1. To shout about it!
Not literally (well maybe sometimes)! The growing importance of psychology in understanding media is increasingly recognised in both industry and academia. We are passionate about raising awareness and busting some of the myths about what media psychology is and how it can contribute to understanding modern day life. It is much much more than the Psychology of Facebook and Twitter!
2. We run an MSc in Media Psychology
This September will see our MSc in Media Psychology run for its first time at the University of Salford in Greater Manchester. It is the first (and only for now) Masters degree in Media Psychology in the United Kingdom. The course will run from our campus at MediaCityUK so we will be right in the middle of all the action, emphasising what psychology has to offer in terms of enhancing and understanding media design, consumption and communication.
We anticipate that this blog will become an important medium of communication with students, and contribute to our aim of building relationships with media psychology students that continue beyond the duration of the course. Also, as part of their work, we will also encourage students to blog about media psychology and reflect on their personal journeys through the course too. Hopefully there will be a few guest posts from Media Psychology students later this year!
3. To be online
How can we ‘do’ media psychology without being online? Some of us blog individually and we use the various social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Having an online presence as a team of media psychologists enables us to reach a wider audience, connect with industries and communities, and discuss and debate current topics and emerging issues from a media psychological perspective. Our site gives us a platform to share what’s going on in Media Psychology and open up our teaching and research activities for comment and feedback. We also hope to find and create new opportunities to collaborate and work with others interested in media, psychology, or both.
4. Making a team
This is a beginning in a way. Collaborative online spaces such as a blog can offer a way to pull people together with similar goals and interests. We all have different perspectives and research interests relating to Media Psychology so we anticipate that our blog will provide a way for us to talk Media Psychology in all its richness and complexity in one place. We also hope to blog our journey as a team, keep track of what we’ve been up to, and document the progress and development of our MSc in Media Psychology.
5. To lead the way
With our location at MediaCityUK, the expertise of the team, and some considerable ambition, our goal is to establish Salford as a leading centre in Media Psychology training and research in the UK. Internationally, media psychology is on the up, being recognised as a branch of the American Psychological Association and the German Psychological Society. We want to put the University of Salford, and the UK on the map for Media Psychology. Aiming high as they say!
What’s next? We are really looking forward to building up our blog into a useful, interesting and inspiring place for those interested in Media Psychology to go. We hope you are looking forward to our posts and we’d love it if you said hello. We are also on twitter @ukmediapsych too.
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