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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 […]

July 30th, 2014|Journalism|15 Comments|

Can the BBC keep giving the public what it wants?

The BBC is facing multiple  pressures to change its structure and even its funding, but what about its editorial values? In the latest #PolisSummer School guest post, Leonor Gomes responds to a talk by BBC Academy editor Matthew Eltringham. The BBC is funded by a licence fee, which essentially means funds are provided by the audience itself. This has helped fund an […]


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.

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 […]


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.

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 […]


Transparency: The Polis Journalism Conference March 28th 2014

We’ve just released the names of confirmed speakers for our annual journalism conference taking place on Friday March 28th. (See list below).  Registration for free tickets is available here.

Our conference in 2013 on ‘Trust in Journalism’  was a great success with more than 500 people enjoying the day. Our next annual conference will be on Friday March 28th 2014, and […]


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

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 experience as a journalist (including at the BBC from 89-99 and ITN 99-2006) but mostly on my last eight years […]


10 things (so far) that organisations say when they are criticised by journalists and don’t want to deal with the issues raised

The BBC Panorama on charities was not a devastating deconstruction of the sector. It showed that a few (big name) charities are not entirely as ethical as they pretend; that they tend to be rather generous to departing staff (something the BBC should know about); they are potentially swayed by corporate donors; and are not entirely transparent about their investments […]


From TV to tablets – how the BBC’s onscreen journalism is changing

“I used to say what I did and people would understand. Now people say, ‘what’s that?’” said Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism at the BBC, during the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk. This article by Polis intern Emma Goodman @EmmaMayAlex Visual journalism, which Farnsworth described as “one of those new catchphrases,” brings together the cinematic narration of television with the […]


Lessons from the ‘fabricated’ 3d Printer Gun Story

The ‘fabricated’ 3D printer gun story is a parable of the good and bad of contemporary journalism. Some of the issues it raises are timeless. We all make mistakes. Journalism is by its nature imperfect. But what matters is admitting and correcting them – quickly and completely. [see end of article for an Update] The story that Greater Manchester Police […]