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 31

Three-D, issue 31 (PDF, 1.9 Mb) – Latest

In this issue:
1 Quality journalism, internet and politics (Einar Thorsen)

Cairncross Review & Media Policy
2 Government reviews and inquiries: why we should use our academic voice (Julie Firmstone)
4 What should the Cairncross Review propose we do about local news? (Martin Moore)
5 ‘High Quality Journalism’ or Tendentious Trash? (Julian Petley)
7 What should the Cairncross Review do? (Natalie Fenton)

Media Policy
9 The Online Advertising Tax (Christian Fuchs)

Internet & Politics
11 Facebook, Nick Clegg & the Future of Democracy (Declan Mcdowell Naylor)
12 Organised and ‘Ambient’ Racism and Racial Toxicity in Digital Platforms (Eugenia Siapera)
13 The dynamics of a counter-narrative against right-wing populism (Elizabeth Poole)
14 Iceland’s Orangutan (Eva Giraud)
15 Data protection as the means to children’s rights online (Sonia Livingstone)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
16 MeCCSA 2018: London South Bank University (Phil Hammond)
17 MeCCSA 2019: University of Stirling (Alenka Jelen-Sanchez)
18 MeCCSA 2020: University of Brighton (Ewan Kirkland & Julie Doyle)

Reports and Initiatives
19 Chair’s report (Anita Biressi)
23 Climate Change Network (Julie Doyle & Michael Goodman)
24 Policy Network (Allan Leonard )
26 Practice Network (Charlie Tweed)
27 Radio Studies Network (Josephine Coleman)
28 Social Movements Network (Rosalind Brunt)
29 Postgraduate Network Report (Tianyang Zhou) and 2019 Call for Papers

Joint statement from BAFTSS and MeCCSA on REF2021 [Updated: response from HEFCE and Panel D Chair]


Recently BAFTSS and MeCCSA agreed the below joint statement in response to concern about the initial decisions by HECFCE regarding REF 2021 that included naming Film and Screen Studies explicitly in sub-panel 33 (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies). This joint statement was sent to Kim Hackett at HEFCE and to Dinah Birch, Chair REF2021 Panel D. They have sent the following response that provides some helpful clarification. We will continue to ensure that these issues are understood and addressed by the relevant sub-panel Chairs and panel members:

We understand the concern raised about a potential effect on submissions caused by including ‘Film and Screen Studies’ in the name of UOA33. The funding bodies’ decision to include this field of research in a UOA name sought to respond to concerns raised about visibility, and the decision of where to locate it was informed by both responses to our consultation and further engagement with the relevant subject bodies. However, the decision to include it in a UOA name is not intended to preclude the submission of film and screen research in another UOA, where this is the most appropriate place for its submission. We will ensure that the published guidance provides clarity on this point, and encourages the submission of film and screen research into the most appropriate UOA. As with the previous panel criteria, this may include explicit reference to film and screen studies in the relevant UOA descriptors. We will work in particular with the sub-panels for UOAs 33 and 34, to ensure clarity is provided on submissions into each of these UOAs, and on the sub-panels’ working methods to ensure a consistent assessment approach.

Kim Hackett, HEFCE
Dinah Birch, Chair, Panel D


Studying MeCCSA subjects at University

MeCCSA has produced a film to answer some of the frequently asked questions about studying subjects in our field at University. Feel free to share and use to promote your own courses as you wish.

See also our information brochure: Studying Media, Film and Communication at University: choosing the right course for you (PDF, 268k)

…and our FAQ section.

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.



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

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