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Nick Davies and journalism’s bullying culture

Polis Intern Alex Forbess reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring The Guardian’s Nick Davies.

It seems simple:  if you see a child picking on one of his classmates, a parent, teacher, or even a police officer, would intervene and tell him to stop. But investigative journalist Nick Davies says there was no such protective reaction to the raw, […]

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Transparency: The Polis Journalism Conference March 28th 2014

We’ve just released the names of confirmed speakers for our annual journalism conference taking place on Friday March 28th. (See list below).  Registration for free tickets is available here.

Our conference in 2013 on ‘Trust in Journalism’  was a great success with more than 500 people enjoying the day. Our next annual conference will be on Friday March 28th 2014, and […]

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

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 her response to the Polis Media Agenda Talk by Brendan Paddy, Head of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), who […]

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The philosophy of the new news

News as a profession is unphilosophical. It is full of ideas – even ideas about itself – but it rarely frames that thinking in terms of either classical or modern philosophical theory or discourse. In journalism, the phrase ‘philosophical’ is usually used in connection with a football manager at a post-match press conference reflecting phlegmatically on a dodgy penalty decision […]

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The harm of digital pornography in real lives

It’s a stunning scene, yet an everyday occurrence. Two British teenage boys explain the different categories of hard core pornography available to them with a couple of clicks online. Then one of them laments that he can’t have a real relationship with a girl because both his mind and his peer group’s attitudes have been poisoned by porn. Polis Intern […]

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London is Dreaming of London: Culture and Identity in the Capital

This week’s Media Agenda Talk was about London’s identity and culture. Three panellists – Author Eve Harris, music critic Lloyd Bradley and Channel 4 Reporter Fatima Manji – presented their unique perspective on the city, stemming from their professional experience and their life as Londoners.

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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 […]

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The Mumsnet Story: How to Engage with Online Communities

During a nine-hour flight from London to Florida, Justine Roberts was beginning to panic. As she and her husband dashed around the plane trying to alleviate their 1-year-old-twins from an untimely malady (diarrhea) while dealing with a shortage of nappies it was beginning to dawn on Roberts that she may have severely miscalculated their first family vacation. Once they settled […]

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From TV to tablets – how the BBC’s onscreen journalism is changing

“I used to say what I did and people would understand. Now people say, ‘what’s that?’” said Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism at the BBC, during the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk. This article by Polis intern Emma Goodman @EmmaMayAlex Visual journalism, which Farnsworth described as “one of those new catchphrases,” brings together the cinematic narration of television with the […]

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Reputation And Accountability: Where Are The Checks And Balances With Social Media?

How have changes in the media landscape have affected the practice of reputation management? Public Relations Executive Tim Burt says that the proliferation of social media has greatly limited the amount of editorial control that can be exercised over the dissemination of information. Burt argues that social media have eroded the system of “checks and balances” that historically governed […]

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