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Polis Lunchtime Talks

This term, Polis presents a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry. Join us on Wednesday lunchtimes from 28th January from 1pm.

More info here|.


2015 Polis Journalism Conference

Friday 27th March

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

Registration and more information here|.


The Stockwell Communications/ Polis Research Prize

This will be the second year that StockWell is hosting a student research prize with LSE Polis. The prize, worth £1,000 will be awarded for the best research proposal on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’. It is open to all post-graduate students studying at LSE in the 2014/15 academic year.

Deadline for submissions has closed and the winners will be announced in Spring 2015. Queries should be made by email to|


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 informationhere|.



 Polis Lunchtime Talks 2015

 This term, Polis presents a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry. Join us on Wednesday lunchtimes from 28th January from 1pm.

More info here.|





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.|


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|


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



What Capitalism isn’t and what it could be
This article is by LSE MSc student and Polis intern Pressiana Naydenova Reforming the religion of Economics Many of us do not question the current economic system because it requires effort to acquaint ourselves with the terminology behind which the biggest financial players hide their mistakes. Mistakes that often directly affect us. One of the more worrying elements of Eve […]

Snowden and Beyond (guest blog)
This article is by LSE researcher and PhD student Ruth Garland How should the citizen respond to the Snowden revelations? Those in the know have plenty to say and line up on both sides either for or against the need of the intelligence services to harvest huge amounts of personal data. The vast majority it seems, in Britain at least, feel […]

From ‘The Interview’ to Charlie Hebdo
This article  is by LSE MSc student and Polis intern Alex Forbess (@AForbess) At the heart of the global debate about the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been the question of whether there be limitations to what we say and publish, or if it is our “God-given” right to say and write whatever we want? LSE student Alex […]

Charlie Hebdo and the Other Within (guest blog)
This article by LSE Media and Communications Associate Professor Dr Bart Cammaerts A few days after the horror, brutalism and destruction there is a slowly growing some space for some degree of rationalization of what happened last week. I have two main observations to make here: first and inevitably, freedom of speech needs to be discussed and contextualized, second coinciding […]