David Buckingham

From Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy

Vol 52, No 3. Published Summer 2005

David Buckingham Receives The Jessie McCanse Award For Individual Contribution to Media Literacy for 2005

David Buckingham, visionary British educator, prolific author and researcher, a leading authority in the field of media education, is the 2005 recipient of the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to media literacy.

Dr. Buckingham is professor of Education at the Institute of Education, London University, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media. David has a world reputation for his rigorous and wide-ranging research, to which he brings an unique respect toward children’s knowledge, perspective, and use of the media. Known for his passionate advocacy for children, their voices and visions, he pioneered the development of classroom based research in media education in the UK, and has played a major role in the application of cultural studies to analyzing children’s media culture and learning.

The depth of David Buckingham’s contribution can be seen in the number and diversity of his publications, research projects, and teaching activities that bear his name. He has directed major funded projects on media education, and on children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media. He is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books, including Children Talking Television (Falmer 1993), Moving Images (Manchester University Press 1996), The Making of Citizens (Routledge 2000), After the Death of Childhood (Polity 2000) and Media Education (Polity 2003). His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and he has taught and addressed conferences in more than 25 countries around the world. He is currently directing research projects on young people’s engagement with video games; informal learning and creativity in media education; the uses of digital media by migrant/refugee children across Europe; and young people’s responses to sexual content in the media.

At the pinnacle of his creative energies, David’s seminal contributions to the field of media literacy will no doubt flourish and continue for
years to come.