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19th November 2009, 10:40am
Has Celebrity TV overtaken serious journalism?
Has Celebrity TV overtaken serious journalism? Two of the country’s leading exponents on the reporting of Human Rights journalism will address an audience at the University of Lincoln on Monday, 23 November.

Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, and Mike Jempson, Director of MediaWise, the media ethics campaigning body, will look at a range of global human rights issues and debate if they are marginalised in today’s obsessed world of celebrity TV.

Both speakers are visiting professors at the Lincoln School of Journalism.

They are the latest speakers in the Journalists Speak Out on Journalism series which has attracted some of the industry’s big names including broadcaster and documentary film maker John Pilger and BBC deputy Director-General Mark Byford.

The University’s Professor Richard Keeble said: “Bryne and Jempson are two of Britain’s leading media figures and the reporting of human rights is an issue that people hold strong views on. Issues such as sex trafficking, Guantanamo Bay and the representation of ethnic minorities may well come up. I am looking forward to a lively debate and Q & A session.”

The debate will start at 6.15pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre. The talk is open to the public and there is no requirement to book.

For further information contact Professor Richard Keeble on 01522 886940 or

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