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

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Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications. Rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

Join the Global Debate

We are searching for outstanding candidate to join our academic team as LSE Fellow in Media and Communications. We particularly welcome applications from those with an interest in teaching on our core course MC4M1/M2 Methods of Research in Media and Communications. Interest in teaching on the MSc Media & Communications (Media & Communication Governance) programme is also strongly welcomed.

Apply here.

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OUT NOW | Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs by Irene Bruna Seu and Shani Orgad (2017)

Drawing on an original UK-wide study of public responses to humanitarian issues and how NGOs communicate them, this timely book provides the first evidence-based psychosocial account of how and why people respond or not to messages about distant suffering.

A review from Paul Vanags, Head of Public Fundraising, Oxfam GB, UK here.

 
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Professor Sonia Livingstone  has contributed to a report for the Lords Select Communications Committee,

Growing up with the internet.The Committee called on the Government to establish a Children’s Digital Champion to ensure coordinated and sustained action from Ministers across all departments and to present robust advocacy on behalf of children to industry. More here.

 
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LSE's Department of Media and Communications has been rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings, with USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication again rated #1 in the world. The two institutions collaborate on a double degree in MSc/MA Global Media and Communications, as well as joining forces to research the profound implications of media and communications technologies for our shared futures. See more here.

 

 

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The Culture Secretary has commissioned Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor Joanne Davidson and Dr Jo Bryce to provide up to date evidence of how young people use the internet, the dangers they face, and the gaps that exist in keeping them safe.

The report will contribute to the Internet Safety Strategy aimed at making Britain the safest country in the world for children and young people to be online. The new cross-Government drive is being led by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP on behalf of the Prime Minister with a green paper expected in summer 2017. Read more here.
 
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New LSE research commissioned by The Prince’s Trust, in conjunction with Samsung, reveals the disadvantages young people face offline are preventing them from making the most of the online world.  

Slipping through the Net, produced by Dr Ellen Helsper, Associate Professor, reveals a clear distrust by Britain’s most disadvantaged young people of online interactions, which is a major obstacle to using the digital world to improve their situation. Read more here.
 
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The Global Kids Online project, launched on 2 November 2016 at the Children’s Lives in the Digital Age seminar held at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, aims to build a global network of researchers investigating the risks and opportunities of child internet use. The Global Kids Online website makes high quality, flexible research tools freely available worldwide.

For more information, visit www.globalkidsonline.net.

Professor Livingstone writes about the project in The Conversation.

 
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Professor Nick Couldry (@CouldryNick), Head of the  Department of Media and Communications, was featured in The Conversation  on 23 September in an article focusing on ‘The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’.

Professor Couldry’s article explores the risks to freedom, autonomy and democracy posed by living in a society which increasingly relies on connecting individuals through internet platforms. The article is part of a wider project on The Price of Connection that Professor Couldry is undertaking for The Enhancing Life Project, funded by the University of Chicago.

       

 
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NEW - MSc Global Media & Communicatons (with University of Cape Town)

In our ever more globalised world, gaining international experience is invaluable and gives students a great knowledge and experience base to work from. This unique two year programme enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

 

LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) for MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) applicants

Two LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) are earmarked for African offer holders on the MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT). Offer holders should be African residents and preference is given to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The awards cover the first year of study at LSE, are means tested and up to the value of full fees and living costs at £1,200 per month. Students must have completed the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form AND received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) by 5pm GMT on 26 April 2017. Applicants are therefore advised to apply as early as possible.

In addition, a number of other internal and external funding opportunities for African students are listed here and here. Please note that further announcements on financial support may be made, including regarding students’ second year in Cape Town.

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PhD Programmes

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

 

Is the future of democracy on the web?

Professor Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Dr Nick Anstead, Assistant Professor, Media and Communications department discuss the relationship between the internet, the Government and politics. They discuss examples of institutions using the internet in the UK and Germany, the benefits and failures of these initiatives and how we can use the internet for meaningful political engagement.

What does it mean to be a citizen?

Dr Shakuntala Banaji discusses different types of citizenship, and what it means to be a citizen.Why are young people so disengaged and how can we entice them to become active citizens? Who defines what it means to be a good citizen?

Media Industries and Production in China - LSE Research in Mandarin

Dr Bingchun Meng talks to Dr Catherine Xiang about her research in communication governance and media production in the context of globalization and technological shifts.They also discuss the empowering potential of digital networks in new communicative practices, and the obstacles to this empowerment.

Children's Rights in the Digital Age - Sonia Livingstone Public Lecture

Recorded on 11 February 2015, Sonia Livingstone explored whether children’s rights are enhanced or undermined by access to the internet. A blog post by Professor Livingstone also entitled Children’s Rights in the Digital Age can be viewed at the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone - are our children safe online?

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, discusses the challenges of keeping children safe online.

Gearty Grilling: Lilie Chouliaraki on Media Ethics & Humanitarianism

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki discusses the moral implications of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.

Polis

Time to lift the curtain on this stage-managed election?
The political correspondents are revolting. In the face of a campaign that is painfully stage-managed, slogan sterile and encounter-free, the journalists are taking to their in-house forum (Twitter) to moan about the mundane manipulation by the two main parties. In this long campaign will this change the political dynamics? [See the end of this article for updates] The nadir of spin control came […]

Corbyn: the personal is political and it’s not appealing
When the going gets tough, the tough get, well in Jeremy Corbyn’s case they get going to a safe seat with a thumping majority of 24,000 to make a landmark ‘personal’ political speech. The Labour leader was in my manor (as we’re supposed to say around here) so I nipped along to London Metropolitan University in the East End where […]

 

Parenting for a Digital Future

Sharenting – in whose interests?
In this post, Stacey Steinberg explores her own personal conflicts around ‘sharenting’.  Social media enable parents to share their parenting experiences, with their children’s rights to privacy often overlooked. Here, she discusses the tensions and problems it creates, as well as some proposed policy suggestions and a recommendation for a public health model. Stacey is a legal skills professor at the University of […]

Augmented reality apps: value beyond the hype?
Jackie Marsh discusses the research she conducted about augmented reality apps, investigating their use, value and potential for young children. She urges that as these apps become increasingly ubiquitous, it will be important for parents and early years practitioners to appraise and assess the apps and decide whether they are of fleeting interest, or if they hold the potential to […]

 

Media Policy Project 

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy
Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news stories spreading on social media has been in the spotlight, and there are currently efforts underway to limit the effects of fake news stories on the upcoming general election in the UK. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, explains what critical digital literacy means and the role […]

The position of children and their rights under the GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law across the EU in May 2018, proposes introducing 16 as the minimum age at which a person can join an online service without the consent of their parents. In a post based on his open letter to the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, […]