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Public Relations is not the Devil After All

Johanna Quinney reflects on a visit by Ed Amory of freuds Communications for the October #PolisTalks

Johanna is a MSc Student in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She previously served as the Spokesperson and Press Secretary for Canada’s Ministers’ of National Defence and Foreign Affairs. @Johanna_Quinney

The practice of public relations is suffering from a public relations crisis. The […]

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    The separation of knowledge and the concentration of power – what role can the media play today?

The separation of knowledge and the concentration of power – what role can the media play today?

This article is by Polis Summer School student Alessandra Bocchi 
‘Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere […]

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Margaret Thatcher: how she reshaped politics and political communications

Two great quotes from veteran journalists of the Thatcher era: Max Hastings: ‘I went in to ask awkward questions and came out feeling like I’d been hit by a truck’ Elinor Goodman: ‘She used her eyebrows as quotation marks in case you didn’t know what the soundbite was’ Margaret Thatcher was the dominant figure in the period of British politics after […]


New Paper: Connecting To The World, Communicating For Change: Media and agency in the new networked public sphere

I have written a report for the International Broadcasting Trust on how the new media environment is impacting on the way we communicate for change. It is particularly aimed at international NGOs. You can access that here. You can find details of the launch event on November 7th here.

It was based on a much longer and more wide-ranging exploratory […]


Connecting to the World: launch of report on online campaigning and the new media environment

The internet presents huge opportunities but also huge challenges for campaigners dealing with global issues.  On November 7th, we’ll be launching a new research report written by me for the International Broadcasting Trust that looks at how UK NGOs campaign online about aid and development and, how, in the wake of the Kony 2012 campaign, they could be much more […]