Category Archives: Media

Apr 16 2014

Polis Photography Project: “Texture”

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Thanks to all the LSE Media and Communications students who participated in this first Polis Photography Project. We were incredibly impressed with all of the photographs and unique interpretations of the theme “texture.” Without further ado, we are pleased to … 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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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 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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Feb 23 2014

The spiral of silence in politics and social media – new research

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LSE student Shaikha Nurfarah Mattar reports on a presentation by the latest winner of the Polis/Human Digital social media research prize which looks at how you can measure political sentiment online. “We have a moral obligation to keep thinking,” urged … Continue reading

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Feb 10 2014

The eternal battle between flaks & hacks, French style (lots of champagne involved)

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A French student of mine has a friend in public relations and a friend in journalism in Paris. The ‘relationniste‘ and the ‘journaliste’ had an exchange about the failings of each other’s ‘profession’. Apart from references to champagne and a couple … Continue reading

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Jan 31 2014

“Sorry is the hardest word”: Apologies in the Media and Corporate World

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We’re delighted to announce Nina M. Chung as the winner of the StockWell Communications Polis Research Prize. This year, the award  went to the best research proposal by an LSE post-graduate student on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’. Nina … Continue reading

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Jan 8 2014

The Future of the BBC – my submission to the DCMS Select Committee for Charter Renewal

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This is my personal submission to the House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sports’ Select Committee inquiry into the future of the BBC in the lead up to BBC Charter Renewal in 2016. It draws partly on my … Continue reading

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Dec 16 2013

Strange fascination: image in music and politics Part One

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An artist like David Bowie is able to use images to create a remarkable bond between his own creativity and his audience. Those images primarily evoke feelings of pleasure but they also resonate with all kinds of social and even … Continue reading

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Dec 4 2013

The philosophy of the new news

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News as a profession is unphilosophical. It is full of ideas – even ideas about itself – but it rarely frames that thinking in terms of either classical or modern philosophical theory or discourse. In journalism, the phrase ‘philosophical’ is … Continue reading

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