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    An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

Introduction by Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE

Voting Advice Applications 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 device. They are a niche digital product but they […]

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New Research Project: Voting Advice Applications – Are they useful and how should they be designed?

Polis-EBU Research Fellow Kamila Varadzinová has recently arrived at the LSE from Czech Radio  for her month long fellowship, during which she will research the creation and implications of voting advice applications (VAAs). The information she gathers and her resultant report will provide the basis for the creation of the first voting advice application in the Czech Republic.  In the […]

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May 8th, 2014|Research|0 Comments|

Report Launch – As it Happens: How live news blogs work and their future

Polis is pleased to launch the report As it Happens: How live news blogs work and their future by Journalistfonden Fellow Karin O’Mahony. The report is available to download here. Post by Charlie Beckett All the talk is of a crisis in the news media, but we sometimes forget that digital technologies can give us better journalism, too. A great example […]

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May 2nd, 2014|Research|0 Comments|

Conference 2014 Speaker Series: An Interview with Eric Newton

Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which funds ideas that promote quality journalism and media innovation, based on a principle that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. A former managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, he is also author of the innovative digital educational book […]

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Strange fascination: image in music and politics Part Two

This is part two of  an essay by, LSE Media PhD student Ruth Garland that explores the links between our experience of  images and political communication. With democracy suffering a crisis of confidence she questions the relationship between images and political meaning through the ages. In the first part she explored the political significance of David Bowie’s images and their relationship with his […]

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New research project: Live blogging – is it any good and what next?

Live blogging is one of those formats that have emerged in the last few years as Web 2.0 journalism has gone interactive, continuous and connected. But what impact is live blogging having on the newsroom and do they actually work? Do they create better journalism and do they attract audiences who pay attention? Polis has already done research on this, […]

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October 21st, 2013|Journalism, Media, Research|2 Comments|

Ten years of media and communication at LSE

Polis is part of the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Polis director Professor Charlie Beckett is currently Head of the Department. In this article Monika Lang (MSc Media & Comm, ’13) gives her account of the the history of the LSE’s Department of meddepartment and offers a unique student perspective […]

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Egypt’s Media War

The Egyptian national media coverage of the bloody clampdown on the Muslim Brotherhoods sit-ins and the violence that erupted in its aftermath in Egypt gives even more evidence to  support the finding of our research project on Arab media under political transitions: The lack of professional field reporting in national media is not only obstructing a fair representation of diverse […]

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Is Libyan Media More Free After The Revolution? (New Research Report)

Polis visiting research fellow Fatima el Issawi (@elIssawi) has just published the latest of her series of reports on Arab media in transition after the recent Political upheavals. Her latest is on Libya. Here she gives you a taste of the challenges and opportunities facing mainstream Libyan journalists. After the fall of the Qaddafi regime, Ahmed Saghir thought that he […]

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An extraordinary media decade for you, me and the LSE

I am currently Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE that celebrates its tenth anniversary on June 16th with a conference on “New Trajectories In Media and Communications Research”. These are my thoughts on those remarkable ten media years when I myself have changed my career from being a traditional  journalist editing a TV news programme to a Twitter-driven professor […]

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