Media Research and Outreach in Yemen: Experiences and Lessons Learned


Fri, 02/10/2023 - 3:00pm

Part of the Spring 2023 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Dr. Jeannine Relly, Associate Dean and Professor, Journalism, University of Arizona

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Dr. Monica Chadha, Associate Professor, Journalism, University of Arizona



This research started in August 2021 as an educational and cultural exchange among four universities in Yemen and the Global Media Studies program at School of Journalism, UArizona. Nearly 125 students, faculty and others from both countries participated on the digital platforms, Slack and Zoom. This talk will not only discuss this experience and lessons learned by faculty but also feedback received from project leaders, students and the latter's work. We also will talk about another research project we are launching in Yemen with our partners to study entrepreneurial resilience in media and innovation.


Drs Jeannine Relly and Monica Chadha have worked together with collaborators on virtual cultural exchanges and research projects related to journalism, entrepreneurial media and innovation and resilience in Yemen for a year and a half. They will report on their research experience and preliminary findings related to these three projects, and lessons learned while conducting research with partners in conflict zones.
Dr. Monica Chadha is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism at UArizona. Before going into academia, Chadha, who hails from Mumbai, India, worked at the BBC’s India bureau. She received her undergrad and master’s degrees in India before moving to the United States and enrolling at the University of Texas at Austin for her Ph.D. Chadha teaches classes in the Journalism B.A., M.A. and Studies of Global Media programs. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial journalism, identity construction and journalistic routines and practices in digitally native news startups. Dr. Jeannine Relly’s research focuses on global influences on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, and democratic institutions, including freedom of expression and access to public information in countries that often are in conflict, post-conflict, or in political or economic transition. She has researched in several countries, including Tunisia, West Bank & Gaza, & Yemen.

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