Boston: LSE's Charlie Beckett on Networked Journalism

Join us at the British Consulate General for a discussion and reception on the release of Beckett's new book, "Super Media: Saving Journalism So It Can Save the World."

The media is vital for a healthy democracy and yet in North American and Europe it is in crisis. It is losing money and losing trust.

LSE faculty member and Director of POLIS Charlie Beckett offers a vision of how a revolution in journalism could rescue the news media and give it a new role in reporting everything from politics to sport. SuperMedia is the first full-length study of the idea of Networked Journalism, a synthesis of traditional media values with new media public participation. It is based on two years research at the LSE's media think-tank Polis and Beckett's 20 years experience of the international journalism.

Date: Wednesday 28 May 2008
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The British Consulate-General
Suite 1500
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02142

For questions, please contact the LSE Foundation, telephone: 646-442-2895

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Cost per person:
Active AFLSE members and guests of AFLSE members - $10
Non-members - $20

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About Charile Beckett:
Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the forum for research and debate into international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department. POLIS runs a series of public lectures and seminars for journalists and the public as well as a programme of Fellowships and Research. It has a Summer School and holds conferences and publishes reports in to New Media and Journalism, Media and Development, and Journalism and Community Cohesion and public security.

As well as being spokesperson for POLIS, Charlie Beckett is a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media. He has also presented for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme.

Before POLIS, Charlie Beckett was a programme editor at ITN’s Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.

Charlie Beckett was a senior producer and programme editor at BBC News and Current affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programmes at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC’s 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson.

He started his career on local newspapers in his native South London before starting in TV at LWT. He was Reuters Fellow at Oxford University where he wrote a field-work based paper on New Technology and Journalism in Uganda.

Charlie Beckett and POLIS have three core interests:

* The Future of News – new media, Networked Journalism, e-democracy, online business models, the internet and political reporting.

* International Journalism – media and development, Africa, Eastern Europe, freedom of expression, international journalism and politics.

* Journalism and public security – terror and community cohesion, intelligence and identity.

POLIS is publishing reports on Free Speech/Hate Speech and Networked Journalism in 2007/8 and Charlie Beckett is writing a book on Networked Journalism (2008).

The POLIS website is:
Charlie Beckett's blog is at: