A number of big name journalists are to visit the University of Lincoln as part of the Journalists Speak out on Journalism series of talks.

The talks begin on October 22nd with Tony Copeland, of the Bailgate Independent, who is speaking about setting up a thriving local free journal.

Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne and freelance journalist, Nabila Ramdani both return on October 29th to discuss reporting of the Arab Spring.

Mike Abiola, editor of the African Voice, comes to the university on November 5th to give a talk on the challenges facing the black African press in the UK.

November 12th sees editor of The Latest, Marc Wadsworth and editor of The Lincolnshire Echo, Steven Fletcher talking about media ethics – in the wake of The Leveson Inquiry and the phone hacking scandal.

Leading fashion and lifestyle journalist, Sofia Shershunovich visits the University of Lincoln on November 19th to discuss social media.

A panel of former Lincoln School of Journalism students return on November 26th to discuss what working in the media is like.

Also returning to the university is editor of Farmers Weekly, Jane King, who is set to talk about churnalism, alongside Toby Brown of Man Bites Dog PR agency on December 3rd.

Concluding the talks on December 10th is John Pilger, who will be in conversation with Professor Richard Lance Keeble, Acting Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, on the challenges of investigative journalism today.

Professor Keeble said: “The Journalists Speak Out series remains one of the most prestigious talks programmes in higher education in the country. The fact that the LSJ continues to draw top journalists and PR practitioners is another indication of the high standing of the LSJ in these industries.”

He added: “Not only do our students learn so much: all these talks are open to the public and so they are part of the LSJ’s important moves to involve the local community in its activities.”

The talks are held on Mondays at 6.15pm in the Jackson lecture theatre. A selection of the talks will also be streamed live on The Linc website.

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