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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.


Has suffering become the ‘new normal’? (Polis Summer School guest blog)
This article by Polis Summer School student Janine Eduljee As an American and someone involved in broadcast journalism, I found something highly resonant in our recent class discussions at LSE about the media’s portrayal of suffering and how it shapes and is shaped by people’s interest and feelings towards tragedy. In particular the idea or phenomenon of ‘compassion fatigue,’ the idea […]

Story of a vote unforetold: Young people, youth activism and the UK general election
This article by Dr Shakuntala Banaji and Sam Mejias, LSE The UK election result which came out on June 9th 2017 was a surprise to even seasoned commentators. Instead of backing a Conservative government with an austerity agenda and a track record of punitive measures against young people and refugees – removal of housing benefits, higher and higher fees, soaring […]

The challenge of connecting digital readers to quality content
This article by Polis LSE Summer School student Eleanor Jackson. My Government teacher once told our class, somewhat jokingly, we should always read The Economist when flying. Why? Because once when a student of his began reading The Economist on the plane, a man sitting next to her commented on her good taste in news reading. After a brief conversation, […]

Does choice create less media diversity?
This article by Polis Summer School student Hanna Darroll   We now have more choice of media sources than every before, but is this abundance actually creating a more diverse political news diet? As part of the Polis LSE Summer School Ros Taylor, Managing Editor of LSE’s Democratic Audit, facilitated an insightful discussion about the dynamic relationship between the evolution of […]