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    Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

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    Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

       Biography / About Me

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Ibrahim SeagaI am currently Chairman and Information Commissioner, Right to Access Information Commission in Sierra Leone. Before taking up this post in October 2018, I worked  as Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at Northumbria university in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK  since September 2011. I was Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) between 2012 and 2016 following my election at the organisation's biennial conference in Japan on November 24-28 2012. In 2013, 2015, and 2016,  I was nominated Best Lecturer for student-led teaching by the Northumbria Students Union, and in 2014 for an award for Communication for Social Change run by the Centre for Communication for Social Change at Queensland University, Australia.

I contribute  my  expertise to scholarship and policy in the following areas: Media and human rights; Human Rights Journalism; Humanitarian Journalism, media, conflict and development; Media and Business; Business and Journalism; Intercultural Communication; Media, democracy and Human Rights; Media, Digital Media and Political Economy;  international development, public diplomacy, Media, Culture and Human Rights; Political Communication, Media History, peace journalism; global journalism; and media and humanitarian intervention.  I teach journalism and mass communication and I am currently supervising four PhD students working on human rights journalism, conflict, social media, political communication, and public diplomacy. I have examined  four PhD theses as  external examiner.   I have supervised three PhD students to completion (one graduated in December 2017 while the two others graduated in July 2018)

My background is in journalism as a reporter, editor, sub-editor and correspondent in Sierra Leone, France and the UK( I am founder, editor and publisher of Sierra Leone’s award winning Expo Times newspaper published in print in Sierra Leone between 1995 and 1998, and since 2000 available online ( I worked as sub editor in London and correspondent in Paris for New African magazine between 2000 and 2003. I still write for Expo Times and other news outlets from time to time since moving into academia in 2007. I was postdoctoral fellow at the University of West of England between 2007 and 2009, and then Senior Research Fellow and RMS Project Manager until 2011. I joined Northumbria university in September 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics.

I hold a PhD from the Sorbonne in Paris and have published several articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Global Ethics and International Communication Gazette.I am author of  four books : Business Journalism: A Critical Political Economy Approach. (2015, Routledge), and co-editor of Communicating Differences: Culture, Media, Peace and Conflict Negotiation. Palgrave Macmillan (2016); ‘Human Rights Journalism’ Palgrave Macmillan (2012) and co-editor of ‘Expanding Peace Journalism’ Sydney University Press (2012).  I am co-editor of the forthcoming book by Palgrave-Springer titled ‘Reporting Human Rights, Conflicts, and Peacebuilding: Critical and Global Perspectives (This book is in press and is due out in the Autumn of 2018). I guest co-edited two issues of journal of International Communication Gazette and Journal of African Media Studies in 2012.

I was  commissioned by UNESCO to do a module on humanitarian journalism as a contribution to the revised:  UNESCO journalism Education Model curricula ( launched by the organization’s Director General in July 2013.I  served as editor of the newsletter of the Black and Minority Communication Commission of the Association for Journalism and Communication Education between 2012 and 2013. Before taking up my current post at Northumbria in 2011 I served as Senior Research Fellow in media and politics, and Project Manager of the Refugees and Migrant Support Hub at the University of West of England in Bristol. I also served as a commissioner for the Bristol Legacy Commission between 2008 and 2011.

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