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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 in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Full speaker list 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.


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.


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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Laura Bates

Media Agenda Talks, Michaelmas Term 2015

Each yearPolis 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. Each speaker will be connected to the theme of the MC408 lecture that week.

Full speaker list here.


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



Should editors share analytics with journalists ?
This article is by MSC student Ndeye Diobaye based on a Quartz panel debate on the future of digital news No one likes a bad grade. But should journalists know how their pieces perform based on the displaying of analytics ? It is a valid question to ask at a time when newsrooms witness the trend of adopting of more data […]

The lesson for journalism from the VW diesel test scandal: get help
The revelation that one of the world’s largest and most trusted businesses has been deliberately cheating on environmental tests has rocked the automative industry. It is a classic case of what I have written about elsewhere as the benefits of transparency for all organisations. Ethics is as important now as economics. But it is also a significant moment for journalism. […]

Ethics will be as central as economics to the future of the news industry
This article by Charlie Beckett was originally posted on the LSE Business Review Blog I do not know of any industry that has been through such an existential crisis as journalism has in the last decade or so. I spent over 20 years working in news and current affairs before joining the LSE nine years ago where my research has […]

The separation of knowledge and the concentration of power – what role can the media play today?
This article is by Polis Summer School student Alessandra Bocchi  ‘Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere […]