Rethinking Journalism at a time of crisis

Thursday November 29th
(Followed by drinks)

Journalism is going through a period of disruption, depletion and assault. At a time when democratic politics needs the information, deliberation and accountability that journalism can facilitate, the practice itself is under various threats. What research can contribute to rebuilding journalism and its political role?

Prof Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University)

Prof Jane Singer  (City University of London)
Prof Charlie Beckett (Director, Polis and LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission)

Silverstone Room,
7th Floor, LSE Pethick-Lawrence House (Formerly Tower 3)

Clements Inn (off The Strand)




News media in Western Europe: populism and politics

Monday 1st October 2018
Silverstone room, Tower 3 (7th floor)
London School of Economics and Political Science London
Clements Inn, Strand


How do people across Europe engage with the news media and dopolitical dynamics contribute to their news habits and attitudes? Join the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission as we welcome Pew Research Center as they present the Center’s findings of a major new survey about attitudes to news media in the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. According to recent research by Pew Research Center, public views of the news media are divided by populist leanings – more so than by left-right political positions; while across all eight countries surveyed, those who hold populist views value and trust the news media less and give the media lower marks for coverage of major issues such as immigration, the economy and crime.

To discuss these findings and more, we will be joined by joined by Amy Mitchell, Director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, who will be in conversation with LSE’s Charlie Beckett. Amy will also present research on Americans’ attitudes toward the news mediaand their ability to distinguish between factual and opinion news statements, which will provide a fascinating and timely insight into public engagement with news media at a critical moment in the history of journalism. An open discussion will follow and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the discussion.

Amy S. Mitchell is director of journalism research at Pew Research Center. She is responsible for the Center’s research related to news and information, including how the public accesses, engages with and creates news, what news organizations are providing and how technology is changing all of these elements. Signature publications include The Modern News Consumer, Political Polarization and Media Habits and the State of the News Media fact sheets, as well as continued studies analyzing the role of social media in news and the use of new research methods to explore emerging trends. She speaks frequently to national and international audiences, including government leaders, news and information providers, technology companies and fellow researchers. Mitchell also makes regular appearances in the news media to discuss the Center’s research findings.

Charlie Beckett (Chair) is the founding director of Polis, the LSE think-tank for research and debate around international journalism, and Director of the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission (T3) and the Media Policy Project. He is the author of ‘SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World’ (Blackwell, 2008) and ‘WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era’ (Polity, 2012). As well as being spokesperson for Polis, Media Policy Project and T3 and a regular blogger, Charlie Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media.


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