Chinese ‘Single’s Day’ shopping going global

This article is by Polis intern and LSE MSc student Wei He.

When UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited China in April and posted a selfie of himself and Jack Ma, few in the west have heard of the colourful Chinese man or his e-commerce empire Alibaba Group.

However, a few months later, the relatively unknown (at least in the west) […]


Anonymous commenting under threat in the EU? (guest blog)

On 10 October, in what was seen as a setback for the practice of allowing anonymous comments on websites in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a national ruling in Estonia that found a news portal liable for offensive comments posted by users on its website. LSE MSc student Emma Goodman reports. The Estonia ruling referred to a […]

October 23rd, 2013|Media|0 Comments|

What Good Is Twitter? (for public service journalism?) New Polis Report

How can journalists working in public service newsrooms use social media to improve the quality of their work? Polis has a new report out by EBU Fellow Nadja Hahn that asks, What Use Is Twitter? This research paper is a report with a purpose. It will be presented at the Polis Annual Journalism Conference on April 5th. Its author, who […]


Why social media is good for medicine and why pharmaceutical companies should engage online

There’s nothing more important than our health, but should we trust the Internet when we seek information on medicines? In advance of a free public Polis seminar on social media and pharmaceuticals this Thursday Katherine Relle describes her new research looking at what we can learn from what people say about medicines in online forums. Social media forums for healthcare contribute to […]

January 28th, 2013|Media, Research|2 Comments|

Contentious politics, stratified society and the elusive public: myths and reality of Chinese media (guest blog)

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media. Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive reporton the state of digital media […]

October 22nd, 2012|International, Media|0 Comments|

Top German Broadcaster Gets Integrated

Last week, I described the new multimedia newsroom of the BBC. But the BBC is not alone in Europe merging TV, radio and online. Bavarian Broadcaster “Bayerischer Rundfunk” is following suit. (This article by Nadja Hahn, EBU Research Fellow)

October 18th, 2012|Journalism|0 Comments|

What is the value of social media to public service journalism? New research project

We all know that using social media like Twitter and having online platforms such as blogs can enhance our journalism. But what if you have a particular public service brief, for example, working for a public service broadcaster? In some media markets such as Austria, public service broadcasters are not allowed to use social media freely. It is seen as […]


Is Comment Free? New Polis research report on the moderation of online news

Why do we moderate websites? If you are Paul Staines who runs the hugely popular Guido Fawkes website then you interfere as little as possible. If you are The Guardian, for example, you have a whole team dedicated to editing comments. As a reader you pays your money (or rather you don’t because it’s online) and you makes your choice. But the decisions made about […]


How to judge sentiment in online marketing

  How can we understand consumers’ use of social media? How is social media marketing changing with increasing online participation? And what role can social science research play in all this?

December 2nd, 2011|Media|0 Comments|

It’s time to pay for newspapers and here’s how says New York Times boss (guest blog)

Other quality newspapers like The Guardian could choose to adopt a digital subscription plan similar to The New York Times for two reasons, according to Arthur  Sulzberger chairman and publisher of the Times, speaking at Polis/LSE. This report by Polis Intern April Simpson. Core customers are used to paying for the product. And the Ipad has changed the industry — so much so that users willingly pay […]

November 7th, 2011|Journalism|0 Comments|