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Diversity: can it pay a digital dividend?

The media and communications industries have some of the worst records for diversity or social mobility and journalism is just about the worst of all. So it was great to hear so many top media folk talking about some impressive new initiatives with such enthusiasm at a session led by Baroness Bow (Oona King) at Channel 4. I was particularly […]


The challenge of reporting an unreported world

This report by Polis Summer School student David R Myles on how one foreign correspondent deals with the unique challenges of invetigating original stories around the world. Imagine this: You are a journalist sitting in the passenger seat of a rickety SUV, traversing the crowded streets of Kabul, with a local guide behind the wheel and your producer nervously fidgeting in the […]


The New Fourth Estate: a response to Alan Rusbridger

Is this a media Magna Carta moment? In a stimulating ‘Beta stage’ essay Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has suggested that British Journalism – the Fourth Estate – is now made up of three divisions. But what is really interesting is not the fact of this media constitutional shift, but its consequences. Rusbridger claims that the Internet and its associated processes […]

October 13th, 2010|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

The Turner Prize and Modern Art: But Is It Journalism?

A breakfast tour of the 25th Turner Prize show is a nice way to start my birthday, but did I really understand what I was seeing? In the end, all non-specialist  journalism about contemporary culture returns to one question: Is It Art? All specialist arts journalism returns to another: will it sell? Neither are very interesting questions. The Sun reported the […]

October 6th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Detours are the straight way to success on the Internet (Matt Locke at Polis Summer School – guestblog)

How do you catch the attention of young people in a world, where the amount of information available is so massive, indeed,, for all practical reasons, infinite? That is the question Matt Locke, commissioning editor on Channel 4, is facing everyday, as he works with the channel’s section for teenagers, producing content about the choices you face as a teenager, trying […]


Iran: Twitter goes mainstream

If you really want to know what is happening in Iran, go online. Tonight, the brilliant Lindsey  Hilsum from Channel 4 News had an exclusive interview with an opposition politician and great pictures of her in the heart of the swelling demonstrations. But she was unable to file a commentary or join Jon Snow live for the programme because of […]


The BBC: from Fortress to Open House

The news that the BBC is planning to share its studios and other facilities with ITV regional news indicates that the fortresses of British public service broadcasting are coming tumbling down.

March 12th, 2009|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

Jon Snow Online: an old man does new media rather well…

Sorry to be positive two days in a row, but Jon Snow’s blog is very, very good. Why? because it is absolutely his voice, character and journalistic talent on display without ties, cameras and autocues to get in the way.

February 11th, 2009|Journalism|3 Comments|

Unseen Gaza: the debate continues

Channel 4′s Dispatches on the media coverage of the Gaza dispute was an excellent exposition of the effects of the Israeli media blockade. Now Channel 4 have staged a debate with members of the public, experts and media practitioners. Here is a report on the debate by Polis researcher Molly Kaplan.

January 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Oxford Media Convention: Burnham on the future of media

A lot of talk here from Secretary of State Andy Burnham onwards about the public and yet the citizen is strangely absent. The Oxford Media Convention is the media community drawing up its annual wishlist and airing its collective angsts.