Journalism studies

‘Like ticket touts at Stamford Bridge’ LSE’s Howard Davies on Journalists

Technically, Howard Davies was my boss at the LSE until he resigned over the donation from Libya. Along with that he can also be accused of having created POLIS, the journalism think-tank that I run. Therefore, I have more than a passing interest in his views on media coverage of the story that forced his departure. I liked Howard a […]


Media and social solidarity: Vienna part II

So should we worry if traditional journalism is in decline? Does it matter for democracy? Our transatlantic conversation now turned to the political impact of media change. Paolo Mancini of Perugia University reminded us that they idea of media as fourth estate is historically a pretty recent and specific phenomenon. And the idea that newspapers are more than a product […]


Aleks Krotoski: online community – myth, menace and meaning

Our online world is frequently celebrated for its ability to make our offline world smaller. It is lauded for encouraging us to bump up against opposing view points. It even gives us the potential for regime change through the  motivation of voters and protesters. Yet, the web can also be seen as a menace to society, enabling isolation and fostering extremism. […]


Alternative Media Is An Alternative (guest blog)

How do you define Alternative Media in an age when the Internet provides so many alternatives? Hyper-local blog expert Will Perrin came to Polis Summer School to join in a day of debate on that subject. This was the response from Summer School student Fatymatou Dia: Since the beginning of the course, I have been struggling with definitions  for journalism in […]


Henry V & The Internet

I work in a modern tower block office in an alley where an Internet was invented in the 15th century. Let me explain. After about 1422 Henry V started writing his letters in English instead of Latin. These were the documents that allowed him to exercise power. They were the business email of the time. Their purpose was to make […]


Social Networks and Journalism: a 5 minute interview

This is a five minute email interview I did for Alix Abi-Aad, a journalism student at Leeds Trinity. I do quite a lot of these so I thought it was worth posting one for a change. Kinda practicing the preaching. Alix Q: Firstly, with the rise of social networking and blogs, there are an increased amount of citizen journalists. Do you […]


Future of journalism: some principles and predictions (Polis in Stockholm Pt 3)

I gave a talk to the Swedish Journalism Fund’s 40th anniversary conference on the Next Five Years for journalism. They seemed to have a better idea than I did of what’s coming next, but here are some extracts from my notes for the evening including a list of predictions for the next five years and suggestions for how journalism training […]

November 14th, 2009|Journalism, Media|2 Comments|

Journalism Education In A Networked World (Polis in Shanghai)

    This is the text of a speech to a gathering of global journalism education leaders at the 80th anniversary conference of Fudan University, Shanghai. JOURNALISM EDUCATION FOR A NETWORKED MEDIA We are at a critical moment in the history of journalism. This is a phase of accelerated technological, economic and political change. This is a period when the […]


The news from Iran: new research on how the Internet connected to the world media

Best books for hacks – vote for the 8 tomes every journalist should read

I have a pathological aversion to best-of lists, except, of course, when I am on one.  An American University has compiled a long list of the finest works on journalism that they suggest are required reading for budding and practicising hacks. You can vote for your eight favourites here.

Naturally, I am delighted that my own SuperMedia has made the […]