Professor Charlie Beckett

Director of  Polis|, Head of Department

Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the think-tank for research and debate in to international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department. POLIS runs a series of public lectures and seminars for journalists and the public as well as a programme of Fellowships and Research. It has a Summer School and holds conferences and publishes reports.

As well as being spokesperson for POLIS, Charlie Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media.

Charlie Beckett is the author of 'SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World' (Blackwell, 2008) and 'WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era' (Polity, 2012).

Before POLIS, Charlie Beckett was a programme editor at ITN's Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.

Charlie Beckett was a senior producer and programme editor at BBC News and Current affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programmes at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC's 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson. He started his career on local newspapers in his native South London before starting in TV at LWT.

He is a trustee of the Institute of Development Studies, Article 19 and the Media Society.

His blog is at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/|

He is on Twitter as @CharlieBeckett|

Research interests

Charlie Beckett and POLIS have four core interests:

  • The Future of News - social media, Networked Journalism, e-democracy, online business models, the internet and political reporting.
  • International Journalism - media and development, Africa, Middle East Media, freedom of expression, international journalism and politics.
  • Media and politics, democracy, civil society in the UK and internationally. Media and political campaigning and communication.
  • Financial journalism, reporting markets and economic issues.

Publications

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  • Labour lost, newspaper coverage of the 2010 general election
    Beckett, Charlie (2010) Labour lost, newspaper coverage of the 2010 general election. In: Kavanagh, Dennis and Cowley, Philip, (eds.) The British General Election of 2010. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230521896
  • Labour no more: the press
    Scammell, Margaret and Beckett, Charlie (2010) Labour no more: the press. In: Kavanagh, Dennis and Cowley, Philip, (eds.) The British General Election of 2010. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK, pp. 280-305. ISBN 9780230521902

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