2nd March 2004

 

DUMBING DOWN AND THE CULT OF CELEBRITY

 

Media commentator and Professor of Journalism Roy Greenslade will discuss journalism standards in a lecture at the University of Lincoln next week.

 

Roy Greenslade is the media commentator for the Guardian and Professor of Journalism at City University, London.

 

His talk will focus on his claim that there has been a serious drop in journalistic standards on Fleet Street over recent years.

 

Roy Greenslade was a reporter on the Barking Advertiser between 1962 and 1966 and has since worked on a wide range of media including the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Daily Mirror, BBC Radio Brighton, the Sunday Mirror, and the Daily Express.

 

He was managing editor (news) at the Sunday Times between 1987 and 1990 and was appointed editor of the Daily Mirror in 1990.

 

In 2000 he gained an honorary doctorate for services to journalism from Brighton University.

 

His publications include ‘Goodbye to the Working Class’ (Marion Boyars, 1976), ‘Maxwell’s Fall’ (Simon & Schuster, 1992) and ‘Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits From Propaganda’ (Macmillan, 2003).

 

The lecture entitled ‘Dumbing Down and the Cult of Celebrity’ will take place on Monday 8th March at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus.

 

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

This is the latest in the major  ‘Journalists Speak out on Journalism’ lecture series organised by the University of Lincoln’s Journalism Department.

 

For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on 01522 886940.

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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