Tim Markham is Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London. His latest book is The Politics of War Reporting: Authority, Authenticity and Morality (Manchester University Press, 2012) and he is co-author of Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; 2010). Other publications tackle topics including the phenomenology of media, celebrity advocacy, creativity in journalism and the anti-democratic aspects of citizen journalism and social media. Tim is currently writing a book on media and political subjectivity in the Arab world, investigating changing cultures of journalistic professionalism and popular protest.
Scott Rodgers is Lecturer in Media Theory at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on the intersections of cities, media, technology and politics, connecting with debates across several disciplines, including media theory, urban studies, human geography, technology studies, and political theory. In recent years his work has sought to think through the lived spaces of journalism as urban practice. His in-progress book Media and Urban Public Life explores this theme via the transmuting relationship of the newspaper and the city, and he is developing related research on the rise of ‘hyperlocal’ networked and mobile platforms.