Author Archives: Charlie Beckett

Apr 16 2014

Look In The Mirror For An Interesting Ethical Dispute

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Should you use a stock photograph in a front page story to represent real suffering? Media analyst Dan Barker’s blog feature’s a Daily Mirror front page about what it describes as the scandal of the growth of food banks in … Continue reading

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Apr 11 2014

How to create ethical & effective online social campaigning communications for development

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How do you campaign for a cause in an age when there is so much competition for people’s attention and when the challenge is to get people to do more than click their support? It’s vital that anyone doing advocacy … Continue reading

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Apr 4 2014

Does it matter that no-one reports on Parliament anymore?

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Has Parliament completely lost its role as the national debating chamber? And did opening it up to broadcast media hasten the decline? Apart from the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, PMQs, occasional set-piece such debates about going to war, and celebrity … Continue reading

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Mar 20 2014

The award-winning story of how Rio’s poor were robbed by the people who were supposed to run their hospitals (guest blog)

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One of my students here at the LSE is a Brazilian journalist who has just won the Tim Lopes Journalistic Prize for Investigative Reporting. Julio Lubianco was recognised for his radio investigation into corruption in the health services provided for the poor of … Continue reading

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Mar 16 2014

The invention of news – how the world came to know about itself (book review)

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If you’ve been on this planet recently and have access to electricity, you are probably familiar with the assertion that ‘the Internet is the most important invention since Printing’. Indeed, for journalism scholars, looking back to Gutenberg can be a … Continue reading

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Mar 14 2014

Latest dispatch from the international propaganda war in Ukraine

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Ukrainian LSE student Elena Serdyuk gives a personal view of the media battle in the crisis with Russia and the Crimea. You can read her previous article on the crisis here During a debate “Russia, Ukraine and Us,” organized by the … Continue reading

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Mar 14 2014

Conference 2014 Speaker Series: An Interview with Jonathan Stray

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Ahead of the Polis Annual Journalism Conference on Friday March 28th, we are interviewing some of our speakers. Jonathan Stray is the man behind Overview, a project from the Associated Press that aims to help journalists find stories in large … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2014

Malaysian Airlines MH370: what we don’t know can make compelling journalism

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In the absence of facts we get clichés. We (currently) have no accurate idea where the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is, so journalists resort to phrases such as ‘mystery surrounds the fate’ or ‘confusion reigns’. More journalism is like this … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2014

Ed the brave and logical? The risks and realities in denying a referendum

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The decision by Ed Miliband and Labour to effectively rule out holding a referendum on EU membership in the next parliament is very brave, logical and politically risky. I can’t see that it will directly win him a single new vote … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2014

Conference 2014 Speaker Series: An Interview with Alice Ross

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Ahead of the Polis Annual Journalism Conference on Friday March 28th, we are interviewing some of our speakers.  Alice Ross leads The Bureau for Investigative Journalism’s work on drones. The Covert Drone War project is based on a database of … Continue reading

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