News archive 2010

January

2008-09 MSc dissertation prize

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008-09 MSc dissertation prizes. This is the first year that the Department has funded such prizes and we are delighted to be able to award them for work of such high calibre.

The first ever MSc Dissertation: Silverstone Prize which is offered in the name of the late Professor Roger Silverstone, founder of the Department of Media & Communications is awarded to Brooks Decillia for his eloquently written case study of the reporting of the war in Afghanistan by Canadian mainstream media.

The first ever Best MSc Dissertation Prize is awarded to Michael Spiess for his study of media in the Central African Republic.

Brooks and Michael each received a cheque for £100, which we hope will be put to good use in furthering their studies or academic research.


February

Help Robinson Crusoe Island

In 2006, Gillian Bolsover, one of our MSc Global Media & Communications| students, was involved in a documentary project on the remote Chilean island of Robinson Crusoe. Gillian and the rest of the Chasing Crusoe Team created a website, www.rcrusoe.org|, about the life and history of the island.

In the days following the earthquake that shook the Chilean mainland, the team learnt that a giant tsunami had hit Robinson Crusoe Island, covering nearly two miles of the island and reaching 300 metres up from the natural coastline. When the ocean retreated, it took with it nearly all of San Juan Bautista, the coastal settlement that the island's 650 residents call home.

The Chasing Crusoe Team are now trying to raise funds to help the islanders rebuild their lives. To donate money, visit www.rcrusoe.org/|


April

Media, Organizations and Identity

Lilie Chouliaraki 's new co-edited book| critically examines the relationship between mediation and organisational identity.


May

Dr Damian Tambini| writes for House magazine on Quality in an age of access.

Dr Linje Manyozo has been awarded a research grant by the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies at Carleton University and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to investigate the impact of ICTs on community and rural radio broadcasters in Mozambique, Uganda and Mali.  | has been awarded a research grant by the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies at Carleton University and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to investigate the impact of ICTs on community and rural radio broadcasters in Mozambique, Uganda and Mali.

Family Platform

Family Platform interactive website goes online encouraging dialogue between stakeholders on family wellbeing across Europe. To register as a stakeholder and get involved visit http://www.familyplatform.eu|.   Family Platform interactive website goes online encouraging dialogue between stakeholders on family wellbeing across Europe. To register as a stakeholder and get involved visit.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Max Hanska-Ahy has won this year's departmental Graduate Teaching Assistant prize, "Max is not just a great teacher, but also a thoughtful and mature one".


June

Media@LSE|

Summer Symposium

The local and the global, the institutional and the everyday Read the intellectual work of the third Media@LSE Summer Symposium held at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on 7th June 2010  

LSE Fellow in Media & Communications

We have a vacancy for an LSE Fellow in Media & Communications for one year from September 2010, the  application deadline 16th June, interviews will take place on 14th July - more information here|

LSE Hellenic Studentship in International Journalism

The LSE Hellenic Alumni Association founds a PhD studentship in international journalism - closing date for application: 11 June 2010.  Further information  |  

Glamorizing sick bodies: how commercial advertising has changed the representation of HIV/AIDS by Marco Scalvini|

This article traces the shift in AIDS/HIV representations in commercial advertising from the early 1990s, when images of decay and disease represented AIDS, to nowadays, when the wider availability of antiretroviral medications and their ability to prolong life produced new representations of HIV-afflicted bodies.  This article traces the shift in AIDS/HIV representations in commercial advertising from the early 1990s, when images of decay and disease represented AIDS, to nowadays, when the wider availability of antiretroviral medications and their ability to prolong life produced new representations of HIV-afflicted bodies.   


July

Robin Mansell| is interviewed by Laureano Ralon for FigureGround Communication|, This website also hosts interviews with Andrew Feenburg and Eric McLuhan and others working in the media and communication field.

Philip Schlesinger appointed visiting professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE 

Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow, Philip Schlesinger has been appointed to a visiting professorship at the London School of Economics. Read more here|


September

As the final event of the EULAKS FP7 EU project|, on 23-24 September 2010 the Department hosted a policy workshop titled "Informing the Knowledge Society - Feeding SSH Research into Policy Design in Latin America and Europe" Understanding the relationship between social science and humanities (SSH) knowledge and policy formulation entails a paradox: The SSH research community produces a wealth of evidence-based information, but in general policymaking communities underutilise this knowledge. The question why, when, how and which information decision makers use in the formulation, design, implementation and monitoring of policies provided the backdrop for the discussions during this workshop. The primary focus was on the exploration of the differences between the Latin American and European context as regards the processes behind and conditions for successful SSH research – policy connections. The target audience of this workshop are SSH research communities as well as governmental and non-governmental stakeholders interested in the role of the SSH for policy-learning in a European-Latin American perspective.


October

Evangelia Berdou's PhD thesis in the Department of Media and Communications, winner of the LSE's Robert McKenzie Prize 2008, has just been published in October 2010 by Routledge as 'Organization in Open Source Communities: At the Crossroads of the Gift and Market Economies'|.

One in eight children still have upsetting experiences online, a new Europe-wide study shows. The report published 21 October 2010 by EU Kids Online| is based on interviews with 23,000 children - see eukidsonline.net for information.

Philip Schlesinger| - visiting professor in the department - was visiting professor at CELSA, the specialised communications school at the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne in the second half of October. He gave a seminar there to staff and researchers on 'Expertise and the public sphere' and lectured on the UK media scene to a range of Masters courses.

Read articles by two of our academics in LSE Research| Everything old is new again by Robin Mansell page 30 The media world, like life, is complicated. New and old media don't always fight each other; they often work in parallel. Oh, and who says new media are an unequivocal blessing for developing societies? Losing the plot by Mina Al-Lami page 34 In the global war on terror, the 'battle for hearts and minds' was a made-in-America strategy to win over Muslims. It hasn't worked on the internet, where clumsy crackdowns have been heavy handed and counter-productive.

The Guardian|, 18/10/2010, Damian Tambini|, writes that the government's proposal for the reform of Ofcom is one of the gravest assaults on broadcasting freedom he has seen. The basic organising principle of Ofcom is independence from government."

Evangelia Berdou's PhD thesis in the Department of Media and Communications, winner of the LSE's Robert McKenzie Prize 2008, has just been published by Routledge as 'Organization in Open Source Communities: At the Crossroads of the Gift and Market Economies'|. The book makes a significant contribution to the expanding literature on free/open source (F/OS) software community studies, revealing the diversity and evolution of existing F/OS communities and suggesting new directions for future research in the design and implementation of F/OS efforts.

The ECREA conference in Hamburg|  is taking place this weekend, 12-15th, this years theme is Transcultural communication and intercultural comparisons. A number of our Academic staff and students will be presenting; including: Dr Bart Cammaerts, Dr Ellen Helsper, Professor Sonia Livingstone, Dr Linje Manyozo, Yinhan Wang. Professor Sonia Livingstone will be giving a keynote at the pre-conference.


November

Summer School

We are delighted to announce the Department's bid bid for a new Summer School has been accepted will begin running July 25 - 12 August in 2011: 'Via lively lectures and debates, IR140 Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics will explore the role of media and communications in relation to contemporary issues of identity, citizenship, culture and conflict.' More information to follow in the new year.

UK Findings| for the EU Kids Online| survey published 15/11/10. The report| finds that overuse of the internet is very high among UK children, but also that children in the UK are among the most web-savvy.


December

2010 MSc Prize Winners 2010

We would like to congratulate our Department of Media & Communications MSc prize-winners this year:

Best MSc Dissertation

– Olina Banerji

Silverstone MSc Dissertation

– Michelle Anna Ruesch

Best Overall MSc Performance

– Michelle Anna Ruesch

Prof Sonia Livingstone presented the prizes to the students at our gradation ceremony on 16th December 2010.

POLIS director Charlie Beckett| has written a paper commissioned as part of JRF's programme on Globalisation, which explores and promotes awareness of the impacts of globalisation on the UK and focuses on communities and people in poverty.  It examines how global media has changed and its impact on low-income groups in the UK; explains how communities in the UK benefit from and influence their global news consumption; and discusses the potential widening of the digital divide. You can view the paper here|.

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