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2005

Thane Ryland

MSc Media & Communications

http://about.me/thaneryland|

Food Fight! UKMedia coverage of the school dinners issue (1990 - 2005)

Since graduating, I have worked for various London agencies (including WPP) on strategic digital and social media roles. Clients and projects ranges from Ofcom and the BBC to Apple, Sony and Activision. In 2013, I jumped from agency-side to client-side as Head of Global Social Media Insight. Since 2012, I have been serving as an Alumni Mentor for the LSE and have worked with current students and alumni on helping them transition into new roles, open doors and make sense of the emerging fields such as social media.

Antoinette Di Michele

Antoinette Di MicheleMSc Media and Communications 2005

I co-ordinate the TELUS Innovation Fund, funded by telecommunications company TELUS and stewarded by the CFC, the launching pad for Canada's most creative ideas and voices, a centre for advanced training and funding in film, television, and new media. Working with the Fund's manager and the communications director, a multi-faceted marketing strategy was devised to increase visibility and brand recognition nationally. Additionally, I approach companies at the forefront of technology, design and innovation. Along with the expert industry insiders we invite to sit on the Jury panel, our Fund and projects selected provide a glimpse into the future of entertainment in Canada.

A strong grounding in narrative, content and communication theories and an in depth understanding of converging media and delivery methods have been integral to my everyday and the Fund's development. Most interesting is providing the first review of projects that are breaking new ground in storytelling, digital interactivity and cross-platform concept and design. I have my MSc and the LSE to thank for this opportunity and for my own personal appreciation and understanding of the processes and results.

Kanika Dhillon

Msc Media & Communications

kanikadhillon@gmail.com|

Twitter: @kanikadhillon

http://www.facebook.com/BombayDuckIsAFish|

Author/ Screenwriter/ Producer- Films. - Currently, VICE PRESIDENT- FILMS for Balaji Motion Pictures- one of the leading film production houses in India. - Published a best selling novel titled Bombay Duck is a Fish in June 2011. - Content Head for Red Chillies Entertainment ( 2005-2011) - one of the leading film production houses in India. - Written the screenplay for the film titled Ra.one (2011). - Featured in the 'Young Achievers' list in the national magazine, 'India Today'. - Awaited work in publishing- Two fiction novels slated to release in 2013.

Navneet Gill

MSc Global Media & Communications 2005

Upon completing my dissertation in August, I began looking for a job in public relations.  In mid-September, I joined Foley/Freisleben, a small firm in downtown Los Angeles that specializes in corporate relations and strategic marketing.  Aside from the academic prestige my degrees add to my C.V., I don't know if I can specifically pinpoint how my global degrees have helped me with my career.  But I can say that my in-depth knowledge of globalization is something that factors into my daily life and a resource upon which I draw regularly.

Ren Fang

Ren-FangMSc Global Media & Communications (USC)

In entertainment business for China (TV & Movie), working from Beijing, Shanghai, and Los Angeles.

 

 

Pit Song Ng

MSc New Media and Information Society

Working in London since graduation. Bloomberg LP PORT Portfolio Risk & Performance Analytics Account Manager

Jose Miguel Alvarez-Ibarguengoitia

MSc Media & Communications

jmiguelalvarez@hotmail.com|

Facebook: Jose Miguel Alvarez

Twitter: @jmiguelalvarez

Media participation: Motivations and consequences of participating in Video Nation

I was professor of Communication Theories and TV producer at the National University of Mexico for four years. Currently, I am Communcation and Information Specialist at the UNESCO Office in Mexico, responsible for projects on Communication for Development in my country.

Maria Xytaki

Maria-XytakiMSc New Media and Information Society

Celebrities: The Celebrity Culture Through the Eyes of Stars.

mariaxytaki@gmail.com|

http://gr.linkedin.com/in/mariaxytaki|

Maria Xytaki currently holds the position of the Marketing, Communications & Advertising Manager for the international fashion brand BALLY and the wholesale & retail footwear company NAK shoes, exclusive distributor of the brands Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Brown Shoe, Clarks, Cole Haan, Vera Wang, Nina shoes and many others. NAK shoes also offers product categories of Versace, Vicini, Armani, Alberto Guardiani, Camper, Ugg, Costume National and many more. In the past, during the period 2006-2007, she has been employed by fashion brands Longchamp and Loewe of LVMH Group as Public Relations, Advertising & Communications Director (2006-2007). She is an experienced Manager with extensive professional experience in the development of effective communication strategy/media and fashion relations/media planning (print media, digital campaigns, social media, outdoor campaigns & TV spots)/implementation of advertising campaigns, websites and e-commerce/product & direct marketing. She has acquired strong understanding of market dynamics, especially in retail sector, fashion & luxury trend setting and customer needs & expectations. Prior to her decision of joining the Fashion industry, Maria Xytaki worked as Manager of Corporate & Social Events at "Politia Tennis Club" (2005-2006), as Editor to a TV News Program at "Channel 9" and as Public Relations Specialist for "National Ship Chandlers", a Ship Supplies Company of South Africa managing supplies in Provision Stores and Deck-Engine. During her undergraduate studies at the American College of Greece (Deree College), from where she earned her BA in Psychology with Distinction, she was working for four years as Sales Manager for the on-line data platform of economic and financial news-data, Factiva.com, a product of Dow Jones and Thomson Reuters. During that period, one of her major achievements was not only to successfully manage but also expand the customer base by attracting clients from the Banking sector as well as the Public and Academic sector. She holds an MSc in the field of New Media, Information and Society from London School of Economics where she graduated in 2005. Also, she is the elected President (2012-2014) of the Hellenic Alumni Association of London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dagmara Kodlubanski

Dagmara Kodlubanski

Media, Communications Regulation & Policy
2005

Having worked for some time in radio in Australia, my move to the UK and the field of e-government were steps into rather unfamiliar and exciting territory. The MSc in Media and Communications Regulation and Policy programme provided me with insight into how media convergence will affect not only commercial organisations but how governments around the world are harnessing these new technological capabilities and using them to open up more channels and improve the quality of life of citizens. Such insights have equipped me with an in-depth understanding of overarching strategic objectives as set by the EU, and those set within the UK. The programme provided a number of often competing theoretical propositions and the course contents were contemporary and very relevant to current strategic agendas being set internationally.

I currently work as a Project Manager in the London Borough of Camden working on Social Inclusion projects within the Corporate ICT department. Projects have covered areas such as e-Democracy, which involved the building of online tools for many levels of the political process. One of the more notable tools was an e-consultation tool that was used to run deliberative consultations with our citizens' panel on sensitive subjects such ethnic diversity, and on setting the council's 5 year Community Strategy. The LSE course enhanced my understanding of the many issues of democratic engagement as tackled by technology, and much of my interest has focused on how the production of technology has the capacity to cement certain policies - in some cases empowering citizens whilst isolating others. The LSE programme has given me a solid foundation from which I can critically assess new agendas when considering how to implement them.

Helen Marsh

Helen Marsh

MSc Media & Communications 2005

My time at the LSE was the most stimulating couple of years I've spent. Being around so many international students naturally brought a global element to the study of media and communications, and I found the department staff to be supportive and approachable.

Russ Taylor

Russ Taylor

MSc Media, Communications Regulation & Policy
2005

Immediately upon leaving LSE I became a regional counsel for a large U.S. cable and broadband company in its post-bankruptcy turnaround efforts.  Thereafter I returned to England to pursue a PhD in law at the University of Oxford, where I remain today.  Whilst at LSE, and together with fellow student Luke Gibbs, we founded OfcomWatch.co.uk. 

OfcomWatch is a website devoted to real-time review and commentary on U.K. and European media and communications policy, particularly focused on Ofcom.  During this entire time, I was engaged in anti-fraud litigation in the U.S. (targeting entities which had defrauded the U.S. government in radio spectrum auctions), which successfully concluded in mid-2006.  In early 2007, Luke and I formed InformationPolitics.com -- a consultancy aimed at the same sector. (check www.russtaylor.info| for the latest)

Akihiro Tsuchiya

Akihiro Tsuchiya

MSc Media, Communications Regulation & Policy 2005

The MSc in Media Regulation and Policy provided insight into the economic, sociological and legal aspects of the media sector. Having worked in television, it was a very timely topic to study as both governmental and commercial institutions faced new challenges to adapt to the emerging tide of the internet and new digital technologies.

One of the topics of interest was how technology impacted the distribution of wealth and information amongst our numerous social groups, commonly known as the digital divide. My particular focus was on the viability of a policy to train/retrain senior citizens with adequate media literacy skills to empower them on the day-to-day basis, as many nations face an era of ageing societies.

Currently, I work for an internet start-up in the business of online video distribution as Head of Channel Launch for the Venice Project. My responsibilities range from creating efficient work flows for the digital environment to researching markets and topics for viable entry plans. Some of the research tasks include the investigation of regulations and copyright law, and how these might impact the business.

It is an exciting period as many things in the online world are in flux and standards are yet to be established. Much of the theoretical knowledge gained at the LSE has complemented my commercial experience and enabled me to view the operation of businesses in greater depth.

Hellen Jay

MSc Media & Communications

Since graduating from the extremely fine media@lse department in 2005, I have been fortunate enough to remain an observer of the UK's rapidly changing media landscape - forging a career in the glamorous world of media policy. After graduation I began working in the policy team of Pact, a trade association for TV producers based in London, where I produced briefing papers, policy submissions and lobbying campaigns on key broadcasting issues. In 2008 I moved to the public affairs department of UK broadcaster Channel 4 - where I have represented Channel 4 to Ofcom and the Government in their major public service broadcasting reviews. My role includes drafting consultation responses and speeches, writing reports, conducting research, identifying and meeting with political stakeholders who have a particular interest in our work, organising events and liaising with the Channel 4 commissioning team over upcoming projects - across TV and digital media. I loved my time at the LSE (filled as it was with the greatest minds and broadest of perspectives) and still believe that examining and understanding the impact of the media is one of the most important, relevant, fascinating things you can do. My job allows me to pursue the things I loved on my course - reading, writing, researching and thinking interesting things about the media, whilst working with the people who are actually shaping it.

|hjay@channel4.co.uk|

2004

Endre Danyi

New Media and Information Society

I can't believe it's been almost 10 years... Not long after finishing my MSc at the LSE, I started my PhD research at the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, which was a material-semiotic analysis of liberal democracy in and through the Hungarian parliament building. In the very last phase of the PhD, I moved to Berlin, where I was a visiting researcher at the Humboldt University and later at the Technical University. Currently I'm a postdoc research fellow at the Department of Sociology in Frankfurt am Main.

http://www.fb03.uni-frankfurt.de/46226207/edanyi|

Jonathan Daly

Jonathan DalyMSc Media & Communications 2004

Upon finishing my degree in 2004, I jumped head first into the advertising world - first at TBWA\, then at McCann Erickson. I'm currently on a soon to wrap up sojourn into public affairs/public relations. I've been working in External Relations for the World Bank since 2007. That term ends next year, upon which I plan to return to the intrigues (and incongruities) of advertising. |jonodaly@gmail.com|
Blog: http://trustjondaly.tumblr.com/|

Steven Smith

Steve-SmithMSc Media & Communications

Steve.smith@cwc.com|

Twitter: @themwap

Blog: themwap.wordpress.com

I moved back to Jersey after my MSc and started a PR company which I ran through to 2007 - it's still operating today. In 2007 I moved in-house to work for my largest client, Cable & Wireless Communications in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. In 2010 I moved to work for the company's head office in London as Head of PR, the position currently hold.

Saloni Kirit Doshi

MSc Media & Communications

saloni_doshi@gmail.com|

www.space118.com|

http://space118.com/media.html|

I furthered my education by doing a Diploma in Art Criticism and Theory (ACT) from Jnanapravaha and am currently pursuing a degree in Indian Art and Aesthetics under Rashmi Poddar. After a long span of 5.5 years at the Times of India, where I played a pivotal role in digitising all the print publications and creating their websites, I decided to pursue my passion for Art. I started my own Artist Studios and Residencies in our family's warehouse space in South Mumbai to give to the artist's community something that was much required-Space 118. An avid reader and photographer, I occasionally dabble in writing for the Arts and Culture pages of TOI (Times Of India). I was the Founder Chairperson of the Bombay Chapter of Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO), I am currently the Chairperson for the London School of Economics Alumni in Bombay and also am a Trustee at non-profit arts initiative to promote international art in India - Mumbai Art Room.

David Muallem

MSc Media & Communications

Popular Music And Cultural Identity. An Emprical Study On The Value Of Popular Sounds

Email: contact@muallem.net|

www.muallem.net|

twitter.com/dmuallem

www.facebook.com/dmuallem|

Ventured into electronic music production and self employed consultant in the entertainment industry as well as working as creative director and programmer for a music club.

Joshua Kagan

MSc Global Media & Communications (USC)

joshuakagan@yahoo.com|

I worked at SonyBMG helping set up a sub-section of the "Futures Division." After that, I returned to Los Angeles and started an organic apparel and accessories company (The NOW Project). After three years, I moved to San Francisco to work at Atlas Capital --- a clean technology venture capital firm. Two years ago, I joined Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room --- an entrepreneurial non-profit that uses market-based forces to tackle climate change. I am a senior analyst and focus on scaling energy efficiency finance mechanisms.

Juliane von Heimendahl

Juliane-von-HeimendahlMSc Media & Communications

German "Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung". Obituaries on Leni Riefenstahl. A case study

juliane@heimendahl.net|

After my graduation I worked in Public Relations for television programs in Munich, Germany. I then moved to the aviation industry and have been working in Marketing and Public Relations there since. I am currently the Group Corporate Communications Manager for a global business aviation company based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lars Guthorm Kavli

MSc Global Media & Communications (USC)

Understanding Identity: Belonging and Authenticity in New York City

Hongmei Zhao

Zhao_Diana_5x7_screenMSc Media & Communications

diana.zhao@cummins.com|, hongmei_zhao@hotmail.com|

I joined Cummins (a leading engine and power equipment manufacturer headquartered at U.S.) China operation in 2005. Every since then, I have been working in this company in a variety of positions. My most current job is Marketing Communication Director. In this role, I am leading the company's corporate communication and marketing communication functions. Our daily work include public relation events, media relation, press releases, branding, marketing communication and promotion. Besides leading the communication function in Cummins China headquarters, I also assume the primary responsibility for the extended marketing communication team that is composed of members from various business units and operating entities.

Hanna Tal Comanester Schwartz

hanny_photoMSc Communication Regulation & Policy

hannytal_c@yahoo.co.uk|

 

Marijana Grbesa

MSc Media & Communications

grbesa@fpzg.hr|

Personality politics in Croatia: An inquiry into election campaigns, media coverage and public perception in the 2003 and 2007 parliamentary elections

Since I have finished my MSc, I have been teaching at the Faculty of Political Sciences where I have successfully introduced two new courses (Meda and Audiences and Media Research Methods). I got my PhD at the Faculty for Social Sciences in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2008. I currently teach Political communication, Political marketing and Media Research Methods at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb In September 2009 I have been appointed a Vice Dean for Science and International Cooperation at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. I am also one of the key researchers on the project Public, elites, media and communication strategy of Croatia's accession to the to the EU and I was Croatia's Representative in the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Social Survey, a project of the European Science Foundation (2007 - 2011). The list of my published papers includes: Grbesa, M. (2011) 'European Union in Croatian Newspapers since 2007 to 2011' in I. Siber (ed.) Croatia and Europe - hopes and fears, Zagreb: Politicka misao Grbesa, M. (2010) 'Privatisation of Politics in Croatia: Analysis of the 2003 and 2007 Parliamentary Elections', Medijska istrazivanja 16 (2): 57-79 Grbesa, M. (2009) 'Politika osebnosti na Hrvaskem: analiza volilnih kampanj na parlamentarnih volitvah 2003 in 2007', Teorija in praksa, 6 (XLV): 788 - 816 Grbesa, M., Bebic, D. (2007) 'Going Offline: How Online Initiatives Revive Civic Engagement', The Future of Information Science, pp. 243-254.

Mila Turajlic

Mila-TurajlicMSc Media & Communications

Website for my film: www.cinemakomunisto.com|

Website for the film festival: www.magnificent7festival.org|

Website for videos: http://vimeo.com/user2939444|

The Challenges For Public Service Broadcasting in Serbia: society in search of its mass media, and mass media in search of a society

mila@cinemakomunisto.com|

Upon graduation I created Dribbling Pictures, a Belgrade-based production company, specialising in creative documentary films. To gather experience in the field, I worked as a production manager, AD on feature films including Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto", and "The Brothers Bloom" (starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz). "Cinema Komunisto", my debut feature-length documentary, premiered in 2010 in competition at IDFA and the Tribeca Film Festival. It won 15 awards including the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival and the FOCAL International Award for Creative Use of Archival Footage. It was a critics' pick in the Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice, and reviewed in the New York Times, and Le Monde Diplomatique. I have toured and lectured with the film at various universities, including Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago, University College London, etc. After finishing my MSc I have specialised in documentary production and directing, completing the Discovery Campus training program, ARCHIDOC, Berlinale Talent Campus and Aristoteles Workshop. In the past two years I have been a tutor at various documentary programs and workshops, such as Doc in Europe and Balkan Documentary Center. Since 2005 I have been a producer of "The Magnificent 7 Festival of European Feature Documentary Films", which I co-founded. The festival takes place every January in Belgrade, and has hosted doc luminaries including Kim Longinotto, Nicolas Philibert, Michael Glawogger, Gary Tarn. Currently in production on my next feature documentary, "The Other Side of Everything" which has won the Canal France International Prize for Best Pitch in January 2012. In September, I will be starting my doctoral thesis at SciencesPo in Paris.

Andrea Basunti  

Andrea Basunti

MSc Media & Communications 2004
andrea.basunti@gmail.com|

In 2003, after a couple of years working in the communications industry in Milan, I decided to apply for a Masters in Media & Communications at LSE. My aim was to get international experience in a top-class university and to broaden my future career prospects. LSE is a truly extraordinary environment - the quality of teaching is extremely high and it is surprisingly easy to get exposure to some of the best contemporary academic thinking.

After graduating, I found a job at Ingram - a top strategic branding consultancy - applying my semiotic background to develop international brand strategy for clients like Mercedes-Benz and British Airways. I am currently working as a Brand Strategy Consultant at Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy, for clients such as Barclays, Financial Times, Wanacorp and Economic Zones World. My experience at LSE has been a major step for my professional and personal growth, the biggest lesson being that you have to try to see things from a different perspective if you want to challenge them.

Phil Clark

MSc Media & Communications 2004
triathlon_phil@hotmail.com|

The Media and Communications MSc was my second stint at the LSE, following a seven-year absence when I was earning a living as an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs in London. Having thoroughly enjoyed my first LSE experience reading a post-grad Business diploma, I had some expectations of studying and spending time at the LSE. That said, having never studied "the media" I didn't really know what to expect...

The pace was fairly rapid in the first semester, what with getting back into the academic way of working, meeting new people and reading so many papers and books again. While I was used to writing lengthy papers in the professional world, writing academically really took a while to re-adjust to. I feel I should probably apologise to my tutors. Going back and reading those early efforts is a bit painful. Anyway, post-xmas really marked the full re-emersion into academia, and I loved it. I would highly recommend anyone that has been in the commercial world to consider further studies at the LSE. It takes a bit of adjustment, but the rewards are there to have.

So, I left LSE to join the pink (brand, not sexual preference...) and crazy world of www.lastminute.com| as the company's Investor Relations Director. In this role I was responsible for shaping the company's communication strategy with the financial community, as well as liaising with key shareholders. While not entirely relevant, I believe my time on the Media and Communications programme was helpful, especially in helping shape my thoughts on how to provide the audience what it wanted. There are many ways to say the same thing, so crafting the right tone of the message is key. Things hotted up over summer 2005, when lastminute.com was bidded for by Sabre Holdings. The share price rocketed, and the deal was completed at the end of July.

Consequently, another chapter is soon to be closed, but a new one is on the horizon...watch this space for more details.

Jonathan Daly

MSc Media & Communications 2004
jonodaly@gmail.com|

Well it's been almost two years since graduation (my God, how time flies) and I'm still in the advertising game. After graduating, I landed a job with TBWA\ - a top global ad agency. I left them in the spring of 2006 to pursue an opportunity at another global ad agency; McCann Erickson. I work out of Toronto on the Microsoft business; and because of the nature of that business and the work we do on it; I can honestly say I'm appreciating all those lectures on global media flows all the more!

My LSE training remains invaluable and I still rely on it heavily. I'm currently transitioning from account service to account planning, and all the research methods learned during my MSc. are once again being required of me. Still, I don't think I'm being challenged as much as I was at LSE, but I'm using the skills I gained and having fun so, all in all; life is good.

Manzur Elahi

Manzur ElahiMSc Media & Communications 2004

I am now working for CARE Bangladesh as an Information Management Specialist. It is the oldest and the largest international NGO in Bangladesh with 1 thousand staff. It works for poverty alleviation and empowerment of women and marginalized groups. I look after the organization's internal communication, knowledge management and also help in raising its image. Before getting promoted to the present position I worked as an Information Officer for HIV Program at CARE Bangladesh for a year.

I also teach journalism on a part time basis at a Malaysian university's Dhaka campus. Before joining CARE I worked for a newspaper and a radio.

manzur.elahi@gmail.com|

Jeremy L. Hlavacek

MSc Media & Communications 2004

After graduating with an MSc in Media and Communication from LSE in 2004, I continued down the graduate school path by enrolling in the MBA program at Cornell's Johnson School of Business. I have completed my first year and am working as a summer intern in American Express' Interactive division (AXPi) in New York. I will return to school in the Fall to complete my MBA and prepare to enter the workforce in the summer of 2006.

My LSE training has been invaluable in helping me strategically analyze media issues. The Media and Communication program offers a unique perspective into macro concepts of communication and globalization that affect both business and industry as well as everyday people. My classes and my dissertation research on blogs and online community were enlightening for me and have proven useful in both classroom and workplace interactions. These experiences illustrate how my training at LSE has given me a leg up on colleagues who have not been equipped with the skillset and mindset to understand global media at a deeper level.

I truly enjoyed my time in London and at LSE and hope to return for a visit soon!

Marissa Gluck

MSc Global Media & Communications 2004

I founded Radar Research|, a Los-Angeles-based research and consulting firm, since graduating from the program. Also, the Norman Lear Center is publishing a book with a chapter written by my partner and me from their ready to share conference.

Lucille Heriard

MSc Global Media & Communications 2004
international@marinamakaronmoscow.com|
www.marinamakaronmoscow.com| 

I am currently working at M6|, a French broadcaster (the 2nd largest private one) where I am doing some International Surveillance, in other words, I check the tendencies, the new programmes, the ideas that are merging from all over the world and I select some of them for M6, making suggestions and comments in order for the channel to remain competitive and edgy. Therefore, the MSc Global Media and Communications definitely helped me!

Victoria Peckett

Victoria PeckettMSc Media & Communications 2004
 victoria@harvestdigital.com|

My participation in the Media and Communications MSc represented my fourth year at LSE in a row, and as such was a bit of a bittersweet experience! I loved being able to stay on and study for another year in such an intellectually rigorous environment, and I remain extremely grateful to my sponsor Susan Howes for making this possible.

Meanwhile I had to get through yet another year of Statistics, and my friends from my undergraduate course had moved out into the 'real world'. I was also aware of the ever-looming deadline of August 2004, after which I would have to decide whether to make a career in the world of academia or strike out into the business world. In the end I chose business but it was not an easy decision. I still keep up to date with my theory and have revisited my dissertation a couple of times to see if it still makes any sense!

However at the moment, at the tender age of 23, I feel my time is better spent on gaining some real-world knowledge and common sense, which maybe one day I can bring back into academia. I am currently working as an Account Manager for a full service digital marketing agency in central London (in fact I started at Harvest on the same day as the MSc dissertation was handed in!), and finding that online is moving faster than any of the theories can keep up with!

Would live to catch up with any fellow alumni and find out what you're all up to!

Juliane von Heimendahl (née Thiessen)

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MSc Media & Communications 2004

Before coming to the LSE I had studied in Germany and Australia (MA in English Literature) and worked in several media related fields. As I wanted to get more insights into the basis of Media and Communications I applied for the LSE program. What a great choice!

Some of the units I took were offered by the Gender Department - an option I highly recommend. Some topics were entirely unknown to me and the classes offered new and challenging approaches to the interaction of media and society.

The people I met during my time in London were amazing and I still keep in touch with many of them. When I got married this year, a group of people flew over to celebrate with us. So: yes I am married now but my husband lives in Switzerland and I am in Munich. I guess that is what you call a modern job-oriented marriage.

I work at a PR agency for German TV (www.presse-partner.de|) now. My first job turned out to be hell after a few months. So I quit and started all over again but now I am more than happy.

Honestly I have to say that so far I have not been able to talk about Media theories in my job.... but I have to admit that the Stats classes was not so useless after all!


2003

Ioanna Doutsou

MSc Media & Communication Regulation & Policy

ioanna.doutsou@ekt.gr|

Publishing activities, Journalism, Information officer, Editing and content management, Reporter, PhD related to social media use, Teaching and Research

Ayesha Abiola

MSc Global Media & Communications 2003

I'm currently working in London for a Research Consultancy Agency called Opinion Leader Research|.  OLR is part of Chime Communications.  OLR specialises in deliberative market research methods.  Our clients are mainly Government departments and large scale institutions and charities.  Our most high profile work include the largest ever citizen's forums for the Department of Health, where 1, 000 people in deliberated in 1 room for 1 day.  I've worked on some really interesting jobs since joining in August 2005.  They include: 

  • Research testing Department of Health sexual health campaign materials focused on the African community in England.  We talked to African heterosexual males and females aged 18-60+, HIV positive males and females, Gay males, and Religious leaders.
  • A lot of work for the BBC looking at, for example, public attitudes to licence fee allocation; BBC Business News output; BBC Radio Five Live.
  • Research amongst audiences, residents and local business people focusing on the Royal Shakespeare Company's site transformation plans.

I can in all honesty say that I don't think I would have ever thought to apply to OLR if I had not done my MSc.  Ironically, although I may not have thought the research methods classes were the most fun (my favourites were the globalisation classes) my knowledge about research methodologies definitely helped me at the interview.  A massive part of our work is conducting focus groups.  We also do quant work.  So on a daily basis I am writing recruitment specs and questionnaires; formulating discussion guides and focus groups agendas; analysing transcripts and data; and writing reports.  Although the reports are slightly similar to dissertation structure, they are not as interesting to write as my thesis was!

 

Moritz Peter Gimbel

MSc Media & Communications

Themepark Mitte - The Cultural Economy of Berlin

linkedin.com/in/mgimbel

Thanks to LSE Alumni Bronwyn Curtis I started working at Bloomberg TV International in London pretty much immediately after graduating. I have now been at Bloomberg TV for nine years. From 2009-2011 as Head of Operations (EMEA/Asia) and since 2011 as Head of Production (EMEA/Asia).

 

Camille Pascual

MSc Media & Communications

The Celebrification of Politics

I returned to broadcast marketing following my MSc, working for Discovery Networks EMEA based in London. In 2009 my family moved to Dubai, UAE, and I am now working at the British Embassy Dubai as Marketing Director Middle East & North Africa for UK Trade & Investment.

Deng Jing 

MSc Global Media & Communications (USC)

Job hunting around the world
dengjing0103@gmail.com| 

Tom Frazer

MSc Media & Communications 2003

On leaving LSE I joined Chrysalis Radio (now Global) as tea-boy/general skivvy. After 8 months at Chrysalis I joined Sky News as a producer on the evening programme. I stayed at Sky for 3 years working across a range of programme and on a wide variety of stories, with a focus on UK politics. In 2006 I joined the Telecommunications, Media and Technology team in Deloitte Strategy Consulting. After spending almost 6 years advising firms on their corporate and commercial strategy I decided to practice what I preach and am now the Head of Strategy for Viacom UK. tomfrazer@hotmail.com|

Moxuan Li

MSc Media & Communications 2003

I am now the media campaigner for Greenpeace China. I have joined them in their exposing to public a large-scale illegal logging case in China which is the first attempt from civil society to participate in environmental administration here, which is very exciting. With all the fermenting tension and spaces, it is now a great time to play a role in shaping the public sphere in China.

Welcome to drop me a line at li.moxuan@cn.greenpeace.org|

Sean Junjie Song

Sean SongI graduated from the prestigious Global Media and Communications program in both LSE and USC (2001-2003) . Upon graduation, I worked as a staff writer for several Asian-American newspapers in the US, including World Journal, Singtao Daily etc. Now, I own my own translation company called Translation Boulevard, which specializes in translation from Chinese to English and vice versa. I myself have translated many big productions. Out of the hundreds of movies and TV shows I have translated, a few stand out. I translated the famous American TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond." Now, the Chinese are also able to enjoy this comical show. I translated Fearless (a Jet Li Film) and Red Cliff (a John Woo film) to English. Both were very popular among Chinese audiences. Upon release in 2006, Fearless was number two in the box office. Red Cliff received very positive reviews, including an 89% rating on the well-known review site, Rotten Tomatoes. 

You can visit my company's website (http://www.translationblvd.com|) if you would like to know more about me. You can also contact me through my website if you have any questions or would like my help.

Jennifer Thomson

MSc New Media and Information Society

jenniferthomson@hotmail.com

Cavell Tyler

MSc Global Media & Communications 2003

Studying global media at the London School of Economics has broadened my vision as I now build upon converging media ideas such as interactive TV. My studies at the LSE and USC keep me a step ahead of the game

Media at LSE taught me the value of the world through the lenses of local perspectives.

Since graduating, I have started a global media company called the Internet Broadcast Corp. We provide television news on the internet 24/7 with over 15 broadcast partners, including FOX News, BBC, CBC, ABC Television Africa, etc. Our site can be found at www.nuvu.tv.

Tyler launched Mediascrape in May 2006, the first global information network using web technology to deliver free, all-video broadcast news clips. A recent article quoted Tyler as stressing that "This is a breakthrough in news information as MediaScrape delivers all foreign clips from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific in their original format and language, providing a virtual platform for multi perspectives on single issues and unbiased top world and regional stories." MediaScrape has so far signed partnerships with local television broadcasters from Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia and expects to sign on more than a hundred countries over the next year.


2002

Pallavi Aiyar

MSc Global Media & Communications 2002

I think it is a great programme. We really do get a breadth of experience and learning. Anyone coming out of this MSc is uniquely equipped with that buzzword -transferable skills!

Pallavi was awarded the McKenzie Prize for her outstanding performance at LSE and is now working as a journalist in Beijing.

Murali Shanmugavelan

MSc Media & Communications

Work: www.maplecs.org|

List of resources: http://www.maplecs.org/resources|

In the UK media: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/30/food-fascism-the-vegetarian-hypocrisy-in-india/|

Prior to LSE, I worked for an Indian research institution related to food security. My role was concerned with public perceptions and roles of media related to food security, livelihoods and I also played a role in developing a project that used ICTs and computers for rural livelihoods. After six years, I was both exhausted by development practice and desperate to learn theoretical insights of roles of media and communication in the general society. LSE's media and communications just offered that. Post-LSE, I have gained a combined 15 years of experience in developing, managing and implementing a range of media and communications projects aimed at improving people's lives through social inclusion, participation and increasing development opportunities in different sectors such as health. My training at LSE has also offered me with communication related research tools including the use of technologies such as mobile phones, the internet and social media - and their impact on everyday life. I have worked for clients like USAID / Abt Associates (developing a PPP model in rolling out nation-wide mobile phone for maternal health in Bangladesh) and developed communication strategies for NGOs in developing countries. I am currently developing mobile and PC based systems to monitor, verify and evaluate project outcomes in fragile states such as Afghanistan. Expertise include ICT & internet policies and governance issues; communication policies that will improve local content and encourage the participation of people; and mobilising and managing wide range of multi-disciplinary stakeholders in cross-cultural settings. I am currently a doctoral student at SOAS.

Paulina Bozek

MSc Media & Communications 2002

August 13, 2004  - BAFTA Interactive New Talent Award goes to producer of SingStar.  -  The first BAFTA Interactive New Talent Award was awarded to Paulina Bozek, the producer of SCEEurope's karaoke title SingStar. Not only is this event notable as the first BAFTA Interactive New Talent Award, but it also recognises a woman's contribution to the games industry.

For further details, see article in GuardianUnlimited|

Roxanne Wu

MSc Media & Communications

'Sex and the city' and the consumer culture

I'm now an early childhood educator. I went to UCLA and graduated in 2009 with my M.Ed. I've been teaching at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia since 2010.

Lisa Bridgett

MSc Media & Communications 2002

After graduating I joined EMI Recorded Music as Director of Digital Marketing Strategy in the Global Marketing Group. There I was responsible for global digital marketing campaigns and driving forward the global digital marketing strategy for priority artists at EMI Music. My MSc, and its focus on Media & Politics was one of the most formative experiences I have had. The content cemented my interest in the role media plays in society and my year set me up for a career in the media & entertainment industry. My next move will start in January 2008 when I will begin my MBA at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Rishi Dastidar 

Media, Communications Regulation & Policy 2002

Following two and a half years at the brand design agency Enterprise IG, I moved to Seren Partner, a London-based service design agency, 18 months ago.

As ever, my time at Department of Media and Communications continues to be of use professionally. In my previous employment, I worked on clients where my regulatory knowledge was extremely invaluable - not just for providing insight into fast-moving media and new media companies, but also in building rapport quickly with clients, always a vital skill when working in a consultancy. And I also had the chance to lecture at Imperial College on brands and branding - a session at which people were interested to hear about my time at LSE as well.

In my new role, I am drawing more than ever on the research methods that I learnt - user observation is a crucial part of what we do, informing the design of new products and services, and so using the observational and ethnographical techniques I learnt will soon be a regular occurrence. I've recently completed some ethnographical research for a client, which in addition to haring round London and hanging around building sites, meant drawing on what I'd learnt in our research methods classes, to get the best out of my subjects, and present my client back with real insight from the masses of data.

Our roots in the company are in user interaction, user experience, ergonomics, design psychology, human-computer interaction and branding, and together at Seren we're looking to define a new field - that of 'customer experience'. We want to ensure that brands truly deliver on their promises, and make every interaction with their customers at every possible touchpoint as simple, easy and straightforward as possible. As you can imagine, it's an exciting challenge.

And I've had some other reasons to come back to LSE recently. I was part of a Seren team that presented at the first Media and Communications careers fair in October, and it was great to come back and meet a crop of media students as passionate and excited about their subject as I remember being. And I'm currently on campus one night a week to do a creative writing course. Some of the latter endeavours are baring fruit: I was published in an anthology of writing about British authors, 'Common Ground: Around Britain in 30 writers', earlier this year

If anyone's intrigued or confused by what I've written, I'd love to explain further. Please have a look at the Seren website (www.seren.uk.com) or feel free to drop me a line at rishi_dastidar@hotmail.com|.

Caroline von Krockow

MSc Media & Communications

clahame@gmail.com|

Does the Internet level the playing field for minor political parties?

I worked in publishing and then I did the GDL and the LPC at the College of Law in London and became a UK solicitor. I completed my training contract at Bird & Bird and then I moved to Paris. In Paris I did an LLM in European law and worked for a law firm. Since three years I have had two children and began writing a novel. For this purpose and to enhance my writing skills I have completed various writing courses.

Shannon (Smith) Johnson

MSc Media & Communications 2002

I am currently serving as communications director and policy analyst on higher education issues for a Texas state senator. My duties involve all aspects of a press secretary, but I also read and make recommendations on legislation. After returning to Texas in July 2002, I began working immediately on a statewide political campaign, where I met my husband whom I married a year later. We are now expecting our first baby (a boy!) in September 2005!

Keren Eldad

MSc Communication, Information & Society

keren_eldad@hotmail.com|

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=9461547&trk=tab_pro|

I have become a Marketing and Advertising Sales Director - specializing in fashion and luxury. I currently work as the Brand Publisher for IWC Watches - go to www.IWC.com| for more.

Shibani Kapur

MSc Media & Communications 2002

LSE has provided me an opportunity to optimise my time, energy and aptitude to foster an extremely fulfilling and satisfying educational experience. LSE's distinguished faculty prompted me to address, question, explore and revisit a variety of media issues. The underlying emphasis on interaction, debate and personal expression elevated the dynamics of the classroom experience in more ways than one. I enjoyed participating in discussions at seminars, making presentations and taking the classroom debates to the college Brunch Bowl! The well equipped and well managed libraries and resource centres at LSE added to the pleasures of research. Each morning I looked forward to visiting the library to pursue research work. This has only happened to me at LSE!

A vibrant and diverse group of classmates has helped me forge bonds of friendship across continents that I shall cherish for life. Breaking bread with my Japanese flatmate, visiting the homes of some of my British friends, discussing Gandhi with my French peers, clubbing with my American confidante, and many weekend getaways with my Pakistani friends are only some of the memorable experiences that LSE facilitated.

While living away from home in London provided greater personal freedom, the personalized attention from my tutor and supervisor and the comfortable and welcoming atmosphere at Rosebery Hall of residence helped create a home away from home.

Situated at the heart of London, LSE also provided a fantastic locational advantage. A day immersed in invigorating academic exploration could be followed by an evening at the nearby National Film Theatre. Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus were within walking distance and the British Museum was 5 minutes by bus. Both the BBC office and Reuter's bureau were in easy reach. All this contributed to a wholesome and enjoyable educational experience.

An education at LSE in Media and Communications has given me the competence and facility to further my career as a media professional. On my return to India, I am reporting on stories related to Indian politics, law and health for the Star TV network. I am also exploring opportunities to produce socially relevant television programmes in non-fiction formats for national and international television networks.

Steve Mellano

MSc Global Media & Communications 2002

Like many of life's valuable experiences, you may curse the rugged ride, but in the end, you'll look back and realize that you made one of the best choices in your life. The education, both in and out of the classroom, will benefit you professionally and personally by challenging the way you think and how you view the world. Besides that, how cool is it to say you studied at the same schools as John Wayne, JFK, George Bernard Shaw, George Lucas, Neil Armstrong, and Mick Jagger. Join a world-class network of alumni, engage your mind, and infiltrate the veins of globalization. Be one of the few who can claim to have completed the most diverse and global of all advanced university degrees. It's something that will remain with you long into the future. 

Steve is now working as a Research Assistant for Warner Bros. Pictures|, Los Angeles.

Nicole Marie Rulka

MSc Media & Communications

The future of mobile branding in relation to 3G communication

nicole.rulka@gmail.com|

Twitter: nics31

I worked as an Account Planner (strategist) in London's advertising industry for 8 years before moving to Melbourne Australia in 2010. My client portfolio includes global brands such as Beiersdorf, P&G, Unilever, Mars and Nestle with much of my time spent working on chocolate and children's confectionary. Of particular interest was the issue of 'permissibility' in children's confectionary during a time of heightened concern around childhood obesity and the effects of artificial ingredients. Career highlights include bringing back the Blue Smartie, re-launching the Milkybar Kid and launching Rowntrees Randoms, the most successful sugar confectionary launch in UK history. In 2009 I was awarded a Silver IPA effectiveness award (proving the payback on marketing investment) by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising for my case study on the UK launch of the Knorr Stock Pot. The case study was published in 'Advertising Works 18,' and can also be found on WARC (World Advertising Resource Center). 

Lu (Lilly) Nguyen

MSc Media & Communications 2002

I'm back in California, in the Bay Area-San Francisco, to be more precise. I recently found a job as a research assistant for a research project. A professor by the name of Lisa Petrides of Teachers College, Columbia University is conducting her research on the information systems, information decision-making processes and educational institutions. They're in the process of creating a non-profit organisation, named ISKME (Information Systems and Knowledge Management in Education). I strongly feel that my time at the LSE has more than adequately prepared me for this kind of work, in spite of all my complaining at the time! A lot of theoretical, empirical, and methodological tools that we developed during both terms and put to use in the dissertation resurface again with the work I'm doing here, and so I'm pretty pleased with my time in London and where it's taking me now.

Sandra Norman

MSc Global Media & Communications 2002

I am still working and living in Washington, DC (Consultant, Strategy, Finance and Risk Management, The World Bank Group, Washington). I enjoy working for the World Bank which allows me to gain new insights into globalization and its consequences every day - particularly as development is not only a question of economic development but is linked to many facts of life such as socio-political development and communication technologies. Just now, colleagues of mine are evaluating over 2,400 proposals and grass-root ideas to improve development work in sectors as diverse as social development, water, environment and biodiversity, social protection, education, health, energy, trade, finance and ICT. 

The global programme of the department of Media and Communications provides a truly unique perspective: studying at two outstanding schools in two exciting media cities on different continents, really allowed me to gain a global and diverse understanding of media and communications - a perspective and knowledge that is increasingly important in our mediated world.

Harald Pfannhauser

MSc Global Media & Communications 2002

After an exciting and rewarding two years in the MSc Global Media and Communications programme at LSE and USC|, I went back to Austria in 2003 and started at the ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation where I currently work as assistant to the VP Arts & Entertainment. My employer ORF| can be seen as an Austrian equivalent to the BBC - just that we are about to experience the commercial and digital onslaught the BCC has so well endured since 1955. Finding out first hand about the UK and US media landscape certainly has set me up pretty well to tackle these issues back at home.

I am currently working on the imminent switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television and its many implications (accidentally just what my dissertation was about). On top of that, I am a kind of jack-of-all-trades to accommodate my VP's ever growing thirst for all things media from home and abroad. Just what you guys love to hear: the Department of Media and Communications indeed had the remarkable foresight to provide me with most skills necessary to match this thirst - thanks to a great faculty and even greater colleagues. 

More lyrical waxing can be obtained from harald.pfannhauser@orf.at|.

Nadya Powell

MSc Media & Communications 2002

I took the Media and Communications MSc. in 2001 and 2003 on a part time basis.  It was perfect timing; I was in the midst of the .com crash and as work was quiet I could afford to be out of the office 1 - 2 days a week.  Of course, the pay cut caused by working part-time was painful, but it was better than no income at all.

From the moment I sat in and absorbed the first class I loved it.  I found the standard of teaching excellent and the sociological perspective it took on the media exciting.  It was also a very flexible course and during the two years I dipped into Marxism, New Media, e-democracy and Research Methods.  Lastly, I also met some great friends from all over the world giving me opportunities to travel to new places.

So what did studying at LSE do for my career? Previous to taking the MSc, I was an Account Manager at Grey Interactive climbing the career ladder at a reasonable pace.  As soon as I started studying I found that my confidence increased, my ability to think strategically developed fast and I quickly moved into an Account Director role devising digital strategies for GSK, P&G and Masterfoods.

Now I am a Board Account Director at Dare, one of the leading independent digital agencies in the UK.  Studying at LSE was a crucial factor to getting me here: it helped me to understand the role media play in society and therefore how to best plan and devise communications strategies; how to use data and research methodologies to evaluate success; how to appraise client briefs rather than accept them defacto.

In summary, studying at LSE taught me to break free of viewing work from a myopic business perspective and treat every project as an opportunity to learn something new about media and communications.  This has not only meant that work is more enjoyable but also, I feel, means I bring greater value to my client's business.

Mariusa Reyes

MSc Media & Communications 2002

"My time at LSE: Theory vs. Reality:

When I applied for a place at the London School of Economics to pursue its Media and Communication Masters degree, I had already been involved in journalism for more than fifteen years, most of that time working for local newspapers in my native Venezuela and, later on, for the BBC here in London and in several other foreign news bureaux. Daily reporting of news and features stories around the world had kept me busy, as a radio producer and foreign correspondent. But the time came when I needed to pause and reflect on our role as media practitioners in a globalised world.

The nine months I spent at the LSE proved to be a challenging time. There I was, trying my best to fit media theories into the many real experiences I had had reporting stories in the field. At first, it felt like a battle between the forces of theoretical knowledge and practical reality. But as the course unfolded, it all began to make more sense and progressively, these two forces were reconciled in my mind.

The debates on globalisation were particularly mind-boggling. I had seen globalisation at work. I had interviewed those reaping the benefits of it and reported on the lives of many others, for whom the process only meant long working hours and meagre wages for tedious and repetitive jobs. Working conditions in the factories and sweat shops these people worked in resembled more the practice of slavery. So, naturally, I rebelled against those theorists who argued that progress, development and an end to poverty, were the miraculous rewards to be expected from globalisation. I still rebel, because very little, if anything at all, has changed.

I am now back in the news business. I want to continue discovering the world around me, my own culture, other people's realities as they unfold in an increasingly uncertain but challenging time. I've made a renewed and fresh commitment to journalism, one of my passions in life."

Mariusa Reyes finished her Masters in Media and Communication at the LSE in the summer of 2002. She is a freelance journalist. She works for the Latin American section at BBC World Service and other radio outlets. She is the presenter of a 30 minute radio documentary on Cuba, for BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents, which was aired on 21st November. Mariusa lives in London.

Aasiya Riaz

Aasiya Riaz

MSc Media & Communications 2002

I am currently working as Joint Director with the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development And Transparency - PILDAT: an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.

I was also a Reagan - Fascell Democracy Fellow from February - July 2006 at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, USA.

LSE was fun: multi-cultural in the true sense of the word. Friendly, if you wanted to be friendly, and aloof, if you preferred it that way. What inspired me the most during my academic year was that teachers went out of their way to help - academically or otherwise. I admit, I really dragged my feet initially, but gradually, it became the place I was proud to associate myself with - and a place I miss the most in London now!
It was what I learnt in political communication and my dissertation on E-democracy that I am trying to apply through my job in Pakistan. In fact, the main focus behind me choosing e-democracy as a dissertation topic was to be able to develop a model for Pakistan that could aid the process of democratisation in my country. Thank you LSE!


2001

Jamie Cowling

Jamie Cowling

MSc Media & Communications 2001

I'm currently the Senior Strategy Advisor, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (www.culture.gov.uk|). We're responsible for Britain's media sector, including the BBC, and the UK's world-class creative industries sector. So that means I've been able to bring to bear much of what I learnt on my programme, MSc Media & Communications, directly on some of the real challenges faced by Britain's Government.

However, my Department's responsibilities range far more widely, from the success of our cultural sector to organising the London 2012 Olympic and ParaOlympic Games. I need to be able to provide robust analysis and advice on complex issues and then effectively communicate my policy recommendations to a tight deadline. That means the analytical and communication skills developed as part of my MSc aren't an optional extra but a daily essential.

Bianca Swift

MSc New Media and Information Society

After LSE, I moved to New York City where I worked in online publishing from 2001-2011. Several friends from LSE were also based in NY and I also made new friends through the local alumni group there--that was great fun. In 2011, my husband and I decided to leave NYC and move to Philadelphia. I now report to the Vice Dean of Executive Education at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The job is extremely varied and makes use of my communications skills and international experience. Again, outside of work, I have made friends through the LSE alumni network. We still feel new to the city and would love to hear from anyone in the Philly area.

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