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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July 30th, 2014|Journalism|15 Comments|
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    “Time to discuss”: a former US intelligence analyst says that Snowden and Manning were right (guest blog) #PolisSummer

“Time to discuss”: a former US intelligence analyst says that Snowden and Manning were right (guest blog) #PolisSummer

This article by Polis Summer School student and former Marine Corps signals intelligence (SIGINT) analyst Derek Matthews. The intelligence community is bound by a code of silence and not the unspoken kind. Every individual goes through a thorough background check. When I was in boot camp, an FBI agent was flown to my hometown to interview my friends and family to see […]

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Copy Approval – a clash of journalism and citizen ethics between Sweden and Britain?

”The story took a year to work out. It was never told before, less so published. The subject was sensitive and the people interviewed were vulnerable, so I had to compromise a little.” What compromising did Sarah Morrison, then a journalist at The Independent have to do? What ethical short-cut did this morally-motivated reporter (who now works for Global Witness, a […]

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“Gunman at Yale” So worth tweeting! How ‘citizen journalists’ can turn a drama into a crisis on social media

Last year, on the first day of Thanksgiving break, I was sleeping in my dorm room at Yale when I got waken up by a phone call from school: there was allegedly a gunman on campus. That was only three months after I went to the United States, and I couldn’t believe what I used to see on TV was actually […]

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The secret to good political reporting: patience

Report by Polis Summer School student Rayhan Uddin Walking the corridors of Parliament, brushing shoulders with politicians and hacks, coffees and lunches with highly influential people, receiving inside information from anonymous sources to earn yourself the political scoop of the day. It’s the stuff of aspiring journalists’ dreams. However, as Isabel Hardman explained in her lecture to the LSE Polis Summer […]

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    Permalink What does the Brooks Coulson phone-hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?Gallery

    What does the Brooks Coulson phone-hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?

What does the Brooks Coulson phone-hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?

The verdict in the phone-hacking trial raises an interesting question: how much do editors know about what happens in their newsrooms? I think the problem at the News of the World was symptomatic of a certain period in tabloid journalism. The problem in that newsroom was particular to the people involved and perhaps the proprietor, too. But even allowing […]

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How social media has changed the BBC: Charlie Beckett in conversation with BBC news and current affairs director James Harding

How has social media affected the BBC? James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, discusses with Charlie Beckett, Polis Director and Head of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications in the opening session of the London Social Media Summit.

Read more about the event here.

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June 2nd, 2014|Journalism|0 Comments|

A 21st Century BBC: A lecture by Diane Coyle, Acting Chair of the BBC Trust

In this lecture, Diane Coyle considers how the BBC can meet the challenge of providing a universal service while media channels proliferate and its audience becomes more and more diverse. She will also examine the BBC’s relationship with the state and ask how its independence is best protected.

About Diane:

Born and raised in the North West, Diane was educated at […]

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BBC news boss James Harding on how social media has changed the BBC’s world

This post was originally published on the BBC Academy website at the following link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/blogcollegeofjournalism/posts/smsldn-James-Harding-on-how-social-media-has-changed-the-BBCs-world

By Charles Miller, editor of the College of Journalism blog

Is there something special about the BBC’s relationship to social media? That was the question at the heart of the conversation between James Harding, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, and Charlie Beckett, director of […]

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