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PSS Guest Speakers

Polis Summer School 2015 highlights


This July, we welcomed speakers from across the journalism industry to talk to our Summer School students.


Watch videos of their talks here.




Charlotte Fagerlund

Charlotte Fagerlund joins as Journalistfonden Fellow

Charlottle, a digital journalist from Sweden, will join Polis in October to carry out research into modern digital newsroom practice looking at email newsletters as a digital channel for journalism.


Media Agenda Talks, Michaelmas Term 2015

We are pleased to announce that we will resume our Media Agenda Talks next term, starting week one, every Tuesday 5pm-6pm. Speaker list coming soon!



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 was on Journalism and Elections. 

More information and content from the conference is here.



Polis Lunchtime Talks - Lent Term 2015

During the Lent term, Polis presented a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry.

For more information and to listen to podcasts of these talks, click here.







The Death of Source Protection?: Protecting journalists’ sources in a post-Snowden age

This report by Carl Fridh Kleberg was a result of the Polis/ Journalistfonden Fellowship at LSE. It lays out some of the threats to journalists’ data and sources and presents a range of practical tools to overcome them.

Download the report here

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Mobile Opportunities: Exploring positive mobile media opportunities for European children

This report by Jane Vincent looks at the transformation in the digital lives of children and the potentially positive online experiences that mobile devices present them. What can the mobile internet offer children and young people?

The report draws on research projects EU Kids Online led by LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone and Net Children Go Mobile



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



Women in the Media: who shapes what?
This article is by Polis Summer School student Farah Hesdin (@farahhesdin) Who did I turn to in my search for news as I freshly arrived to the UK? The BBC, of course. An instinctive choice almost, I started tuning in the BBC News Channel for my daily news digest. Shock. What immediately struck me, coming from a place where Lebanese television was […]

The debate about the future of the Labour Party: the best and worst of times
This is the most exciting and depressing phase of debate within a modern British political party that I can recall. The argument about the leadership of the Labour Party mostly encapsulates what’s wrong with that organisation but also wider left-wing politics. It also tells us something about the good, bad and plain ugly about political discourse more generally at the moment. […]

The issue of consent in Photojournalism
This article is by student Farah Hesdin following a talk given by Polly Markandya at the Polis Summer School  We all take pictures of our surroundings, impulsively and arbitrarily. Sometimes of funny things, sometimes of painful things. But did we ever stop and think – wait a second, should I ask that person if I can take a picture of […]

Government secrecy and the task of meta-journalists
This article is by Polis Summer School student Alessandra Bocchi ‘The real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions that appear to be both neutral and independent, to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence that has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that […]