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8th October 2009, 11:11am
Media stars top guest lectures list
The lecture series focuses on issues in journalism The University of Lincoln's School of Journalism has attracted some of the media's top names for a series of guest lectures.

Topping the list is world-renowned journalist, author and documentary film maker John Pilger. Pilger, whose career has spanned more than five decades, has witnessed and reported first-hand on the Vietnam War, Robert Kennedy's assassination, Pol Pot's reign in Cambodia and the terrorising of the people of East Timor a front row seat at some of history's news-breaking moments.

He helped launch the Lincoln School of Journalism in November 2004 and in September 2008 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lincoln.

Professor Richard Lance Keeble, from the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "John Pilger has been exposing injustice and promoting human rights for years and we are delighted he's kicking off our autumn series in conversation with me on the subject 'Why journalism matters'."

The event, which is open to the public, will start at 6pm on Monday 12 October in the EMMTEC building on the University's main Brayford Pool campus.

Other leading media figures confirmed for the lecture series include:

Deputy Director General of the BBC, Mark Byford, on 3 November from 5.30pm 7.00pm in the EMMTEC.

Former BBC sports editor Mihir Bose on 23 November from 6 7pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Main Admin Building.

Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs, 30 November from 6 7pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Main Admin Building.

All these events are free to attend and open to the public. For further details, email Prof Keeble at or phone (01522) 886940.

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