Three-D Issue 17

Three-D, issue 17 (PDF, 1.5 Mb) – Latest In this issue: 1 HE White Paper and Media Reform (Einar Thorsen) Features 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 …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: HE White Paper and Media Reform

Einar Thorsen Bournemouth University In this issue of Three-D, we are for the first time publishing an anonymous article. It is a sad consequence of the belligerent attacks on higher education, and in this instance media studies, that people fear speaking out publicly. The article makes grim reading and is a stark warning to us …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Chair’s report

Sue Thornham University of Sussex This time last year I began my report by referring to the ‘considerable uncertainty’ which marked the new academic year. Over the past year uncertainty has been replaced by the all too clear evidence of the threats we face: as academics, as academics within media, communication and cultural studies in …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: The Higher Education Academy restructuring

John Mundy Discipline Lead for Media & Communications, Higher Education Academy The Higher Education Academy (HEA) exists to promote excellence in teaching and learning across the higher education sector. A recent restructuring of the HEA will see responsibility for encouraging teaching and learning excellence move from the former Subject Centres to newly-appointed academic Discipline Leads. Although …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Thinking with food: an ideas exchange

Julian Matthews University of Leicester 28 September 2011 University of Leicester On 28th September 2011, The University Leicester played host to ‘Thinking with Food: An Ideas Exchange’, the first annual research event of the Department of Media and Communication’s Cultural Production & Consumption Research Group. The event attracted participants from across the UK and EU, …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Mediated politics: the ‘cultural turn’ in political communication research

Kay Richardson University of Liverpool   Katy Parry University of Leeds 8 October 2011 The Leeds/Liverpool Political Culture symposium This one-day Symposium came about as the result of a collaboration between staff at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool, and was funded from a Liverpool AHRC award, ‘Media Genre and Political Culture’ ( It was …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: The new assault on media studies

Anonymous Contributor These are difficult times for media studies. Whilst many colleagues are lucky enough to be in valued departments with sympathetic management, others are bearing the brunt of the economic cuts and changes in higher education. For those at risk the problems can be exacerbated by the nature of media studies itself and its …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Inside out: turning consumers back into students

Milly Williamson Brunel University Last summer was marked by widespread student protests at the attack on higher education and the plans to raise the cap on student fees to £9,000. But despite the widespread public anger at the cuts in public spending across the public sector, the coalition government is determined to push ahead an …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Regulating the press: a role for media scholars

Stephen Coleman University of Leeds Of three things we can be certain. Firstly, the Murdoch Empire has been severely destabilised by the public revelations of its criminal and unethical practices. Its capacity to wield pernicious influence upon public policy has been curtailed, certainly temporarily, possibly permanently. Secondly, the disgracing of News International has opened up …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 17: Hackgate and media reform

Hackgate has shocked the world. But this latest media scandal is shocking not because of the awfulness that the practice of phone hacking is and the lack of humanity it has revealed but because it has exposed a system that is deeply flawed. This system of commercial news and journalistic practice is now under the …Continue Reading

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