Polis Events

A 21st Century BBC: A lecture by Diane Coyle, Acting Chair of the BBC Trust

In this lecture, Diane Coyle considers how the BBC can meet the challenge of providing a universal service while media channels proliferate and its audience becomes more and more diverse. She will also examine the BBC’s relationship with the state and ask how its independence is best protected.

About Diane:

Born and raised in the North West, Diane was educated at […]


WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era: New book – lecture podcast, interview video, etc

My latest book is ‘WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era’ available from Amazon here (there will be a Kindle version at some point).

You can watch a video of me talking about the key issues in the book here

You can get a video or audio podcast of a lecture I gave based on the book in November 2011 here

The book was written […]


Who Cares? Polis panel debate on public perceptions of humanitarian aid

In a world of disasters and suffering brought to your living room every night or to your laptop every second, who cares? When you see an advert by Action Aid or a leaflet from Oxfam what you do? How do you react when Angelina Jolie or Bono asks for your money or attention for starving children in Africa? We […]

November 2nd, 2011|Development, Media|1 Comment|

Investigative journalism and human rights: a Polis seminar report

In the networked journalism age there is a lot that the news media can learn from other organisations that have expertise in investigating the kind of stories that we should be covering. Polis teamed up with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to put on a special seminar with Anthea Lawson and Robert Palmer from Global Witness to explain how to […]

October 25th, 2011|Journalism|1 Comment|

Phone-hacking: the public debate: links to audio and video podcasts

You can view video of this debate here

You can listen to an audio podcast here

The furore around the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World has raised wider issues such as regulation and standards of British newspaper journalism. So we held a debate about it.

“Phone-hacking: is it time to get tough on the press?”

Speakers were:

Chair: Charlie Beckett (Polis) David Aaronovitch (Times), […]


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 […]


After WikiLeaks: Lessons For Journalism (guest blog)

Some reflections on our After Wikileaks panel discussion at the POLIS Journalism Conference: Media & Power By Svenja Ziegert The “After WikiLeaks” panel discussion at the Polis Journalism Conference was inspiring in many ways. Firstly, because it dealt with questions of journalistic challenges that have resulted from the information leaks. And secondly, because it became clear that the value of […]


POLIS Journalism Conference: Reporting The World (March 23rd) #polis12

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME – FIND LINKS TO VIDEO HERE   Here is the Polis Journalism Conference schedule – we start promptly at 9am but bear in mind it is subject to change! The topics will include debates in the main auditorium looking at journalism about Revolutions,  The Economy, Europe,  and Newspapers After Leveson. There will be parallel sessions in a second venue, […]


PERPETUAL ENGAGEMENT: The Potential And Pitfalls Of Using Social Media For Political Campaigning (A new POLIS paper)

We live in an age where the citizen feels increasingly sceptical about and disconnected from those people who run our lives. Paradoxically, this is also an era when the communicative power of new media technologies mean that the potential for interaction between voter and politicians has never been greater. In this new POLIS report, to be launched at our Media […]



As Oxfam Launches It’s Food Justice Campaign… Two posters next to each other in Kings Cross London Underground Station:







June 3rd, 2011|Research|0 Comments|