29th October 2003




The founder of The Big Issue will give a talk on journalistic integrity at the University of Lincoln next week.


John Bird set up The Big Issue in September 1991 to campaign on behalf of the homeless. The magazine has since inspired the creation of many similar papers around the world. 


The talk will be the fifth in the ‘Journalists Speak out on Journalism’ lecture series organised by the University of Lincoln’s Journalism Department.


John Bird will be speaking about ‘Journalistic integrity and the independent voice’ at 6pm on Monday 3rd November in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


John Bird was a 42-year-old writer and publisher when he teamed up with Gordon Roddick of The Body Shop to found The Big Issue 12 years ago.


In just over ten years The Big Issue’s circulation went from 30,000 copies a week to more than half a million. Today The Big Issue has expanded overseas into countries such as Russia, France, Holland and the United States.


Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.


Other speakers lined up in the series this semester include Philippa Kennedy, broadcaster and former Editor of Press Gazette, and Fuad Nahdi, Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim magazine Q-News.


For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on Lincoln 886940.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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