Reporting politics

The message from Number 10: Can Downing Street ever be honest?

Sometimes it’s good to look back a little, to see forward. So it was clever to bring together three former Number 10 communications chiefs with the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson to discuss how best for Downing Street to deal with the media. An excellent Institute For Government seminar heard from three familiar and thoughtful guardians of Governmental narrative-making: Tom Kelly, Howell […]

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The Value of Journalism Conference 2011: Media and Power

GO HERE FOR ALL THE VIDEO AND BLOGS FROM THIS CONFERENCE

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“Forward” Thinking: Will Straw and the future of online political journalism (Guest blog)

AOL’s $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post this week has infused new life into debates about the viability of such news and blogging websites as profit-producing investments. Could a HuffPost work in the UK? POLIS intern Beth Lowell reports on one political wonk’s view of the future of British online political news media.

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Secrecy is the problem, not leakers: Wikileaks on the global stage

Wikileaks is now at the centre of a global battle between media and those in power but what’s the value of what Julian Assange is doing? This article was written for the United Nation’s Global Expert Finder website, part of the UN’s Alliance of Civilisations.  It sets out how Wikileaks is much more than just another journalistic scandal, it is […]

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January 3rd, 2011|Journalism, Politics|2 Comments|

Can you bust the media drug myths?

Let’s assume for a moment that the Labour former Home Office minister Bob Ainsworth is right to say the war on drugs is not only futile, but counter-productive. He says he found this out while in office. So why didn’t he do anything about it then? Here is what stopped him: Civil servants who would only advise within pragmatic policy […]

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December 16th, 2010|Development, Politics|1 Comment|