MAAR is the largest study to date analysing news reporting of rape in India – based on 258 in-depth interviews with journalists from 15 languages working across broadcast, print and online media; and a newspaper content analysis across six languages. Led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO New Delhi, it maps the challenges journalists face and the way they operationalise existing codes of practices, to produce a set of country-specific journalism guidelines. MAAR will build capacity to engender sustainable impact —specifically, for rape reportage, journalism education, and resilience against gendered violence towards women.
MAAR has collaborators from 18 institutions (Higher Education, NGOs and UN).
Sreedharan, C. and Thorsen, E. (2021) Sexual Violence and the News Media: Issues, challenges, and guidelines for journalists in India. Unesco
Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E., and Singh, A. (Eds) (2020) Hold Your Story: Reflections on the news of sexual violence in India. CESJ. [Amazon UK]
Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E., and Singh, A. (Eds) (2020) Notes for the media: Ordinary Indians, on the reporting of sexual violence. CESJ. [Amazon UK]
Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E. and Gouthi, A., (2020) Time’s up. Or is it? Journalists’ Perceptions of Sexual Violence and Newsroom Changes after #MeTooIndia. Journalism Practice, 14 (2), 132-149. DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1682943 [Accepted manuscript]
Thorsen, E. and Sreedharan, C. (2019) ‘Rape, sexual violence and journalism in India’, Future of Journalism Conference, University of Cardiff. September 2019
Thorsen, E. and Sreedharan, C. (2019) ‘The journalism of rape: an analysis of the news reportage of sexual violence in India’, International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) World Congress, Madrid, Spain. July 2019.
Sreedharan, C. and Thorsen, E. (2019) ‘Stop that evil! Integrating research, education and journalism practice for social change’. Building strategic partnership towards collaborative international learning conference. Symbiosis International, Pune. April 4-6
Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E. and Gouthi, A., 2019. ‘The Journalism of Rape: an inquiry into how sexual violence is reported in the Indian media’. Revisiting, Reviewing, and Restructuring Spaces for Urban Women, Gender Conference. Pune, India. March 2019
Thorsen, E. and Sreedharan, C. (2019) ‘Rape and sexual violence in the news: comparing ten newspapers across six languages in India’, Annual MeCCSAConference, University of Stirling. January 2019