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StockWell Communications and POLIS Launch Research Prize|

Polis is pleased to announce a new student research prize in conjunction with StockWell Communications|, a leading London-based strategic communications firm.

The Polis/StockWell Communications Research Prize, worth £1000, will be awarded for the best research proposal on the topic of 'Corporate Reputation, Media and Society'.

The research prize will be open to any LSE post-grad student, who must submit a 500-1000 word proposal on the topic. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity for a paid internship with StockWell during which they will develop their proposal into a final research paper to be published by both Polis and StockWell.

Further details, including the judging panel, dates and deadlines can be found on the 'Scholarships|' section of our website, as well as the StockWell website|.

 
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Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last?|

Polis fellow Fatima el Issawi delves into the post-Gaddafi Libyan media sector in this report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Despite the re-opened media sector and the liberation of journalists, the reality in Libya is an industry that has fallen prey to the country's tumultuous situation and is  still far from free. 

Fatima discusses in detail both the problems and the required changes to allow for a truly objective media system in Libya in the full report, Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last|.

 

 

 

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.  

Follow us on Facebook|, Twitter|, or join the Polis mailing list| for regular events updates.

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RECAP: Polis Journalism Conference|

This year's Polis Journalism Conference| was a huge success! The house was packed and the sessions were filled with lively debates on hot topics in trust and the media.

If you weren't lucky enough to be able to attend on April 5th, we have video and audio recordings, as well as reflective comment on the day's sessions.

Reports, blog posts and commentary on many of the sessions can be found on the Polis blog.|

All recorded audio and video sessions can be found on the LSE website| and on the LSE YouTube Channel|. BBC seesions can be found on the BBC College of Journalism's YouTube channel.|

Take a look at our Facebook page| for photos from the day's events.

Lastly, check out the schedule| from April 5th's conference, as well as speaker biographies|. Thank you to all speakers, participants and volunteers for making the day such a success. Until next year!

 

 

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Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last?|

Polis fellow Fatima el Issawi delves into the post-Gaddafi Libyan media sector in this report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Despite the re-opened media sector and the liberation of journalists, the reality in Libya is an industry that has fallen prey to the country's tumultuous situation and is  still far from free. 

Fatima discusses in detail both the problems and the required changes to allow for a truly objective media system in Libya in the full report, Transitional Libyan Media: Free at Last|.  

 
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 Report: What Good is Twitter?|

EBU Fellow Nadja Hahn| recently spent time at Polis researching the value of social media for public service journalism. Hahn, an experienced business journalist with Austria’s public service broadcaster ORF|, makes radio news content that informs the listeners on the critical economic stories of our times.  She had dabbled in social media before embarking on this project but is limited in what she can do professionally by Austrian regulations. In her paper, Hahn notes the benefits of social media for journalism, but the reasons she sets out are not because it makes journalism easier, speedier or sexier. The case she sets out is that it improves the public service value of the journalism.

You can view a full copy of the report here|.

 
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New Research: The Euro Crisis in the Press|

Over the past four years, the European sovereign debt crisis has significantly affected the fortunes of many European citizens, but to what extent do they share an understanding of Europe, the crisis and its solutions?

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the LSE, led by Max Hänska of the Media and Communications Department, has launched a comparative research project to study how the French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish press reported the crisis since 2008. The project aims to examine the influence that national reporting has on European monetary policy, the project of European integration, and the balance between national and European identities.

For more details about the study and some preliminary findings, click here.| Email m.t.hanska-ahy@lse.ac.uk| for further information about the project.

 

 

  • Snowden and Beyond (guest blog)
    This article is by LSE researcher and PhD student Ruth Garland How should the citizen respond to the Snowden revelations? Those in the know have plenty to say and line up on both sides either for or against the need of the intelligence services to harvest huge amounts of personal data. The vast majority it seems, in Britain at least, feel […]
  • From ‘The Interview’ to Charlie Hebdo
    This article  is by LSE MSc student and Polis intern Alex Forbess (@AForbess) At the heart of the global debate about the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been the question of whether there be limitations to what we say and publish, or if it is our “God-given” right to say and write whatever we want? LSE student Alex […]
  • Charlie Hebdo and the Other Within (guest blog)
    This article by LSE Media and Communications Associate Professor Dr Bart Cammaerts A few days after the horror, brutalism and destruction there is a slowly growing some space for some degree of rationalization of what happened last week. I have two main observations to make here: first and inevitably, freedom of speech needs to be discussed and contextualized, second coinciding […]
  • Citizen terrorism: the Paris killings and networked media
    This article  is by LSE student and Polis Silverstone Scholar Milan Dinic (@MilanDinic1) The tragic killings which took place in a magazine office and a grocery store in Paris show a shift in the relationship between terror and media. It reflects the increasing domination of citizen/networked journalism over mainstream news media, and the rise of something which I would call citizen terrorism. Terrorists have always sought […]
  • The right response to Charlie Hebdo: fear and humanity
    Today I started research on a documentary about how journalists should deal with the surfeit of frightening, horrific news in our lives: then along comes the Charlie Hebdo massacre. [This article has been updated with links to other pieces at the end] I am sure it’s not just journalists who feel viscerally appalled by this very deliberate, callous, meticulous and brutal […]

 

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