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    How we report elections: time for a new agenda for political journalism after the 2017 shock?

How we report elections: time for a new agenda for political journalism after the 2017 shock?

In the wake of this shock result should journalists now abandon their previously-held beliefs about covering elections? Or is there a danger that we’re replacing one set of shibboleths with fresh myths?

Most political reporters and commentators (and most media academics, including me) called most of this wrong*. Some like veteran political commentator John Rentoul are coming out early and reflecting on their mistaken […]

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Never mind fake news, this was the fake politics election

The 2015 election was a mirage. The country thought it was choosing between the Tories and a coalition of Labour and the SNP because of misleading polls. This election is even more of a sham.

Bizarrely, the two main parties have not been fighting to win a General Election. They have been competing for victory over their own MPs.

Theresa May’s […]

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Time to lift the curtain on this stage-managed election?

The political correspondents are revolting. In the face of a campaign that is painfully stage-managed, slogan sterile and encounter-free, the journalists are taking to their in-house forum (Twitter) to moan about the mundane manipulation by the two main parties. In this long campaign will this change the political dynamics?

[See the end of this article for updates]

The nadir of spin control came this […]

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    If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

Election campaigns are not just about who is going to win. Yes, the final result is all that matters in terms of power but democracy is about debate and deliberation as well as the decision. It’s a moment when we are supposed to talk to ourselves as a nation about who we are and what we want to be. […]

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    How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

I wrote the chapter on broadcasting for the Cowley/Kavanagh Election 2015 book. Here is the section on the negotiations that led to the TV ‘debates’ and their impact – for the full chapter and the authoritative record of all aspects of that campaign, get the book here!

By Charlie Beckett, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and director […]

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