About Polis

Polis is the LSE’s media think-tank, a part of the Department of Media and Communications aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society. Polis has a dual mission to:

  • provide a forum for public debate and policy intervention on key issues of news journalism
  • produce outstanding research on the impact of mediation and journalism in our societies

To this end, Polis‘ commitment is two-fold. It is committed to promoting open and substantial dialogue on the changing structures, policies and practices of journalism, inviting diverse stakeholders to reflect on the dilemmas that journalism faces today.

The public face of Polis is our programme of lectures, seminars, research and events. We bring significant and controversial figures from the media to talk about their role in society. We get important public figures to talk about what they think about the way that the media deals with the world. And then we will get them to talk to each other.

Get in touch and join the Polis debate. Contact Charlie Beckett at c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk or on Twitter via @charliebeckett or you can contact the Polis Manager Julia Ziemer at J.Ziemer@lse.ac.uk or via @Julezzee
You can also follow Polis on Twitter at @PolisLSE or on the Polis Facebook page.

About Charlie Beckett

I am the founding director of Polis, the  journalism and society think-tank at the London School of Economics’ Media and Communications Department.

I am the author of one book about networked journalism called ‘SuperMedia’ (Blackwell) and another about the significance of ‘WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era’ (Polity).

I spent 20 years working for some of the best news and current affairs programmes at the BBC, LWT and Channel 4 News at ITN. I went in to journalism because I think that it matters how our world is reported. With all the technological and commercial changes in journalism and all the social, environmental and political changes in society, I think that journalism matters even more now.

If you are a journalist, a student, academic or someone who cares about journalism and the effect it has, then I hope you will read and respond to what we put on here.

Moderation Policy

We want this blog to be a civilised place and are in the fortunate position of not having to chase traffic. Instead we are looking to create a space for thoughtful interaction. We enjoy robust debate. We try not to be provocative for the sake of it, but if you disagree with what we write then please feel free to comment.

However, we do not allow comments that are personal attacks, personally rude, that are plugging products, or that are racist or sexist.