London Calling:
A media city in the
digital era
Professor Charlie Beckett
Director, Polis, LSE
@CharlieBeckett
What is media for?
What is media for?
• Society: useful information about life
• Politics: a forum for debate about how to live
• Pleasure: s...
Mapping media history
Small country, big state
Britain and media change
Britain and media change
Britain and media change
Similar demography & user trends
• Personalisation
• User-centric
• Diverse & connected sources & platforms
• Mobile
Various solutions:
The Times Paywall
Various solutions:
• Mass readership (Mail)
• ‘Freemium’ subscriptions (FT)
• Free online, paid papers (D Tel)
• Free pape...
Various solutions:
The Guardian Open Model
Various solutions:
The Guardian Open Model
Various solutions:
The Guardian Open Model
Various solutions:
The Guardian Open Model
Various solutions:
The Guardian Open Model
Political and cultural influence
End of fortress media
• Interactive
• Engagement
• Communities
• Media as environmental
• Networked, not linear or top dow...
London Calling:
A media city in the digital era
Professor Charlie Beckett
Director, Polis, LSE
@CharlieBeckett
London Media City in the Digital Age
London Media City in the Digital Age
London Media City in the Digital Age
London Media City in the Digital Age
London Media City in the Digital Age
London Media City in the Digital Age
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Presentation to American students about the state of media and especially journalism in the UK and in particular London. In terms of state of the industry and the influence of journalism on society and politics.

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London Media City in the Digital Age

  1. 1. London Calling: A media city in the digital era Professor Charlie Beckett Director, Polis, LSE @CharlieBeckett
  2. 2. What is media for?
  3. 3. What is media for? • Society: useful information about life • Politics: a forum for debate about how to live • Pleasure: something to help make life worth living • Economy: to make a living
  4. 4. Mapping media history
  5. 5. Small country, big state
  6. 6. Britain and media change
  7. 7. Britain and media change
  8. 8. Britain and media change
  9. 9. Similar demography & user trends • Personalisation • User-centric • Diverse & connected sources & platforms • Mobile
  10. 10. Various solutions: The Times Paywall
  11. 11. Various solutions: • Mass readership (Mail) • ‘Freemium’ subscriptions (FT) • Free online, paid papers (D Tel) • Free papers (Standard) • Cover price/subscriptions – no online (P Eye) • Bundling – papers, TV channel, broadband (Express)
  12. 12. Various solutions: The Guardian Open Model
  13. 13. Various solutions: The Guardian Open Model
  14. 14. Various solutions: The Guardian Open Model
  15. 15. Various solutions: The Guardian Open Model
  16. 16. Various solutions: The Guardian Open Model
  17. 17. Political and cultural influence
  18. 18. End of fortress media • Interactive • Engagement • Communities • Media as environmental • Networked, not linear or top down • Old roles: reporter, editor, performer, watchdog • New roles: curator, collaborator, advocate
  19. 19. London Calling: A media city in the digital era Professor Charlie Beckett Director, Polis, LSE @CharlieBeckett
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