Alumni news

Pallavi Aiyar

This a former GMC student lives and works for The Hindu|  in Peking. Pallavi was awarded India's most prestigious journalism award, the "Prem Bhatia Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Reporting", in 2007. This prize is awarded to journalists and editors for depth and insight in reporting. You can visit her website at|.

Her book, 'Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China', has just been published by Harper Collins/Fourth Estate India and has already attracted a very positive response. In July 2008, the book hit # 3 on the bestseller list in the non-fiction category in Delhi. It has been reviewed in Outlook magazine, India's top English language weekly. The reviewer, Sanjaya Baru, is the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor

  • Another review has appeared in India Today, the other big English language weekly
  • Here are links to two more reviews, one in the International Herald Tribune and the other in Asia Times Online;
  • Check out the media reviews for the book at the Harper Collins website
  • The book is also available at
  • Recent article for the Hindu

Erik Arheden

Erik is currently a film producer at Scandvision Film in Malmö, Sweden. Together with two colleagues, he has put together a global campaign for the new Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watches MBW-150 series. You can go to the website on|.  

Sandra Bangasser

Sandra's LSE master's thesis on the recontextualization of the theory of political marketing in relation to the World Intellectual Property Organization has been accepted into the National Communication Association Conference this fall in Chicago.

Sandra has also been accepted into the doctoral program in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At Annenberg, Sandra plans to pursue research in the field of organizational communication with a focus on new media, networks and globalization.

Sandra attended the 2007-2009 Global Media and Communications dual-master's degree program, receiving an MSc at the LSE and an MA at the University of Southern California.  

Alexandra Cacciatore

Alexandra has just written her first blog post for Cafe Babel, a pan European society and culture magazine. The article is entitled "The Unquiet American" about attending the G20 protests. There are suits donned, anarchists pushed, reflections on media, granola bars consumed and police yelling. Comments on the post are welcome.|

Tyler Cavell

The company Internet Broadcast Corp, founded by Global Media and Communications alumni Tyler Cavell, has recently revamped its site with a new URL and content providers. To visit the site, click on the following link|

Chen Chen

Chen Chen, a MSc/MA Global Media and Communications alumni from 2006, is currently working for Kimberly-Clark in Shanghai as a Specialist for Public Affairs & Strategic Projects.

Fan Dong

Fan Dong, a student of the Global Media and Communication Program 2005-2007, has just received the Ph.D. program offer from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. Fan Dong is currently doing her second year study at USC and she will graduate in May, 2007. She has finished her first year MSc of Global Media and Communication at London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006 (Dissertation on self identity, diasporas' changing use of media as their everyday life and memories).

She has been studying in the Master's program of English Journalism at Tsinghua University and had her undergraduate degree in Journalism for Finance and Economics at the Central University of Finance and Economics. She has been a presenter of education, pop culture programs and events planner for NGOs and production corporations in China for 3 years.

She is interested in the relationship between media, globalization and society, cross-cultural communication and comparison of media systems and policies.

Shen Manlin

Shen Manlin, on the of Global Media and Communications students from the class of 2002-2003 has informed us that her new internet start-up,| has been online since December 2006. The site is devoted to Chinese language learning and cross-cultural communications in the Chinese language. It provides Chinese language courses, reference tools, forums, China-related articles and more.

She tells us that the project was...

"inspired by my LSE experience, especially the courses that we were taught there, and those truly cross-cultural communications we had had in the form of discussions and debates in the class. The way the program was designed and the way you taught us are truly part of the more desirable global experience that one could have."

Vartan Sarkissian

To view CNBC footage on Vartan company - RawRip - please click on the following link|

Amar Vidyarthi

After two fantastic years in both London and Los Angeles I am back home in Nairobi, Kenya working for a media conglomerate. The company owns and manages a number of commercial radio stations as well as Kenya's newest daily newspaper.

I'm currently seconded to the newspaper division where I am in charge of setting up our own printing press (only the 3rd dedicated newspaper press in Kenya) and I am also involved in evaluating and improving our circulation and distribution networks. 

A letter from Adam Wu at Fudan University

Hello from across the Pacific!

I just wanted to drop a line and say hello.

I have been in Shanghai now for about a week and things are slowly starting to settle into a routine.

The program is pretty intensive. They have us studying language about20 hours a day. My class is taught entirely in Chinese and no English is allowed. I'm slowly beginning to build my vocabulary and spend a lot of time translating for others in the program when we go out be it to eat or just shop. There are twenty of us here (coincidentally enough another also on the same Fellowship) but only four of us speak enough Chinese to really get around. It's been interesting trying to navigatewith our limited Chinese abilities.

The campus is pretty nice and we live in an apartment complex with other FuDan students. They have been helpful in getting settled and assisting with Chinese homework! Next week our classes will be held in one of the newer buildings and we're all looking forward to the move though we're going to miss being near the massive restaurant and shopping complex by our old classrooms.  I'm looking forward to the next seven weeks, but just wanted to give you all an update.

Hope all is well!


2006 New America media award winner

MSc Global Media and Communications student Roy Lu won the 2006 New America Media Award, a national journalism award honouring the best media reporters in thousands of ethnic media (English and non-English) in the USA. Roy went to Washington D.C. to collect the award in November. 

Roy has now have been working with William Morris Agency, a major entertainment agency in Hollywood for three months, currently he is working with its TV department and dealing with non-scripted TV packaging. In the meantime, he is assisting company executives to expand their operations towards the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other territories in the region.

GMC alumni take top awards at international communications conference

Congratulations to the GMC alumni who successfully presented papers at The 56th Annual International Communications Association (ICA) conference in Dresden, Germany in June 2006. Also in attendance were LSE and USC program directors, Terhi Rantanen and Tom Hollihan, respectively.

GMC presenters included:

  • Amelia Arsenault (2002-2004), and a current PhD student at the University of Southern California (USC) presented on the political uses of wireless technologies in Zimbabwe and changes within South African international broadcasting policy. Amelia has co-authored an article with Manuel Castells that appears in Information, Communication and Society.
  • Nathalie Krup (2003-2005) and fellow GMC alumna and USC PhD student, Lauren Movius (USC) received the Top Student Paper award for their paper entitled "US and EU Internet Privacy Protection Regimes Regulatory Spillover in the Travel Industry", Communication Law and Policy Division.
  • Pamela Prickett (2003-2005) also received a top paper award on "MTV Desi: Experiencing a Reverse Flow of Globalization?" Pamela is a research librarian for ITN Source, the world's leading provider of broadcast content.