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Stephen  Desmond

Stephen Desmond

Senior Lecturer

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3447 ext. 3447 Room no. JM224

Biography

Stephen has 20 Years of lecturing experience in the field of media and extensive experience in production and management in the media industry. Stephen maintains a full LinkedIn professional profile which contains over 50 employment references and endorsements: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/stephendesmond.

Stephen is senior lecturer (media, culture & production) and production coordinator at the University and co-founder, Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism (CCRJ) in Belfast City, Northern Ireland. Stephen's relationship with the CCRJ complements his ongoing, full-time teaching commitment at the University, informing and underpinning his research work and scholarly activity. Stephen is also a nationally elected member of the National Executive Committee of UCU - the University and College Lecturer's Union of the UK. Stephen is also a member of The National Union of Journalists -membership no. GO927934. Stephen is also currently the police liaison-neighbourhood watch coordinator for his local district in Ealing London and is very involved with his local community.

Stephen has lecturing expertise in: filmmaking, documentary film, journalism & documentary journalism, digital videography/cinematography, digital post production and digital video editing, digital photography and online media, single camera television production, outside broadcast directing/operations, experimental film art, experimental photographic art, photojournalism, critical theory and critical approaches to international communication.

Further details on Stephen can be found on the CCRJ website: www.ccrj.org/4595/37238.html.

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Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Stephen recently completed his fully funded documentary 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story'. In November 2009, the film was screened by the world famous Frontline Club for war journalists...

    Stephen recently completed his fully funded documentary 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story'. In November 2009, the film was screened by the world famous Frontline Club for war journalists.

    In July 2009 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story', was pre-screened by The Foreign Press Association (FPA) in London to an audience of journalists and dignitaries from around the world: http://www.ccrj.org/4706.html

    The FPA, William Morris (Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation), Canon Andrew White (Archbishop of Baghdad and former envoy to the Middle East for the Archbishop of Canterbury) and Crown Prince Shwebomin of Burma introduced the film. The film tells the story of how Jaweed Al Ghussein was falsely accused by Yasser Arafat of embezzling $6 million from The Palestinian National Fund, abducted and held under house arrest in Gaza. Stephen was also commissioned by The Times Higher Education Supplement to write an article on this project. His article 'Documenting Injustice' appeared in the THES in October 2007.

  2. Recent publications

    Stephen's recent publications include articles, experimental films, screenings and presentations. For more information, follow the link below...

    Forthcoming: Conference Panel Chair, 'Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking', Cleraun Media Ethics Conference in Dublin October 2010. Desmond will interview panel members including George Carey, Founder of Newsnight on the BBC, Series Editor of Panorama, and award winning documentarian.

    Screening: Screening by The Frontline Club November 23rd, 2009 of Desmond's film: Desmond, S., 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story' The Frontline Club Headquarters, London.

    Presentation: 'Documenting Injustice - Making a Documentary in an International Context', Desmond, S., November 23rd, 2009. The Frontline Headquarters, London. (Presentation followed screening).

    Screening: Screening by Foreign Press Association on July 2nd, 2009 of Stephen Desmond's recut film 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story' at Foreign Press Association Headquarters, London: http://www.ccrj.org/4706.html.

    Presentation: 'Documenting Injustice - The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story', Desmond, S., July 2nd, 2009. The Foreign Press Association, London. (Presentation followed screening).

    Article: 'Documenting Injustice'. October 2007 Desmond, S., THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT.

    Presentation: 'The Impact of Al Jazeera' at 'The Middle East and the Media' Conference-The International Media Council, London 2007

    Screening: 'Refugee Teachers', August 2006, short narrative documentary film about the experiences of refugee-teachers at Birkbeck College, London. Stephen Desmond was a co-executive producer and online editor. The film was exhibited at a public screening held by the refugee charity Reconnect.

    Curated screening: 'Young British Experimental Filmmakers', August 2006, Curated screening of experimental film, Sonoimagenes Festival, Buenos Aires. Stephen Desmond served as co-curator with Luciano Zubbillaga.

    Screening: 'Peace or Patriotism: Journalism, War and the Search for Truth', April 2004, short narrative documentary about the journalism of war reporting. Stephen Desmond was co-executive producer and editor. The film was exhibited at ISTROART 2004, and also at a screening-event in The Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York in September 2004.

    Video Art Installation: 'Digital Technology and Video Art', August 2004. Public video-art installation at ISTROART 2004 in Galerii Medium, Bratislava. Stephen executive produced and co-curated the 'digital technology and video art' installation which was exhibited together with three other installations: 'Performance and Video Art', 'Sound and Video Art', 'Identity and Video Art'.

    Article: 'Video Art 2', 2004, Desmond, S., ISTROART 2004 EXHIBITION CATALOGUE.

  3. Research interests

    Stephen's research interests include the impact of documentaries and journalism, the ethical issues of documentaries and more. For more detail, follow the link below...

    Forthcoming: Conference panel chair, 'Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking', Cleraun Media Ethics Conference in Dublin October 2010. Desmond will interview panel members including George Carey, Founder of Newsnight on the BBC, Series Editor of Panorama, and award winning documentarian.

    In Progress: 'The Globalizing Impact of Documentary Filmmaking and Journalism'. An education programme and conference for filmmakers and journalists which will analyse how documentary filmmaking and journalism function in communication between cultures, in conflict, and in world development. In recent years Stephen's projects have received funding from The British Council, News organizations and various private donors.

    In Progress: 'Arab-Israeli Filmmakers' & Journalists' Peace-Building Conference'. Stephen is currently raising funding to hold an Arab-Israeli Journalists' Conference in Northern Ireland. In recent years Stephen's projects have received funding from The British Council, News organizations and various private donors.

    In Planning: 'The Nuclear Proposition'. A documentary film that will examine the configuration of the nuclear energy industry in Europe, and the coverage of this story by the international media. In recent years Stephen's projects have received funding from The British Council, News organizations and various private donors.

    Screening by The Frontline Club November 23rd, 2009 of Desmond's film: Desmond, S., 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story' The Frontline Club Headquarters, London.

    Conference Presentation: 'Documenting Injustice - Making a Documentary in an International Context', Desmond, S., November 23rd, 2009. The Frontline Headquarters, London. (Presentation followed screening).

    Screening by Foreign Press Association on July 2nd, 2009 of Stephen Desmond's recut film 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story' at Foreign Press Association Headquarters, London: http://www.ccrj.org/4706.html.

    Conference Presentation: 'Documenting Injustice - The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story', Desmond, S., July 2nd, 2009. The Foreign Press Association, London. (Presentation followed screening).

    Conference Participant: Attended the Cleraun Media Forum - 'Investigative Journalism - Some Ethical Issues' in May 2009.

    Conference Participant: Invited to & attended the House of Commons-14th Nov, 2008 to participate in 'Towards a New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance at a Time of Global Crisis.'

    Conference Participant: Attended the Cleraun Media Ethics Conference in Dublin 2008.

  4. Awards

    Stephen received an award for Excellence in Teaching from Thames Valley University in Summer 2009.