Welcome to MeCCSA

Welcome to MeCCSA, the subject association that represents all who teach or research in Higher Education in media, communications and cultural studies, whether in arts, humanities or social sciences departments. This includes practice-based work as well as more ‘academic’ disciplines.

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Three-D Issue 22

MeCCSA Three-D, Issue 22Three-D, issue 22 (PDF, 2.1 Mb) - Latest

In this issue:
1 Some change, but battles far from over (Einar Thorsen)

Media Reform
2 So they think it’s all over? (Julian Petley)
4 After the sentence (Bethany Usher)
5 Media plurality (Jonathan Hardy)
8 NSA/GCHQ, state power and surveillance (Lee Salter)

Stuart Hall
10 MeCCSA and Stuart Hall (Peter Golding)
10 Britain’s most distinguished (Graham Murdock)
11 The Stuart Hall Building (Julian Henriques)
12 Remembering the chuckle (Garry Whannel)

Media Studies
14 Media Studies: where are we now? (Sonia Livingstone)
16 What’s happening with Media and Film Studies GCSE and GCE ‘A’ level (Pete Fraser)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences & Features
17 MeCCSA 2014: Media and the Margins (Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Shelley Thompson, Hugh Chignell)
21 MeCCSA 2015: Generations (Rosemary White, James Leggott)

Reports and initiatives
23 Chair’s report (Tim O’Sullivan)
24 Impact of HE policy on work, practices and departmental constitution (Giannina Warren)
25 Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment (Peter Golding)
26 Climate Change Network (Neil Gavin)
27 Practice Network (Michael Chanan)
29 Social Movements Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido)
31 Postgraduate Network (Toussaint Nothias, Christiaan de Beukelaer, Sam Ward)

What’s happening with Media and Film Studies GCSE and GCE ‘A’ level?

By Pete Fraser (Chair, Media Education Association)

The changes to the curriculum at GCSE and A level have largely gone under the radar for teachers in higher education. Indeed teachers in schools and colleges are often surprised to discover what’s been happening! For all of us, the future of Media and Film Studies is potentially at stake, so it is important that everyone is made aware of both what is happening and what we might be able to do about it. In this article, I shall outline the context for these changes and describe the precarious position in which Film and Media Studies find themselves.


MeCCSA 2014 Conference Highlights

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the MeCCSA 2014 conference!

Check out our live blog to see highlights from the conference as it unfolded, or visit us on Twitter via @MeCCSA2014 & #MeCCSA2014 and on Facebook.

Our conference programme and book of abstracts are still available.

Update: The full text of Sonia Livingstone’s keynote address, ‘Media studies: where are we now?’  is now online.

Conference stats

BU MeCCSA 2014

Abstracts received: 324
Papers presented: 198
Registered delegates: 231

Twitter: 3,867 conference tweets
Live blog: 528 posts and 52 photos
Video: 90 video clips
Podcasts: 4, with 6hrs audio


This year we had four prizes, three that were awarded at the conference and one that will be awarded at a later stage. The first two awards were judged based on submission of full papers.

Best Paper Award: Media & the Margins, Awarded by the Media School, Bournemouth University
Presented to: Balázs Boross, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Journalism Research Prize, Awarded by the Centre for Journalism & Communication Research, Bournemouth University
Presented to: Lisette Johnston, City University London

Postgraduate Twitter Award, Awarded by the MeCCSA Executive Committee
Presented to: Motilola Akinfemisoye, University of Central Lancashire

The final award is the Postgraduate Conference Report Award. Any postgraduate student wishing to be considered for this award should submit a conference report for publication in the next issue of Three-D. The best report as judged by the MeCCSA Executive Committee will receive the award. To submit your report, please email the Editor, Einar Thorsen, (ethorsen@bournemouth.ac.uk) by the end of February. Further details to follow.

Conference photographs

Photo of 2014 MeCCSA Conference at Bournemouth University

Plenary photographs by Saeed Rashid, Bournemouth University

Photo of 2014 MeCCSA Conference at Bournemouth University

Beer festival / quiz photographs by Daniel Weissmann, Bournemouth University

Statement of Research Ethics Guidelines

In view of the wide diversity of disciplinary orientation, methodological approach, and conceptual foundation of research in our field, MeCCSA does not publish a detailed code of research practice. Instead MeCCSA has published a statement that outlines a broad set of principles and links to a range of research practice guidelines from various associations, which we believe may be of value in the conduct of members’ research.

You can read more about the background to this initiative in Peter Golding’s article in Three-D Issue 15 [PDF], and also in Martin Barker’s article in Three-D Issue 10 [PDF].

MeCCSA supports Media Reform initiative

At the recent AGM at the University of Bedfordshire, 12th January 2012, the following resolution was passed:

This AGM supports the initiative of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform in its submission to Leveson, and further public forums, as a proper and fruitful stimulus to well-informed debate.


Brochure: Media programmes at university

Studying Media, Film and Communication at University: choosing the right course for you (PDF, 268k) new!

Here is the new, updated version of the MeCCSA leaflet for schools and colleges aimed at prospective university students of media, film, and communication studies. All institutional members will be receiving copies of the leaflet, and you are of course free to download further copies for your own use. We hope that you will find it helpful. You can also find more detailed information here, in the FAQs.


MeCCSA on JISCmail

MeCCSA and its Networks operate discussion and information lists through the JISCmail system. Click the following links for information or to join:

The MeCCSA Radio Studies Network encourages interested colleagues to subscribe to the Radio Studies list, a forum for teachers, researchers and broadcasters active since 1998.

Website contacts

Comments and suggestions to Einar Thorsen
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