Polis News & Events 2012

October 2012

BBC News: Why good journalism matters in the digital age

MaryHockaday2Chair: Charlie Beckett

Speaker: Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom

Tuesday 9 October 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Mary Hockaday is one of the BBC’s leading journalism executives. Her latest mission was to oversee the historic move of the BBC journalists into one brand new high tech, multi-media newsroom.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

The Right to Offend

london-school-of-economics-NABChair: Charlie Beckett, Polis, LSE

Speakers: David Aaronovitch, The Times; Mehdi Hasan, Huffington Post UK

Thursday 11 October 2012, 6.30pm; Room G1.01, Tower One

What right is there under freedom of speech to cause offence? How can we balance ideals of free expression with respect for other faiths and beliefs? The sometimes violent reaction to the American-made film about the Prophet has polarised opinion within and between different countries and communities.

We bring together David Aaronovitch, Times columnist and author of Voodoo Histories with Mehdi Hasan, Political Director of The Huffington Post UK and co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader to debate what is at stake.

Book your ticket here: http://rightotoffend.eventbrite.co.uk|

What Makes a Great Speech?

PhilipCollinsChair: Dr Damian Tambini

Speaker: Philip Collins, The Times

Tuesday 16 October 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

The talk will set out the conditions that have to be in place for a speech to be considered a great example of its kind. Philip Collins is a former speechwriter to Tony Blair and author The Art of Speeches. He had worked in the City and for a political think-tank and is now a leading political columnist for the London Times.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

Imagining the Internet: Policy Challenges

RobinMansell1Speaker: Robin Mansell

Participants: Professor William H Dutton, Professor Robert Wade

Tuesday 16 October, 6.30-8pm; Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building 

Big challenges face policy makers trying to balance conflicting interests in the information society. This lecture examines why digital information and complex networks make policy making especially difficult.

Robin Mansell is professor of new media and the internet at LSE and author of Imagining the Internet.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

BenPageChair: Bart Cammaerts

Speaker: Ben Page, CEO, Ipsos-Mori

Tuesday 23 October 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Ben Page is Chief Executive of the polling company Ipsos MORI. Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications working with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

Ethics and Regulation

ClaireEndersChair: Prof Robin Mansell

Speaker: Claire Enders, Enders Analysis

Tuesday 30 October 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Claire Enders is a founder of Enders Analysis that offers its subscribers research and advice covering the major commercial, regulatory and strategic issues in mobile and fixed line telecoms, TV and the Internet, as well as the major content businesses such as music, publishing and advertising.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series

November 2012

The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy

TheEndofPoliticsSpeaker: Douglas Carswell

Thursday 1 November. 1-2pm; Room 104, New Academic Building

Douglas Carswell  found prominence by calling for reform of parliamentary expenses before the 2009 expenses scandal. In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year and The Daily Telegraph nominated him a Briton of the Year. His new book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, is published in October 2012.

What has art got to do with sport?

RuthMChair: Myria Georgiou

Speaker: Ruth Mackensie, Director of the London2012 Cultural Olympiad (ex DCMS)

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Ruth Mackenzie was the director of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 which has featured a range of cultural programmes and involved more than 16 million people across the UK. Her talk is an account of how and why London 2012 organised the largest festival in the UK - the London 2012 Festival - as part of the Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

Connecting to the World Report Launch

ConnectingToTheWorldChair: Mark Galloway, Director, IBT

Speakers: Charlie Beckett, Polis Alice Fenyoe, TW Research; Sue Bishop, Action Aid; Sam Barratt, Avaaz; Dominic Nutt, Roehampton University

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 6.00pm ; Room 202, St Clements

The internet presents huge opportunities but also huge challenges for campaigners dealing with global issues. At this event we’ll be launching a new research report from IBT which looks at how UK NGOs campaign online about aid and development and, how, in the wake of the Kony 2012 campaign, they could be much more effective in the online sphere. The research findings will be discussed by a panel of media and development experts.

Event co-hosted by International Broadcasting Trust|, Polis and One World Media|.

RSVP: events@oneworldmedia.org.uk|

Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet

CharlesArthurChair: Prof Robin Mansell

Speaker: Charles Arthur, The Guardian, Author: Digital Wars

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Charles Arthur has been with The Guardian since 2005. His 2012 book “Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet” covers the business and technological competition between the three companies.It  investigates Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet. It reveals what to expect from the internet in the next five years, which company will ultimately be in the driving seat, and what the implications will be for us all.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

The Elves & The Shoemaker

GilesHedgesChair: Dr Shani Orgad

Speaker: Giles Hedger, Leo Burnett

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

Giles Hedger joined Leo Burnett in September 2008 as Chief Strategy Officer. He leads one of the largest and most diverse planning departments in London and is helping the Leo Burnett Group realise its vision of being the destination agency for populist brands.This talk is about lessons from adland about intangible value, how it is created, and why it is key to economic recovery.

Part of the Media Agenda 2012 series.

Panel Discussion: China and the Mediation of Soft Power

ChineseNewspapers2Panelists: Dr Xin Xin, University of Westminster's China Media Centre; Sun Shuyun, special China advisor to the Institute of Strategic Dialogue; Nie Weiliang, senior producer for the BBC's Chinese service.

Tuesday 27 November 2012, 5-6.30pm; New Theatre, East Building

This panel disucssion will explore the ways in which China is communicating soft power, how it is received by its global audience, and its relevance in a multi-polar world during what is being billed the Asian Century.

Our panelists:

  • Dr Xin Xin is a former Beijing-based journalist and author of How the Market is Changing China's News, as well as the upcoming book, China's Soft Power.
  • Sun Shuyun is the author and director of a number of critically acclaimed books and documentaries, including the BBC series A Year in Tibet and the book of the same name.
  • Nie Weiliang has been covering China for more than 20 years from both inside and outside the mainland.

As part of the Media Agenda 2012 Series, this panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, please email Felicity Tan at m.f.tan@lse.ac.uk|.

The Bling of Business: Moguldom and Tutelage in Hip Hop 

davidhadjuSpeaker: David Hajdu, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Wednesday 28 November 2012, 1-2pm; Room 206, New Academic Building

David Hajdu, professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and music critic for The New Republic, will be at the LSE on Wednesday November 28th to talk about the phenomenon of moguldom in the pop-music business. As the topic of his latest book, Hajdu will speak about the multiple roles that business plays in the hip-hop industry specifically, reflecting on both its symbolic significance for fans, as well as its importance to the industry as a business.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP to polis@lse.ac.uk|.

December 2012

Misrepresentations in the Media: Western Coverage of the Somalian Famine

Jamal_OsmanSpeaker: Jamal Osman

Tuesday 4 December 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

London-based independent journalist and award winning film-maker Jamal Osman will be at the LSE on Tuesday, December 4th, talking about his report on the famine in Somalia, comparing his coverage with that of Western journalists. Western journalists reporting on Africa have a close relationship with western governments and aid agencies, a relationship which Osman notes is unethical and creates misunderstandings between cultures. Jamal, who specializes in Africa, has reported for Channel 4, the Guardian and Al Jazeera English and won numerous awards including the Royal Television Society (RTS) Independent Award 2012.

Part of the Media Agenda Series 2012.

Branding Consumer Citizens: Gender and the Emergence of Brand Culture

SarahBenetWeiserjpgSpeaker: Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC Annenberg

Monday 10 December 2012, 1-2pm; Room 204, New Academic Building

A professor at the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, Sarah Banet-Weiser recently authored 'Authentic (TM): The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture', about the proliferance of branding not only as a model in business, but as a tool for the creation and maintenance of social and cultural relationships. Sarah will be discussing what she terms 'brand cultures', noting everything from the brand culture of street art, to feminized 'self-branding' in social media, to the culture of green branding and 'shopping for change'.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP to polis@lse.ac.uk|.

Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You

AleksKrotoskiSpeaker: Aleks Krotoski

Tuesday 11 December 2012, 5-6pm; New Theatre, East Building

How are 'relevance' and 'value' constructed by Google? How are 'self-expression' and 'relationships' constructed by Facebook? Aleks Krotoski, academic, journalist, and host of BBC Radio 4's The Digital Human science series and the Guardian's Tech Weekly podcast, explores these questions in her new book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You. On Tuesday, December 11, Krotoski will be speaking about the ideological assumptions made by web developers when creating these digital platforms. Critical consumption of these technologies are part of our digital literacy, yet we choose to consume these, and other technologies, as techno-fundamentalists. Should we?

Part of the Media Agenda Series 2012.