Guest bloggers

Does being networked change journalism? (guest blog)

I have been preaching the gospel of networked journalism for years. I think that public participation and interaction are now a routine part of all kinds of news media and it’s also become a regular fixture in our teaching about journalism at the LSE. But what difference does it make? In this guest article by LSE student and Polis intern […]


Non-User President: Will @PutinRussia replace @MedvedevRussia? (guest blog)

On May 7 Russia got an old-new President and a new Prime Minister. Among the many differences between the members of the so-called “Russian tandem”, there is one that is less visible, but important. It is the approach of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev to the Internet. Russia says “Goodbye” to its “Geek-President” and in exchange gets a “President-Non-user”. Polis Silverstone […]


Sex, money and power: reporting America for Al Jazeera (guest blog with audio report)

It has been said that the two aspects of life most often lied about are sex and money – a stereotype that Zeina Awad  co-host of Al Jazeera English’s flagship American current affairs programme, Fault Lines, knows all too well. (This report by Polis intern, Lauren Maffeo – there is an excellent audio package about Al Jazeera based on this […]


Russian Elections: the struggle for power between state and network society

New media technologies are having a interesting impact in places where we thought political communications had become bogged down. One of them was Russia As Polis Silverstone Scholar Gregory Asmolov explains, both activists and the Russian state are using digital technologies in ways that is changing the terms of democratic debate and the struggle for control over information. Here Gregory […]


Civic Resilience: A New Response To The Riots (guest blog)

Media coverage and political debate in the wake of the English riots this past summer led quickly to the emergence of two opposing arguments as to the cause of social disorder in England: acts of criminality or alienation of the youth? The question now is how progressives should respond to social disorder and whether there are other causes – and […]

November 29th, 2011|Politics|0 Comments|

Four steps to success in a humanitarian appeal

Some people are exhausted by messages they receive from humanitarian NGOs. Many have become desensitized to images of distant suffering and repeated appeals for help. But, ultimately, people want to do good. So what can humanitarian NGOs do to better open the public’s hearts, minds—and pockets? Polis hosted a panel debate on this topic at LSE in partnership with Plan […]

November 15th, 2011|Development|2 Comments|

Investigative journalism and human rights: a Polis seminar report

In the networked journalism age there is a lot that the news media can learn from other organisations that have expertise in investigating the kind of stories that we should be covering. Polis teamed up with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to put on a special seminar with Anthea Lawson and Robert Palmer from Global Witness to explain how to […]

October 25th, 2011|Journalism|1 Comment|

Should students do social media with teachers? (guest blog)

Professors and lecturers are finally starting to use social media as a teaching tool – it seems particularly relevant for a Media and Communications Department. But what are the limits on the use of social media relationships between staff and students? Here’s the student view from Polis intern Vanessa Gottlieb. When I signed up for Twitter I never expected to be […]

October 18th, 2011|Media|3 Comments|

Should charities be allowed ‘political’ advertising on TV?

Is the ban on political broadcast adverts preventing people from doing good? Was Bono’s latest celebrity-filled advertisement, released by his charity, a political act or merely an effort to draw attention to famine in East Africa? Polis intern April Simpson reports.

October 9th, 2011|Media|0 Comments|

After the News of the World admit hacking Milly Dowler’s Phone We Need A Media Commission – Not Self-Regulation

This article by Damian Tambini appeared first on the LSE Media Policy Blog

July 5th, 2011|Journalism|2 Comments|