Three-D Issue 31: Earning trust “story by story”: Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age

Allan Leonard  FactCheckNI Ulster University – along with the UK press regulatory body, Impress, and the Policy Network of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) – jointly hosted a symposium event at its Belfast campus: “Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age”. Keynote speakers were Jonathan Heawood (Chief Executive Officer, Impress) and Peter Feeney (Press …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 30: Policy Network report

Phil Ramsey Ulster University So far in 2018 the MeCCSA Policy Network has supported two events. First, the Media Democracy Festival 2018: Faking It, Breaking It, Re-Making It – What’s wrong with our media and how to fix it took place at Birkbeck, University of London on 17 March 2018. The event was a national …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 28: Time to take sides on impartiality?

Des FreedmanGoldsmiths, University of London If rampant editorialising is in the DNA of the print press, then ‘due impartiality’ – not taking sides in matters of public controversy – is allegedly at the heart of UK broadcasting. Broadcasters themselves are required to abide by the Ofcom code and many journalists speak about their professional commitment …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 20: Beyond the ivory tower: media policy academics in the public arena

Máire Messenger Davies University of Ulster For most of 2012, continuing into 2013, and no doubt beyond, media policy debates and events have been dominated by questions raised by the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, whose report was published on 29th November 2012 – see (For an executive …Continue Reading

Policy Network Report, AGM2013

Network meetings and events Policy issues are regularly on the agenda for universities all over the country, particularly in this year of the Leveson Inquiry. Events in 2012 included: Dr Jonathan Hardy’s speech to the Oxford Media Convention on 25 January 2012 outlining proposals for media pluralism. 24 February 2012: ‘News of the World: A …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 19: Hunt-Black proposals not in best interests of journalism

This letter was originally published in the Financial Times, 1 November 2012. Several signatories are members of the MeCCSA Policy Network. URL: We are free speech advocates and senior educators of law and journalism students in British universities and we write to express our opposition to proposals for a new self-regulatory body for the …Continue Reading

Media policy post-Leveson: opportunities for reshaping media ownership and control at the national, regional and community level

Date: Friday 8 February 2013, Time: 10am – 5pm Venue: Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre Keynote speakers: Professor James Curran, Goldsmith’s University. Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University. Address by: Natalie Bennett, Leader of Green Party. Call for papers  We welcome papers focused on media ownership; media monopoly; media policy and legislation; the Leveson Inquiry, its …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 18: Policy Network Report

Máire Messenger Davies University of Ulster As reported in the last Three-D, media policy issues have been almost constantly in the headlines, and thus also of major concern to many academics; this is particularly due to the phone-hacking story and the Leveson inquiry, which have also raised issues about the teaching of ethics (or lack …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 18: Market fundamentalism and new communications regulation

Damian Tambini London School of Economics Media regulation is one of those things, like puddings, that the British think they do rather well. This helps explain the spasms of introspection that phone hacking and the failure of press self-regulation have triggered. Might we, after all, have been kidding ourselves? Is something broken in the institutional …Continue Reading

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