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Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE


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Assistant Professor in Media and Communications|

Salary: £50,891 Please see advert for details 

Closes: 31st October 2014

Applicants should demonstrate research excellence and a commitment to developing critical ways to theorise and research empirically the relationships between media and communications technologies and the social world.

2014 Graduate Open Evening|

Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014

Time: 5 - 8.30pm 

We are pleased to announce details of the next LSE Graduate Open Evening| for prospective postgraduate students.

At the Open Evening, you will have the opportunity to obtain more information about our graduate taught and research programmes, meet academic staff and current students, and find out about the application process, financial support available and career destinations of LSE graduates.

Advanced booking is essential.

Media@LSE Visiting Professor Philip Schlesinger| has been appointed to UK regulator OFCOM’s Media Content panel. Congratulations to Professor Schlesinger from the whole Department on this very important appointment!


The Global Public Sphere|

Department of Media and Communications public debate

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014

Time: 6.30-8 pm

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Dr Ingrid Volkmer|

Discussant: Professor Mary Kaldor|

Chair: Professor Nick Couldry|


Caring in Crisis|

A one-day colloquium ‘Caring in Crisis?’ sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for Social Research was held on Saturday 7 June. The event marked the completion of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on NGOs’ production of and the UK public responses to messages about humanitarian crises and international development. 

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RECAP: 2014 Polis Journalism Conference|

The 5th Polis Journalism Conference on the topic of Transparency and Accountability was the biggest and most successful yet. The LSE now hosts the UK's most important annual gathering of international journalists.

There were at least 700 attendees throughout the day to watch more than 40 speakers from the media industry. Highlights of the conference included keynotes by Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the Guardian and Ian Katz, Editor of BBC Newsnight in conversation with Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News. Other panellists included Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News, Tom Giles of BBC Panorama and Luke Lewis, Editor of Buzzfeed UK. Visit our blog for more information on the conference schedule| and for speaker biographies| and interviews|.

The conference also generated significant buzz on social media including 661 tweets by over 400 Twitter users and our conference hashtag #polis14 was trending on twitter for the entire day. 

Podcasts and video of the conference will be available on the Polis blog|. You can also check out photos of the conference on our Facebook page| as well as on our blog. 

Thank you to all speakers, participants and volunteers for making the day such a success. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Shani Orgad| recently published Intimacy at a distance’ in humanitarian communication| in Media, Culture & Society.


Photo: Hugo Infante - Gobierno de Chile

PhD Student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published Disasters as media events: the rescue of the Chilean miners on national and global television|, an analysis of the narratives constructed during the live coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010.

Bart Cammaerts| and PhD student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published The Mediation of the Brazilian V-for-Vinegar protests: from vilification to legitimization and back?,| an analysis of the role of the media during the recent demonstrations in Brazil.
Study at LSE

MPhil/PhD Programmes|

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or New Media, Innovation and Literacy? Submit your details here|, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff|.

MSc programmes

MSc Programmes|

We offer several MSc degrees: MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media, Communication & Development; MSc Global Media & Communications (with second year in either University of Southern California or Fudan University); MSc Politics & Communication. The Department offers two MPhil/PhD programmes in Media & Communications and in New Media, Innovation & Literacy.


LSE 120th Anniversary Scholarships|

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the School, LSE will be offering 120 Anniversary Scholarships for taught Master's students from the UK starting at LSE in 2015.The awards will vary in value, based on financial need, and are designed to help with fees and living costs. The minimum award will be £3,000 and the maximum award will be worth £25,000.



Articulating Dissent|

Pollyanna Ruiz|, Pluto, June 2014

Pollyanna Ruiz shows how coalition protest movements against austerity, war and globalisation build upon the communicative strategies of older single issue campaigns such as the anti-criminal justice bill protests and the women's peace movement. She argues that such protest groups are dismissed in the mainstream for not articulating a 'unified position' and explores the way in which contemporary protesters stemming from different traditions maintain solidarity.

Articulating Dissent investigates the ways in which this diversity, so inherent in coalition protest, effects the movement of ideas from the political margins to the mainstream. In doing so this book offers an insightful and original analysis of the protest coalition as a developing political form.



Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century|

Edited by Wendy Willems| and Ebenezer Obadare, Oxford: James Currey, February 2014

This book argues that Western notions of state and civil society provide only a limited understanding of how power and resistance operate in the African context, where informality is central to the way both state officials and citizens exercise agency.


Consumer Democracy: The Marketing of Politics|

Margaret Scammell|, CUP, February 2014

This book argues that marketing is inherent in competitive democracy, explaining how we can make the consumer nature of competitive democracy better and more democratic. Margaret Scammell argues that consumer democracy should not be assumed to be inherently antithetical to “proper” political discourse and debate about the common good.


Recent Faculty Publications|

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