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, andyou can sign up for tickets here.
The theme of this 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.
For more information and the full list of confirmed speakers, click here.
A French student recently organized a meeting between a friend in public relations and a friend in journalism in Paris. The ‘relationniste‘ and the ‘journaliste’ had an exchange about the failings of each other’s ‘profession’. Apart from references to champagne and a couple of idiosyncratic idioms, we suspect that their lists would strike a chord with anyone from those tribes anywhere in the world.
Read the full lists here.
We’re delighted to announce Nina M. Chung as the winner of the StockWell Communications Polis Research Prize. This year, the award went to the best research proposal by an LSE post-graduate studenton the topic of ‘Corporate Reputation, Media and Society’. Nina will be spending time later this year with StockWell on a paid internship to carry out more work on her research topic. Nina’s proposal is entitled “Are You Sorry Yet?: The Purpose of Apologies in the Media and Corporate World” and is published in full here.
One fact that can unite all sides in the post-Leveson press regulation debate is that the world now thinks that British journalists are less free and less likely to be free in the future.
This perception may be caused by false representations of the issues by the UK media or simple ignorance of the facts. But there is no doubt that journalists in both ‘liberal democratic’ and more restricted societies all believe that the Brits have sold the pass on press freedom.
To read the full post, click here.
This is Professor Charlie Beckett’s personal submission to the House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sports’ Select Committee inquiry into the future of the BBC in the lead up to BBC Charter Renewal in 2016.
It draws partly on his experience as a journalist (including at the BBC from 89-99 and ITN 99-2006) but mostly on his last eight years leading research and debate at the LSE with academics, media practitioners, policy-makers and politicians looking at the changing nature of journalism in particular, and media in general. Most recently he has been working on research on public service media across Europe and new business and production models in the UK and internationally.
Summary of main points:
Click here to read the full submission.
An artist like David Bowie is able to use images to create a remarkable bond between his own creativity and his audience. Those images primarily evoke feelings of pleasure but they also resonate with all kinds of social and even ideological concepts that we enjoy as part of the ‘pop culture’ experience. In this essay in two parts, LSE Media PhD student Ruth Garland explores the links between our experience of these kinds of images and political communication. With democracy suffering a crisis of confidence she questions the relationship between images and political meaning through the ages.
Click here to read part one.
Click here to read part two.
An upcoming debate here at LSE (13 February) will engage top academics and practitioners on media ethics in a post-Leveson world. It’s been over a year since the release of the report of the Leveson Inquiry and there’s been no shortage of discussion about the report and its implications on this blog or elsewhere. If you need a refresher, I recommend catching up by reading the following posts
29 Nov 2012: Leveson Report: Analysis
16 Jan 2013: Leveson and Media Policy: A Lost Opportunity?
28 Mar 2013: Leveson Round Up: Are We Nearly There Yet?
Slow movement on implementing a new form of press self-regulation and other changes recommended by Leveson has certainly helped prolong discussions of British media standards, but all the debate involving policymakers and various stakeholders could be seen as a positive. Perhaps these prolonged discussions are needed to determine what has to happen to ensure that British media is acting as an ethical player in a healthy democracy.
Next week’s debate at LSE will ask if ethics can help us think about whether we have the media needed for a healthy society and how we should think about the good or harm the media can cause. The event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday 13 February 2014
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Baroness O’Neill
Respondents: Professor George Brock, Gavin Millar
Chair: Professor Nick Couldry
Baroness O’Neill, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a crossbench member of the House of Lords, will open the debate followed by responses from George Brock and Gavin Millar. George Brock (@georgeprof) is head of journalism at City University and a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute and chairs the IPI’s British committee. Gavin Millar QC is co-founder of Doughty Street Chambers and a specialist in media law. He has undertaken a number of high profile defamation, privacy, contempt and reporting restriction cases and has acted for most of the major UK media organisations. The event chair, Nick Couldry (@couldrynick), is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and communications at LSE.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thanks to all who submitted to the first Polis Photography Project! We were incredibly impressed with all of the photographs and unique interpretations of the theme “texture.”
Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the following winners:
First Place, £50 book token: Alexander Hebels
Second Place, £25 book token: Veronica Leon-Burch
Third Place, £25 book token: Nur Kamaruzaman
All submissions, including the winning images, can be viewed in the posts below. The winners can come collect their book token prizes from Marion Koob in S116.
Congratulations to all and we hope you continue to submit in our next go-around!