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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.


#MeToo: Is Building Awareness Enough?
This article is by Hannah Menchhoff, student of MSc Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  The social media hashtag #metoo started off as a response in solidarity to those victimized by film producer, Harvey Weinstein. But it quickly turned into an online debate with some women sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, […]

Against cosmopolitanism: why should journalism cover distant suffering?
The Western mainstream news media is constantly accused of failing to cover the problems of less powerful or wealthy parts of the world. Is this fair? One of the things I was most proud of as a reporter in my first job on the Croydon Comet, the kind of advertising free-sheet that people use to line their cat-litter tray, was to […]

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 […]