Professor Charlie Beckett

Professor Charlie Beckett

Professor of Practice, Director of Polis and the Polis/LSE JournalismAI project

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise

About me

Professor Charlie Beckett is the founding director of Polis, the think-tank for research and debate around international journalism and society in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Polis runs a series of public lectures and seminars for journalists and the public as well as a programme of fellowships and research. It has a Summer School, holds conferences and publishes reports.

Charlie is leading the Polis JournalismAI project and was Lead Commissioner for the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission (T3). As well as being spokesperson for Polis, Media Policy Project and T3, and a regular blogger, Charlie Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media.

Charlie is the author of SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World (Blackwell, 2008) and WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era (Polity, 2012).

Prior to joining LSE, Charlie was a programme editor at ITN's Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.

Charlie was a senior producer and programme editor at BBC News and Current affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programmes at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC's 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson. He started his career on local newspapers in his native South London before starting in TV at LWT.

Charlie is a trustee of the European Journalism Centre and a consultant on media issues to a variety of commercial and public service organisations.

Expertise Details

Artificial Intelligence; broadcasting; digital; emotions; ethics; future of news; governance; international media; media economics; networked journalism; newspapers; social media; start-ups; terror reporting; US media; WikiLeaks; political communication


Research interests

  • News media change, social media, media economics and networked journalism
  • Journalism and politics in the UK and internationally in the digital age
  • Journalism and terrorism, strategic communications

Current research projects and initiatives



Other publications

View a comprehensive list of Charlie's pubilcations

View a collection of Charlie's Polis blog posts


Charlie convenes and teaches on the postgraduate course Critical Studies in Media and Journalism and the Summer School short course International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World.

He also runs the popular Media and Communications in Action talks, a speaker series combining theory and practice, hosted as part of the core postgraduate course Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications. Speakers include a mixture of practitioners, regulators, journalists, and other media professionals.