How populism interfered with science communication during Covid – new study
“I don’t wear masks like him,” said Donald Trump of presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200ft away from them, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
Loughborough ranked number 1 for Media and Communication in Complete University Guide
Loughborough has been ranked 1st in the UK for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide 2024. Communication and Media at Loughborough has also been ranked 1st for graduate prospects and 2nd for research quality as part of the guide.
Celebrating 10 years in the QS global top 100 for Communication and Media Studies
Loughborough has been ranked in the top 100 worldwide universities and 9th in the UK for Communication and Media Studies by the global QS higher education league table. 2023 marks the tenth consecutive year Communication and Media Studies has appeared in the top 100.
New year resolutions: why your brain isn’t wired to stick to them – and what to do instead
New year, new resolutions. It is that time once again. A recent survey shows that almost 58% of the UK population intended to make a new year’s resolution in 2023, which is approximately 30 million adults. More than a quarter of these resolutions will be about making more money, personal improvement and losing weight.
Going home for the holidays? How to navigate conflict and deal with difficult people
The holiday season is upon us and for many that means all the tension that comes with it. This time of year can be a minefield of uncomfortable moments, disagreement and outright conflict. It’s no wonder many young people are apprehensive about returning home for the holidays after living far away.
Dreading seeing COVID conspiracy-spreading relatives this Christmas? Here’s why you may have ignored their misinformation in the family group chat all year
Christmas is just around the corner and though it’s time to enjoy the family coming together, you may be dreading seeing that one relative that can’t help but bring up COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
Procrastination: the cognitive biases that enable it – and why it’s sometimes useful
Are you procrastinating? I am. I have been delaying writing this article for the last few days even though I knew I had a deadline. I have scrolled through social media, and I have gone down a rabbit hole looking up houses on Rightmove – even though I do not need a new house.
Emotional labour: what it is – and why it falls to women in the workplace and at home
Have you ever been asked to make a cup of tea for your colleagues in the workplace? A recent survey commissioned by Samsung of around 2,000 employees in the UK showed that this is about three times more likely to happen to you if you are a woman.
Hospice licenses training resources developed by Loughborough academics that teach healthcare workers how to engage people in end-of-life talk
Communication training resources that teach healthcare and social care practitioners how to engage people in end-of-life talk will help even more patients and their family members, thanks to a new licensing deal.
Not calling out friends’ and family’s COVID-19 vaccine falsehoods on WhatsApp can further the spread of misinformation – here’s why we don’t correct them
When people see COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on online personal messaging platforms and don’t speak up, this can boost the legitimacy of false claims and further their spread. So why don’t we correct our peers?
School of Social Sciences and Humanities academics awarded grant for research project on Pandemic Communication in times of Populism
Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis, Sabina Mihelj, and Senior Lecturer Dr Vaclav Stetka have been awarded an ESRC/Transatlantic Partnership grant, worth c. £700,000, to conduct a project entitled ‘Pandemic Communication in Times of Populism: Building Resilient Media and Ensuring Effective Pandemic Communication in Divided Societies’.
COVID misinformation is a health risk – tech companies need to remove harmful content not tweak their algorithms
Many worldwide have now caught COVID. But during the pandemic many more are likely to have encountered something else that’s been spreading virally: misinformation. False information has plagued the COVID response, erroneously convincing people that the virus isn’t harmful, of the merits of various ineffective treatments, or of false dangers associated with vaccines.
The Illiberal Turn project launches recommendations for journalists and policy makers
Building on original empirical evidence collected across the period of two years in four Central and Eastern European countries, The Illiberal Turn project is launching a report with practical recommendations for the development of media policies and journalistic practices with a potential to alleviate the negative consequences of polarization and populism currently observed both within and beyond the region.
Why COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy should fall as more people get the jab
Did you book your NHS COVID-19 vaccination on the phone? If you did, the first thing you heard was this automated message: “Thank you for your call. We are pleased so many people have responded to their invitations to get a COVID vaccination.”
Arguing with the people you love? How to have a healthy family dispute
Dr Jessica Robles, who is based in Communication and Media at Loughborough, and whose research involves discourse analysis of language and social interaction, has published an article on The Conversation about how to have a healthy family dispute.
New study shows how online endorsement could help address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
A third of the UK adult population intend to use social media and personal messaging to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a new, large scale, multi-university study involving Loughborough researchers has found.
Loughborough expert working with journalists to improve the quality of US Election coverage
The upcoming US Presidential election poses unprecedented challenges to journalists in the States and around the globe. To help ensure quality coverage, more than 60 experts in journalism, political communication and political science have come together to produce a white paper that aims to help newsrooms cover the election with evidence-based best practices.
Coronavirus reveals how important the nation is to our daily lives
The coronavirus pandemic cuts across borders, cultures and political systems. As the virus spread across the planet, global institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) called for worldwide solidarity, arguing that “we’re all in this together and we can only stop it together”.
Research to explore how AI and voice technologies help people with disabilities live independently
A group of academics from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University have been awarded funding to examine how AI-voice-based technologies, such as the Amazon Echo, help people with disabilities live independently and explore how they may shape the future of social care.
‘Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe’ exhibition opens in Los Angeles, USA by University professors
In late June 2019, Professor Sabina Mihelj and Professor Susan Reid, travelled to Los Angeles to participate in the opening of the ‘Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe’ exhibition at the Wende Museum.
New O3C Survey Report: News Sharing on UK Social Media: Misinformation, Disinformation & Correction
Very little is known about the motivations that drive people to share political news on social media and how these might be contributing to changes in our online civic culture. If we can learn more about the things people try to achieve when they share news online—and the extent to which these motivations might reinforce or undermine the distribution of false or misleading information—liberal democracies can start to think about how they can reduce important online harms.
Dr Vaclav Stetka & Prof Sabina Mihelj awarded new ESRC research grant to study polarisation and news consumption in Central & Eastern Europe
Dr Vaclav Stetka (PI) and Professor Sabina Mihelj (Co-I) have been awarded an ESRC standard research grant for a project titled "The Illiberal Turn? News Consumption, Political Polarisation and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe" (£817,000).