Media Education Journal (MEJ)

Covers of first four MEJs
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Media Education Journal 63

MEJ 63 was published in June 2018. Articles include:

  • New Zealand perspective on media education (Geoff Lealand et al)
  • Teaching the role of the media in National 5 and Higher Media (Kirsty Brown)
  • A social semiotic analysis of the animation Persepolis (Rick Instrell)
  • Empire and moral regeneration in Skyfall (Sameer Ahmed)
  • Film as a medium for learning (Victor Lane)
  • Renée Houston and film (Miranda Brooke)

As well there is the usual extensive reviews section.

Media Education Journal 62

MEJ 62 was published in December 2017. Articles include:

  • Documentaries of Adam Curtis (Bitter Lake et al) (Julie Laing)
  • Semiotics (Colin McArthur)
  • Persepolis: the Graphic Novel (Rick Instrell)
  • Ken Loach films (Roy Stafford)
  • Gaelic Scotland and Post-colonialism (Colin McArthur)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (Kyle Barrett)
  • Peter Pan (Tina Stockman)

As well there is the usual extensive reviews section.

Media Education Journal 61

MEJ 61 was published in June 2017. Articles include:

  • Fake News (Alex Law)
  • Storyboarding (David Griffith)
  • Understanding Comics (Rick Instrell)
  • Arrival (Roy Stafford)
  • Strictly Brexit (Tina Stockman)
  • Pedagogy of Serial Narrative (Jeff Chown)
  • Disney Princesses: Dream Big? (Wendy Elrick)

As well there is the usual extensive reviews section.

MEJ 60

MEJ 60 was published in December 2016. Articles include:

  • Barthesian analysis of Carry on Up the Khyber (Colin McArthur)
  • BBC Charter renewal (David Hutchison)
  • Monarchy, Media and Power in the Age of Brexit (Neil Blain)
  • Gender and Agency in Breaking Bad (Hazel Work)
  • Teaching Journalists about the Refugee Crisis (Emma Briant)
  • Big Bang Theory (Tina Stockman)
  • Role of Emotion in Early Movie-Watching (Cary Bazalgette)
  • 1984 and films influenced by Orwell’s novel (Keith Withall)
  • Feminism and Media Studies (Karen Boyle)
  • How Hi-tech Media changed our Lives, Work and Education (Douglas Allen)

As well as the usual extensive reviews section, including review articles Understanding Realism by Colin McArthur, New Creative Industries by Julie Laing and Propaganda by Alex Law.

MEJ 59

MEJ 59 was published in June 2016. It contains articles on Jessica Jones, Dr Strangelove, Scottish cinema, Raidió Teilifís Éireann's commemoration of the 1916 Easter rising, an interview with Utopia producer Chris Robb, an extended review of Jason Mittell's Complex TV and further reviews of 12 books.

MEJ 58

MEJ 58 was published in December 2015. contains articles on the Framework for Film Education for Europe: Screening Literacy by its main author, Mark Reid of the BFI. There are also articles on teaching SQA Media, teaching media in lower secondary 1-3, Islamophobia, The Hunger Games and The Deer Hunter. There is also a substantial reviews section covering: film and television; primary media literacy resources; Asian and Hollywood cinema. Colin McArthur probably breaks an MEJ record by having three contributions: an article on structuralism and Lonely are the Brave; plus two reviews. In these Colin draws on his deep knowledge of, and participation in, the early years of film studies and film schools. Douglas Allen also reviews Jonathan Murray’s The New Scottish Cinema and the Directory of World Cinema: Scotland.

MEJ 57

MEJ 57 was published in June 2015 and includes articles on Notting Hill, Netflix House of Cards, Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Minnelli’s Madame Bovary, media coverage of the Scottish referendum campaign and how to teach video games as texts. There is also an article on the use of visualizations in teaching media. Two versions of the visualizations are available below:

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Back copies of MEJ

Extra copies of the MEJ 62 and 63 are available at £12.00 per copy. We also have back copies of earlier issues for £5.00 per copy including postage (£6.00 for overseas including postage). (Members can download these for free – see resources page). Contact the editor, Des Murphy.


Write for MEJ!

A function of the Journal is to provide material which teachers can take directly into the classroom and combine theoretical insights with sound pedagogical practice, and a focus on particular media texts and how they can be exploited in the classroom will remain a key feature of the MEJ. Articles are invited from media teachers and those involved in media education or who work in the media. Articles usually fall within the 2,000 – 5,000 words range. If you have an article you would like to submit, or an idea for an article you would like to discuss, contact the editor. It is helpful if you can supply production stills, frame enlargements, stills from a TV monitor, or other visual material. Likewise, book reviewers are required. Reviews are usually in the 500 – 1000 words range. Please send a brief bio, no more than 60 words. To contact the editor, email Des Murphy.


History of MEJ

The Media Education Journal is the journal of The Association for Media Education in Scotland. It is one of the oldest media education publications in the world and has appeared twice a year since 1984. Its aims were and remain: “to encourage and inform debate around questions of theory, practice and teaching strategy for media education” (from the inaugural edition of the AMES Journal, renamed The Media Education Journal from its third number in 1985).

Media Studies is perhaps unique in the Scottish Education system in that there is still – despite the much greater availability of media courses at higher education - only a minority of teachers who have studied the subject at university and fewer who have a formal teaching qualification. Media teachers, therefore, are frequently self-taught. The MEJ, by its focus on theoretical articles, attempts to provide those teachers with intellectual tools to underpin their teaching as well as providing qualified and experienced teachers with current developments at the cutting edge of media theory. To that end we have frequently produced editions of the MEJ in partnership with higher education institutions, first of all in Scotland, subsequently further afield.