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Telling
Human Story- A Polis Film

Directed by LSE student Joelle Eid, this short film tells the story of journalists in Lebanon and their experiences of covering the refugee crisis. Featuring Guardian correspondent Kareem Shaheen,

WATCH THE FILM

 
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Polis Conference: Journalism & Crisis

You can watch videos of the main sessions from this conference which took place on 21st April 2016 at LSE.

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Polis Events

We're continuing in the new year with even more exciting speakers and events at Polis. Check out the upcoming events below, and see an entire list of Polis events on the Events section of our website.  

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News Impact Summit

12 May 2016 at LSE

A one-day conference looking at the theme of TROLLS, CORRUPTION, FALSEHOOD: REPORTING 'TRUTH' IN THE DIGITAL AGE

More information

 

 
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Media Agenda Talks, Michaelmas Term 2015

Each yearPolis invites a dozen media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our yearly Media Agenda Talk series of public lectures, free and open to all and relevant to all students taking MC408. Each speaker will be connected to the theme of the MC408 lecture that week.

Full speaker list here.

 
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High Aims, Low Blows: Hostie Campaigning in the Corporate Sector

This report by LSE student and journalist Laya Maheshwari looks at examples of hostile campaigning in the corporate sector and applies behavioural science theories to analyse these.

Download the report

 
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Robot News: Responses to Data Driven news production

This report is the outcome of a workshop held on 24/2/16 at LSE with participants from a range of organisations including Financial Times, The Times, Reuters Institute, BBC, Storyful, The Guardian, Global Editors Network, CUNY and Paris Est University.  Hosted by Dr Alison Powell, Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the MSc in Media and Communication (Data & Society) and Prof Charlie Beckett.

Download the report 

 
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'Childrens' News: How can it survive the digital era?'

This report by Norwegian journalist Kristin Granbo looks at how the way we report news for children is changing.

Download the report here

 
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Back to the Futuure: Email Newsletters as a Digital Channel for Journalism

This report by Swedish journalist Charlotte Fagerlund looks at how the humble email newsletter is making a comeback.  As the digital ecology evolves it sometimes pays to go back to basics and adapt relatively old ideas for new times.

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The Death of Source Protection?: Protecting journalists’ sources in a post-Snowden age

This report by Carl Fridh Kleberg was a result of the Polis/ Journalistfonden Fellowship at LSE. It lays out some of the threats to journalists’ data and sources and presents a range of practical tools to overcome them.

Download the report here

More Information

 
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Mobile Opportunities: Exploring positive mobile media opportunities for European children

This report by Jane Vincent looks at the transformation in the digital lives of children and the potentially positive online experiences that mobile devices present them. What can the mobile internet offer children and young people?

The report draws on research projects EU Kids Online led by LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone and Net Children Go Mobile

 

 
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As it Happens: How live news blogs work and their future

Our new report is on the uses of live blogging and its impact on journalism.  As a novel format, live blogging has created new opportunities and challenges for reporters and it is considered one of the successes of digital journalism.

Journalistfonden Research Fellow Karin O’Mahony discusses the different ways live blogs have been used so far, and how they have affected news writing, drawing on interviews with journalists and experts, as well as case studies from the Guardian and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

In the report, O’Mahony addresses the following questions: Does live blogging give us more diverse, well-sourced, deeper, more participatory, interactive, accurate, accessible journalism?

Does the format offer any promising prospects for the future or is it merely a passing trend – and what are the challenges for journalists and media companies who work with them?

The report is available to download here.

 
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Egyptian Media Under Transition: In the name of the regime... In the name of the people?

A new Polis research report by Fatima El Issawi shows that Egyptian mainstream media is struggling to adapt to life after the revolution. Based on extensive interviews with journalists, it charts the battle for control of the news media. It outlines the editorial and ethical challenges facing journalists and the growth of new trends such as the highly influential talk TV shows that are both popularising and distorting political debate.

The report gives a detailed account of the historical and legislative background to the crisis in Egyptian newspapers and TV journalism today.

Read the report in full here

 
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Kenya's tech community will not save journalism - Networked News Lab Briefing Note

New digital communication technologies, in the  hands of creative and enterprising individuals, will help to make news media more plural and democratic. Or so the optimists would have us believe. But why is this not happening in Kenya, which is home to so many initiatives using the power of information and communication technologies to promote development? This briefing describes three reasons that the ICT4D community has so little influence on journalism in Kenya - and three ways that this can change.

Click here for the full report.

By Nicholas Benequista, PhD Student at the Department of Media and Communications

 

 

Listen: Polis Summer School Podcasts
This June, Polis hosted speakers from across the media to talk about their insights in to topics including new trends, positive news, investigative reporting and reporting humanitarian crises. Jodie Jackson from the Constructive Journalism Project on her insights into the psychological benefits of consuming more ‘constructive’ news. http://media.rawvoice.com/lse_polis/richmedia.lse.ac.uk/polis/20160630_polisSummerSchool_JodieJackson.mp3 Kieran Yates– Freelance Journalist and Editor on her route into journalism through unconventional […]

Quizzes and Polls – Is this trend in journalism here to stay?
By Summer School student Yunfei Cheng on a talk by Telegraph Trending Journalist Helena Horton In the context of ever-shifting digital tools and trends, journalists need to adapt their content and formats to attract larger audiences and increase online traffic. For Helena Horton, Trending Journalist at The Telegraph, one example of innovation comes in the form of online quizzes or polls […]

Was the BBC biased over Brexit?
I am a constant critic of the BBC* but I find myself as a genuinely puzzled defender of their EU referendum coverage. The accusation from Remain supporters** is that the BBC should have abandoned its statutory requirement for balance/impartiality and said clearly that the Leave campaigns was a pack of lies and that sensible people should vote Remain. There are […]

Deliberation, distortion and dystopia: the news media and the referendum
The EU referendum was a classic test of the concept of media framing of deliberation. Yet, it perhaps ended up demonstrating that it is politicians and the public who set the agenda and that the news media has short-term, shallow but significant effects. No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help […]

 

 

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