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Rescue or report? The ethical and editorial dilemmas of crisis journalism

A new report by Petra Olsson, produced as part of the Polis Newsroom fellowship scheme with the Swedish news media foundation, Journalistfonden.

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Reporting Terror in a Networked World

A new report by Charlie Beckett looks at the problems facing journalism around terrorism: the increasing speed of the news cycle; new technologies and the limits on resources; the challenge of verification, definition, proportionality; and dealing with spin and propaganda.

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Media Agenda Talks

Every Autumn Polis invites media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our  Media Agenda Talk series taking place 5pm-6pm every Tuesday in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE.

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the 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,



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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Media Agenda Talks, Michaelmas Term 2016

Each year Polis 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. 

Full speaker list of the 2016 series here.


Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?
Ten years after the global banking collapse, is 2018 the year when Big Technology faces its own existential crisis? Charlie Beckett asks whether the digital giants are making the same mistakes as the bankers a decade ago. Ten years ago, not all financial institutions were the same or equally culpable, though the causes and impacts of that economic disaster were systematic, […]

2018 is a critical year for media policy, make sure you are part of the debate #LSEt3
Comedy and think-tanks have one thing in common: the secret to success is… wait for it… timing. So I am very excited by the fact that the LSE Media Policy Project with LSE’s journalism think-tank Polis are running an LSE Commission into Truth, Trust and Technology (T3) at the same time as politicians, news organisations, technology companies and a whole bunch […]

Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers?
Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are going to make it a lot harder. Social networks offer immense opportunities for reaching vast new audiences and increasing the engagement of users with journalism. The most important platform […]

Listen: What can be done about ‘Fake News’? An LSE podcast
‘Fake news’ has taken the world and especially America by storm, and is the subject of this episode of LSE’s The Ballpark podcast. In this episode, LSE’s US Centre interview Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone on what ‘fake news’ is and how  the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission will address it.