Centre for Media Research

Emerita Professor Máire Messenger Davies

Professor of Media Studies

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About Emerita Professor Messenger Davies

Máire Messenger Davies joined the University of Ulster in 2004. A former journalist, with degrees in English Literature (BA, Trinity College Dublin) and Psychology (PhD University of East London), she has taught in universities on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) the UK subject association for Media Studies.

Research Fields

Her primary research specialism is the study of child and youth audiences and media policy and regulation with particular reference to these audiences. She is also collaborating with Professor Roberta Pearson of the University of Nottingham on a long-term study of American television, using Star Trek as a case study. She has conducted research for Government, media and regulatory bodies, including the DCMS, Ofcom, the BBC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and UNESCO.

Contact Details

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Books Authored

Number of items: 2.

Pearson, Roberta and Messenger Davies, Máire (2014) Star Trek and American Television. University of California Press. Berkeley, Los Angeles, California; London, UK. 239 pp ISBN 978-0-520-27622-2

Messenger Davies, Máire (2010) Children, Media and Culture. Maidenhead: Open University Press/New York: McGraw Hill. 208 pp ISBN ISBN: 9780335229208

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Number of items: 2.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2010) Heirlooms in the living room: Retrieving television’s hidden histories and the problems of changing formats. Critical Studies in Television, 5, 2, Autumn 2010, pp 34 – 47, 5 (2). pp. 34-47.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2008) ‘Fair and balanced reporting’: children, news and the case of Northern Ireland’. Journal of Children and Media, 2 (3). pp. 305 -310.

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Book Sections

Number of items: 10.

Messenger Davies, Maire (2013) Moral panics and the young: The James Bulger Murder, 1993. In: The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics. (Eds: Krinsky, Charles), Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington VT, USA, pp. 233-247. ISBN 9781409408116

Messenger Davies, Maire, Carter, Cynthia, Allan, Stuart and Mendes, Kaitylynn (2013) ‘News, Children and Citizenship: User-Generated Content and the BBC’s Newsround Website’. In: Content Cultures. (Eds: Thornham, Helen and Popple, Simon), I B Tauris, pp. 15-36. ISBN 9781780765143

Mendes, Kaitlynn, Carter, Cynthia and Messenger Davies, Máire (2009) ‘Children’s news for children as citizens’. In: The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies. (Eds: Allan, Stuart), Routledge, pp. 450-459.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2009) ‘What planet are we on? Television drama’s relationship with social reality’. In: Using Visual Evidence. (Eds: Howells, Richard and Matson, Robert W.), Open University Press/McGraw Hill,, pp. 153-169.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2008) ‘Children, news media and citizenship: a study with 9-15 year olds in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England’. In: Youth Media Democracy; perspectives on new media literacy pp 57-63. (Eds: Pettersen, Jan), CSER – DIT. Dublin,, pp. 57,-63.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2008) ‘Reality and fantasy in children’s relationship with the media’. In: The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. (Eds: Livingstone., Sonia and Drotner, Kirsten), Sage, pp. 121 -136.

Messenger Davies, Máire (2007) ‘And what good came of it at last?: Ethos, style and sense of audience in the reporting of war in children’s news programmes’. In: Children and media in times of war and conflict. (Eds: Lemish, Dafna and Gotz, Maya), Hampton, Cresskill, NJ, pp. 163-176. ISBN 1-57273-748-4

Messenger Davies, Máire (2007) ‘Quality and creativity in TV: the work of television storytellers’. In: Quality television: American contemporary television and, beyond. (Eds: McCabe, Janet and Akass, Kim), I. B. Tauris, London, pp. 171-184. ISBN 978-1-84511-511-1

Messenger Davies, Máire (2007) ‘Salvaging television’s past: what guarantees survival? A discussion of the fates of two classic 1970s serials, The Secret Garden and Clayhanger’. In: Reviewing television history: critical issues in television historiography. (Eds: Wheatley, Helen), I. B. Tauris, London; New York, pp. 40-52. ISBN 978-1-84511-188-5

Messenger Davies, Máire and Pearson, Roberta (2007) ‘The little programme that could: the relationship between NBC and Star Trek’. In: NBC: America’s Network. (Eds: Hilmes, Michele), University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, pp. 209-223. ISBN 978-0-520-25081-9

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