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2015 Polis Journalism Conference

Friday 27th March

This year's conference will be on Journalism and Elections. 

Registration and more information here|.

 

 

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Executive Summer School: Managing Modern Media

This intensive three-day course will provide executives with a higher level understanding of the impact of modern media on global organisations and society. Find out more|

 
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The Stockwell Communications/ Polis Research Prize

We are delighted to announce Laya Maheshwari as the winner of the StockWell Communications Polis Research Prize 2015. The award went to the best research proposal by an LSE post-graduate student on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’.

Visit our blog to read more about the winning proposal|.

 

 

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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2015 Polis Journalism Conference

Friday 27th March

This year's conference will be on Journalism and Elections. 

Registration and more information here|.

 

 
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Polis Lunchtime Talks - Lent Term 2015

During the Lent term, Polis presented a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry.

For more information and to listen to podcasts of these talks, click here|.

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

Challenge yourself: from PositionDial self-discovery to Election engagement
This article is written by Mariam Cook, founder of PositionDial. She was a speaker at Polis 2014 and also gave a Lunchtime Talk in Michaelmas 2014, a student review of which can be seen here. PositionDial is a new way of working out your political position, keeping up to date with news and views from all sides, and seeing who […]

Election Watch: Media Notes on #GE2015
Real News Disrupts Election Campaign Shock! The Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear episode reminds us that ‘real’ news stories will disrupt the plans of political journalists as well as party communications officials during an election campaign.   We think of the 2010 campaign as being dominated by the TV Elections debates but other non-political stories often led bulletins and front pages: the […]

Online media in Africa: a new powerful public sphere to counter stereotypes
LSE MSc student Anaelle Azoulay shares her reflections on Sean Jacobs’s Public Lecture ‘Shifting African Digital Landscapes’ on 17th March 2015 (chaired by Dr Wendy Willems). Remember Kony 2012? A short film launched by Invisible Children that went viral by trying to expose Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and get him arrested. While the intention was laudable, the campaign came […]

Announcing the Polis Photography Competition 2015: ‘Political News’
We are now welcoming entries to our 2015 Polis Photography Competition, for interpretations on the theme ‘Political News’. We encourage students to interpret the theme in imaginative ways and will be judging on both aesthetic merits and the inventiveness of interpretation. The competition is open to all current LSE students, we will accept submissions of a maximum of two photographs per person. The winner will […]

 

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