Each Autumn Polis invites media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our Media and Communications in Action series.

The talks take place Tuesdays 5-6pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE. They are open to LSE students and the public, no registration or ticket required.

Tuesday 2nd October

Alan Rusbridger
Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism, and Why it Matters Now

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Alan Rusbridger was Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media from 1995 to 2015. He launched the Guardian in the US and Australia as well as building a website which today attracts more than 100 million unique browsers a month. The paper’s coverage of phone-hacking led to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics. Guardian US won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its leading global coverage of the Snowden revelations.

Reflecting on his twenty years as editor of the Guardian; and his experience of breaking some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the Edward Snowden revelations, phone-hacking, Wikileaks and the Keep it in the Ground campaign, Rusbridger will outline his defence of why quality journalism matters now more than ever.

@arusbridger

Tuesday 9th October

Tom Baldwin
Ctl, Alt, Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy

Chair: Nick Anstead

Tom Baldwin has spent the best part of three decades in the thick of politics and the media. He has worked as communications director for the Labour Party, political editor of The Sunday Telegraph, assistant editor of The Times, and The Times’ Washington bureau chief.

His latest book Ctl, Alt, Delete suggests the current problems in modern politics are all symptoms of an abusive thirty-year relationship between politics, the media, and a new information age. Interviewing everyone from Tony Blair to Michael Gove, top journalists to Russian bloggers, and tech giant execs to online activists, Tom Baldwin describes a vicious battle for control of the news agenda, at the expense of public trust and the value of truth.

@TomBaldwin66

Tuesday 16th October
Jamie Bartlett
The People vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we can save it).

Chair: Robin Mansell

Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, and Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He also writes on technology for the Spectator,the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley.

@JamieJBartlett

Tuesday 23rd October
Knowing and growing your audience: Social media success stories from PinkNews and LADbible 

Benjamin Cohen, CEO of PinkNews and Peter Heneghan, Head of Comms at LADbible

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Benjamin Cohen is the founder and CEO of PinkNews, the world’s most read LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) digital media publisher. Cohen became the UK’s first teenage dotcom millionaire aged just 17 and was technology correspondent for Channel 4 News from 2006-12.  Aside from campaigning for LGBT+ rights, Benjamin is a non-executive director of Handicap International, the Nobel Peace Prize winning global development charity for vulnerable and disabled people. @benjamincohen

Peter Heneghan is Head of Communications for LADBible, the largest social publisher in the world. He is responsible for developing the company’s media reputation and has significant experience in in fast paced news and long form investigative journalism, having led communications at the BBC and Channel 4’s flagship news and current affairs strands Dispatches, Panorama and Newsnight. @PeterHeneghan

 

Tuesday 30th October

Navigating Change
Rachel Friend, UK CEO of Weber Shandwick

Chair: Lee Edwards

Rachel Friend is responsible for Weber Shandwick’s network of offices across the UK, and has run the London office – the largest in the EMEA region – since 2015. Rachel has 20+ years experience, predominantly in consumer marketing, but also in social purpose and corporate responsibility campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands including Centrica, HSBC and Nespresso.  Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Rachel was Head of Consumer PR for British supermarket Sainsbury’s, working closely with the communications and marketing teams to deliver brand, product, CSR and local PR. She also spent nine years at H+K Strategies, rising to the position of Managing Director, Consumer Marketing.
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Tuesday 13th November


Nikesh Shukla

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Nikesh Shukla is the author of four novels. His latest ones are The One Who Wrote Destiny and Run Riot which is on the YA shortlist for the National Book Awards . His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010.  Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh is also the editor the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are MyBag Awards. Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller’s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.

@nikeshshukla

Tuesday 20th November

How to make it in the Creative Industries

Imriel Morgan, Sherry Collins and Swarzy Macaly

Imriel Morgan is the CEO of the ShoutOut Network– the UK’s diverse podcast network and host of the Wanna Be podcast.  She has several years of experience in content production, marketing , PR and product development and has had her work featured in The Guardian, Time Out, BuzzFeed, Elle Magazine, Ebony, Refinery29, The Debrief, CBS, The New Statesman and the BBC. @ImiMorgan

Sherry Collins is the founder, editor and creative director of The Pitch Fanzine. A movement to challenge inequality, discrimination and the lack of diversity in the creative industry, whilst simultaneously showcasing outstanding contemporary talent in its publication Pitch. In 2017, Collins launched the Pitch 100 Superwomen initiative, the yearly list of women working behind the scenes in the creative industry making things happen. Collins also launched Pitch Futures in 2017 to inspire and educate primary school children about the opportunities available to them in the creative industry. @thepitchfanzine

Swarzy Macaly is a radio presenter at KISS FM with her own show on KISS Fresh every Monday to Thursday from 11pm-Midnight, and Saturdays from 11am-3pm. Swarzy is also the official young voice of BBC Sounds, a contributor to Dotun Adebayo’s BBC Radio 5 Live show every third Sunday of the month, and hosts many events with various brands including o2 Go Think Big, DICE, and LevileTV.

Tuesday 27th November

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good
Kriti Sharma, VP Artificial Intelligence at Sage

Chair: Funda Ustek-Spilda

Kriti Sharma is an Artificial Intelligence technologist and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for Social Good. She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology in 2017. She was invited as a Civic Leader by the Obama Foundation Summit for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and recently gave expert testimony on AI Policy to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords. Earlier this year, Kriti spearheaded the launch of the Sage Future Makers Lab, a forum that will equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence.

@sharma_kriti

Tuesday 4th December


Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page

Sam Leith, Literary Editor, The Spectator

Chair: Charlie Beckett

Sam Leith is literary editor at the Spectator, contributes columns to the Financial Times, the Evening Standard and Prospect, and his work appears regularly in the GuardianThe Times and the TLS among others. His broadcasting work has included appearances on The Culture ShowThe Review ShowFront Row, the News QuizFry’s English Delightand a regular slot on the Sky Arts Book Programme. His books include Dead PetsSod’s Law and You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to ObamaThe Coincidence Engine, his first novel, was published in April 2011 and was included in the “Waterstone’s 11” list of the best first novels of that year.

@questingvole

Tuesday 11th December  

Cutting through: making international documentaries for the YouTube generation

Ben Zand is an award-winning British-Iranian journalist and filmmaker for the BBC from Liverpool. He makes current affairs documentaries from around the world and is currently the presenter and series producer for ‘World’s Most Dangerous Cities with Ben Zand.’ Ben was named Young Talent of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016.

@BenjaminZand

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