Polis is LSE's media think-tank, based in the Department of Media and Communications and aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society. Polis has a dual mission to:
- provide a forum for public debate and policy intervention on key issues of news journalism
- produce outstanding research on the impact of mediation and journalism in our societies
To this end, Polis' commitment is two-fold. It is committed to promoting open and substantial dialogue on the changing structures, policies and practices of journalism, inviting diverse stakeholders to reflect on the dilemmas that journalism faces today.
At the same time, Polis is committed to enabling high quality, interdisciplinary research on the emerging challenges posed by formal networks and informal trajectories of news production and circulation. This is how the world is made available to us as a political, cultural and ethical reality.
Polis is thus a hub of people and ideas which regards journalism not simply as a practical skill, but also as a historical-political practice to be situated within broader changes in public life. It is also a theoretical project to be approached in the light of social and cultural theory and political philosophy.
In bridging the applied with the theoretical, Polis is uniquely positioned to engage with journalism at once as a set of contemporary challenges, around topical issues of professional sustainability, impartiality or democratic transparency, and as a set of long-standing ethical and philosophical questions about the very nature of technology, public communication and social change.
Regular guest speakers, the annual Polis conference, research studies and published reports ensure current and lively debates around the most topical issues in media and journalism.
You can also check out Polis on Facebook , Twitter, and on our blog for the most current Polis updates.
Prof Charlie Beckett
Prof Charlie Beckett is the director of Polis. He has 20 years of experience with LWT, BBC and ITN's Channel 4 News. He broadcasts and writes regularly on media and political affairs and is the author of SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World (Blackwell, 2008) and more recently, 'WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era' (Polity, 2012). He teaches at the LSE. He is also a trustee for The Media Society, Article 19 and the International Development Institute.
Julia manages the day-to-day running of Polis including the team of Polis interns, Polis events and fundraising. She oversees social media for Polis, edits the Polis blog and research reports.