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Fake News vs Media Literacy: CEMP research event at Olympic Park, London

Media Literacy versus Fake News: Critical Thinking, Resilience and Civic Engagement 

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice are researching media literacy for resilience to fake news, funded by a grant from the US Embassy in London. Leading media literacy researchers from the US and UK will come together in London on 15-16 March with teachers, librarians, journalists, digital media producers and young people to tackle disinformation with media literacy.

At the London event, these key stakeholders in this crucial societal issue will listen to young people and share perspectives, working to a collective aim – a practical strategy for harnessing media literacy to develop young people’s resilience to ‘fake news’, with a focus on case studies from both the UK and the US.

A series of interactive workshops will culminate in the research team capturing the raw material for an online, open access toolkit for media literacy resilience.




Here East, Olympic Park, Loughborough University London

Speakers / workshop leaders:

David Buckingham
Monica Bulger
Paul Mihailidis
Roman Gerodimos
Karen Fowler-Watt
Julian McDougall

This project is funded by the US Embassy in London and led by CEMP at Bournemouth University with support from the UK Media Education Association.

CEMP Research News

An update from the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice….

CEMP is a research centre in FMC, supporting work that will be returned to the REF under unit of assessment 23 (Education). The centre has members from FMC, CEL and the wider University, PGR students and an active group of Visiting Fellows and Professors. Research leaders for our activity strands are Isabella Rega (Digital and Media Literacies), Mark Readman (Media Practice Education), Karen Fowler-Watt (Journalism Education) and Anna Feigenbaum (Civic Media). Debbie Holley and Julian McDougall co-lead UoA23 (Education) and Mark Readman is impact lead.

Since the last report, CEMP members Fiona Cownie and Sue Eccles have been promoted to Associate Professor and our UoA23 post doc fellow, Huiwen Zhao will soon be moving on to a new role. Congratulations, all richly deserved.

See CEMP People.


See CEMP publications.

Since the last report, CEMP members have published outputs in the following journals and books: Journal of Visual LiteracyInternational Journal of Child-Computer Interaction; International Forum of Psychoanalysis International Journal of Students as Partners, Media Practice and Education, Tourism Geographies, Handbook on Media Education Research; Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools; British Journal of Religious Education; Film, Religion and Youth; Practical Research Methods in Education; Practical Research Methods in Education, Nurse Education Today; The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy; Intergeracionalidade e o mundo digital: Propostas de atividades, Symposia Melitensia’ and the published proceedings of Future Technologies 2018; Breaking Barriers and Higher Education:Global Foundations, Issues and Best Practice (UNESCO IASAS).


Our guest edited editions of Cultura y Educación on ‘Digital Literacy, Fake News and Education and International Journal of Students as Partners on Third Space Partnerships are in production. Media Practice and Education issues 19.1 and 19.2 are published and 19.3 is in production. All three issues in volume 19 are special issues, on Disruptive Media, the MPE / MECCSA Media Practice symposium and the AHRC Film-Making Research network, respectively. In 2019, the journal will expand to four issues per year. The 2019 Media Practice and Education / MECCSA symposium will be held at the University of Kent in June.


Books by CEMP members will be published later this year / in early 2020 by Routledge: New Journalisms: Rethinking Theory, Practice and Pedagogy (Karen, co-editor with Stephen Jukes) The Uses of Media Literacy (Julian is co-author) and Media Studies: The Basics (Julian is co-author, with CEMP alumni Claire Pollard); and Palgrave: Fake News vs Media Studies; Travels on a False Binary (Julian). The first batch of titles will be published later this year for the Routledge Research in Media Literacy Education book series, co-edited by Julian and Pete Bennett, including Karen Fowler-Watt’s and a new book from CEMP Visiting Professor Paul Mihailidis.


See CEMP projects

Newly awarded – AHRC Leadership Fellowship Connect2Aspire: Cultural engagements and young people’s professional aspirations:  CEMP is the academic partner of the project, Isabella will be working on the project and Julian will be on the Advisory Board.

New bids have been submitted and results are pending from British Academy; Leverhulme Trust; Erasmus+; Nordic-UK research programme on Migration and Integration; NATO and Independent Social Research Foundation.   A new ARHC GCRF network bid is in development for the Education in Conflict and Crisis theme.

Ongoing projects with external funding – US Embassy (Fake News vs Media Literacy); AHRC (e-voices); GRCF (Children of the Revolution), Marie Curie Fellowship (MediaLitRefYouth).

UoA23 impact studies in development – Digital and Media Literacies (UKLA; UE Embassy, JISC and European Commission projects); Reflective coaching with digital portolios (FA / AFC Bournemouth); Media Literacy and Refugee Children (Marie Curie Fellowship).


We inducted our sixth cohort to the Ed D in Creative and Media Education in October. we now have close to fifty doctoral students on the programme. At the October residential,  keynotes were presented by Isabella Rega, Roman Gerodimos, Sarah Jones, Head of the Birmingham Media School and Jon Wardle, Director of the National Film and Television School. Three Ed D students completed since the last report – Emma Walters (external); Andrew Bissell (internal) and Richard Berry (external). Three more vivas will take place this academic year. Several of the publications listed above are from CEMP doctoral students.

CEMP’s new Professional Taught Doctorate in Media Practice will be going through development this academic year, led by Mark Readman.

Graham Mills, Head of the AFC Bournemouth Youth Academy, continues to work with BU for an M-Res project, aligning with our impact case study work with AFCB, developing from Visiting Fellow Jenny Moon’s work.



 The Media Education Summit took place at Hong Kong Baptist University in November. Keynote speeches and discussion panels were presented / led by Fergal Keane, Donna Chu, Sarah Jones, Hyeon-Seon Jeong and the D.A.R.E Collaborative at UCL.

This was the 12th Media Education Summit and the biggest MES so far, with 170 delegates from 27 countries attending. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, including invitations from prospective hosts in Asia, North America and central Europe for future years and several CEMP Ed-D enquiries have already been made by delegates from Hong Kong, China and Japan. Here are two examples:

 I would like to thank you once again for a wonderful time in Hong Kong. For me it was a learning experience like no other, an experience that i shall never forget.  (Doctoral student, Malta).

 First of all, thank you so much for producing such a lovely conference for 170 participants from 27 countries including me. I know how hard you have been working on the preparation and facilitation. Few people can do such matter. Take a sound rest and nice tea of Hong Kong, please. (Professor, Tokyo)

CEMP doctoral graduate Marketa Zezulkova teamed up with South Island School to run this year’s youth strand, concluding with the school students forming a ‘flipped panel’ to field questions from the academics. Marie Curie Fellow, Annamaria Neag, joined the conference team and presented her project to a large international audience. All the keynotes, the Youth MES video and Karen Fowler-Watt’s film with Fergal Keane are on the conference site.

We’ll be back in the UK (‘it’s coming home’) at the University of Leeds, in early 2020. The dates and call for papers will soon be circulated.

Since the last report, CEMP researchers have been invited to present keynotes, join invited panels and provided consultancy for Assistive Tech parliamentary event | Care Green Paper (Denyse King); NCTJ Journalism Skills conference  (Karen); International Conference of Education/ World Conference for Special Educational Needs Education Cambridge (Debbie Holley); Swiss National Science Foundation (Roman Gerodimos); Wonkfest, Ravensbourne University (Debbie Holley); HEPI policy breakfast panel (Debbie Holley); Media Education, Media Ecology, Media Literacy: Digital Media for the Future, National Research University, Moscow (Julian) and Promoting common values and inclusive education through cooperation between education institutions and civil society, European Commission, Zagreb (Julian).

The public event and stakeholder workshop for the US Embassy Fake News vs Media Literacy project are now open for registration.

Annamaria Neag was an invited speaker for the “Children and Media in a Culturally Diverse Society” discussion organised at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, where she joined CEMP doctoral graduate Marketa Zezulkova on a panel. She also gave an interview on media literacy and children for the Galician magazine Tempos Dixital.

Karen Fowler-Watt presented the BU-sponsored award for New Journalist of the Year to BuzzFeed’s Richard Holmes at the Press Gazette’s British Journalism Awards, at the De Vere Connaught Rooms in London. Karen was also a judge for this category of the awards. Her film with Fergal Keane was screened at MES and is online.

The e-voices project was presented to the Costa Rica Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Ministry of Justice in December, and is nominated for The Guardian Awards. A MoU is signed with Fundacion Parque La Libertad to expand eVoices Network activities in Costa Rica.

Phil Wilkinson is working with Southampton Children’s Hospital to teach young patients Digital Skills.

CEMP members are examining MPhil / PHDs at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa (Isabella) and UCL (Mark).



Article published from CEMP co-authoring scheme

Sue Sudbury, Xue Han, Charlie Mott and Julian McDougall’s article on the Hunger By the Sea co-creation project has been published in the International Journal of Students as Partners. 

This research was generated by the co-authoring scheme funded by CEMP and Uo23, led by Anna Feigenbaum. Sue and Julian committed to working together on this interdisciplinary reflection on a project which connected Sue’s award-winning approach to film as research with Julian’s work on student learning in ‘the third space’.

Hunger by the Sea: the film

Hunger by the Sea: the research output  

CEMP year end outputs

It’s been another ‘bumper year’ for research outputs from the CEMP team. Here’s just a few highlights from the summer period…

Samsung project article published in Learning, Media and Technology

New Routledge book – ‘Doing Theory on Education

Article with Sue Sudbury accepted for International Journal of Students as Partners, on Hunger by the Sea

International book series on Media Literacy Education Research with Routledge – CEMP are editing and BU authors are included

Special issue on Fake News and Media Education for Cultura Y Educacion

Special issue of International Journal of Students as Partners – Third Space Partnerships (with Visiting Fellow John Potter)

Bill Douglas Museum project completed and article under review with Journal of Visual Literacy

Two more books contracted for 2019 publication – 2nd issue of  (Routledge, with CEMP alumni Claire Pollard) and Fake News vs Media Studies (Julian McDougall, for Palgrave)

CEMP research for Samsung published in Learning, Media and Technology.

CEMP’s research into Digital Capabilities, funded by Samsung, has now been published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology.

 Julian McDougall, Mark Readman & Philip Wilkinson (2018): The uses of (digital) literacy, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2018.1462206

CEMP research published by Samsung

CEMP’s Digital Capability study has now been published by Samsung.

In 2015, Samsung funded a six-month research project on the Isle of Portland in Weymouth, exploring the
impact of technology on participants’ engagement with community services, schools and family learning.
We partnered with the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) at Bournemouth University.
The project has given us a rich set of findings on which to build further work, and we hope this summary will be
of help to schools, community organisations, policy makers, employers and even parents – anybody
who shares our interest in enabling communities to benefit from the power of digital technology.

Call for project proposals – T/REFF funding

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We are happy to announce this first TREFF call for proposals

TREFF (German word) – meeting point / coming together (thanks to Stephen Jukes!)

Two projects will be funded (£750 maximum each). One TREFF project will be funded in FMC by CEMP and one from UoA25 for non-FMC staff.

With the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework and the new version of REF, after the STERN report, ahead of us, we are keen to explore ways of working that converge pedagogic innovation with educational research in BU’s subject areas. Our view is that separating TEF and REF is problematic and that the STERN report and TEF together provide rich opportunities for higher education practitioners to align teaching excellence with impactful research.

Towards this, we are offering 2 small grants of £750 to fund T/REF pilot projects (TREFF).
The funding must be spent by the end of July 2017 and be supported by line manager(s), with the following outcomes:

An action research intervention that aims to make a significant difference to learning and teaching, related directly to the criteria for TEF;

The submission of a journal article reporting on the findings of the project and their significance for educational research (or a related field) outside of BU;

A presentation to faculty staff / CEL on how the project converged TEF and REF criteria (for unit of assessment 25 – Education)

More info on TEF:

FMC proposals should be submitted to both Isabella Rega and Julian McDougall

Non-FMC proposals should be submitted to both Debbie Holley and Julian McDougall


Proposals should be submitted by email, consisting of 2 elements:
A succinct proposal for the action research project, including the proposed outcomes (no more than 2 sides of A4)
A detailed expenditure plan for the funding – maximum £750.
Line manager support must also be confirmed at the point of application.

Deadline for proposals – Feb 28th 2017

Projects to be completed / funding spent by 31.7.17


UoA25 funding – call for new proposals

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The Centre for Excellence in Learning and the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice invite new applications for funding (up to £3000) to develop research outputs and impact and to enhance the research environment in relation to the Research Excellence Framework Unit of Assessment: Education.

Up to three proposals will be funded in this round.

This fund is exclusively to support the development of research and the generation of research impact in close alignment with BU’s UoA25 strategy, sub-themes and development spending plan. It is expected that recipients of funding will work towards submission to UoA25 in REF 2020. Staff applying for new funds, having been in receipt of UoA25 funding in 2015-16 will be subject to a review of outputs / impact generated from previous funding.

Funds can be used for the following kinds of activity:

  • Research output generation
  • New project development
  • Impact generation
  • Research events (hosting, arranging)
  • Data conversion

NB conference attendance should be funded through faculty QR budgets.

Applications – uoa25-funding-application-2016-17 – can be submitted up to January 13th 2017, and are particularly welcome from groups of staff with clear capacity-building objectives for UoA25.

PGR students will need to demonstrate that this funding is specifically for UoA25 related activity and cannot be covered by the standard PGR development funds.

Applications to: Brian McNulty, Research Development Co-ordinator, Faculty of Media & Communication –

Line manager or supervisor support is required for the level of commitment to the activities proposed.

All funds must be spent or committed by the end of July 2017.


CEMP books – ‘bumper crop’


November / December see the publication of several books authored / edited by CEMP researchers.

Doing Text: Media After the Subject (Julian McDougall, Auteur / Columbia University Press – with Pete Bennett)

Teaching and Learning on Screen: Mediated Pedagogies (Mark Readman, Palgrave MacMillan)

Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today (Julian McDougall, Routledge – with Pete Bennett)

Also forthcoming this academic year –

Digital Media, Culture and Education: Theorising Third Space Literacies (Julian McDougall, Palgrave MacMillan, with John Potter)

The Routledge International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (Julian McDougall, Routledge, with Belinha de Abreu, Alice Lee, Paul Mihaildis and Jad Melki)

Doing Theory on Education: Using Popular Culture to Explore Key Debates (Julian McDougall, Routledge, with Andy Cramp).

Digital Families project video

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CEMP’s project for Samsung is the subject of this video.

The Digital Families project aims to connect families with technology, enhancing digital capability in disadvantaged communities. In this video, we hear from the researchers, teachers, sponsors and families involved with this work, which is the subject of an impact case study for UoA25 at BU.