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We’ve just released the names of confirmed speakers for our annual journalism conference taking place on Friday March 28th. (See list below).  Registration for free tickets is available here.

Our conference in 2013 on ‘Trust in Journalism’  was a great success with more than 500 people enjoying the day. Our next annual conference will be on Friday March 28th 2014, and you can sign up for tickets here.

The theme of next year’s conference is Transparency and Accountability. So we will cover everything from whether the Guardian is right to publish the Snowden files to how the UK’s press should be held to account.

It is our fifth conference and #Polis14 will be bigger and better than ever before.

There will be around 50 journalists speaking as well as academics, politicians, lawyers and activists. There will be keynote speeches, conversations and panel debates in the main hall. And we will have two other parallel venues for workshops, debates and presentations on all aspects of transparency and accountability journalism.

We invite anyone with an interest in news media to attend – it’s free and we provide sandwiches and drinks. We hope to have a networking event afterwards, too.

Email us at if you have good ideas for speakers you want to hear.

You can keep up with Polis by following either @CharlieBeckett or @PolisLSE on Twitter or email to sign up for our newsletter. We’re also on Facebook and Tumblr

If you would like to be a partner or sponsor of the conference email Marion Koob at

We are grateful to the support from the Knight Foundationthe BBC Academy and the European Broadcasting Union, as well as Leuchtturm1917 and

List of confirmed speakers:

Alan Rusbridger, Editor, the Guardian
Ian Katz, Editor, Editor BBC Newsnight
Cathy Newman, Presenter, Channel 4 News
Tom Giles, Editor BBC Panorama
Steve Hewlett, Presenter, BBC Media Show
Richard Gizbert, Al Jazeera, Listening Post
Annette Dittert, Correspondent, ARD (German TV)
James Dean, The Times
Edward Lucas, the Economist, and author of The Snowden Operation
Michael Crick, Channel 4 News
Luke Lewis, UK Editor, Buzzfeed
Stewart Purvis, City University (Former editor of ITN)
Richard Sambrook, Cardiff University (Former BBC Global News Editor)
Eric Newton, Knight Foundation,
George Brock, City University, (Former Managing Editor, The Times)
Lyra McKee, Investigative Reporter
Paul Bradshaw, Help Me Investigate
Alice K Ross, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Peter Jukes, Freelance Journalist
Fatima El Issawi, LSE
Mark Watts, Exaro
Sarah Marshall, Wall Street Journal
Will Moy, Director Full Fact
Anne McElvoy, Economist, Evening Standard
Cilla Benko, Swedish Radio
Juana Lahousse, Director for Communications, European Parliament
Susanne Biedenkopf-Kurten, Editor, ZDF Europe Today`
Sue Llewellyn, social media consultant
Jonathan Stray, Tow Center, Columbia University
Cordelia Hebblethwaite, #BBCTrending
Paul Myers, The Internet Research Clinic
Angela Phillips, Goldsmith University


You can see the schedule and video from last year’s conference here.