News archive 2008


POLIS Silverstone Scholar

Polis is delighted to announce the selection of the first Polis Silverstone Scholar. This award is for an international journalist studying an aspect of global journalism. The recipient will contribute to the work of Polis and other Polis activities including the Polis Summer School, and publish a short paper based on their work.

The recipient, Nina Bigalke, is conducting a research project on the new international news channel, Al Jazeera English (AJE). She will be examining its production methods and editorial policies and investigating the role of channels like AJE in the changing global communications culture.



Professor Sonia Livingstone, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Erasmus University Rotterdam as "one of the most talented scholars of her generation" in the field of media and communication and "as the leading international expert in the media use of children and young people and the domestic, familial and educational contexts of new media access and use". 

Dr Shani Orgad| has been awarded an LSE Teaching Prize for outstanding teaching performance above and beyond that required for a successful Major Review candidate.

PhD student Evangelia Berdou| is the winner of one of four Robert MacKenzie prizes for outstanding academic performance.

MA/MSc Global Media and Communications in London and Shanghai

LSE and Fudan University, Shanghai, formally launch double masters degree, more details here|.


Dr Tambini invited to act as Rapporteur

As part of the French Presidency of the EU, the French Government has organised an international debate on the future of public broadcasting to take place in Strasbourg on July 17th and 18th. Dr Damian Tambini|, convenor of the Communications Regulation and Policy MSC has been invited to act as a Rapporteur. The aim of the meeting is to build a consensus between the governments of EU member states on the principles behind the role and regulation of public service broadcasters during the shift to digital. The role of the rapporteur is to make a synthesis of the debate and present this at the closing plenary panel of the conference. 

Mobile Access to Social Networking Sites: A UK Survey

Leslie Haddon has produced a report which examined the current degree to which internet users accessed their email, websites and social networking sites from their mobile phones and smartphones as well as exploring further interest in going online from mobile devices. Read the report here|.

ESRC Report released

The first of four reports in the ESRC Seminar Series: The educational and social impact of new technologies on young people in Britain| is released today.

SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World 

New review| of book by Charlie Beckett|, award-winning journalist and Director of Polis.

"Media Communication, Information": four reports

UNESCO and the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) co-organized IAMCR's 50th Anniversary Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Conference theme was "Media, Communication, Information: Celebrating 50 Years of Theories and Practices". The four reports in this publication were commissioned by UNESCO as part of its generous support for the IAMCR conference.  Read the reports here|.

New Report: Citizens Online

Department of Media and Communications researchers Sonia LivingstoneDavid Brake have co-authored a new report, with Citizens Online and others, commissioned by Becta (British Education Communication and Technology Association), which explores how the use of ICT, in education and beyond, can contribute to raising the attainment and aspirations of disadvantaged young people.


The Regulators, the Public and the Media

This final dissemination event was held at the London School of Economics on Tuesday 16 September 2008. The event presented the findings of the four year ESRC-funded 'The Public Understanding of Regimes of Risk and Regulation' project. For further information, view the slides and read the report.

Robin Mansell| joins the board of Bloomsbury Publishing's new imprint, Bloomsbury Academic, publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences led by Frances Pinter, with all titles available free of charge online immediately on publication using Creative Commons Licences. See Bloomsbury Academic Press Release| for more details.

Professor Robin Mansell completes 4 year IAMCR Presidency

In July 2008 Robin Mansell hosted the International Association for Media and Communication Research Congress in Stockholm organised with the Journalism, Media and Communication Department, University of Stockholm. The largest ever Congress with more than 1,000 participants from 88 countries, and with co-sponsorship by UNESCO and many other organisations, the focus was on Media and Global Divides. LSE's Professor Lilie Chouliaraki| participated as a keynote speaker and papers were delivered by PhD students and faculty of LSE's Department of Media and Communication. During her four year term as President of this international academic association, Robin built up the membership base to its highest level ever, more than tripled the association's assets and succeeded in having IAMCR reclassified as an NGO with Special Consultative Status by the UN's Economic and Social Council. She organised three earlier major conferences in Taipei, Cairo and Paris and undertook several research projects for UNESCO on behalf of IAMCR|. She is looking forward to devoting more time to her own research and teaching and to continuing to lead the Department of Media and Communications at LSE as Head of Department, while serving as Past President of IAMCR for two further years.


UK children at greater risk from online predators as they spend more time indoors|

British children are at greater risk from online predators than those elsewhere in Europe because their paranoid parents keep them cooped up indoors, a report claims. Co-author Dr Leslie Haddon, of the based at the London School of Economics, said: "Our study has found that greater use of the internet results in more exposure to risk.

Read here|


New paper by Department of Media and Communications PhD student

Public Opinion Research in a Conflict Zone: Grassroots Diplomacy in Darfur|.  This paper by Iginio Gagliardone and Nicole Stremlau introduces a set of methods that have been used to capture attitudes and opinions in a conflict environment. 

Communications Consumer Panel announces appointment of new members

Dr Damian Tambini| is appointed to the Communications Consumer Panel, which was established to advise Ofcom on the consumer interest in the markets it regulates. The Panel is independent and sets its own agenda. Read more about the new panel members here|.

Alumnus awarded in New Delhi

Department of Media and Communications alumnus Shrenik Rao has been awarded with the prestigious Karmaveer Puraskar in New Delhi.   Read more about the award here|.

Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Erasmus University Rotterdam as "one of the most talented scholars of her generation" in the field of media and communication and "as the leading international expert in the media use of children and young people and the domestic, familial and educational contexts of new media access and use". 

Read Sonia Livingstone's paper on Comparative and transnational approaches to the field of media and communications: Reflections from the project EU Kids Online| presented to the Department of Media, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, on the occasion of being awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

Financial journalism and the economic crisis: a new LSE report

A new study by the LSE media think-tank Polis claims that financial journalism needs a total overhaul to meet the demands of reporting modern markets and financial systems. Listen to Damian Tambini speaking on the Today  programme|

Read the report on municipal WiFi networks| by LSE Visiting Fellow, Fabio Josgrilberg.


New book by Dr. Cammaerts

A new book by Dr Bart Cammaerts| 'Internet-Mediated Participation Beyond the Nation State'.

MSc Student takes part in a rountable discussion with Cameron 

MSc Politics and Communication student Katie Lapotin took part in a roundtable discussion with David Cameron during his recent visit to make a speech at LSE.