Tag Archives: Development

Apr 11 2014

How to create ethical & effective online social campaigning communications for development

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How do you campaign for a cause in an age when there is so much competition for people’s attention and when the challenge is to get people to do more than click their support? It’s vital that anyone doing advocacy … Continue reading

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Dec 5 2013

Pictures of suffering – do we have to choose between impact and dignity?

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Is showing a tragic portrait of people in the developing world the only effective strategy to call for action and  funding from people in donor countries?  Can’t we change the perspective toward victims in crisis? Polis reporter Asuka Kageura gives … Continue reading

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Dec 2 2013

If you have more women in media, do representations of women improve? Report from UN Media & Gender Forum

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One of the assumptions we have made in media and development in the past is that you will get better treatment of women by the media if there are more women working in the industry. Yet as LSE student Emily LeRoux-Rutledge reports … Continue reading

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Dec 13 2012

What is the point of studying at the LSE when my friends are being killed at home? (Guest blog)

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This week we were able to give a small but vital Silverstone Scholarship grant to one of our MSc students, Eman Eltigani, a journalist from Sudan. She was thrilled to get the financial support, but bad news from her homeland … Continue reading

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Oct 11 2012

Connecting to the World: launch of report on online campaigning and the new media environment

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The internet presents huge opportunities but also huge challenges for campaigners dealing with global issues.  On November 7th, we’ll be launching a new research report written by me for the International Broadcasting Trust that looks at how UK NGOs campaign … Continue reading

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Jul 11 2012

How to tell development stories – Bill Clinton at LSE

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If all those books about political communications are to be believed then it should be easy to be as effective as Bill Clinton with the help of some speech writers, spin doctors and image consultants. Yet what is remarkable is … Continue reading

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Jul 4 2012

Insight from the Other World- A Marketing Professional Speaks on NGOs’ Communication Challenges

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What happens when you bring together a commercial marketing man with a group of communications, fund-raising and marketing officers from a selection of the UK’s international aid charities? Polis Intern Paula Myers reports on a recent Polis report launch. “What’s … Continue reading

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Jun 13 2012

Who Cares? Challenges and Opportunities in Reporting Distant Suffering (new report)

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On June 27th at 5.30pm, Polis will launch a new report exploring the challenges and opportunities in reporting distant suffering. The report written by Dr Shani Orgad based on research by a team  from LSE and Birkbeck College will be … Continue reading

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Apr 20 2012

How did Kony2012 Go Viral and Should We Copy It?

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In this short draft extract from a much longer paper I argue that what made #Kony2012 go viral was not the slick content or the Invisible Children brand – it was its focus on networking as an end in itself.

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Apr 18 2012

Kony2012 and the digital challenge to the public sphere (new research paper)

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This is a short early draft extract from a much longer paper I am writing for the International Broadcasting Trust on the future of the ‘public sphere’ in the digital age. In other words, how does our ability to communicate … Continue reading

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