politics

A big moment for the BBC but not quite yet

The Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport has published its report on the future of the most important news media organisation in the UK – the BBC. It’s a journalistic and cultural institution with significance around the globe. Recently it has been plagued by scandals such as Savile and rows over pay and waste. But more importantly it is […]

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    This election will be complex, simple, social. So how do we cover it? Polis Conference preview #Polis2015

This election will be complex, simple, social. So how do we cover it? Polis Conference preview #Polis2015

This year’s UK election is going to be one of the hardest elections to report for decades, and yet for some journalists it could also be the easiest. Either way, it’s going to be a fascinating story to cover.
Next month’s free annual Polis Journalism Conference (27 March) will bring 50 journalists from a range of platforms to talk about the issues […]

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The party’s started too early

In academic political communications studies there is this idea of the ‘informed society’.  I even once chaired a World Economic Working Group devoted to realising it. It suggests that given enough time and media resource you can make sure that voters have all the facts and arguments to make considered, evidence-based judgements when they make their choice at an election. And so rational […]

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Sexism, ice cream, and Renzi’s “no comment strategy”

This article is by Polis Intern and LSE student Jessica Di Paolo.

Inevitably, it’s been labelled ‘gelatogate’. On Twitter, women and men posted pictures of themselves eating ice creams and featuring signs reading: “I know how to do it, too.” It looks like an ironic ice cream advertising campaign, but this is gender politics, Italian style.

“She knows how to work […]

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    Ed Miliband’s problem with the Sun (and the working classes in general)

Ed Miliband’s problem with the Sun (and the working classes in general)

Remember Brave Ed standing up to Rupert Murdoch after the phone-hacking scandal burst into the open? He quite rightly earned credit back in 2011 for cutting the cord that had previously bound UK politicians, including Labour leaders (like his own former bosses Tony Blair and Gordon Brown) to Britain’s most politically-interfering proprietor.

 

Surely, the shadow cast by Sun must be […]

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