new media

How to create ethical & effective online social campaigning communications for development

How do you campaign for a cause in an age when there is so much competition for people’s attention and when the challenge is to get people to do more than click their support? It’s vital that anyone doing advocacy – especially online – understands the wider media context and the specific conditions of digital networks. This article was written […]

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An extraordinary media decade for you, me and the LSE

I am currently Head of the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE that celebrates its tenth anniversary on June 16th with a conference on “New Trajectories In Media and Communications Research”. These are my thoughts on those remarkable ten media years when I myself have changed my career from being a traditional  journalist editing a TV news programme to a Twitter-driven professor […]

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A Virtual Civil Society?

If you walk down the corridors of most development organisations you will see the words ‘civil society’ on many of the name-plates screwed to the office doors. Comforting words engraved on nice solid plaques. But what does it mean? This is not an academic debate. I used to think that civil society meant all the non-commercial, non-governmental organisations that live […]

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Periodismo, redes y la nueva política interconectada

For Spanish readers here is the beginning of an article I wrote on the new networked political journalism for Estudios de Politica Exterior. You can download the article here as a pdf Internet y la telefonía móvil han dotado a los ciudadanos de nuevas herramientas de expresión y activismo político. Desde las revueltas árabes los medios de comunicación tradicionales han […]

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An angry or informed society? (guest blog) #polis11

This blog by Mariam Cook reflects on the debate about an Informed Society at our Media and Power Journalism Conference. Embracing the angry society needs people. Lots of us. If our political establishments are locked into restrictive, exclusive modes of discourse, how can this generation of communications professionals help publics smash into it? This is the natural question for me […]

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