Media for democracy: Journalism and elections in times of disinformation

On 3 May 2019, Loughborough University London in partnership with Chevening are hosting an event on the theme of 'Media for democracy: Journalism and elections in times of disinformation'.

Coinciding with UNESCO's 26th World Press Freedom Day, this event will unpack the complexities of protecting media freedom in an era where 'fake news' is a lucrative and inflammatory business. 

The expert panellists will examine the roles and responsibilities of different groups, including individuals and multinational corporations, in combatting disinformation and preserving an independent, reliable press.

There will be a welcome speech by Professor David Deacon, Dean of Loughborough University London and a keynote speech by Professor David Buckingham FBA, Emeritus Professor of Communications and Media Studies, Loughborough University. 

This event will be followed by networking and the chance for Chevening scholars to share their own experiences and views on the importance of press freedom.

This event will be followed by networking and the chance for Chevening scholars to share their own experiences and views on the importance of press freedom.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.