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Why Does The Media ‘Love Stay At Home Mums’?

Recent governments and feminists have agreed on one thing. It is empowering for women and good for the economy if mothers go to work. Yet at the same time, middle class mothers who stay at home are often portrayed by mainstream news media in a positive light. Are those women really ‘choosing’ to stay at home? Is the media helping […]

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The power of low blows: when attacking communication works

We are delighted to announce Laya Maheshwari as the winner of the StockWell Communications Polis Research Prize 2015. The award  went to the best research proposal by an LSE post-graduate student on the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’.

Anthony Silverman, partner at StockWell said:
“Laya’s research topic of whether going negative works is a fascinating topic particularly in an election […]

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    Source protection for journalists – a new Polis research project (guest blog)

Source protection for journalists – a new Polis research project (guest blog)

My name is Carl Fridh Kleberg and I’m the latest Journalistfonden Fellow at Polis, where during November I’ll be writing a report on digital source protection and data security for journalists. In Sweden I’m a foreign correspondent with the news agency TT, and I do a bit of data security training for news media. If you think it sounds like […]

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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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    Designing a VAA: Selecting questions as a crucial part of the process

Designing a VAA: Selecting questions as a crucial part of the process

This is the second of a series of articles about Voting Advice Applications. Read the first one here.

VAAs are digital devices that try to help citizens think about how they might decide to vote in an election. They might be websites, apps or any other online format that you could access via a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile connected […]

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