At last its time to re-launch CST Online.
Things move fast in the online world. While the old site did its job, long have I yearned for a slick, clean looking site.
That day has now come.
This long overdue overhaul is thanks to the support of Royal Holloway, University of London, and I give grateful thanks to Prof John Ellis and the School of Media Arts for finding the necessary sponsorship money to allow this re-design. No mean feat in these cash-strapped times.
As usual the site design and hosting is supplied by mediacitizens who have graciously reduced their fees to enable the redesign and administrative support for the next two years.
Some of the features from the old site have been brought up to date. We are retaining David Lavery’s column Telegenic, with his insightful and humorous look at all things televisual. In Primetime stays and so do the regularly updated sections – Calls For Papers, upcoming conferences, workshops and study days (listed monthly), postgraduate funding the (very) occasional job vacancy and my favourite TV story of the week (or sometimes day) complete with moving pictures.
New additions? Our Guest Blog (to which everyone is cordially invited to contribute) with Prof John Ellis taking the helm for the first few months, writing from his chilly garret in Philadelphia giving us a British TV scholar’s take on American TV.
Another new addition is the CST blog. A shameless excuse for CST-ers to share their opinions on television shows, television studies, or anything else televisual that takes their fancy. This first blog is being written by Dr Janet McCabe, in her chilly London garret, while editing the hard copy journal.
Lists are still being uploaded to the new site. TV Courses will be added over the next few weeks and months. Links checked and new lists added. TV Journals, Useful Sites and TV Archives will all gradually come over to the new site. But, all of this will take time and until we manage to build the new site completely the old one will remain and can still be accessed HERE.
This is a worrying time in academia. With cuts evermore swingeing and the Arts and Humanities increasingly under the cosh, television studies is hanging on. I hope that CST Online will remain central to the TV studies community not only in Europe but globally. Please feel free to post comments and suggestions. We welcome original writing. We want input. We are committed to representing your voices, providing a critical hub for research and information and a website that will continue to grow and expand into the future.
Thank you for continuing to support CST Online.
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