Gabriel Huland is a journalist and a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London. His research looks at the coverage of the Syrian conflict in three American newspapers - the NYT, the WP, and the WSJ. He recently published For or Against War?: The Syrian Conflict on the New York Times Opinion Pages, in the Journal of Communication and Media Studies. Before moving to London, he lived in Spain, Costa Rica, and Brazil, where he grew up and has his family. He worked as the editor of Página Roja, an independent Spanish newspaper, and as a researcher at the Latin American Institute of Socio-economic Studies (ILAESE), in Brazil. His research interests include migration, international politics, labour movements, news framing, and media policy. He has good knowledge of Latin American, Middle Eastern, and European affairs. In his free time, he runs, plays the percussion, reads novels and history books.
My project looks at the coverage of the Syrian conflict in the American press, more specifically in the WP, NYT, and WSJ. My first objective is to analyse - both on op-ed pages and in news articles - aspects such as the selection of topics, sourcing practices, and amount of coverage. Secondly, to compare this coverage and the American foreign policy for Syria. The Syrian conflict was the most reported upon in history, and the use of social media was greatly extended both by citizen journalists inside Syria and professional journalists covering it from neighbouring countries. My research will shed light on how the mainstream media covers conflicts in the digital age, highlighting the fact that the Internet allows for a more considerable number of voices and narratives to be acknowledged. It also provided new mechanisms of gatekeeping, as news organisations are able to measure the number of times an article was accessed and how much interaction it generated. For its brutality, complexity and time length, the Syrian conflict became - rather unfortunately - a unique opportunity for researchers to analyse many elements of journalism coverage of conflicts in the 21st century.
Third International Conference on Communication & Media Studies (University of California at Berkeley)
Communication and Media Studies Research Network