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Media conference attracts international speakers

08 January 2008

Journalists and academics from around the world are gathering in Wales for the annual Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association’s conference hosted by Cardiff University.

Organised by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, the conference starts on 9 January 2008 and will address topics such as the media and terrorism; online social networks and impartiality in journalism.

Guardian columnist and environmental activist George Monbiot is one of the guest speakers who will present a paper at the conference. Other speakers over the three day event include Toby Millar from the University of California and journalist and broadcaster Ian Hargreaves, as well as a range of delegates from media, communications and cultural studies spheres.

Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Professor Justin Lewis said: "The School is very pleased to host this years Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association conference. A lot of work has gone into the preparations for the three day event and we have a fantastic range of influential speakers attending. Over 100 papers will be presented at the conference, many of which will provoke thought and debate on a wide range of issues central to the media."

Alongside the sessions, the School will be showing a number of screenings, including a looped version of Digital Stories - a unique television and online programme produced in conjunction with BBC Wales. Delegates will also visit two of Wales’ most iconic buildings - the Senedd and the Wales Millennium Centre.

The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) represents those who teach and research in media, communications and cultural studies in Higher Education. The conference will run from 9-11 January 2008.


Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has research and teaching interests in journalism and other contemporary media including, international media, media technologies, media and development, film, popular music, radio, television, photojournalism, magazine journalism and public and media relations.
The School houses the Centre for Journalism Studies, founded by Sir Tom Hopkinson in 1970, and the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research, founded in 1996. The Centre for Journalism Studies offers the highly acclaimed Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies, which prepares new graduates for a career in journalism or public and media relations. Students can chose to specialise in broadcast, magazines, newspaper, photojournalism or public and media relations. The course is recognised by industry’s accrediting and standard setting bodies, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Periodicals Training Council, the National Council for the Training of Broadcast Journalists and the Institute of Public Relations.
Media research is supported by the Tom Hopkinson Research Centre. Areas of research expertise include: visual culture, popular journalism and democracy; media and national/regional identities; media histories; media and gender and ethnic representations; media and children; and international journalism.

2. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.
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