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Rescue or report? The ethical and editorial dilemmas of crisis journalism

A new report by Petra Olsson, produced as part of the Polis Newsroom fellowship scheme with the Swedish news media foundation, Journalistfonden.

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Reporting Terror in a Networked World

A new report by Charlie Beckett looks at the problems facing journalism around terrorism: the increasing speed of the news cycle; new technologies and the limits on resources; the challenge of verification, definition, proportionality; and dealing with spin and propaganda.

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Media Agenda Talks

Every Autumn Polis invites media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our  Media Agenda Talk series taking place 5pm-6pm every Tuesday in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE.

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the Human Story- A Polis Film

Directed by LSE student Joelle Eid, this short film tells the story of journalists in Lebanon and their experiences of covering the refugee crisis. Featuring Guardian correspondent Kareem Shaheen,



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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Media Agenda Talks, Michaelmas Term 2016

Each year Polis invites a dozen media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our yearly Media Agenda Talk series of public lectures, free and open to all and relevant to all students taking MC408. 

Full speaker list of the 2016 series here.


Changing Media Landscapes: Welcome to Viceland
This article is by LSE MSc student Maureen Heydt, and covers a recent talk by CJ Fahey (pictured right), General Manager of Viceland International. CJ Fahey discussed VICELAND, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. Why did VICE start a TV channel? VICE Media is not your parents’ media company. In fact, as an originally online, youth-driven media company, they revel in […]

What makes a great leader? On understanding the public
This article is by LSE MSc student Evie Ioannidi, and covers a recent talk by Deborah Mattinson (pictured right), Founding Director of BritainThinks, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. As party conference season draws to a close, it looks like Theresa May might be in need of a break. As the BBC’s political editor so presciently tweeted, analysis […]

Journalism, news and trust: are we heading in the right direction?
This article is by LSE MSc student Emma McKay, and covers a recent talk by Mary Hockaday (pictured right), Controller BBC World Service English. Mary Hockaday discussed ‘Public service media in an age of distrust and disinformation’, as part of Polis’ Media and Communication in Action series. What does it mean to be a journalist today? Telling the truth and sharing stories […]

Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?
This is the text of a talk by Professor Charlie Beckett at the University of Adelaide’s News Reporting And Emotions conference, September 2017. You can read a longer, more academic version here. Introduction: how news is turning emotional and how journalists should respond In the wake of the success of various ‘populist’ political campaigns such as Brexit and Trump, there has been […]