We actively seek contributions (up to 1000 words) relating to media and communications policy in the UK and internationally. Contributions to the blog are neither academic papers nor bureaucratic publications. Nor should posts be a mere description of a particular issue in media and communications policy. The best posts typically have the following elements:
- Relevance – A clear link to a current policy issue, decision or consultation.
- Research – A new piece of research evidence, or reference to an academic debate or theory that is relevant to current policy processes or debates.
- Relaxed style – Blogs tend to be direct and informal in order to be accessible to a wider audience.
- Reading further – Abundant links to additional sources and useful evidence.
We welcome contributions that discuss current issues that are relevant to the field of media and communications, and occasionally we may request that authors rewrite articles to provide additional research or a novel evidence based conclusion. Posts that cover events should focus on what key points, findings or arguments are most useful to take away from the event, whilst taking account of applicable Chatham House rules. The goal of covering events is to share with a wider audience how an event moved policy debate forward rather than to just report that an event happened.
In most cases articles will be reviewed by members of the MPP blog staff who may edit the piece to enhance readability by a wider audience. Edits may include shortening or summarising of text. For posts from those who are not among our staff contributors we add a short introduction that includes the post’s author with affiliation, and the main argument or key findings, along with a thumbnail photo of the author. We strive to maintain clear communication with authors during the editing process and may request prompt follow up clarification or approval.
As part of our editorial process, the MPP blog staff will refer the following types of articles to the General Editor (which may cause your blog’s publication to be delayed):
- Articles that are potentially libellous or defamatory
- Articles where the blog team has concerns about author’s potential conflicts of interest
- Articles that are insufficiently evidence based or lacking in academic rigour
- Any other articles that may impact on the reputation of the author, the LSE, or the members of the LSE Media Policy Project
Creative Commons and article sharing policy
All of our articles are also published under the Creative Commons licence, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) and other blogs and publications are free to use them, with attribution. The Media Policy Project also has an agreement to share content with the other LSE blogs, the Inforrm blog and others. If you do not wish for your article to be republished anywhere else, please let us know. Otherwise, we will assume your permission is granted for re-posting.
We gratefully acknowledge the support and guidance from the team at the LSE EUROPP blog on our editorial policies.
Please email Emma Goodman, editor of the Media Policy Project blog, if you would like to pitch an idea for a blog.