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).