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Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
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Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications.Rated #1 outside of the United States and #3 globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings

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The Department of Media and Communications is delighted to announce that Lee Edwards will be joining the Department from September 2017 as Associate Professor and Programme Director for the MSc in Strategic Communications. Dr Edwards joins us from the University of Leeds, where she is Deputy Head of the School of Media and Communication.  
 
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Nick Couldry has been appointed as a lead coordinating author for Media and Communications chapter of the International Panel on Social Progress 2017 Report 'Rethinking Society for the 21st Century'. The final report will be published in 2017, following the current period of consultation and an authors’ conference in Lisbon in January 2017.

 
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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.

 
Charlie Beckett

Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis has written a report in collaboration with Tow Centre for the Digital Journalism in New York. Entitled ‘Fanning the flames: reporting on terror in the networked age’.

The report looks at the problems facing journalism around terrorism: the increasing speed of the news cycle; new technologies and the limits on resources; the challenge of verification, definition, proportionality; and dealing with spin and propaganda.

Professor Beckett launched the report at an event at Columbia Journalism School in New York City on 17 October.

 
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Associate Professor Dr Ellen Helsper provided input to the Barclays Digital Development Index, which benchmarked 10 countries around the world on their readiness to compete in the digital economy.

Launched in July 2016, the report, which can be found here, highlights that the UK, one of the most active online consumer markets globally, lags behind other countries when it comes to being able to create new digital technologies.             

 
Migrant Crisis

During the 2016 POLIS conference in April, researchers from Media and Communications department’s European Migration Crisis and the Media project presented their preliminary findings for the first time.

A panel consisting of Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Rafal Zaborowski along with student researchers Antonis Dimitriadis, Lisa Elkhoury, Afroditi Koulaxi, Sadichchha Pokharel and Pauline Vidal discussed their research on European media coverage of the migration crisis. See here for powerpoint presentation and audio.              

 
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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.

 
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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.

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Racing towards destruction? Robert Colvile on the Great Acceleration
By LSE MsC student Jill Russo Throughout his talk, Robert Colvile managed to maintain a note of measured optimism even as he discussed some of the ways in which news production and consumption are going off the rails. Is journalism headed for a trainwreck, for new, exciting territory or, somehow, both? “There seems to be a feeling that the way […]

Chinese Media in Africa: Expansion, Perceptions and Receptions
LSE MsC student Linet Juma reporta on a lecture by  Prof Herman Wasserman from University of Cape Town at LSE on 28 November 2016 China’s involvement and investment in Africa has intensified in the past few years eliciting a lot of focus and research on China-Africa relations.  While this can be written off by some as simply investment, in the context […]

 

Parenting for a Digital Future

Follow the money
Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE), explores the power and control of private companies over internet access and usage. His piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a policy brief about families and “screen […]

The need for parity of protection
Julia Fossi explores the diverse interests of children and the rich lives they lead online. She argues that to reflect the modern experiences of children, steps must now be taken to equally protect them online and offline. Julia is Acting Head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, where she is responsible for all policy and the charity’s related programme of work in relation to […]

 

Media Policy Project 

Public Service Television in the Western Balkans: A Mission Impossible
Recent years have brought about new challenges to media landscapes across Europe. Pressures from commercial broadcasters and declining audiences have been compounded by political and financial pressures that have led to questions about the very existence, role and purpose of public service broadcasting. An event held at the LSE last week addressed the future of public service media in Europe. […]

Digital Inequality: Disadvantaged Young People Experience Higher Barriers to Digital Engagement
Britain is rapidly digitising, increasing opportunities across a wide range of areas in our everyday lives, from interacting, to being informed and to undertaking transactions more rapidly and at lower cost. Yet, both academic and policy research show that the benefits achieved from digital engagement are not distributed equally. Dr. Ellen Helsper, an expert on digital inequality and Associate Professor […]