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I am the academic lead on the Global Campus Network project with Ryreson University in Toronto which allows students to have an international experience working with partner instiutions to make live streamed television programmes.

The project is now in its fourth year and previous programmes have focused on sport and national identity, comedy around the world, the US Elections in 2016 and the Universaide Games.



Area of academic expertise - outline

Community engagement through journalism, the future of local newspapers and local media

Current Research Activities: writing a book chapter on Digital Fandom (football), working on research project with Shetland Times studying community engagement with press: local, youth and diaspora communities

Desired Research Direction: community engagement and the media, innovative teaching through community work and projects.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange: journalism and media communication, student-centred external projects, community engagement and HE

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Elizabeth has been a journalist for the past 30 years - spending the majority of this time as a local newspaper reporter and editor, working on various newspaper titles throughout the west of Scotland including the Glasgow Guardian and Irvine Times, and on national newspapers. She has covered numerous high-profile news stories and campaigns as well as running successful newsrooms during a period of major technological change within the industry.

She is academic lead on the award-winning St Mirren TV programme which allows students to gain broadcasting experience covering live football, which is now in its fourth season.

For the past 18 years she has successfully combined this career with lecturing in Journalism. She has also played an active role in the National Union of Journalists, and is a former chairwoman of the NUJ’s Scottish Council.

She completed an MSc in Political Communication at the University of Glasgow with a dissertation on the role of the Internet within the Scottish local newspaper sector and the rise of citizen journalism, two key areas in journalism research.

While Programme Leader for Sports Journalism she has led students reporting on a number of sports events including the 2011 Children’s International Games in Lanarkshire, the Scottish Junior Cup Final 2011 and the Scottish Grand National in 2011 at Ayr Racecourse, the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012 and has worked with the Host Broadcaster during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Research Output

Girls Do Sport: mainstreaming the space of transformative educational contexts in Scotland

McLaughlin, E. & Burnett, K., 1 Aug 2019, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 16, 2/3, p. 27-33 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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    Transnational digital fandom: club media, place and (networked) space

    McGillivray, D. & McLaughlin, E., 20 Aug 2018, Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance. Lawrence, S. & Crawford, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon: Routledge, 30 p. (Advances in Leisure Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The Quality of Discussion on the Economy in UK Political Blogs in 2008

    Robertson, J. W. & McLaughlin, E., Jan 2011, In : Parliamentary Affairs. 64, 1, p. 106-128

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Local newspapers and the Internet: can the new media re-connect communities?

    McLaughlin, E., 12 Sep 2008.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    The Herald Higher Education Awards 2016

    McLaughlin, Elizabeth (Recipient), 14 Jul 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

  • The Times Higher Education Awards2016 (shortlisted)

    McLaughlin, Elizabeth (Recipient), 24 Nov 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Activities

    • 5 Participation in conference
    • 2 Examination
    • 1 Membership of board

    UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

    Elizabeth McLaughlin (Chair)

    27 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    UWS Annual Teaching, Learning and Research Conference

    Kathryn Burnett (Participant), & Elizabeth McLaughlin (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    New research agendas for the study of sports media (re)presentation(s) of sportswomen and femininity

    Elizabeth McLaughlin (Invited speaker), & Kathryn Burnett (Invited speaker)

    12 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    UWS Sirens Netball Board (External organisation)

    Elizabeth McLaughlin (Member)

    1 Dec 20171 Dec 2021

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    UWS Learning and Teaching Conference

    Elizabeth McLaughlin (Participant)

    28 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference