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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.

 

 

  • How Bad Is Breaking News?
    The Observer has published a debate between journalist Yvonne Roberts and yours truly about the quality of journalism today – especially when it comes to reporting disasters like the Germanwings incident. Read it here or click on the picture. I defend the work of the journalists…
  • Challenge yourself: from PositionDial self-discovery to Election engagement
    This article is written by Mariam Cook, founder of PositionDial. She was a speaker at Polis 2014 and also gave a Lunchtime Talk in Michaelmas 2014, a student review of which can be seen here. PositionDial is a new way of working out your political position, keeping up to date with news and views from all sides, and seeing who […]
  • Election Watch: Media Notes on #GE2015
    Reporting The Election – an historic moment for the media and politics 28.3.15 I deliberately didn’t take detailed notes during our conference on journalism and elections because I wanted to pay attention and get a broader impression of the arguments. We will have video up online later but search the #polis2015 hashtag and you will see there was a vast […]
  • Online media in Africa: a new powerful public sphere to counter stereotypes
    LSE MSc student Anaelle Azoulay shares her reflections on Sean Jacobs’s Public Lecture ‘Shifting African Digital Landscapes’ on 17th March 2015 (chaired by Dr Wendy Willems). Remember Kony 2012? A short film launched by Invisible Children that went viral by trying to expose Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and get him arrested. While the intention was laudable, the campaign came […]
  • Announcing the Polis Photography Competition 2015: ‘Political News’
    We are now welcoming entries to our 2015 Polis Photography Competition, for interpretations on the theme ‘Political News’. We encourage students to interpret the theme in imaginative ways and will be judging on both aesthetic merits and the inventiveness of interpretation. The competition is open to all current LSE students, we will accept submissions of a maximum of two photographs per person. The winner will […]

 

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