Polis News & Events 2014

 June 2014

 A 21st Century BBC

coylePolis and British Government @LSE public lecture
Speaker: Diane Coyle
Chair: Professor Charlie Beckett

Monday, 23 June, 630-730pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB 

Acting BBC Trust Chair Diane Coyle considers how the BBC can meet the challenge of providing a universal service while media channels proliferate and its audience becomes more and more diverse. She will also examine the BBC's relationship with the state and ask how its independence is best protected. Born and raised in the North West, Diane was educated at Oxford and Harvard, where she did a PhD in economics. She has worked as an economist and journalist. Economics editor for The Independent for eight years, she left in 2001 to set up her own consultancy specialising in the economics of new technologies. Diane was a member of the Competition Commission from 2001 to 2009, which has given her extensive experience in understanding how markets work and how to make competition serve consumers. She has also written many popular books on economics. In 2009, Diane was awarded the OBE for services to economics. She lives in London and is married to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. A BBC Trustee since November 2006, Diane was appointed as Vice Chair from May 2011 and Acting Chair in May 2014.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEBBC


 March 2014

Polis Journalism Conference

Conference2014The 5th Polis Journalism Conference on the topic of Transparency and Accountability was the biggest and most successful yet. The LSE now hosts the UK's most important annual gathering of international journalists.

There were at least 700 attendees throughout the day to watch more than 40 speakers from the media industry. Highlights of the conference included keynotes by Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the Guardian and Ian Katz, Editor of BBC Newsnight in conversation with Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News. Other panellists included Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News, Tom Giles of BBC Panorama and Luke Lewis, Editor of Buzzfeed UK. Visit our blog for more information on the conference schedule| and for speaker biographies| and interviews|.

The conference also generated significant buzz on social media including 661 tweets by over 400 Twitter users and our conference hashtag #polis14 was trending on twitter for the entire day.

Podcasts and video of the conference will be available on the Polis blog||. You can also check out photos of the conference on our Facebook page|| as well as on our blog. 

Thank you to all speakers, participants and volunteers for making the day such a success. We look forward to seeing you next year!  

 February 2014

British Government @ LSE public lecture

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014

Speaker: Professor Charlie Beckett chaired by Professor Tony Travers

Charlie Beckett is a journalist and an author. He is the director of Polis, and head of the Department of Media & Communications at the LSE.

Talk by the winner of the Polis Social Media Prize

Speaker: Cristina Malaspina

The winner of the 2013 Polis Social Media/Human Digital Prize came to LSE to discuss her award winning research on the disparity between online sentiments of citizens and actual voting behaviour in the 2013 Italian elections.
More information on her research and presentation is available here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/2014/02/23/10498/|

 'Mo and Me' Film Screening and Q&A

Speakers: Salim Amin, Professor Charlie Beckett

Chair: Dr Wendy Willems

The documentary Mo and Me immortalizes the inspirational legend that was Mohamed ‘Mo’ Amin, a Kenyan who became a world-renowned photojournalist because of his coverage of the 1984 Ethiopian famine. His compelling coverage served as both the inspiration and as a catalyst for Band Aid, USA for Africa and Live Aid. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Amin’s honest unwavering approach to photojournalism earned him the unconditional respect of both friends and enemies alike.His remarkable life was cut tragically short in November 1996 when hijackers took over an Ethiopian airliner forcing it to crash land in the Indian Ocean killing 123 passengers and crew.

The Mo and Me film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the executive producer of the film (and son of Mohamed Amin), Salim Amin. To date, the film has won fifteen awards for Best Documentary in the USA, Canada, India and on the African continent including the Grand Jury Award at the New York International Film Festival.

Salim Amin is Chairman of Camerapix, founder and Chairman of the Mohamed Amin Foundation and co-founder and Chairman of A24 Media, Africa's first online agency for video and stills content. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007 and one of the '100 Most Influential Africans' by New African magazine in 2012. Salim is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.