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Polis News & Events 2013

January 2013

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich

Speaker: Chrystia Freeland ChrystiaFreeland

Monday 21 January 2013, 6.30-8pm; Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

There has always been some gap between rich and poor but it has never been wider - and now the rich are getting wealthier at such breakneck speed that the middle classes are being squeezed out. Acclaimed business journalist and global editor-at-large of Reuters, Chrystia Freeland has unprecedented access to the richest and most successful people on the planet, from Davos to Dubai. She offers a timely insight into the current state of capitalism and its most wealthy players. Forget the 1% - it's time to get to grips with the 0.1%. This event marks the publication of her latest book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich.

Chrystia Freeland is Editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, following years of service at the Financial Times both in New York and London. She was the deputy editor of Canada's Globe and Mail and has reported for the Financial Times, Economist, and Washington Post. Freeland's last book was Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution. She lives in New York City. 

This is a public event and is free and open to all with no ticket required. If you have any questions, please email|.

This is a POLIS/Linklaters public lecture.

Marketing Medicine Online: Social Media and Pharma

multivitamin Thursday 31 January 2013, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building at Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE

What do people say about medicines on social networks, and what can both patients and pharmaceutical companies learn from this? This new Polis event, Marketing Medicine Online: Social Media and Pharma will present research by Polis and Human Digital trying to answer these questions.

Speakers include Katherine Relle, LSE alum and winner of the Human Digital Prize, Christian Gladwell  from Human Digital, Jamie Bartlett from Demos, and John Gerow from Astra Zeneca.

This event is free and open to all but please RSVP to| if you'd like to attend.

February 2013

Polis Debate: Media Representation and the Global Imagination

MediaRepresentationShaniOrgad Monday February 18th, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields

As a senior lecturer in the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, Dr. Shani Orgad’slatest book, Media Representation and the Global Imagination (Polity), will be the focus of a panel discussion on the ways in which we imagine the world, how its ‘others’ are nourished by the media, and how the media can offer different images and accounts from the ones we encounter.

Debate panellists include Dr. Shani Orgad; Saskia Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University; Laurie Taylor, consultant, newspaper and magazine contributor, and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed; and will be chaired by Charlie Beckett, Head of the Media and Communications Department and Director of POLIS.

A reception will follow from 8-9pm.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact Dr. Shani Orgad by email at| or call 07949 973 459.

Suggested Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSEimagine.

April 2013

Polis Journalism Conference 2013

LSE_NABcrop |Polis' Annual Journalism Conference| will take place on Friday, April 5th, 2013 in the coming year.

Investigative journalist Nick Davies will be the keynote speaker at this year's Polis Journalism Conference on 'Trust in Journalism'.  As both an accomplished journalist and writer, Davies, who has written extensively for the Observer and the Guardian, was a key figure in exposing the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in July of 2011. Other panel debates include Trust and the BBC, Trust in Newspapers, Trust in Europe and Trust in Power, as well as workshop sessions on regulating trust and data journalism, among others. 

A full schedule of the day's events and speakers can be found here.|

You can get free tickets for this year's Polis conference here|.

Whether you're a student, journalist, academic or activist, there will be something for everyone!

Email| for any inquiries.

October 2013

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Tom Standage

Speaker: Tom Standage, Digital Editor at the Economist and author of Writing it on the Wall

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist and editor-in-chief of its website, He has been editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology, since 2003. Tom is also the author of six history books, including the forthcoming “Writing on the Wall”, the New York Times bestseller “A History of the World in Six Glasses”, and “The Victorian Internet”, a history of the telegraph.

Follow Tom @tomstandage| and the lecture at #polisStandage

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Tim Burt

Speaker: Tim Burt, Managing Partner, StockWell Group

Chair: Damian Tambini

Tim Burt is joint managing partner at StockWell Group, an international communications firm, and author of “Dark Art – The Changing Face of Public Relations”. Tim was previously a partner at Brunswick, an international advisory firm, where he oversaw sectors including media, technology and automotive. Tim was formerly an award-winning journalist at the Financial Times, where he spent 16 years in several senior editorial roles including Media Editor, Motor Industry Correspondent and Nordic Bureau Chief.

Follow the lecture at #polisStockwell

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Amanda Farnsworth

Speaker: Amanda Farnsworth, Head of BBC Journalism

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Amanda Farnsworth is the Head of BBC Visual Journalism. Prior to this, Amanda worked as Project Executive for BBC London 2012, leading the coverage of all major events including the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic Games. She previously was editor of the BBC’s one and six o’clock News, deputy editor of Newsnight and bureau chief in Washington DC.

Follow Amanda @farnsa| and the lecture at #polisbbc

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Justine Roberts

Speaker: Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet

Chair: Damian Tambini

Justine Roberts is a co-founder and the CEO of Mumsnet, a website and network for parents which currently generates over 50 million page views per month. Before Mumsnet, Justine worked in the City for 10 years as an economist and market strategist before moving to a career in sports journalism.

Follow Justine @Justine_Roberts| and the lecture at #polismumsnet

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by David Mahoney

Speaker: David Mahoney, Director of Policy Development at Ofcom

Chair: Damian Tambini

David Mahoney is currently Director of Policy Development at Ofcom. Previously, David was Chief Advisor to the CEO of Ofcom and then Director of Content Policy.  In addition, David spent a year working in Government as a Director of the Digital Britain project, which set the Government’s UK strategy for the UK communications sector.

Before joining Ofcom, David was a lawyer at Richard Butler specializing in UK and EC Competition Law with a particular focus on the media sector, including a spell working in house for MTV Networks Europe.  Before that he was Administrator for the Government’s Football Task Force.

Follow the lecture at #polisofcom

November 2013

Media Agenda Talks: London Week

  • Eve Harris, author of The Marrying of Chani Kaufman, longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Eve Harris taught for 12 years at inner-city comprehensives and independent schools in London and also in Tel Aviv, after moving to Israel in 1999. She returned to London in 2002 to resume teaching at an all girls’ Catholic convent school. “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” was inspired by her final year of teaching at an all girls’ ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in North West London.

  • Lloyd Bradley, Music journalist and author of Sounds like London: 100 years of black music in the capital

Lloyd Bradley is considered to be one of the major British writers on black music from funk to reggae, Bradley began contributing to NME in the 1980s and then wrote for Q, MOJO and many other publications. He is the author of “Bass Culture”, a history of reggae, and “Sounds like London: 100 years of black music in the capital.

  • Fatima Manji, Reporter at Channel 4 News

Fatima Manji is a Reporter at Channel 4 News since January 2012. Before this, Fatima was a reporter, presenter and video journalist for the BBC in the East of England, where she investigated stories including exploitative landlords and hate crime against migrants.

Chair: Dr Myria Georgiou, LSE, Author of ‘Media and the City’|

Follow Fatima @fatimamanji|, and the lecture at #polisLondon

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Beeban Kidron

Speaker: Beeban Kidron, Film and documentary maker

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Baroness Kidron OBE has worked in feature film, television drama and documentary. Her work includes feature films “Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason” and “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”, as well as documentaries, “Antony Gormley: Making Space”, “Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and Their Johns” and “Sex, Death and the Gods”.  She was appointed as a crossbench Peer to the House of Lords in 2012.

“InRealLife”, Baroness Kidron’s latest project, is a documentary about young people and the Internet. Its release is scheduled for October 2013.

Follow the lecture at #polisKidron

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Alec Ross

This talk is in partnership with LSE IDEAS

Speaker: Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Alec Ross is the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Previously, Alec worked for Teach for America in Baltimore and founded the non-profit One Economy, which works globally to allow low-income individuals to have access to and benefit from technology. Ross also was a part of the Presidential Transition team for the Obama-Biden campaign as well as the Convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee.

Polis documentary screening and Q&A

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
 Mike Chinoy
Chair: Dr Timothy Hildebrandt

The event is a screening of one part of a larger documentary series called Assignment China which explores the history of American reporters in China. We will be showing the episode entitled The Week that Changed the World focusing on Richard Nixon's visit to China in February 1972. Upon conclusion of the screening, the narrator, Mike Chinoy, will answer audience questions.

Mike Chinoy was formerly CNN's Senior Asia Correspondent and Beijing Bureau Chief. He currently is senior fellow at the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California.

December 2013

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Brendan Paddy

Speaker: Brendan Paddy, Head of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Brendan Paddy is the Head of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee which brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies to raise funds for major overseas crises.

He joined the DEC in 2009 and on his first day began to lead the communications work of the member agencies as they responded to two typhoons and an earthquake that had just hit South East Asia. He has since led the communications work of the DEC for appeals for the Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods, East Africa crisis and the Syria crisis.

Follow Brendan @bjpaddy and the lecture at #polisaid

Media Agenda Talk: Talk by Caroline Criado-Perez

Speaker: Caroline Criado-Perez, feminist campaigner and freelance journalist, co-founder of The Women’s Room

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. Co-founder of The Women’s Room, an organisation that campaigns for more women experts in the media, she also started and ran the Keep Women on Banknotes campaign. Caroline is currently completing an MSc in Gender at LSE, where her dissertation is on the representation of women experts in the media.

Caroline has appeared in international, national and local media (online, print and broadcast), both as an expert on feminist issues, and as a general media commentator. Caroline has also spoken at schools and conferences, and was featured in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2013.

Follow the lecture @PolisLSE with #polisFem and Caroline @CCriadoPerez.