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StockWell Communications and POLIS Launch Research Prize|

Polis is pleased to announce a new student research prize in conjunction with StockWell Communications|, a leading London-based strategic communications firm.

The Polis/StockWell Communications Research Prize, worth £1000, will be awarded for the best research proposal on the topic of 'Corporate Reputation, Media and Society'.

The research prize will be open to any LSE post-grad student, who must submit a 500-1000 word proposal on the topic. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity for a paid internship with StockWell during which they will develop their proposal into a final research paper to be published by both Polis and StockWell.

Further details, including the judging panel, dates and deadlines can be found on the 'Scholarships|' section of our website, as well as the StockWell website|.

 
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Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last?|

Polis fellow Fatima el Issawi delves into the post-Gaddafi Libyan media sector in this report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Despite the re-opened media sector and the liberation of journalists, the reality in Libya is an industry that has fallen prey to the country's tumultuous situation and is  still far from free. 

Fatima discusses in detail both the problems and the required changes to allow for a truly objective media system in Libya in the full report, Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last|.

 

 

 

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.  

Follow us on Facebook|, Twitter|, or join the Polis mailing list| for regular events updates.

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RECAP: Polis Journalism Conference|

This year's Polis Journalism Conference| was a huge success! The house was packed and the sessions were filled with lively debates on hot topics in trust and the media.

If you weren't lucky enough to be able to attend on April 5th, we have video and audio recordings, as well as reflective comment on the day's sessions.

Reports, blog posts and commentary on many of the sessions can be found on the Polis blog.|

All recorded audio and video sessions can be found on the LSE website| and on the LSE YouTube Channel|. BBC seesions can be found on the BBC College of Journalism's YouTube channel.|

Take a look at our Facebook page| for photos from the day's events.

Lastly, check out the schedule| from April 5th's conference, as well as speaker biographies|. Thank you to all speakers, participants and volunteers for making the day such a success. Until next year!

 

 

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Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last?|

Polis fellow Fatima el Issawi delves into the post-Gaddafi Libyan media sector in this report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Despite the re-opened media sector and the liberation of journalists, the reality in Libya is an industry that has fallen prey to the country's tumultuous situation and is  still far from free. 

Fatima discusses in detail both the problems and the required changes to allow for a truly objective media system in Libya in the full report, Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last|.  

 
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 Report: What Good is Twitter?|

EBU Fellow Nadja Hahn| recently spent time at Polis researching the value of social media for public service journalism. Hahn, an experienced business journalist with Austria’s public service broadcaster ORF|, makes radio news content that informs the listeners on the critical economic stories of our times.  She had dabbled in social media before embarking on this project but is limited in what she can do professionally by Austrian regulations. In her paper, Hahn notes the benefits of social media for journalism, but the reasons she sets out are not because it makes journalism easier, speedier or sexier. The case she sets out is that it improves the public service value of the journalism.

You can view a full copy of the report here|.

 
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New Research: The Euro Crisis in the Press|

Over the past four years, the European sovereign debt crisis has significantly affected the fortunes of many European citizens, but to what extent do they share an understanding of Europe, the crisis and its solutions?

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the LSE, led by Max Hänska of the Media and Communications Department, has launched a comparative research project to study how the French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish press reported the crisis since 2008. The project aims to examine the influence that national reporting has on European monetary policy, the project of European integration, and the balance between national and European identities.

For more details about the study and some preliminary findings, click here.| Email m.t.hanska-ahy@lse.ac.uk| for further information about the project.

 

 

  • PositionDial and the joys of self-discovery
    This article is by Polis Intern and LSE MSc student John Ray on a presentation given by PositionDial founder Mariam Cook. As a child growing up in the United States, I remember asking my mother why she wasn’t voting for Ralph Nader in the 2000 Presidential Election. Nader, remembered today as “the reason why Al Gore lost”, was a progressive […]
  • Monique Villa’s talk at LSE: A recap on social media
    Missed this week’s Media Agenda Talk with Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation? Catch up with what happened at the talk with what happened on social media!   View the story “Data journalism for social change” on Storify
  • Sexism, ice cream, and Renzi’s “no comment strategy”
    This article is by Polis Intern and LSE student Jessica Di Paolo. Inevitably, it’s been labelled ‘gelatogate’. On Twitter, women and men posted pictures of themselves eating ice creams and featuring signs reading: “I know how to do it, too.” It looks like an ironic ice cream advertising campaign, but this is gender politics, Italian style. “She knows how to […]
  • Let’s look up from our phones, that’s where actual innovations might be!
    Polis Intern and LSE MSc student Anaelle Azoulay reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring Dr Norman Lewis. “I don’t care if you have landed a spacecraft on a comet, you are sexist”. This is how Matt Taylor, a British scientist who succeeded in landing the Philae spacecraft on a comet located about 300 million miles from Earth […]
  • Norman Lewis and the Humanist Approach to Technology
    Polis Intern and LSE MSc student Francesca Martens reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring Norman Lewis, writer for Futures Diagnosis and Innovation Specialist at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. If history does indeed repeat itself, then the 21st century may just be the new Middle Ages. Due to people’s increasing dependence on technology and the commodification of human interaction online, it is not […]

 

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