Three-D: MeCCSA’s newsletter

Three-D Issue 26

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In this issue:
Future of HE and academic freedoms (Einar Thorsen)

Future of Higher Education
2 More audit and less academic freedom? (David Hesmondhalgh)
4 From Green to Gold: reclaiming our universities (Natalie Fenton)
6 Threat from unrestrained competition (Janet Jones)
6 The Story of the TEF (Abigail Gardner)
7 In defence of Media Studies (Lucy Bennett & Jenny Kidd)
8 Dealing with the gendered pay gap (Rachel Cohen & Jo Littler)

Prevent & surveillance
9 Prevent, civil liberty and the assault on learning (Milly Williamson)
10 The case for evidence-based worrying (Barry Richards)
11 Surveillance and the Investigatory Powers Bill (Arne Hintz)
12 Fight the rise of the right (Bethany Usher)

EU Referendum
13 Brexit and the academy (Daniel Jackson)

Media Reform
15 Chilcot Report, whatever! (Gholam Khiabany)
17 A Future for Public Service TV? (Des Freedman)
18 Diversity, minorities, pluralism and the future of PSB (Anamik Saha)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
20 MeCCSA 2016: ‘Communities’ (Àgnes Gulyàs)
23 MeCCSA 2017: University of Leeds (Anna Zoellner)

Reports and initiatives
25 Chair’s report (Natalie Fenton)
26 Turkish academics and media studies (Three-D note; MeCCSA letter)
27 Funding MeCCSA subjects (John Downey)
28 Response submitted by MeCCSA to the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
31 Response submitted by MeCCSA to the Better use of data in government public consultation
33 Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonialism Network (Rinella Cere)
34 Practice Network (Rachel Younger; Joanna Callaghan)
35 Postgraduate Network (Simon Dawes)

Three-D Issue 25

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In this issue:
1 Time to save the BBC: make your voice heard (Einar Thorsen)

BBC Green Paper
2 BBC Charter Review: how to respond (Tom O’Malley)
3 Actions not words (Sylvia Harvey)
4 BBC Charter Review (Jonathan Hardy)
5 Mitigating the damage of a vengeful govt. (Steven Barnett)
5 The case for a Licence Fee Body (Colin Browne)
6 A shrunken BBC? (Pat Holland)
7 Corporate sabotage and the future of the BBC (Tom Mills)
8 Battle for BBC and struggle for public space (Graham Murdock)
11 On with the dance: the BBC and entertainment (Máire Messenger Davies)
12 Charter Review and BBC children’s content (Jeanette Steemers)
13 Beeb-bashing by the Right: is it justified? (Ivor Gaber)
15 BBC’s international coverage (James Rodgers)
16 Keeping the ‘British’ in the BBC (Neil Blain)
18 BBC and its European partners in defence of PSM (Michael Klontzas)
19 Not just an attack on the BBC (Des Freedman)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
20 MeCCSA 2016: ‘Communities’ (Àgnes Gulyàs)

Reports and initiatives
21 Chair’s report (Natalie Fenton)
22 MeCCSA letter on BBC Charter Review
25 MeCCSA response to DCMS consultation
35 Practice Network (Joanna Callaghan, Cahal McLaughlin, Greg Bevan)
37 Women’s Media Studies Network (Feona Atwood, Kaitlynn Mendes, Francien Broekhuizen)
38 Social Movements Network (Rosalind Brunt, Anna Feigenbaum)
40 Climate Change Network (Nathan Farrell)
41 Postgraduate Network (Poppy Wilde, Francien Broekhuizen)

Three-D Issue 24

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In this issue:
2015 Election special: debates and media policy (Einar Thorsen)

UK Election 2015
2 Make media ownership an issue for the election (and beyond) (Des Freedman)
3 Manifesto for Media reform (Jonathan hardy & Des Freedman)
5 Press regulation beyond the election (Steven Barnett)
7 Media policy in Wales (Jamie Medhurst)
8 Still life in the old attack dogs yet? (Dominic Wring)
9 Stunts, gaffes and horse races (Karin Wahl-Jorgensen)
10 Women and election coverage (Heather Savigny)
11 All to Play for? (Ivor gaber)
12 Media coverage, TV debates and minor parties (Stephen Cushion & Gordon Neil ramsay)
14 The uninvited guests of TV debates (Morgane Kimmich)
15 The debate about the debate about the debates (Stephen Coleman)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
16 MeCCSA 2015: Generations (Rosie White, Karen Ross and James Leggott)
17 Funding, publications… and a thick skin (Ruth Sanz Sabido)
20 Oh, that sounds straight forward (Karen Boyle)
22 Reflections on the changing nature and circumstances of academic labour (Bob Franklin)

Reports and initiatives
27 Chair’s report (Natalie Fenton)
28 REF Results
29 Disability Studies Network (Carrie Hodges)
30 News from the network
31 Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network (Rinella Cere)
31 Women’s Media Studies Network (Milly Williamson)
32 Shared Solidarities: the interaction of parties, unions and social movements (Rinella Cere)
33 Networking Knowledge (Simon Dawes)


Three-D Issue 23

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In this issue:
1 Doing more with less (Einar Thorsen)

HE Policies and MeCCSA Members
2 The Cinderella in the system (Giannina Warren & Natalie Fenton)
4 Neo-liberalism and the end of education (Mike Wayne)

Women in Media
6 The campaign to increase the number of women experts on TV and radio news (Lis howell)
6 Does my impact look big in this? (Karen Ross)
7 Genuinely being listened to (Suzanne Franks)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
8 MeCCSA 2015 at Northumbria University (James Leggott, Karen Ross, Rosie White)

Reports and initiatives
9 Chair’s report (Tim O’Sullivan)
10 Policy Network report (Máire Messenger Davies)
11 The future of local news (Alec Charles)
12 Social Movements Network: Sites of Protest (Stuart Price, Ruth Sanz Sabido)
13 Women’s Media Studies Network report (Milly Williamson)
31 MeCCSA Postgraduate Network report (Yupei Zhao)
32 New Directions in Media Research 2014 (Yupei Zhao, Rahma Al Foori)


Three-D Issue 22

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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 post-war public intellectual and cultural analyst (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 MeCCSA CCES Network update (Neil Gavin)
27 Practice Network (Michael Chanan)
29 Social Movements Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido)
31 MeCCSA Postgraduate conference 2014 (Toussaint Nothias, Christiaan de Beukelaer, Sam Ward)

Three-D Issue 21

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In this issue:
And now we’re working to contract (Einar Thorsen) 

MeCCSA Annual Conferences & Features
2 MeCCSA 2014: Media and the Margins (Dan Jackson)
3 Future Annual Conference Hosts

5 Tackling ownership at a snail’s pace (Des Freedman & Justin Schlosberg)
8 Green or gold? The implications for open access (Ann Cummings)
9 Personal academic websites in precarious times (Anna Feigenbaum)
11 Radical Film vs the Radical Right (Anthony Killick)
12 The Radical Film Network (Steve Presence)
13 Reel News (Shaun Day & Lee Salter)
15 Grade grubbing (Steph Allen)
15 New Directions in Media Research 2013 (Rahma al Foori)
17 Terminal Thinking (Jason Lee)

Reports and initiatives
21 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
22 How is it for you? The uncertain fate of media studies courses (Peter Golding)
23 Disability Studies Network (Irene Rose)
25 Climate Change Network (Neil Gavin)
26 Practice Network (Sarah Allen-Reading)
28 Radio Studies Network (Eleanor Shember-Critchley)
29 Social Movements Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido & Stuart Price)
30 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
31 Postgraduate Network (Rachel Tavernor, Agnes Ziolkowski-Trzak & James Harvey-Davitt)

Three-D Issue 20

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In this issue:
Leveson aftermath & the Royal Charter (Einar Thorsen) 

MeCCSA Annual Conferences & Features
2 Great conference and lovely time in Derry and Conference report, Derry 2013 (Máire Messenger Davies)
5 MeCCSA 2014: Media and the Margins and Call for Papers (Dan Jackson & Einar Thorsen)

Royal Charter & Leveson
A Right Royal Row (Julian Petley)
The ‘public’ in the Public Inquiry (Judith Townend)
Reconnecting Science and Journalism Post-Leveson (Stuart Allan)
10 The other elephant in the room (Justin Schlosberg)
11 The Media Reform Coalition’s next steps (Deborah Grayson)
12 Challenging Big Media – The European Initiative for Media Plurality (EIMP) (Granville Williams)
13 The path to hell…. an investigative journalist’s view of Leveson (Paul Lashmar)
14 Oh what tangled webs they weave: a response to Paul Lashmar (Steven Barnett)
16 The Fleet Street dinosaurs (Tim Gopsill)
17 Vested interests can be challenged (David Lee)
18 Two ends of the story: lessons from the 1980s (Pat Holland)

Issues & Challenges
20 Mickey Mouse Squeaks Back: Defending Media Studies (James Curran)
23 “Sometimes it’s hard to be a wo-man” (Karen Ross)

Success & Innovation in HE
24 Media & Communications: ten years on (Charlie Beckett)
25 New guide for citing film and audio (BUFVC)

Reports and initiatives
27 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
28 REF update (Peter Golding)
29 Retired academics initiative (Sylvia Harvey)
30 Social Movements Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido & Stuart Price)
31 Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies)
32 Practice Network (Sarah Neely)
33 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
34 Postgraduate Network (Conference Committee)
35 Networking Knowledge (Matthew Freeman)

Three-D Issue 19

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In this issue:
1  Publishing crossroads (Einar Thorsen)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
2 MeCCSA 2013: Spaces and Places of Culture (Máire Messenger Davies)
5 MeCCSA 2014: Bournemouth University (Hugh Chignell)

Academic Publishing
6 Publishing problems (Larry Gross)
8 Free labour and academic publishing (Veronica Barassi)
9 Self-publishing for academics (Paul Bradshaw)
9 A new model for academic publishing? (Richard Keeble)
11 Journalism Education: a new journal (M. Temple, C. Frost, J. McKay, S. Allan)
12 Print is not an input (Janis Jefferies, Sarah Kember & Ben Pester)

Publishers’ Perspectives
13 Exploring the landscape of digital publishing (Katherine Burton)
15 The future of academic publishing (Mila Steele)
17 Palgrave Pivot (Felicity Plester)
18 Experiments in open content (Caroline Wintersgill)

Media Reform
19 Leveson’s Inquiry and the next Communications Act (Damian Tambini)

Perspectives from abroad
20 Change for change’s sake (Marcela Ganea & Constantin Coderie)

Events and Success in HE
22 Secret City (Lee Salter)
24 New directions in media research (Dimitrinka Atanasova & Jennifer Cole)
25 Caught in the frame (Julian Matthews)
26 AHRC Leadership Fellow (George McKay)

Reports and initiatives
27 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
28 Do your subs look big in this? (Karen Ross)
29 Climate Change, Environment & Sustainability Network (Neil Gavin, Nelya Koteyko)
30 Disability Studies Network (Irene Rose)
31 Policy Network (Hunt-Black Letter, Media policy post-Leveson)
32 Practice Network (John Adams, Joanna Callaghan)
33 Race Network (Sarita Malik)
34 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
35 Postgraduate Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido)

Three-D Issue 18

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In this issue:
1 Reform(ation): Media & Higher Education (Einar Thorsen)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
2 MeCCSA 2012: Bedfordshire Experience (Janey Gordon)
3 MeCCSA 2013: Spaces and Places of Culture (Máire Messenger Davies)

Media Reform
6 This system needs fixing (Des Freedman)
8 Market fundamentalism and new communications regulation (Damian Tambini)

HE Cuts and Challenges
10 The managerial Cuckoos (John Brissenden)
10 Even more bad news from London Met (Gholam Khiabany)
12 The key (Jackey Reuben)

Perspectives From Abroad
15 Higher Education in Ireland (Gavan Titley)
16 Multiculturalism and internationalisation in Romanian HE (Marcela Ganea)

Success and Innovation
18 Reading the riots on Twitter (Farida Vis)
19 Local public service television (David Rushton)

Reports and initiatives
20 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
21 The REF is coming (Peter Golding)
22 Climate Change, Environment & Sustainability Network (Neil Gavin)
23 Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies)
24 Practice Network (Mark Readman, Joanna Callaghan)
25 Race Network (Call for papers)
26 Radio Studies Network (Salvatore Scifo)
27 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
28 Postgraduate Network (Tom Phillips)

Three-D Issue 17

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In this issue:
1 HE White Paper and Media Reform (Einar Thorsen)

2 KIS my Ass(essment): HE White paper (Natalie Fenton)
4 The new assault on media studies (Anonymous)
5 Inside out: turning consumers back into students (Milly Williamson)
6 Regulating the press: a role for media scholars (Stephen Coleman)
7 Hackgate and media reform
8 Teaching challenges and solutions (Debbie Flint)
9 Thinking with food: an ideas exchange (Julian Matthews)
10 Mediated politics: the ‘cultural turn’ in political communication research (Kay Richardson, Katy Parry)

Reports and initiatives
11 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
12 The HEA restructuring (John Mundy)
13 MeCCSA Annual Conference 2012 (Conference Organisers)
14 Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies)
15 Radio Studies Network (Stephen Lax)
16 Practice Network (Joanna Callaghan)
18 Race Network (Sarita Malik)
19 Disability Studies Network (Alison Wilde)
20 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
21 Postgraduate Network Annual Conference and 2011/2012 Committee (Shelley Thompson, Ruth Sanz Sabido)

Three-D Issue 16

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In this issue:
1 HE cuts: refuse, resist (Einar Thorsen)

2 What are we fighting for? (Michael Chanan)
4 Young people, protest and education (Lee Salter)
7 Student occupation against the cuts (Anthony Killick)
9 Funding crisis: the view from Scotland (Raymond Boyle)
11 Manifesto for the Public University (Gurminder K. Bhambra, Michael Farrelly, John Holmwood, Lucy Mayblin)
12 BFI relocation (Heather Stewart)
12 BFI National Library: modernising or mothballing? (Ian W. Macdonald)
14 Media Studies 1.0: Back to Basics (Dan Laughey)

MeCCSA Annual Conference
17 Salford 2011 (George McKay)

Reports and initiatives
18 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
19 Membership and Treasurer’s Report (Karen Ross)
20 Climate Change Network (Neil Gavin, Einar Thorsen, Jenny Alexander)
23 Policy Network – Annual Report, Ofcom Research Data (Máire Messenger Davies)
24 Practice Section (Joanna Callaghan)
25 Race Network (Sarita Malik)
26 Women’s Media Studies Network (Heather Nunn)
27 Postgraduate Network (Ashley Woodfall, Andy Tedd, Vincent M. Gaine)

Three-D Issue 15

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In this issue:

1 Slash and burn (Einar Thorsen)

2 Cuts and their consequences (Natalie Fenton)
4 Utility of fiction and fictions of utility (John Corner)
5 A career on the edge (Eleanor Shember-Critchley)
6 So farewell UKFC (Graham Roberts)
8 Diploma in Creative and Media (Helen Baehr)
9 Success and innovation in HE (Paul Baldwin, Liam French and Howard Tumber)

Reports and initiatives
11 Chair’s report (Sue Thornham)
12 A view from the Treasuer’s ledge(r) (Karen Ross)
12 Updates on REF and research ethics (Peter Golding)
14 Climate Change Network (Neil Gavin)
15 Disability Studies Network (Alison Wilde and Margaret Montgomerie)
16 Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies)
17 Practice Section (Jason Lee)
18 Race Network (Sarita Malik)
19 Radio Studies Network (Peter Lewis)
20 Women’s Media Studies Network (Sarah Evans)
21 Postgraduate Network (Susan Berridge, Alexia Smit, Lavinia Brydon and Shelley Thompson)

Three-D Issue 14

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  • In this issue: Election special and the LSE annual conference experience (Einar Thorsen); Features: Cultural production and public policy in UK broadcasting (Sylvia Harvey); Media studies in the era of the university clampdown (David Hesmondhalgh); The impact of the REF (Natalie Fenton); BFI / UK Film Council merger (John Ellis); Media presentation and HE (Alec Sabin); MeCCSA Conference Experience (Robin Mansell, Maria Kyriakidou, Margaret Scammell, Mehita Iqani and others); Reports and initiatives: Chair’s report (Sue Thornham); Practice Section (Jason Lee); Race Network (Sarita Malik); Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies); Radio Studies Network (Stephen Lax); Climate Change Network (Alex Lockwood); Women’s Media Studies Network; Postgraduate Network (Shelley Thompson, Alexia Smit)

Three-D Issue 13

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  • In this issue: Apocalypse now: climate change, Digital Britain and REF! (Einar Thorsen); Features: Climate change, sustainability, and higher education (Peter Brooks, Neil T.Gavin, Alex Lockwood); Digital Britain (Steven Barnett, Patricia Holland, Peter Lewis), From RAE to REF (Peter Golding); Reports and initiatives: Chair’s report (Christine Geraghty), MeCCSA Annual Conference (Robin Mansell, Myria Georgiou), My five years at MeCCSA (Salvatore Scifo), Practice Section (Jason Lee), Women’s Media Studies Network, Policy Network (Máire Messenger Davies, Natalie Fenton), Postgraduate Network (Shelley Thompson, Amy Chambers, Jennifer Krase, Jean Northam).


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