Emily Bell, Founder Director to the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, will be the guest speaker for the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2015, taking place at London College of Communication on Monday 26 January.
“It is a great and humbling honour to be asked to deliver the Cudlipp Lecture. The Cudlipp tradition is an important part of the rich, robust and innovative soul of British journalism,” said Emily Bell.
As former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian’s websites and director of digital content, Emily led the strategy to make the Guardian an open platform for journalism.
“We are delighted that Emily Bell has agreed to give this year’s Cudlipp Lecture. At a time when the media industry is being transformed by digital, her thoughts and research on its impact on the business of journalism and news output will be seminal, not least because she was one of the digital pioneers in the UK at the Guardian,” said Natalie Brett, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College.
Now in its twelfth year, the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture – named in memory of the late Lord Cudlipp, former Editorial Director of the Daily Mirror – also serves as a platform for the Hugh Cudlipp Award, given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism.
Entries are now closed for this year’s student journalism prize of £2,000, with the criteria widened this year to include video journalism. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at the lecture.
London College of Communication has hosted the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture since 2005 and we are once again partnering with sponsors The Daily Mirror for the event.
“The Daily Mirror is honoured to be sponsoring the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture for the second year in a row. Emily Bell is one of the leading lights in digital journalism. The Mirror has been making great strides online, so it’ll be enlightening to hear her speech,” said Lloyd Embley, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror.