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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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Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications.
Ranked third in the world and first in the United Kingdom for Communication and Media Studies in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.


Join the global debate! Three new academic positions in the Department of Media and Communications

The Department of Media and Communciations is recruiting for new members of faculty. The successful candidates will join an established and successful department, ranked first in the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluation and third in the QS 2016 world university rankings.

Both appointments are due to commence on 1 September 2017.


The International Panel on Social Progress "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century” draft report is currently open for global consultation, including a chapter on Media and Communications led by Head of Department Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez. The final report will be published in 2017, following the current period of consultation and an authors’ conference in Lisbon in January 2017.

Jim Macnamara

Upcoming Media & Communications Public Events

On 23 November, Jim Macnamara will argue that increased organisational listening is key to reinvigorating civil society.




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.


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.


German media on the refugee crisis: How the refugees-welcome campaign has backfired
By LSE MSc student Franziska Zimmerer Historically, Germany has not got a great international reputation for hospitality. But one year ago, in summer 2015, at the peak of the European refugee crisis the world suddenly looked at the Germany differently. Ten thousand refugees from the Middle East and South-Eastern Europe arrived there each day, welcomed by applauding crowds at the […]

Why fact-checking should matter more in journalism
By Tina Jian, MSc student at LSE Fact-checkers do not understand hyperbole. And a lot of politicians, especially Donald Trump, use hyperbole to make a larger point. A lot of what fact checkers do is to fact check the minutiae of the hyperbole’ and leave the bigger point out of it. Washington Times Editor Kelly Riddell, 2016 In his recent […]


Parenting for a Digital Future

New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just revised its stance on screen time. Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at the new recommendations and their evidence base. She argues that while the new guidelines fit better with the current circumstances of family lives, the AAP faces a dilemma: there isn’t yet a robust body of research on the effects of digital media on children, yet parents […]

Parenting a moving target: Understanding how young people’s lives are changing
How are young people’s lives changing, particularly in the digital age? Ann Hagell and John Coleman share insights from the Key Data on Adolescence report and look at changes currently impacting young people. Every two years, the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) publishes a compendium of publically available statistics about young people’s health, which provides a unique picture of their lives in the […]


Media Policy Project 

Press regulation post Leveson – where are we now?
Today, 25 October, the Press Regulation Panel is expected to make a decision on whether or not to recognise Impress as an approved regulator of the UK press. A recognised regulator would clear the way to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and activate the exemplary damages provision.  The Media Policy Project’s Emma Goodman explains the […]

New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its stance on screen time. Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at the new recommendations and their evidence base. She argues that while the new guidelines fit better with the current circumstances of family lives, the AAP faces a dilemma: there isn’t yet a robust body of research on the effects of digital media on children, yet parents […]