The Future of the BBC – my submission to the DCMS Select Committee for Charter Renewal

This is my personal submission to the House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sports’ Select Committee inquiry into the future of the BBC in the lead up to BBC Charter Renewal in 2016. It draws partly on my experience as a journalist (including at the BBC from 89-99 and ITN 99-2006) but mostly on my last eight years […]


Alec J Ross – My Media World Today And What I Would Like To Change About It

Alec J Ross was Hillary Clinton’s digital advisor when she was US Secretary of State. He advised on the 21st Century Statecraft programme that saw the US diplomatic service take to social media and millions of dollars go to media democracy activists around the world. He was also in the State Department when WikiLeaks made its major revelations about US […]


The challenge of reporting an unreported world

This report by Polis Summer School student David R Myles on how one foreign correspondent deals with the unique challenges of invetigating original stories around the world. Imagine this: You are a journalist sitting in the passenger seat of a rickety SUV, traversing the crowded streets of Kabul, with a local guide behind the wheel and your producer nervously fidgeting in the […]


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 […]


International perspectives on Leveson – what the non-UK media says

Canada’s Globe and Mail claims the British press and its foes are ‘terrified’ over the outcome of Lord Leveson’s Report. The New Zealand Herald documents the ‘judgment day’ that awaits the British press. The Hollywood Reporter focuses on the implications the Leveson Report will have on the relationship between the media and celebrities.  Hugh Grant, J.K. Rowling and Charlotte Church have been vocal proponents […]


New Paper: Connecting To The World, Communicating For Change: Media and agency in the new networked public sphere

I have written a report for the International Broadcasting Trust on how the new media environment is impacting on the way we communicate for change. It is particularly aimed at international NGOs. You can access that here. You can find details of the launch event on November 7th here.

It was based on a much longer and more wide-ranging exploratory […]


Help! What is the value of social media to public service journalism?

Added value for society is generally speaking what public service journalism aims for.  But what’s the public value of a tweet? How should public service journalists use Twitter and the rest of social media to produce public value?

How do we define public value for this new media? Is is just about content? Do customer service and communication with the audience play a […]

September 24th, 2012|Journalism, Research|2 Comments|

The War Correspondent Action Hero (guest blog)

Probably the most dangerous role in modern journalism is that of the ‘War Correspondent’, but what does that title actually mean? Polis Summer School student Karl Sorri reports on a talk by BBC World Affairs Producer Stuart Hughes who has covered conflicts around the world. Like pretty much all forms of journalism, Hughes stresses that recent advances in technology have had […]

July 15th, 2012|Journalism|0 Comments|

The Power of Investigation: Truth-seeking on an International Battleground (guest blog)

  Diving into Danger tells the story of men from the Mosquito Coast of Honduras who dive hundreds of meters below the sea, risking paralysis and death to catch lobsters that are then consumed at dining tables in the U.S and Europe. Sex, Lies and Black Magic examines the phenomena of human trafficking via the journey of a young woman […]

July 11th, 2012|Journalism|0 Comments|

Reporting Revolutions: Don’t Forget The Aftermath (Guest blog) #Polis12

This report by Polis intern Barbara Feeney on our Reporting Revolutions panel discussion at the Polis Journalism Conference chaired by Richard Sambrook of Cardiff University with BBC’s Lyse Doucet, Lindsey Hilsum of Channel 4 News (who has a new book, Sandstorm, which tells the story of the Libyan revolt) and Tom Coghlan of The Times. Despite the bloodshed and savagery […]