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  • The greatest interviewer ever up against the hardest person to interview according to Dimbleby
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    Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

It all went wrong with the introduction of the sofa. Once politicians had the option of a cozy chat with comfy pillows, then the gladiatorial combat of the traditional broadcast interview was dead.

That is the core message from David Dimbleby’s thoughtful lecture on the art of the political interview, given to celebrate the 90th birthday of the psephology legend […]

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Nick Davies and journalism’s bullying culture

Polis Intern Alex Forbess reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring The Guardian’s Nick Davies.

It seems simple:  if you see a child picking on one of his classmates, a parent, teacher, or even a police officer, would intervene and tell him to stop. But investigative journalist Nick Davies says there was no such protective reaction to the raw, […]

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Do the media control our minds?

This graph, from the publishers of Owen Jones’ book about the Establishment very clearly illustrates how biased British newspapers have brainwashed Britons into adopting right-wing beliefs that don’t match reality. Or does it?

Jones makes an argument that is shared across much of the political spectrum. There are even conservatives, who supposedly benefit from this, who make the same claim. But […]

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    Hong Kong Rising: Does the beauty of crowds distract from the politics?

Hong Kong Rising: Does the beauty of crowds distract from the politics?

Once again a generation of well-educated, aspirational young people who want democracy with their economic growth have taken to the streets to demand a political system that gives them representation that reflects their views.

Hong Kong’s streets now resemble Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Istanbuil’s Taksim Square and Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti- though, so far, without the extreme violence that left so much […]

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    The Generation Game: signs of hope as news media industry change matures?

The Generation Game: signs of hope as news media industry change matures?

New media is now old. This year, the internet celebrates its 45th birthday, while online news in the UK has reached adulthood. Any publishing strategy needs to understand that we are now in a ‘three generations in one’ news industry. There
are still the legacy products like ‘dead tree’ newspapers and analogue broadcast but there is also the content re-versioned […]

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    What can we learn about getting people involved in politics from the Scottish referendum? (Video)

What can we learn about getting people involved in politics from the Scottish referendum? (Video)

I have been on Sky News talking about what we can learn from the Scottish referendum about getting people interested in politics.

You can watch the video by clicking on the photo below.

I was in debate with James Bloodworth from LeftFootForward blog.

Top lines from me?

Social media is a great tool but you need to give people a clear decision on […]

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    How can we use media to get people more engaged in politics?

How can we use media to get people more engaged in politics?

This was my submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee inquiry into ‘Voter Engagement’. My paper was focused, of course, on the role of media. I am trying to convince politicians that they need to emulate the way that journalism has fostered engagement with the public, but go further, for example not just using twitter to promote […]

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Better To Be A Cat: How to be a political journalist

This article by Spectator assistant editor Isabel Hardman is based on a talk she gave at Polis, LSE. In it she explains what it’s like to be a Westminster lobby journalist, how to get scoops and what it takes to be a political correspondent in one of the world’s most competitive news beats. She argues that starting out on a very […]

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    Should news get personal? Emotion and objectivity in the face of suffering

Should news get personal? Emotion and objectivity in the face of suffering

Should journalists covering suffering allow their own emotions to become part of the story? [see comments and selected tweets at the bottom of this article for reaction] Jon Snow’s heartfelt monologue about the suffering of Gaza’s children has become a YouTube hit amongst those who have been shocked by the images of the appalling injuries and deaths of citizens in that narrow […]

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How the news media both shadows and magnifies feminism

When Laura Bates from #Everydaysexism gave her presentation at LSE Polis Summer School, I felt so ‘echoed’. Those obscene sexual harassments, both visible and invisible, have happened to me and my friends in various forms.  This article by Polis Summer School student Yinan Che. At the time we felt disgusted and helpless. We raged about it together and then several days […]

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