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Department of Media and Communications


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


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Professor Robin Mansell’s new UNESCO report, Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision for Peace and Sustainable Development, is available here|

Online risk, harm and vulnerability: Presentation slides updated UK risk data (and press release|


QS World University Ranking rate the London School of Economics as the best place in the UK to study media and communications| and #2 worldwide.


On Tuesday 4 March, Professor Sonia Livingstone| collected her OBE, for services to children and child internet safety, at Buckingham Palace. Sonia is the first academic in the field of media and communications nationally ever to receive such an honour. The Duke of Cambridge presented Professor Livingstone with her medal and congratulated her on her important work.


LSE Media and Communications PhD Symposium 2014: Power in Media and Communications: Change or Continuity?|

Date: Thursday 5 June 2014, 09:00–18:00


The role and distribution of power is a central issue to media and communications studies. However, there is room for debate as to whether various forms of media, media institutions, mediation practices and communications labour demonstrate substantively new forms of power or if they are simply more recent manifestations of established systems.  This symposium seeks to provide a forum for PhD students to engage with questions of either change or continuity in the media and communications landscape. Submissions can be works in progress, provocative ideas or engaging questions as well as completed research. This year’s keynote speech will be given by Professor Nick Couldry.  The symposium will take place on Thursday 5 June 2014 from 09:00 to 18:00, and will consist of four panels. Each panelist will present their research in 15 minutes, with talks followed by a Q&A session.

Please send abstracts of 150–200 words to: media.phd.symposium2014@lse.ac.uk| by Monday 31 March.

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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!

Sonia Livingstone's| new grant, Preparing for a Digital Future, is part of Connected Learning|, a way to approach education in the 21st century that takes advantage of today's abundance of information and social connection, and recipient of a $4.9 million grant.


The Euro Crisis in the Press|

Max Hänska| and Maria Kyriakidou| invite contributions to a blog on the way the Euro crisis is covered in the news, and the way it is affecting the news media in particular, and public discourse in Europe in general.


Media@LSE Working Paper Series| 

View and download a selection of working academic papers from a variety of contributors, both internal and external to the Department.

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|.

Dr Shakuntala Banaji|, winner of a 2013 Major Review Award, talks to the LSE Teaching & Learning Centre about her passion for teaching: “Teaching is probably the thing I enjoy most about my working life. I like preparing - the challenge of thinking about a new topic and putting it together in a coherent framework for students". See here|
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.



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.


Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference|

Myria Georgiou|, Polity Press, November 2013

With the majority of the world's population now living in cities, questions about the cultural and political trajectories of urban societies are increasingly urgent. Media and the City explores the global city as the site where these questions become most prominent.


Meanings of Audiences: Comparative Discourses| 

In today’s thoroughly mediated societies people spend many hours in the role of audiences, while powerful organiations, including governments, corporations and schools, reach people via the media. Consequently, how people think about, and organizations treat, audiences has considerable significance.


Recent Faculty Publications|

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Media Policy Project
Media Policy Project|