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News Archive 2015

Nick Couldry

Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory and Head of the Department of Media and Communications has launched a brand new website, which features information on Nick's work, with regular updates on events, books and research activities.


Digital technology advances are opening up new ways to communicate, with the potential to enhance student–teacher relationships. Professor Sonia Livingstone followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online. Read more about The Social Network here.


Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, has been appointed as a lead coordinating author for the International Panel on Social Progress 2017 Report 'Rethinking Society for the 21st Century'. Professor Couldry will work with Professor Chua Beng Huat   (National University of Singapore) to coordinate a chapter on Media, Communication and Languages. See a full list of authors here.


Dr Shani Orgad was one of the keynote speakers of the conference 'Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities', on 13th May 2015, at the University of York. The name of her talk was ‘The Others are Coming: Ambivalent and incomplete imaginings beyond dreams and nightmares’


USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication was rated #1 in the 2015 QS World University Rankings, with LSE's Department of Media and Communications rated #1 outside of the US. The two institutions collaborate on a double degree in MSc/MA Global Media and Communications, as well as joining forces to research the profound implications of media and communications technologies for our shared futures. See more here.

Charlie Beckett

Ahead of the UK General Election 2015, Charlie Beckett argues in The Guardian that the UK party political newspapers should be using their journalists to drive real election debate, not drum up party support. Read ‘Our party political newspapers need to grow up’ here

Shaku Banaji

We are proud to announce that Media and Communications faculty have been recognised by LSE students in the LSE Teaching Excellence Awards Congratulations. Dr Shakuntala Banaji won the Award for Exceptional Contribution to Teaching, with Dr Sally Broughton-Micova also receiving an award for her contribution to teaching this year.

A Way With Words

In 2014, Polis and StockWell Communications launched a research prize open to LSE post-graduate students. Applicants were asked to submit original research proposals on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’.

The winner was Nina Chung who worked with StockWell and interviewed a broad range of people on the topic of corporate apologies to produce the research paper 'A Way With Words: Chasing a Definition for Corporate Public Apologies'. 


This week's Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone on keeping children safe online

Professor Livingstone is the latest LSE academic to undergo a Gearty Grilling, a series of short video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. Here, Professor Livingstone discusses the challenges of keeping children safe online.


Radio 4 Documentary - No News is Good News

Charlie Beckett documentary explores whether there is an unrelenting negativity in the mainstream news agenda, preoccupied with violent crime, human accident, misfortune and disaster. In addition, you can read his article for The Guardian.


REF 2014

We are delighted to announce that the Department has been ranked first in the UK in its Unit of Assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment: 47% of our outputs were world-leading as were both impact case studies, our impact environment and our general research environment.

Claire Milne

Claire Milne, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, has been awarded an MBE for services to the telecommunications sector in the 2015 New Year's Honours list. Many congratulations to Claire, who has had a long and varied career with telecommunications policy as its central theme. Read more here.

Ulrich Beck
The Department of Media and Communications mourns the sudden death on 1 January 2015 of Ulrich Beck, Centennial Professor at LSE and a leading theorist of cosmopolitanisation, and media and communications' role within it. LSE Director Craig Calhoun has written a piece commemorating Professor Beck, which can be found here.