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    Bland or bias? Election watching across the Atlantic: US, UK and Scotland (guest blog)

Bland or bias? Election watching across the Atlantic: US, UK and Scotland (guest blog)

American Polis intern Alex Steven Forbess reports on the US midterm elections as seen from London and reflects on how national media cover other countries polls.

If anyone wants to understand how the United States seems to act chaotic while maintaining a smiling face, my advice is to stay alert whenever a major election occurs.

By the time I have published […]

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    Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

It all went wrong with the introduction of the sofa. Once politicians had the option of a cozy chat with comfy pillows, then the gladiatorial combat of the traditional broadcast interview was dead.

That is the core message from David Dimbleby’s thoughtful lecture on the art of the political interview, given to celebrate the 90th birthday of the psephology legend […]

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    We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

Among a number of political ramifications, the recent UKIP by-election success in Clacton has raised tough questions about the organization of televised debates during the 2015 general election campaign. LSE’s Nick Anstead looks to Germany and Canada for more inclusive models that the UK could follow. This post is a repost of an article that originally appeared on the […]

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    What can we learn about getting people involved in politics from the Scottish referendum? (Video)

What can we learn about getting people involved in politics from the Scottish referendum? (Video)

I have been on Sky News talking about what we can learn from the Scottish referendum about getting people interested in politics.

You can watch the video by clicking on the photo below.

I was in debate with James Bloodworth from LeftFootForward blog.

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Social media is a great tool but you need to give people a clear decision on […]

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Do Voting Advice Applications have a future?

This is the third of a series of articles about Voting Advice Applications.  Read the first one here and the second here.

 VAAs are digital devices that try to help citizens think about how they might decide to vote in an election. They might be websites, apps or any other online format that you could access via a desktop, laptop, […]

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    An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

An introduction to Voting Advice Applications (VAA) and their potential influence and effects

Introduction by Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE

Voting Advice Applications are digital devices that try to help citizens think about how they might decide to vote in an election. They might be websites, apps or any other online format that you could access via a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile connected device. They are a niche digital product but they […]

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    How can we use media to get people more engaged in politics?

How can we use media to get people more engaged in politics?

This was my submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee inquiry into ‘Voter Engagement’. My paper was focused, of course, on the role of media. I am trying to convince politicians that they need to emulate the way that journalism has fostered engagement with the public, but go further, for example not just using twitter to promote […]

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St George Farage and the mainstream party dragons: political communication in the age of austerity

In the not so distant past if we were discussing political communications trends we might talk about Facebook and Barack Obama, or Twitter and #IagreewithNick’. Today I want to look at Nigel Farage and the George and Dragon pub. [You can see the slides for this talk here] There are thousands of media scholars out there analysing Occupy Wall Street […]

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Kenyan elections and the media: complex illusions (guest blog)

LSE  researcher Nick Benequista is researching networked journalism in East Africa. Here’s his take from Nairobi on the complexities of media coverage of the tightly-contested Kenyan elections. The national elections last week revealed an uneasy relationship between Kenyans and the mass media. Kenyans have been given an unsatisfactory choice between the half-truths of the foreign press and the illusions of […]

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Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory

Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory. (Some of these are stupid, some rhetorical, and the list will grow) Please feel free to suggest more via @CharlieBeckett or in the comments. 1. Why do political journalists still treat campaigns like theatre or sport when it is now maths? (cf Nate Silver)

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