International journalism

Berlusconi in Britain: Beppe Severgnini (guest blog)

“A Berlusconi phenomenon is unlikely to happen in Britain, but never say die”.  That’s according to  leading Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini speaking at LSE’s Italian Society. Polis intern Davide Morisi reports “It all began two years ago, when Time Magazine asked me to write an article to explain why Mr Berlusconi took over for the third time”, Severgnini says. But […]

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Media is for Peace, Love and Understanding?

There are different theories of what role the media should embrace. One of them is that the media should serve the audience and is responsible in seeking truth. With regard to conflicts this means that responsible journalism providing all relevant information can be a promoter of peace, love and understanding. But is “objectivity” in journalism even possible? And where does […]

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Connecting The World: A Dead Digital Dream?

‘What we are seeing is conversations that are theoretically open to the world but in practice highly restricted’ Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices/Harvard University Is the Internet a force for development and democracy or is it a digital dead-end? Big questions for just two days at the Salzburg Global Seminar on media and development. There is a lot of healthy […]

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BBC, Al Jazeera and globalisation of news (guest blog)

  This is an edited version of an essay by Polis Summer School student Victoria Yates. The idea of globalization is not new, despite many of the modern connotations attached to the term. The creation of the printing press created much the same revolution in communication, connecting people for the first time in a wide manner beyond traditional dialogical contact.

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PAX: an ambitious and flawed way to create global networks for peace, so let's try it?

One of the functions of international reporting is supposed to be that journalists can warn the world of impending disasters. The idea is that intrepid hacks can spot looming conflicts or humanitarian catastrophes and help persuade governments or other agencies to intervene. In practice, this ain’t necessarily so. By it’s nature, news journalism tends to focus on what has happened, […]

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