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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.


What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?
Quality is the key word for journalism right now, but it can mean nothing. At a recent Google Newsgeist conference in Lisbon of 150+ journalism and tech people it threaded its way through the conversations about how ‘good’ journalism can survive and thrive in an age of misinformation, competition and distraction. Here’s some thoughts sparked by that gathering. Most of […]

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?
This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in Inpublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers change the balance of power between the tech giants and the content creators? Recent years have been tough on publishers as the […]

The Recipe for Cutting Edge Global News: LSE students visit Al Jazeera
This article is by LSE MSc student Séverine Guex “Giving a voice to the voiceless,” this is the well-known mission of the news channel Al Jazeera. Launched twenty-two years ago in Qatar, Al Jazeera Arabic was the first independent news channel in the Arab world. Aiming to provide comprehensive news and live debate, the channel now reaches more than 270 […]

Imagine your audience: new research on thinking about user identity
Knowing your audience is vital for newsrooms whatever their business model. With limited resources and massive competition, it can be useful to know how to shape your journalism to engage with the consumers. But as this recent research shows, many journalists do not view all ‘users’ as the same. Max Hänska from De Montfort University explains. Does media reflect or shape […]