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'Trust' - Polis Journalism Conference April 5th 2013 with BBC & EBU

Polis, LSE

Friday, 5 April 2013 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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'Trust' is the theme for our fourth annual international journalism conference on Friday April 5th 2013 at the London School of Economics.

It is free and open to all. 

The theme this year will be Trust: in the BBC, newspapers, social media, politics, data and all the rest: can you trust journalism today?

As always, it will be a whole day festival of international journalism with multiple venues in the LSE’s New Academic Building, Lincolns Inn Fields. We will have major debates with top speakers from journalism and politics talking about the big issues in the main auditorium. Then there will be more practical sessions in the parallel theatre. We will also be running a series of skills and academic research seminars to supplement the debates.

So whether you are a journalist, student, analyst, policy wonk, academic or activist there will be something for you. Free refreshments, stalls and displays will be provided in the networking space.

Polis is the international journalism think-tank at the LSE. This conference is put on in partnership with the BBC Academy and the European Broadcasting Union.

You can see the agenda and video from previous Polis Journalism Conferences here.

Latest details will be posted on the Polis blog and website

You can see a full list of the speakers with their biographies and their twitter names here

The Twitter hashtag will be #PolisTrust

You can follow the Polis director Charlie Beckett on Twitter as @CharlieBeckett

Or you can follow the Polis Twitter account @PolisLSE

Email Polis@lse.ac.uk for more details or if you would like to sponsor the conference or have a stall in the networking area

Here are the speakers confirmed so far (bear in mind we try to reflect the current news agenda so the line-up will change and grow!)

Nick Davies (The Guardian), Shelley Jofre (BBC Panorama), Laura Kuenssberg (ITV News), News Reporter of the Year: Alexi Mostrous (The Times), Sophy Ridge (Sky News), James Ball (Guardian), Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes), Ben Fenton (FT), Esra Dogramaci, Nicola Hughes (Guardian, Knight Mozilla), Marianne Bouchart (Bloomberg), Philippa Kennedy (The Sun), Emma Slater (New Journalist of the Year 2013), Yasmine El Rafie (Swedish Radio), Nadja Hahn (ORF), Richard Sambrook (Cardiff University, former head of BBC Global News), Neil Wallis (ex editor News of the World, People), Stewart Purvis (ex Editor ITN), Cilla Benko (Director General of Swedish Radio), Asun Gomez (TVE), Alison Gow (Editor, North Wales Daily Post), Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera), Steve Hewlett (Radio 4 Media Show)

Here is the schedule. Please note that there are parallel sessions in two venues and,of course that it’s subject to change:Polis Conference April 5th 2013


Please note that most of the speakers are journalists and so their appearance is partly dependent on the news! Names and timings may change.

0900 Introduction

Professor Charlie Beckett, Director Polis, LSE


Trust and the BBC

Chair: Steve Hewlett

Speaker TBC


Trust in Newspapers

Chair: Steve Hewlett

Phillipa Kennedy (Sun Ombudsperson)

Neil Wallis (ex News of the World)

Alexi Mostrous (The Times)

Martin Hickman (The Independent)

1100 Break


TV Revealed

Chair: Stewart Purvis,

Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News

Sophy Ridge, Sky News

Shelly Jofre, Panorama, BBC

Jenny Kleeman, Unreported World, Channel 4


Chair: Ben Fenton

Keynote conversation:

Nick Davies (The Guardian)

1300-1400 Lunch

1400-1500 Trust In Europe Chair: Mike Mullane (EBU); Barbara Serra, Al-Jazeera;  Nik Gowing, BBC; Asun Gomez, TVE; Julia Chatterley, CNBC; Jonty Bloom, BBC


Trust in Power

Chair: Charlie Beckett?

Robert Phillips (Ex Edelman)

Ian Leslie (Author ‘Born Liars’)

Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes)

Douglas Carswell MP

Wolfson Theatre Sessions:

0905: first session:

Gags, blags and whistle-blowers - regulating the press

LSE Media Policy Project Session

Chair: Andrew Scott, LSE Department of Law & LSE Media Policy Project

Barry Fitzpatrick, (Deputy General Secretary, National Union of Journalists)

Gavin Millar, QC

Andrew Bousfield, (Private Eye)

1000: How to build trust in your journalism:

Chair: Nicoletta Iacobacci (EBU)

Ruurd Bierman (former boss of NOS)

Cilla Benkö (DG, SR);

Trushar Barot, BBC

1100-1130 - Break


Skills For The Future

Chair: Kurt Barling

Launch of BBC Innovation Award - David Hayward (BBC Academy)

Jonathan Baker, BBC College of Journalism

Prof Richard Sambrook (Cardiff University)


How to use social media for journalism

Chair: Matthew Eltringham, BBC Academy

Yasmine El Rafie (Polis Fellow - how to use social media to network BME people)

Nadja Hahn, ORF (Polis Fellow - how to use social media for public service media)

1300-1400 Lunch


Churnalism - How To Avoid It

Chair: James Ball (Guardian)

Sian Kevill, (MAKE Media)

Alison Gow (North Wales Daily Post)

Emma Slater (New Journalist of the Year)


Trust In Digital

Chair: James Ball (Guardian)

Esra Dogramaci - social media expert

Nicola Hughes - Knight Mozilla

Marianne Bouchart Bloomberg

Do you have questions about 'Trust' - Polis Journalism Conference April 5th 2013 with BBC & EBU? Contact Polis, LSE

When & Where

The LSE New Academic Building
Lincolns Inn Fields
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom

Friday, 5 April 2013 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Polis, LSE

Polis is the LSE’s media think-tank, part of the Department of Media and Communications aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society. Polis has a dual mission to:

  • provide a forum for public debate and policy intervention on key issues of news journalism
  • produce outstanding research on the impact of mediation and journalism in our societies
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