What principles should guide regulation in the Internet age?

Only 3% of internet users have internet speeds slower than 2 mpbs and are without access to good broadband connections, which means that the internet has become not only increasingly pervasive but also far more accessible than it was before. For David Mahoney, director of Policy Development at Ofcom, this means we have to think how we regulate this digital […]


What Is Visual Journalism?

What IS Visual Journalism? It isn’t just television of course. But it’s not only online pie charts and graphs and representations of data. Visual journalism is about using technology to make news more interactive, more exciting and creative, and make users more involved. This article by Polis intern Arnuradha Santhanam. The BBC set up its new “visual journalism” unit in […]


How audience data can improve content as well as traffic (Polis Summer School guest blog) #PolisSs

The Guardian is no longer (just) a newspaper and it’s no longer (just) British. In a globalised online market its content finds it way to readers through a variety of platforms and channels around the world. But for the journalists to maximise the impact of their work and to increase readership, it’s vital to understand how that is happening. That’s […]


New narratives for the digital age (Polis Summer School guest blog) #PolisSS

The New York Times’ interactive feature article Snow fall has won all the accolades but it’s just one of the many new ways that this very traditional newspaper is reinventing story-telling. Polis Summer School student Billy Ostermeyer reports on a talk by Digital Strategy Editor Aron Pilhofer (@pilhofer). The New York Times’ Pulitzer prize winning piece “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel […]

July 14th, 2013|Journalism|0 Comments|

Life’s A Media Riot (Speech to Almedalen in Sweden)

This is the text of a speech I gave at the extraordinary annual Swedish political festival called ‘Almedalen’, when the whole political class of the country moves to a Baltic island for a week of debate open to the public. You can hear interviews I did for Swedish radio here. The theme was the future of ‘quality’ or public service journalism. […]


Glib one line answers to massive complex questions about the state of journalism

                          It’s that time of year when student journalists send people like me a set of questions as part of their long-essay research. The best ones have actually done some reading, but often it’s just an easy way to avoid going to primary sources (blogs, books etc)


Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You – Aleks Krotoski at Polis LSE next Tuesday

How are ‘relevance’ and ‘value’ constructed by Google? How are ‘self-expression’ and ‘relationships’ constructed by Facebook? Aleks Krotoski, academic, journalist, and host of BBC Radio 4′s The Digital Human science series and the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, explores these questions in her new book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You.

On Tuesday, December 11, Krotoski will […]


Contentious politics, stratified society and the elusive public: myths and reality of Chinese media (guest blog)

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media. Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive reporton the state of digital media […]

October 22nd, 2012|International, Media|0 Comments|

Top German Broadcaster Gets Integrated

Last week, I described the new multimedia newsroom of the BBC. But the BBC is not alone in Europe merging TV, radio and online. Bavarian Broadcaster “Bayerischer Rundfunk” is following suit. (This article by Nadja Hahn, EBU Research Fellow)

October 18th, 2012|Journalism|0 Comments|