News archive 2011


New Project Launch: Dr Shani Orgad, January 2011

Mediated humanitarian knowledge: audiences' responses and moral actions Data

The project will explore public understanding and reactions to humanitarian communications, including campaigns about international development issues and humanitarian appeals. The project team is interested in how people make sense of the images and narratives of distant suffering that agencies generate and how ideologies, emotions and biographical experiences shape those responses. We will also study how agencies plan and think about their communications.

PhD Studentship in International Journalism funded by the LSE Hellenic Alumni Association

Research into international journalism, with emphasis on the ethical and political implications of the practice of journalism in the age of globalisation and digital media.  This scholarship is for Greek nationals, who must apply for a place on the PhD programme in Media and Communications by 15 January 2011

New EU Kids Online report: Thursday 13 January 2011 

Children need more help to block online threats says European internet study. Professor Sonia Livingstone, 'Parents and the online industry have taken some good first steps to make the internet a safer place for children but they could both do much more.' For more details, and a full copy of the report see EU Kids Online.

Department of Media and Communications Alumnus, Dr Indrek Ibrus

Awarded first prize for the best PhD thesis in social sciences and humanities in the national competition for student research organised by Estonia's ministry of education and research.


The Making of Bestsellers: Department of Media and Communications Literary Festival Discussion:

Listen to John Thompson and Andrew Franklin being interviewed on the Today programme.

Charlie Beckett

Director of POLIS has been listed at number 60 in a list of the UK's most elite Twitter users by The Independent Twitter 100 list.

PhD Symposium 2011: Call for Papers 'Media and Identity' 

Deadline Tuesday 15 February, 2011

New EU Kids Online report released Tuesday 8 February:

Risky communication online and press release

Dr Shani Orgad

On the expert panel for a Media Symposium hosted by Plan UK: 'Unnatural disasters: Compassion versus complexity in the media's reporting of humanitarian emergencies' on Tuesday 8 February 2011.

Click here to see her report from the Symposium.

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

Has been awarded a 'Top Faculty Paper' Award from ICA's Journalism Studies Division for her paper entitled:

'Post-television news and disaster reporting: Towards a new moral imagination'.


Dr Anstead on Twitter's 5th Birthday

Dr Nick Anstead appeared on the BBC News Channel on 22 March 2011 to talk about Twitter's 5th anniversary.

LSE Media Policy Project: New report released 21 March 2011

Creative Destruction and Copyright Protection by Dr Cammaerts and Dr Meng

EU Kids Online: New Report Released 18 March 2011

Younger children still need to develop key online skills finds Europe-wide study. Read the full report and press release.

Alumni News

MSc Global Media & Comms graduate George Villanueva acquires $380k community planning grant. 

LSE Photography Prize 2011

Xiaoyue Zhao, MSc Global Media (USC), has won First Prize in the LSE competition.

Summer School: Media and Communications Course

What role do media play in individual and collective processes of cultural change? Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics (IR140) explores this question in relation to identity, urbanisation, culture and politics.

Media@LSE Photography Contest Winners

Thanks to the generous support of the LSE Annual Fund, we are proud to announce the winners of the Annual Media & Communications Photography Contest. Our sincerest congratulations to Marco, Chi and Davide and to all participants for their commitment, ideas and visual creativity.


EU Kids Online: New Report 18 April 2011

Social networking age and privacy report finds age restrictions on social networking sites are not effective. View press release.


Nominet Annual .UK Policy Forum  Protection & Trust

Dr Damian Tambini will be speaking at the Nominet Annual .UK Policy Forum on Tuesday 17 May 2011, see website for more details.

Professor Philip Schlesinger

Visiting Professor in the Department and Professor in Cultural Policy at  the University of Glasgow has been re-appointed as Chairman of UK communications regulator Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Scotland (2011-2014). He has also been appointed to a visiting professorship at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome (in Autumn 2011).

Article by PhD student Marco Scalvini

"For France, acting in a 'humanitarian' manner means intervening in Libya's civil war but does not extend to freely accepting refugees from Libya or Tunisia within its borders. "

3rd LSE Teaching Day 2011 - Tuesday 24 May - LSE Staff Only

Professor Terhi Rantanen will be holding a session between 15:00-15:45 - Strand 2 (b): Use of mobile devices in the classroom for student participation & feedback.


European Award for Best Children's Online Content

On 17/6/11, Sonia Livingstone announced the winners of the European Award for Best Children's Online Content, having served as Chair of the European Jury. The prizes were presented at the Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels by Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes.

The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy, Edited by Robin Mansell (LSE) and Marc Raboy (McGill University), Blackwell-Wiley, 2011.

This Handbook offers new insights into this key field of study, assesses why it is important, who it affects, and with what political, economic, social and cultural consequences. Order at Wiley code VB144 when you check out (for 20% discount offer available till 31 July 2011)

PhD student Sally Broughton-Micova wins Graduate Teaching Award.

The panel were particularly impressed that Sally made students feel like more confident learners, as the school survey shows that students in her class rated their own performance as notably better than most.

Dr Banaji  is one of five Academics who have won the 2011  LSE & LSESU Teaching Excellence Award. The award acknowledges the effort and enthusiasm invested in teaching and the support of learning by staff.


International Journal of Cultural Studies

A special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, out in July 2011, honours the legacy of Roger Silverstone, the founding father of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. The volume, edited by Lilie Chouliaraki and Shani Orgad, brings a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field who engage with Silverstone's concept of 'proper distance'.

EU Kids Online New Report, 5 July 2011

Who bullies and who is bullied online? Survey discovers girls as likely as boys to be among the few who bully other children online. Press Release 

European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) Symposium, "The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage" to be held at LSE 16-17 December 2011. The deadline for submission of abstracts: 26 July 2011.


Dr Bingchun Meng will be teaching CSS - MC201 Global Media Industries at the LSE-Peking University Summer School in Beijing in August 2011.


Announcing a new research project

As part of the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media Learning initiative, Prof. Sonia Livingstone has been awarded a grant of $332,000 (from 2011-2014) to participate in the Connected Learning Research Network directed by Mimi Ito (University of California, Irvine). Interested queries to email Prof. Sonia Livingstone.

EU Kids Online Project

Final Report September 2011
To coincide with the current  EU Kids Online Conference being held on 22-23 Sept 2011 a Final Report and press release has been published.

Take a look at miaow The Independent, 19/09/2011, p.10, Jean Hannah

Should ISPs Enforce Copyright?

An Interview with Prof. Robin Mansell on the UK Case.

Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: 2011 Country Reports

We are pleased to announce that the first outcomes of the ERC-funded project Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe have just been published on the project's website.

The Department of Media & Communications Research Newsletter 2011

In the pages of this newsletter, we offer a snapshot of new findings, just published books, research developments, doctoral student news and more.

Skey's Book2008 PhD alumnus Dr Michael Skey currently teaches sociology at the University of East London. His forthcoming book, National Belonging and Everyday Life: The Significance of Nationhood in an Uncertain World , focuses on ethnic majorities in Western settings and argues that their largely taken-for-granted status is used to underpin claims to key material and ontological benefits.


Disadvantaged children more at risk online

Disadvantaged children get less help and support to protect them from the dangers of being online, researchers from the EU Kids Online project found.

Prof. Terhi Rantanen is a member of the 'After the Crisis. Towards a New Economic Culture' group led by Prof Manuel Castells and sponsored by the Science Service of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation  in Lisbon.  Watch the video Aftermath of a Crisis.


Congratulations to our 2010-11 MSc Prizewinners, Mark Holden and Saskia Scheibel

We are pleased to be able to make awards to students of such high calibre. 

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death on 6 November 2011 of Lord Philip Gould, Visiting Professor and friend of the Department.

"He jumped at the chance when I invited him to give some guest lectures on my Political Communication course. But it was nowhere near enough for him. He became visiting professor at the LSE and ran a series of lectures bringing in such as Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson and Stanley Greenberg (Bill Clinton's pollster) and then he set up his own MSc course, Modern Campaigning Politics." writes Maggie Scammell.

Professor Robin Mansell speaks at Tallinn University on 'Social Imaginaries of Technology', Tallinn, Estonia, 3 November 2011. , Tallinn, Estonia, 3 November 2011.


Restrict children's advertising on the grounds of their health not their understanding/literacy

On 1st December, Sonia Livingstone addressed the Public Hearing of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the topic of "Advertising for young people and children", with a focus on evidence regarding health, especially obesity, as this may inform evidence-based policy. The EESC is considering possible actions, in the context of a forthcoming Communication on the Rights of the Child.

ECREA Symposium at LSE, "The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage" 16-17 December 2011.

Scandals and the moral outrage they provoke are not new, but the networked synoptic viewer society that we have become makes scandalitis more permanent, more global and a profitable business for media organisations. We aim to bring a critical perspective to the way scandals are mediated, produced, consumed, and how they increasingly feed a polyoptic society whereby everybody is watching and watched by everybody. [Symposium Programme]

A look at the topic of internet 'memes' the focus of study for Kate Miltner, who has just finished her dissertation completing the requirements for her MSc from the LSE's Department of Media and Communications. 

Honorary Doctorate

Professor Nora Cruz Quebral was awarded an Honorary Doctorate on 15 December 2011 for her "pioneering and continued contribution to the field of development communication." was awarded an on 15 December 2011 for her "pioneering and continued contribution to the field of development communication."