Does it matter that no-one reports on Parliament anymore?

Has Parliament completely lost its role as the national debating chamber? And did opening it up to broadcast media hasten the decline? Apart from the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, PMQs, occasional set-piece such debates about going to war, and celebrity appearances before Select Committees, the House of Commons (let alone the Lords) is barely covered by mainstream newspapers or broadcast […]

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Was Nixon’s Visit to China a Harbinger for Chinese Media Policy?

This article by Polis intern Eryk Salvaggio  In a telling scene from Mike Chinoy’s documentary, “Assignment China: The Week that Changed the World,” an oral history of Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to the PRC, American Journalist Ted Koppel describes Nixon’s first view of Great Wall.Along the wall were families on blankets, listening to radios, snapping pictures, and doing all […]

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Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory

Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory. (Some of these are stupid, some rhetorical, and the list will grow) Please feel free to suggest more via @CharlieBeckett or in the comments. 1. Why do political journalists still treat campaigns like theatre or sport when it is now maths? (cf Nate Silver)

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November 7th, 2012|Politics|4 Comments|

Aristotle Good, Churchill better, Blair best? The art and history of speech-making (guest-blog)

This report on our latest Media Agenda Talk by Polis intern Matilde Beccatti. A great argument,  great writing and a great occasion: these are the three conditions to become an “at least average” speaker according to Philip Collins. The Times political columnist and former speechwriter for Tony Blair, talked to LSE students about one of the most important arts that […]

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Does being networked change journalism? (guest blog)

I have been preaching the gospel of networked journalism for years. I think that public participation and interaction are now a routine part of all kinds of news media and it’s also become a regular fixture in our teaching about journalism at the LSE. But what difference does it make? In this guest article by LSE student and Polis intern […]

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Should charities be allowed ‘political’ advertising on TV?

Is the ban on political broadcast adverts preventing people from doing good? Was Bono’s latest celebrity-filled advertisement, released by his charity, a political act or merely an effort to draw attention to famine in East Africa? Polis intern April Simpson reports.

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October 9th, 2011|Media|0 Comments|

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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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 […]

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Wael Ghonim: the accidental revolutionary (Google #bigtentuk debate)

Wael Ghonim (Google exec and Egyptian Internet activist) made an interesting point about his role in Egypt’s revolution at Google’s #bigtentuk conference. It was accidental.

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Social media and democratic governance: the next decade (Wilton Park paper)

These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’. This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I […]

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