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Steve Rayson
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MSc Student studying political communication at London School of Economics
MSc Student studying political communication at London School of Economics

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Diary of a Mature MSc Student - Week 10
The temperature dropped to a few degrees this morning and Christmas lights are springing up across London. The Xmas break has loomed large on my horizon as I have been determined to get my coursework completed before we finish term. My three summative essay...
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Political Podcasts: A Growing Form of Political Journalism?
I have previously assumed that it is only political nerds like me that listen to political podcasts . However, last week the most downloaded podcast in the UK for two days in a row was a political podcast: Dial M for Mueller . In the US the New York Times D...
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Diary of a Mature MSc Student - Week 8
When the tutor says bring a calculator with a square root function, you know that the class is going to involve more math than you desire. This week we covered Z statistics which was more fun than it sounds. It was the first time I really had to get out my ...
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Diary of a Mature MSc Student - Week 7
It was easy to get a space in the student refectory at lunchtime this week. It is normally busy and bustling with students but this week was reading week. One of our tutors had earlier opined that LSE really stood for 'Let's See Europe' and that seems to be...
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Post-Truth: Useful Concept or Revenge of the Establishment?
This week I have been researching and writing an essay on truth and journalism. On of the things I have reflected on is the concept of Post-Truth. In the last two years alone over 25 books have been published with "Post-Truth" in the title. I should add I h...
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Diary of a Mature MSc Student - Week 6 Humiliation
This week my daughter set a very high benchmark for my academic studies. She received a grade of 88% for her MSc dissertation. By contrast my work was used as an example of how not to write an essay. These last two weeks have suddenly become very busy tryin...
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National Populism: My Notes On A Talk By Matthew Goodwin
Emmanuel Macron's current approval rating is 24%, by contrast Matteo Salvini's approval rating in Italy is 60%.  Across Europe we are seeing the rise of national populists. It was therefore interesting to listen to Matthew Goodwin this week, discussing his ...
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Brexit Identity Trumps Party Identity
The latest report from NatCen  shows that people are more likely to identify with Leave or Remain then with a political party. Seventy seven per cent of people in the NatCen survey felt they identified either very strongly or fairly strongly with a Brexit i...
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Diary of a Mature MSc Student - Week 4
This week were studying ethnographic research. This is where researchers immerse themselves in the lives of the people they are studying,with a view to describing their culture and habits. These studies generally take some time to complete. As I studied the...
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The Contrasting Fortunes of Print and Online Media
The latest September 2018 UK newspaper circulations figures highlight the continued decline of print media. The ten year figures from the UK  Audit Bureau of Circulations  are shown below. This may be bad news for those involved in printing and distribution...
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