Testimonials

Click on the following link to see a selection of the recent employers of LSE Media and Communications graduates.

This is what some of our former students have to say:

Gerard Raiti completed his First Year at LSE in 2004/05 and has just finished the Second Year at USC in 2005/06.  "I think it is a great programme. We really do get a breadth of experience and learning. Anyone coming out of this MSc is uniquely equipped with that buzzword -transferable skills! "

Pallavi Aiyar (India), GMC student 2000-2002, Journalist in Beijing.  

"Like many of life's valuable experiences, you may curse the rugged ride, but in the end, you'll look back and realize that you made one of the best choices in your life. The education, both in and out of the classroom, will benefit you professionally and personally by challenging the way you think and how you view the world.

Besides that, how cool is it to say you studied at the same schools as John Wayne, JFK, George Bernard Shaw, George Lucas, Neil Armstrong, and Mick Jagger. Join a world-class network of alumni, engage your mind, and infiltrate the veins of globalization. Be one of the few who can claim to have completed the most diverse and global of all advanced university degrees. It's something that will remain with you long into the future".

Pallavi was awarded the McKenzie Prize for her outstanding performance at LSE.

Steve Mellano (US), GMC student 2001-2003, Research Assistant for Warner Bros. Pictures|, Los Angeles.  

"I am still working and living in Washington, DC (Consultant, Strategy, Finance and Risk Management, The World Bank Group, Washington). I enjoy working for the World Bank which allows me to gain new insights into globalization and its consequences every day - particularly as development is not only a question of economic development but is linked to many facts of life such as socio-political development and communication technologies.

Just now, colleagues of mine are evaluating over 2,400 proposals and grass-root ideas to improve development work in sectors as diverse as social development, water, environment and biodiversity, social protection, education, health, energy, trade, finance and ICT. 

The global programme of Media@LSE| provides a truly unique perspective: studying at two outstanding schools in two exciting media cities on different continents, really allowed me to gain a global and diverse understanding of media and communications - a perspective and knowledge that is increasingly important in our mediated world.

I look forward to keeping in touch and receiving news from you and LSE."  

Sandra Normann (Germany), GMC Student 2000-2002. Consultant, Strategy, Finance and Risk Management, The World Bank Group, Washington(updated July 2006).  

"I am currently working at M6|, a French broadcaster (the 2d largest private one) where I am doing some International Surveillance, in other words, I check the tendances, the new programs, the ideas that are merging from all over the world and I select some of them for M6, making suggestions and comments in order for the channel to remain competitive and edgy. Therefore, the GMC Master definitely helped me! "

Lucille Heriard (France), GMC Student 2002-2004.  Programme Director, M6, Paris.  

"I founded Radar Research|, a Los-Angeles-based research and consulting firm, since graduating from the program. Also, the Norman Lear Center is publishing a book with a chapter written by my partner and me from their ready to share conference".

Marissa Gluck (US), GMC student 2002-2004. Founder and Managing Director, Radar Research, Los Angeles.  

"Studying global media at the London School of Economics has broadened my vision as I now build upon converging media ideas such as interactive TV. My studies at the LSE and USC keep me a step ahead of the game.   

Tyler launched Mediascrape in May 2006, the first global information network using web technology to deliver free, all-video broadcast news clips. A recent article quoted Tyler as stressing that "This is a breakthrough in news information as MediaScrape delivers all foreign clips from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific in their original format and language, providing a virtual platform for multi perspectives on single issues and unbiased top world and regional stories." MediaScrape has so far signed partnerships with local television broadcasters from Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia and expects to sign on more than a hundred countries over the next year".

Tyler Cavell (Canada), GMC student 2001- 2003. Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mediascrape, Toronto (updated July 2006).  

"I'm currently working in London for a Research Consultancy Agency called Opinion Leader Research|.  OLR is part of Chime Communications.  OLR specialises in deliberative market research methods.  Our clients are mainly Government departments and large scale institutions and charities.  Our most high profile work include the largest ever citizen's forums for the Department of Health, where 1, 000 people in deliberated in 1 room for 1 day.  I've worked on some really interesting jobs since joining in August 2005.  They include: 

  • Research testing Department of Health sexual health campaign materials focused on the African community in England.  We talked to African heterosexual males and females aged 18-60+, HIV positive males and females, Gay males, and Religious leaders.
  • A lot of work for the BBC looking at, for example, public attitudes to licence fee allocation; BBC Business News output; BBC Radio Five Live.
  • Research amongst audiences, residents and local business people focusing on the Royal Shakespeare Company's site transformation plans.

 I can in all honesty say that I don't think I would have ever thought to apply to OLR if I had not done my MSc.  Ironically, although I may not have thought the research methods classes were the most fun (my favourites were the globalisation classes) my knowledge about research methodologies definitely helped me at the interview. 

A massive part of our work is conducting focus groups.  We also do quant work.  So on a daily basis I am writing recruitment specs and questionnaires; formulating discussion guides and focus groups agendas; analysing transcripts and data; and writing reports. 

Although the reports are slightly similar to dissertation structure, they are not as interesting to write as my thesis was"!

Ayesha Abiola (UK), GMC student 2002-2004.  Research Analyst.  Opinion Leader Research, London.   

Upon completing my dissertation in August, I began looking for a job in public relations.  In mid-September, I joined Foley/Freisleben|, a small firm in downtown Los Angeles that specializes in corporate relations and strategic marketing. 

Aside from the academic prestige my degrees add to my C.V., I don't know if I can specifically pinpoint how my global degrees have helped me with my career.  But I can say that my in-depth knowledge of globalization is something that factors into my daily life and a resource upon which I draw regularly
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Navneet Gill (US), GMC Student 2003-2005. Assistant Account Manager. Foley/Freisleben, Los Angeles.  

After an exciting and rewarding two years in the MSc Global Media and Communications programme at LSE and USC, I went back to Austria in 2003 and started at the ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation| where I currently work in the Arts & Entertainment division.

My employer can be seen as an Austrian equivalent to the BBC - just that we are about to experience the commercial and digital onslaught the BCC has so well endured since 1955. Finding out first hand about the UK and US media landscape certainly has set me up pretty well to tackle these issues back at home.

I am currently working on the imminent switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television and its many implications (accidentally just what my dissertation was about).

On top of that, I am a kind of jack-of-all-trades to accommodate my VP's ever growing thirst for all things media from home and abroad. Just what you guys love to hear: Media@lse| indeed had the remarkable foresight to provide me with most skills necessary to match this thirst - thanks to a great faculty and even greater colleagues.

Harald Pfannhauser (Austria), GMC Student 2001-2003. ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna.    

"After my USC graduation in 2004, I went back to Turkey and started work in Fortis as an assistant manager in product development department of retail banking. After 6 months, I got an offer from Siemens and am working as a marketing communication manager.

My department provides educational programs for professionals, and I am responsible for marketing activities and sales of all program types (Health, nursing, automation and control, energy, building technologies, telecommunications, IT) in Siemens Academy|.

As you might remember, I wrote my LSE dissertation on the Cyprus conflict and conducted an analysis of how 1974 and 2004 Turkish newspapers created public opinion in different phases of the conflict. I received a distinction for this dissertation and decided to continue to a PhD programme. I am planning to start studying next year (2007) in Turkey in either Social Psychology or Communication.

I can easily say that I found my dream job. I am applying everything that I learned in LSE and USC to my work and I know that being a graduate from this programme helped me to pursue my career dreams".

 

 

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