Remember the Liberal Democrats?: Politics second year reflects on the party conference

Joe Bulman, second year on the Politics and Media degree, attended the Liberal Democrats Party conference in Bournemouth late last month and reflects on his experience below. After what has been a busy summer for me personally, I must admit I nearly forgot they existed. They may have had a hand in government only 5… Read more »

First Year PR Student, Dominic Stephens, Conquers 2015 Election With JUMP Tv

Dominic Stephens, first year PR student at Bournemouth University, may have only just started his degree but he’s already tackling the media world with his work through the BBC and JUMP Tv. In efforts to best highlight his incredible experience and influences on the 2015 election, the following interview lets him do all the talking…. Read more »

CMC’s Lilleker on the importance of media freedom & why the attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on democracy

Originally published on the Political Studies Association website. Controlling or silencing the media is the first act of any anti-democratic force. From the destruction of the printing presses in Medieval Europe to seizures following the ascent to power of the dictators who shaped the Twentieth Century, to punitive controls by Putin in modern day Russia,… Read more »

Politics and Media degree prepares for exciting semeseter

It’s already lining up to be an exciting semester for Politics and Media here at BU. These are some of our recent highlights and upcoming events: Your Tutors in the Media: Dr. Darren Lilleker spoke to the Independent last week on social media and elections: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/opinion/how-much-will-social-media-and-the-press-really-influence-the-2015-general-election-9775885.html Dr. Anna Feigenbaum (un)celebrated the 100th birthday of tear… Read more »

Politics course leader publishes tear gas commentary in wake of US protests

In light of recent protest events in Ferguson, U.S. surrounding the killing of an unarmed teenager by a local officer, the state of police militarization has come under scrutiny in the media. Everyone from senators, veteran officers, community leaders and public relations experts are asking critical questions about what policing should look like in 21st… Read more »

Civic political engagement in the new digital era: Paris 24-7 June 2014

The grand international conferences attracting up to 1000 academics are highly prestigious, however the opportunities to find academics in a field, talk in-depth about approaches, concepts, methodologies, data and future ideas is constrained by the size and scale. Hence BU, led by CMC’s Associate Prof. Darren Lilleker, collaborated with Science-Po (Paris) and Sciencecomm (Audencia Nantes) to… Read more »

CMC senior lecturer writes for New Statesman

The New Statesman yesterday published an article by CMC’s Dr Heather Savigny, senior lecturer in politics, and Leeds Trinity University colleague Deidre O’Neill, associate principal lecturer in journalism,  about their research on the representation of women politicians in the British Press. The article, “It’s 2014 – yet media and politics is still a man’s game”, discusses… Read more »

Labour MP challenges Politics students to engage young voters

Visiting Fellow Bob Ainsworth Labour MP came down today to talk to Politics and Media students at Bournemouth University who are studying the EU Parliamentary elections, scheduled for the 22nd May. Mr Ainsworth set a task for five groups of first year students to develop an online campaign aimed at mobilising young voters in the… Read more »

Politics students attend talk by journalist John Sweeney

Wednesday, 12 February, students from across all courses of the Media School at BU gathered  to listen to a talk given by the eminent author and journalist, John Sweeney. Known most famously for his Panorama documentaries including his undercover investigation in North Korea and his investigations into The Church of Scientology, Sweeney has garnered much praise… Read more »

Who fills the library with all that stuff to read?

By Richard Scullion CMC Associate Dean So just what else do the academics in our group do beyond creating and delivering teaching and learning directly for for the more than 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students each year, developing assignments and offering feedback and marks for student work? Many people think that is pretty much what… Read more »