Marina S. Gerner

Research topic

Exploring the professional imagination of editors at global publications in London and New York.

Research interests

Media and globalization, literary journalism, creativity, agency and structure, theories of cosmopolitanism, social psychology, social media.

My research combines themes from media and communication studies and sociology. It integrates concepts of cosmopolitanism, transnationalism and nationalism with journalism research as well as journalistic practice, by exploring the technological and cultural changes journalists face.

To broaden the concepts of the journalistic field and professional imagination my thesis builds on the social imaginary and various conceptualizations and applications of the imagination, ranging from Martha Nussbaum’s Poetic Justice to Ulf Hannerz’ study on Foreign News and Roger Silverstone’s Media and Morality. My fieldwork focused on leading editors based at global publications in London and New York.

Freelance writer/ journalist

Moonlighting as a freelance journalist, I have written for the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine, reviewed books for the Times Literary Supplement, conducted interviews and wrote features for the New York Observer, did research for the Guardian, as well as writing for national newspapers such as die BILD in Germany.

Academic Papers

“Journalistic imagination and cosmopolitanism among journalists in the UK” Journalism Research and Education Section, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Dublin 2013

“Creating an axis of imagination for the analysis of journalists in the UK”, Mediated Communication, Public Opinion and Society Section, chaired by Professor Hillel Nossek. International Association of Media and Communication Research, Dublin 2013

“The mediation of a dissident artist as cosmopolitan icon” at Cosmopolitanism, New Media and Protest PhD Symposium, Media@LSE, June 2012

Academic Honours

Santander Travel Award Recipient

ELES Prize by the German Ministry of Education

British Chamber of Commerce Award Winner

Major Positions

Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2014)

Guest Speaker on the BBC World Service (2013-14)

Teaching Assistant on the MSc Global Media and Communications (2013-14)

Volunteer at the Brilliant Club charity (2013)

President of the LSE SU Jewish Society (2011-2012)

Organizer of the PhD Media@LSE Symposium (2012)

Current Affairs Committee of the Young Norwood charity (2012)

Assistant for the organisation of the LSE/USC Global Media 10th Anniversary Celebrations (2012)

Research assistant at interdisciplinary research project on Media and Democracy in

Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Oxford (2011)

Supervisor: Professor Terhi Rantanen