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    Going beyond Westminister, war and wealth: in defence of ‘bad’ news

Going beyond Westminister, war and wealth: in defence of ‘bad’ news

Is news too negative and narrowly focused? Would it be healthier for us to simply shut it out and concentrate on our real lives? Should journalists try harder to accentuate the positive? Branwen Jeffreys argues that journalism must change and be more constructive but it has to stay critical and that hard news is vital to a healthy society. […]

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November 1st, 2016|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|

Media Agenda Talks 2016

Each Autumn Polis invites media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our  Media Agenda Talk series taking place 5pm-6pm every Tuesday in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE.

The talks are open to LSE students and the public, no registration required.

Tuesday 27th September
Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Factual, C4

‘Why Media Matters’

Dorothy Byrne is known for […]

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Was the BBC biased over Brexit?

I am a constant critic of the BBC* but I find myself as a genuinely puzzled defender of their EU referendum coverage. The accusation from Remain supporters** is that the BBC should have abandoned its statutory requirement for balance/impartiality and said clearly that the Leave campaigns was a pack of lies and that sensible people should vote Remain.

There are […]

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    Deliberation, distortion and dystopia: the news media and the referendum

Deliberation, distortion and dystopia: the news media and the referendum

The EU referendum was a classic test of the concept of media framing of deliberation. Yet, it perhaps ended up demonstrating that it is politicians and the public who set the agenda and that the news media has short-term, shallow but significant effects.

No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help […]

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    Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

The EU referendum is putting an historic choice before the British people: but how well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public?

No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help voters make up their minds. For months, the air waves have been buzzing with […]

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