Thursday, February 23, 2012

LSE to offer EBU Radio News members prestigious research fellowship

The EBU is partnering with POLIS, the journalism think tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science, to offer EBU Radio News members a prestigious research fellowship in London. It will be launched to coincide with the POLIS-BBC College of Journalism-EBU 'Reporting the World' conference, which is taking place at the LSE, on Friday 23rd March.

The month-long research fellowship will be open to journalists who wish to carry out a short piece of original research into an aspect of contemporary news media practice. It is being offered on a competitive basis.

Interested journalists will have to submit an abstract of about 500 words for a study proposal as part of their application. The abstract should set out the issue they want to address and outline what they would do in London. 

The subject should be related to contemporary news media with a particular interest in how media change is impacting on ethical, political and editorial aspects of journalism.

EBU Radio News will draw up a short-list of candidates by July 2012.  After consultation with POLIS, the EBU will choose a candidate who will spend one month based at the LSE, in the autumn term of 2012. 

In London, the candidate will be provided with a desk in the POLIS office and will be supervised by POLIS Director Charlie Beckett. She or he will have access to Media and Communications Department lectures and the LSE library, as well as all POLIS and LSE events. 

She or he will also have the opportunity to interview any relevant LSE Media and Communications staff. The candidate will also be facilitated to connect with journalists and other media researchers in the UK. 

The EBU Radio News journalist will be invited to give a research seminar during her or his stay in London. 

The research fellow will be expected to write a paper of at least 2,500 words that will be published by POLIS. The deadline for completion of the report will be 1st January 2013.

POLIS is a joint initiative of LSE's Department of Media and Communications and the London College of Communication, 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.

Distinguished speakers taking part in 'Reporting the World' include Lucian Sarb (Director of News and Programmes, Euronews), Paul Mason (Economics Editor, BBC Newsnight), Solana Larsen (Managing Editor, Global Voices), Peter Heilbrunner (Business Editor, ARD-SWR), Esra Dogramaci (Al Jazeera Social Media Team), Cilla Benk√∂ (Deputy Director-General, Swedish Radio) and Richard Sambrook (Chief Content Officer, Edelman).

(Source : European Broadcasting Union)

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