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Polis Lunchtime Talks

This term, Polis presents a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry. Join us on Wednesday lunchtimes from 28th January from 1pm.

More info here|.


2015 Polis Journalism Conference

Friday 27th March

This year's conference will be on Journalism and Elections. 

Registration and more information here|.


The Stockwell Communications/ Polis Research Prize

This will be the second year that StockWell is hosting a student research prize with LSE Polis. The prize, worth £1,000 will be awarded for the best research proposal on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’. It is open to all post-graduate students studying at LSE in the 2014/15 academic year.

Deadline for submissions has closed and the winners will be announced on Monday 9 February 2015.


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 will be on Journalism and Elections. 

Registration and more information here|.



 Polis Lunchtime Talks 2015

 This term, Polis presents a range of media practitioners from across the sector sharing their insights of the industry. Join us on Wednesday lunchtimes from 28th January from 1pm.

More info here.|







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



A big moment for the BBC but not quite yet
BBC boss Tony Hall has outlined his vision of the BBC’s future including the idea of everyone having a personalised platform of BBC content, partly in response to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport which has published its report on the future of the most important news media organisation in the UK – the BBC. It’s a journalistic and cultural […]

This election will be complex, simple, social. So how do we cover it? Polis Conference preview #Polis2015
This year’s UK election is going to be one of the hardest elections to report for decades, and yet for some journalists it could also be the easiest. Either way, it’s going to be a fascinating story to cover. The BBC has published its guidance for coverage of the campaign which reflects in some detail how complicated it could be. […]

The next Guardian editor should be…
Imagine a north London liberal journalist version of The Apprentice. This week, four Guardian hacks (one ex-Guardian) will perform in front of their newsroom colleagues as part of  hustings to win the vote for the editorship of the Kings Place press. It’s a classic chunk of Guardian fudge. The hustings are being organised by the NUJ and is open to all core editorial staff […]

Why great brands tell a story
Ever wonder why every time you log into a social networking site like Facebook or Youtube or even an online retail website like Amazon or Ebay, you are encountered with advertisements of products ‘you may like’ or things you just might be looking for? To shed light into the new age model of marketing, Melissa Hopkins, an independent brand consultant, […]