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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.

Welcome Week

Welcome to Welcome Week! 

Welcome Week for our new incoming student giving you the opportunity to learn more about your new Department, make friends, learn more about studying at LSE and living in London!

See here for our Departmental events. 

 
LSE IQ

Is social media good for society? In this episode of LSE's new monthly podcast LSE IQ, Jo Bale investigates social media amid growing concerns that tech companies are putting profit before the well-being of individual users and democratic societies.

She talks to the Department's scholars Nick Couldry, Ellen Helsper, Sonia Livingstone and Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde.

Listen here.
 
SoniaLivingstone2015

The global push for a new international framework governing the rights of children online has gained new momentum, after a multinational study commissioned by Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, found governments and NGOs are calling for formal assistance to recognise and address children’s digital rights. Professor Sonia Livingstone was a key author of this report.

Click here for more information and a link to download the report.

Click here for a LSE Media Policy Project blog post by the authors.

Click here for a radio interview with Sonia Livingstone about the project

 

 

SoniaLivingstone2015

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.
 
Ellen Helsper

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.

 
NickCouldry2015

 

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.

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Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?
This is the text of a talk by Professor Charlie Beckett at the University of Adelaide’s News Reporting And Emotions conference, September 2017. You can read a longer, more academic version here. Introduction: how news is turning emotional and how journalists should respond In the wake of the success of various ‘populist’ political campaigns such as Brexit and Trump, there has been […]

Mental Health and the Media: its role, responsibilities and the key challenges
By Guest Blogger Emma Wilson There is no doubt that coverage of mental health stories has grown in recent years. With an economic cost set at £105bn in the UK, and one in four adults estimated to have a mental health problem, it has become a greater feature on the political agenda. In news reporting, this has provided a powerful […]

 

Parenting for a Digital Future

Under the limelight: Celebrity parents sharenting
This post explores sharenting as it relates to celebrity parents. Beyond the usual concerns of parents (over)sharing about their children online, for celebrities, sharenting can become a monetised practice where children are often used as the face of brands and campaigns.  Ana Jorge and Lidia Marôpo have studied the topic of children of celebrities since 2010, and suggest combining a rights-based approach […]

Back to school with Parenting for a Digital Future
September is here, and with it comes the beginning of another school year. While the end of summer might mean less free time for children to ‘loaf’ in front of a screen, the demands of school life mean that children and parents will continue to confront issues surrounding digital media use, including balancing screen time and internet privacy and safety. […]

 

Media Policy Project 

Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America
In Latin America, the increasing scale of illegal surveillance – enabled by governments’ purchases of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. In this post, Fabrizio Scrollini – LSE graduate and chair of Datysoc (a project exploring surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity in the digital age) – illustrates which points need to be […]

Public service media funding in Ireland faces continuing challenges
Ireland’s main public service broadcaster RTÉ is facing serious challenges to its funding, and the sustainability of funding for public service media in the country is in question. In this post Phil Ramsey, School of Communication and Media at Ulster University, illustrates how the Irish Government might have missed opportunities to rectify the issues by avoiding introducing a replacement for […]