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3rd October 2012, 9:07am
Prominent journalists share industry tales in free lectures
John Pilger Some of journalism's leading lights will be sharing their wisdom with audiences at the University of Lincoln in a series of free public events.

Award-winning war correspondent John Pilger, Channel 4’s Dorothy Byrne and eminent press photographer Dr Mike Maloney will all make appearances in the University’s current Journalists Speak Out on Journalism and Lincoln Academy series.

John Pilger was chief foreign correspondent of the Daily Mirror in the 1960s and reported from all over the world, covering numerous wars, notably Vietnam. Still in his twenties, he became the youngest journalist to receive Britain’s highest award for journalism, Journalist of the Year, and was the first person to win it twice.

Moving to the United States, John reported the upheavals there in the late 1960s and 1970s. He marched with America’s poor from Alabama to Washington, following the assassination of Martin Luther King. He was in the same room when Robert Kennedy, the presidential candidate, was assassinated in June 1968.

John, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lincoln in 2008, will be in conversation with Professor Richard Lance Keeble, acting head of Lincoln School of Journalism, on 10th December 2012. It will take place at 6.15pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre.

Prof Keeble said: “Once again the Lincoln School of Journalism is hosting possibly the most prestigious series of visiting speakers in a journalism school in the UK. The calibre of speakers is but one indication of the high standing of the LSJ in the journalism and PR industries. Not only do students gain such a lot from the events - they are all free and open to the public. So it's another important way in which the University is reaching out to the local community.”

Dorothy Byrne, a visiting professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, has been Channels 4’s Head of News and Current Affairs since 2003.

In 1998 she was appointed Commissioning Editor, Current Affairs to edit Dispatches. During her time running the programme it won BAFTA awards, international Emmy awards and several RTS Journalism awards. She also started up the department’s multicultural current affairs initiative, which helped the channel win the Campaign for Racial Equality’s Best Broadcaster award in 2001.

As well as Dispatches, Dorothy oversees Unreported World and the multi-award winning Channel Four News. She is a winner of the Women in Film and Television award for the best woman in factual television and a Fellow of The Royal Television Society.

Dorothy and Nabila Ramdani, a Paris-born freelance journalist and academic, will be giving the lecture entitled Reporting the Arab Spring at the Co-op Lecture Theatre on 29th October at 6.15pm.

Dorothy said: "I am delighted to be contributing to the University of Lincoln's lecture programme. It is fantastic to see so many leading figures in journalism offering their services to give the public a free opportunity to learn about the media and its inner workings. Myself and Nabila will be discussing how coverage of the Arab Spring has in turn filled the world with hope and plunged it into despair. But we aim to uncover what the truth of it has been."

On 30th October 2012, one of Britain’s most decorated press photographers Dr Mike Maloney OBE will be in conversation with the University’s Professor David Sleight for his inaugural lecture in the Lincoln Academy series.

Three times voted Press Photographer of the Year, Lincoln-born Mike was Chief Photographer for Mirror Group newspapers before turning freelance in 2002. He has numerous royal tours to his credit, as well as photographing world leaders like Clinton, Reagan, Gorbachev and Yeltsin – with resulting invitations to dine at both The White House and the Kremlin. Mike was also known to be the Queen Mother's favourite press photographer.

Mike said: “I am one of the greatest supporters of the Lincoln Academy. I promote the great work being carried out by the University of Lincoln, both in London and abroad. Two months ago I was attending a tourism seminar in Vietnam. I informed my hosts that Lincoln was more important than Oxbridge! They all took note.”

Mike, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by the University of Lincoln, is a Freeman of the City of London and in April 2005 became the first "Fleet Street" photo-journalist ever to be awarded the OBE.

The lecture, which will encompass his work with the Royal family, showbiz and Fleet Street operations, will take place in the EMMTEC Auditorium at the University of Lincoln from 6pm.

Members of the public can get more information on the Lincoln Academy or Journalists Speak Out on Journalism series by contacting the University of Lincoln’s Events Office on 01522 837100, emailing or online at

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