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Scotland's Referendum and the Media


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Neil Blain is Professor Emeritus of Communications at the University of Stirling. His publications include Media, Monarchy and Power (with Hugh O'Donnell), Sport, Media, Culture: Local and Global Dimensions and The Media in Scotland (co-edited with David Hutchison). David Hutchison has published in the fields of theatre, media policy and journalism. From 2010-2014 he was chair of Regional Screen Scotland. He is Honorary Professor of Media Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr. Gerry Hassan is Research Fellow in contemporary history at Dundee University. He has written and edited over two dozen books on Scottish and British politics including The Strange Death of Labour Scotland (with Eric Shaw, 2012), Caledonian Dreaming (2014), Independence of the Scottish Mind (2014), Scotland the Bold (2016), and SNP Leaders (edited with James Mitchell, 2016). His latest book is The People's Flag and the Union Jack: An Alternative History of Britain and the Labour Party (with Eric Shaw, 2019).


'Highly analytical, concept-driven and data-rich... [this collection] offers real insights into media systems and practices in Scotland, the UK and internationally that will be useful to academic audiences as well as practicing or aspiring journalists. It also provides some excellent discussion of the referendum itself.'

--Peter Lynch "Scottish Affairs"

'This collection offers a considered, often insightful analysis of the role and perceptions of the media during and after the supercharged political atmosphere. The editors usefully bring together three different perspectives on the referendum: 1. Media within Scotland; 2. UK media; and 3. The view from a range of other Western nations. Such an international lens is particularly welcome given that all nations, Scotland included, seek affirmation of their own ideal self-image in a world of other nations... This volume is essential reading for all students of media and Scottish politics in turbulent times.'

--Alex Law "Media Education Journal"

'This welcome assemblage of papers covers the Scottish referendum from three broad perspectives: first, from within Scotland; second, from the rest of the United Kingdom; and third, from the international arena...The organisation and structuring of the book in this way very much helps its overall coherence, while the individual chapters contribute a series of particular outlines of how the referendum campaign was covered and received and how such issues as nationalism, separatism and identity were represented. Neil Blain, David Hutchison and Gerry Hassan have put together an excellent collection.'

-- "European Journal of Communication"

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