Olympic Games is a mechanism through which numerous advocacy and political groups compete to frame the media coverage that it generates. These processes are restricted by the relatively fixed guidelines imposed upon Olympic media by the International Olympic Committee (IOC, sales
2007). Yet, in the past years, the interaction among and communication between communicators, media and various publics has changed dramatically through the Internet one of the reasons being the emergence of convergent media structures. This thesis investigates the process of media convergence and transition that is occurring within the Olympic infrastructures as seen during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Employing Entman’s (1993) framing theory as a theoretical background, this thesis analyses how ideology influenced the framing of China and discourses about its human rights record. Using online data collected during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the thesis examines how discourse about China’s human rights changes from the official materials released by advocacy groups (Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) and Olympic organizers (The Beijing Organizing Olympic Committee – BOCOG – and The International Olympic Committee – IOC) into online, international traditional media outlets (CNN, BBC, CCTV Channel 9, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Guardian, The Telegraph, People’s Daily, China Daily) to the online readers that left comments for the media outlets. As such, employs qualitative and quantitative methods as well as traditional and computer assisted analysis to analyse the framing functions human rights had in different discourses. By integrating framing with the hegemonic thesis, it presents framing as a dynamic process, conceptualizing it as a strategy of constructing and processing news and as a characteristic of the discourse itself.

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